PERSISTANCE OF MEMORY to Star Copeland, Cronyn, Seldes and More, 11/1 - 11/22

PERSISTANCE OF MEMORY, three one-act plays that will benefit the charitable organization Cause Celebre, features will feature performances by Joan Copeland, Tandy Cronyn, Rose Gregario, Bernie McInerney, Marian Seldes, Michael Citriniti, Talia Castro-Pozo, and Lee Van Bradley. Performances take place November 1 through November 22. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Columbia Psychiatry.

The program opens with Christopher Durang's comedy "Mrs. Sorken," which revolves around a woman who seems to be most at home in the theatre and feels most connected when she is with an audience. The played by Marian Seldes.

Following this comedic monologue is Arthur Miller's "I Can't Remember Anything" starring Joan Copeland and Bernie McInerney. Directed by Christopher Hart, this unusual one-act features a woman named Leonora, a man named Leo and a past that they remember rather differently. In fact, Leonora has trouble remembering the past at all--a past that included her husband, who was a close friend of Leo's. Leonora visits Leo every day. They talk, they argue, they struggle with their memories of the past, their uneasiness with the present and their fears of the future. Miller manages to use tremendous humor while dealing with the problems of aging.

The program ends with "Tango Finish," written by Susan Charlotte, starring Tandy Cronyn and Rose Gregario, with Michael Citriniti. Directed by Antony Marsellis this one-act combines theater and dance, weaving tango throughout the fabric of the play. A woman named Rose has blocked out parts of her past. A former dancer named Mary, who is losing her memory, is starting to lose touch with the present. She is transfixed by the memory of two dancers who inspired her as a young woman-a memory that is acted out on stage by two tango dancers, Talia Castro-Pozo and Lee Van Bradley. Mary longs to dance again but she needs a partner. Rose becomes that partner. Though Mary can no longer remember her name she never forgets a dance step. She teaches Rose to open up to the dance of tango and embrace the missing parts of her life. Rose is able to begin again.

Performances for PERSISTANCE OF MEMORY will November 1 at 7pm, November 8, 15 and 22 at 2pm, and November 15 at 6:30pm. Tickets range in price from $65 through $130 with a discount price of $48 available through 10/19. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 646-366-9340.

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