Meet The Casts of STORM STILL and F.O.B. at DIRECTORFEST
Meet the casts of Storm Still by Gabriella Reisman, and F.O.B. by David Henry Hwang, both part of the newly reimagined Drama League annual event DirectorFest, a multi-week, city-wide festival focusing on the art and future of contemporary American stage directing at various locations around NYC: The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture (18 Bleecker Street), The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas), and The Drama Book Shop (250 West 40th Street) from January 13-22, 2018. Festival details, tickets and additional information are now available at www.directorfest.org, or by calling (212) 244-9494.
For its 34th year, the festival will include four fully-staged productions, a showcase evening of new musicals, staged readings, discussion panels, book signings, workshops and conversations with America's most notable directors.
Taking place over two weeks in venues across Manhattan, the festival opens with the new work Storm, Still by Gabrielle Reisman under the direction of 2017 Drama League Fellow Bonnie Gable. In Storm, Still, three modern-day sisters - who might bear a resemblance to the daughters of King Lear - encounter unexpected events as they sort through the belongings of their deceased father. The three member cast features Drae Campbell as Regan, Cindy de la Cruz as Cordelia, and Pilar Witherspoon as Goneril. The Stage Manager is Emily Roth. Casting by Harriet Bass.
The second play during the first week of performances is the rarely-seen F.O.B. by David Henry Hwang with direction by 2017 Drama League Fellow Flordelino Lagundino, choreography by Ling Tang, fight direction by Sean Brandley. In F.O.B., a revival of the acclaimed play by David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), "the possibilities and perils of assimilation" (New York Times) are upended as two Americans encounter a new immigrant who believes himself to be the reincarnation of a legendary Chinese warrior. The three-member cast includes Cory Censoprano as Dale, Stephen Hu as Steve, and Sami Ma as Grace. The Stage Manager is Joanne Pan. Casting by Stephen DeAngelis.
Performances of both plays are Saturday, January 13 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, January 14 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm at the Black Box at The Sheet Center for Thought and Culture (18 Bleecker Street).
DirectorFest is made possible thanks to the generosity of The Achelis and Bodman Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts.
Programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting The Drama League.
Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Drama League.