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Photo Flash: Potomac Theatre Project Presents 33rd Repertory Season At Atlantic Stage 2

Check out photos for PTP/NYC's (Potomac Theatre Project) 33rd repertory season, running through August 4 at The Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16 St.).

This season's line-up includes DOGG'S HAMLET, CAHOOT'S MACBETH, by Tom Stoppard, directed by PTP's Co-Artistic Director Cheryl Faraone, and HAVEL: THE PASSION OF THOUGHT, comprised of five serio-comic one act plays by Vaclav Havel, Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett, directed by PTP's Co-Artistic Director Richard Romagnoli.

Tickets are $37.50 and $22.50 for students and seniors. Purchase online at http://PTPNYC.org or by calling 1-866-811-4111.

Three schoolboys who speak only Dogg confuse a lorry driver who speaks only English. Dogg's Hamlet's goofy linguistic mismatches tumble into a performance of the 15 Minute Hamlet. In Cahoot's Macbeth, a forbidden living-room production of Shakespeare's play, interrupted by a wise-cracking Inspector, parallels Macbeth's usurpation of the Scottish throne before Communist takeover in Czechoslovakia. By play's end, Shakespeare explodes into Dogg.

The cast for DOGG'S HAMLET, CAHOOT'S MACBETH includes Matthew Ball (PTP: Pity In History, Pentecost), Denise Cormier (Broadway national tour The Graduate, Showtime's "The Affair"), Tara Giordano (PTP: The After-Dinner Joke, Vinegar Tom, Serious Money), Christo Grabowski (PTP: The After-Dinner Joke, Pity In History, No End of Blame), Christopher Marshall (PTP: The Possibilities, The After-Dinner Joke, Pity In History), Peter B. Schmitz (PTP: Lovesong of the Electric Bear, Therese Raquin), Lucy Van Atta (PTP: The After-Dinner Joke, Serious Money, Spatter Pattern), Olivia Christie (PTP: Brecht on Brecht), Will Koch, Emily Ma, Katie Marshall, Madeleine Russell (PTP: The After-Dinner Joke, The Possibilities), Lior Selve, Zach Varicchione and Connor Wright (PTP: Pity In History).

HAVEL: THE PASSION OF THOUGHT is comprised of five serio-comic one act plays.

In Audience, Private View and Protest, the dissident Vanek (Havel's alter ego) encounters people trapped by the moral dilemmas inherent in a Communist system. The trio of plays is bookended by Harold Pinter's New World Order and Samuel Beckett's Catastrophe. The latter was written in tribute to Havel.

The Vanek plays (along with all of Havel's work) were banned in Czechoslovakia, but that didn't prevent people from performing them in their living rooms, copying them surreptitiously as samizdat (illegal, faded copies of banned work), or even recording them on vinyl. One of Havel's core ideas in his philosophical essays is the concept of "living in truth," that each small compromise we make with the truth leads to larger compromises, until it snowballs into a society-wide epidemic in which lying becomes the institutional path.

The cast for HAVEL: THE PASSION OF THOUGHT includes David Barlow (PTP: No End of Blame, Victory, The Castle), Emily Kron (PTP: The Europeans, Sweet Tooth at Cherry Lane), Michael Laurence (Broadway: Talk Radio, Desire Under the Elms, NBC's "Shades of Blue"), Christopher Marshall (PTP: The Possibilities, The After-Dinner Joke, Pity In History), Danielle Skraastad (Broadway: All My Sons, Hurricane Diane with Women's Project & NYTW, The Architecture of Becoming with Women's Project), Emily Ballou and Madeline Ciocci (PTP: The After-Dinner Joke).

Photo Credit: Stan Barouh



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