CSC Offers $10 Tix For THE AGE OF IRON 11/6-11/22

Classic Stage Company (CSC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Jessica R. Jenen, is proud to announce its new Audience Development Initiative furthering their mission to make classical theatre accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Through generous underwriting by the Angelson Family Foundation, all tickets during preview performances of their upcoming production of THE AGE OF IRON will be offered at $10 per ticket. This offer will only be available from November 6 - November 22 inclusive, after which time regular ticket prices ($60/65) will resume. Lynn Angelson, Chair of the Angelson Family Foundation, and also Chair of CSC's Board of Directors, stated: "During these trying economic times, we're pleased to make this commitment to help open CSC's doors to new audiences."

"We are extremely grateful to The Angelson Family Foundation for their tremendous support in spearheading this exciting new initiative, and we hope that their leadership will help attract additional funders so that we may expand this program in the future," said CSC's Executive Director Jessica R. Jenen. "This initiative speaks to the very heart of CSC's mission, to make classics accessible to all. With this grant, we look forward to introducing classical theatre to audiences who might not otherwise have the means to join us," said CSC Artistic Director Brian Kulick.

THE AGE OF IRON is an epic retelling of the Trojan War, drawn from Shakespeare's Troilus & Cressida and Thomas Heywood's Iron Age, and adapted and directed by Brian Kulick. Previews for THE AGE OF IRON will begin Friday, November 6, with an official opening Sunday, November 22 at 7pm at Classic Stage Company (136 East 13th Street). THE AGE OF IRON will play a limited engagement through December 13 only.

At the center of THE AGE OF IRON is Shakespeare's majestic Troilus & Cressida, a play that, in the wake of our own turbulent 20th century, has emerged as Shakespeare's most modern masterpiece. This remarkable work is bookended by Thomas Heywood's Iron Age, expanding the play's reach to encompass the full breadth of the Trojan War. Taken together, these two authors create a grand Elizabethan Iliad that brings Homer's long lost world vividly to life.

For tickets and information, visit www.classicstage.org or call (866) 811-4111, or (212) 352-3101, or visit the CSC box office at 136 East 13th Street, Monday through Friday 12 pm to 6 pm.

Now in its 42nd year as one of New York's most exciting theatres, Classic Stage Company is the award-winning Off-Broadway theatre committed to re-imagining the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience. Led by Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Jessica R. Jenen, last season the company presented three sold-out acclaimed productions: Shakespeare's The Tempest, starring Mandy Patinkin; Chekhov's Uncle Vanya starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Denis O'Hare and Peter Sarsgaard; and Anne Carson's An Oresteia. Recent productions: critically acclaimed sold out runs of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, starring Dianne Wiest and Alan Cumming, the world premiere of David Ives' New Jerusalem, directed by Walter Bobbie, Richard III starring Michael Cumpsty, and Zoe Caldwell in Yasmina Reza's A Spanish Play, directed by John Turturro.

CSC presents plays from the past that speak directly to the issues of today. As we return to works of the past, we endeavor to keep a clear eye on the future, particularly in terms of the next generation of artists and audiences. Classic Stage's artists are the best established and emerging theater practitioners working in this country. Highly respected and widely regarded as a major force in New York and American theatre, Classic Stage has been cited repeatedly by all the major Off-Broadway theater awards: Obies, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and 1999 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work. Memberships to Classic Stage Company productions are available at various price levels, including the flexible Masterpass membership, which in addition to prime seats, entitles members to participate in CSC special series, including their sold out Open Rehearsal events. For more information on Classic Stage Company visit the theatre's website at www.classicstage.org.

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