PREMIERES' INNER VOICES 2016 Will Be Filmed for NYPL for the Performing Arts Archive

PREMIERES, the New York-based music theater organization whose mission is "to bring new music theater to light," is sharing the success of this season's Inner Voices, the biannual series of solo works featuring new teams of playwrights and composers, now playing through October 29th at The TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street - between 8th & 9th Avenues).

Recently announced as a Critic's Pick by The New York Times, this year's program will be filmed by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Theatre on Film and Tape Archive on Monday, October 24th.

"I am thrilled that PatRick Hoffman and the Theatre on Film and Tape has once again elected to film Inner Voices," says Ms. Haupt. "This year marks our fifth anniversary of presenting this series and the TOFT has filmed every year since it began in 2008. We are most honored and grateful."

Inner Voices 2016 includes Just One "Q", starring T. Oliver Reid, words by Ellen Fitzhugh, music by Ted Shen with musical direction by Andrew Resnick and directed by Brad Rouse; The Pen, starring Nancy Anderson, words by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis with musical direction by Alexander Rovang and directed by Margot Bordelon; and The Booty Call, starring Michael Thurber, words by Saheem Ali, music and words by Michael Thurber, and directed by Saheem Ali.

The design team of Inner Voices is comprised of: Reid Thompson (sets) M. Meriwether Snipes (costumes), Oliver Wason (lighting), and Walter Trarbach (sound). Aaron Gonzalez is Production Stage Manager and John Michael Crotty is Assistant Stage Manager.

Inner Voices plays the following performance schedule: Monday through Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 3pm & 8pm. Tickets are $39 and are available online at www.Premieresnyc.org or by calling OvationTix at 866-411-4111. Tickets will also be available at The TBG box office one hour before performance time.

The Library for the Performing Arts' Theatre on Film and Tape Archive (TOFT) is recognized as the foremost collection of videotaped Live Theatre performances in the world. For over 45 years TOFT has video-recorded and preserved the best, most innovative, most exciting, and most important dramas and musicals on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in regional theatres across the country.

PREMIERES (Paulette Haupt, Artistic Director) is a not-for-profit New York based music theater organization founded by Edward Trach and Paulette Haupt in 2001. The company's mission 'to bring new music theater to light' supports the development and promotion of works by exceptional playwrights, lyricists and composers whose creative visions move the art form forward and enrich the lexicon of the American musical theater. They present staged readings and workshops of works in progress as well as create new collaborations through commissions, development and full productions of its INNER VOICES initiative. INNER VOICES was inspired by Alan Bennett's 'Talking Heads' series on PBS. After seeing the PBS series and later the stage version off-Broadway, Paulette Haupt decided to explore the concept as a musical theater form. Teams of playwrights and composers who have not worked together before are commissioned by PREMIERES to create an original monologue and a tapestry of the sung and spoken word. Each character they create is fictional and the storytelling from a single point of view. The premiere of INNER VOICES in 2008 featured works by Ellen Fitzhugh and Michael John LaChiusa, Laura Harrington and Jenny Giering, and Michele Lowe and Scott Davenport Richards. Subsequent productions in 2010 and 2012 featured works by Cheri Steinkellner and Georgia Stitt, David Simpatico and Josh Schmidt, Martin Moran and Joseph Thalken, Victor Lodato and Polly Pen, and Nilo Cruz and Jim Bauer. The 2014 season featured collaborations by Charlayne Woodard and Kirsten Childs and Mark Campbell and Marisa Michelson.

Theatre on Film and Tape Archive (TOFT) Right in the middle of Lincoln Center, in The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, TOFT is a collection of video-recordings that have revolutionized theatre research. Since 1970, the TOFT has preserved live theatrical productions and documented the creative contributions of distinguished artists and legendary figures of the theatre. With the consent and cooperation of the theatrical unions and each production's artistic collaborators, TOFT produces video recordings of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatre productions as well as dialogues between notable theatre personalities. These recordings have revolutionized theatre research, ensuring that today's performances will be tomorrow's legacy, available to future generations for study and inspiration.

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg


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