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Photos: First Look at The Drama League's DIRECTORFEST 2022

The first two productions of The Drama League’s DirectorFest are She Talks To Beethoven and Girlfriend.  

The Drama League's Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, and Executive Director Bevin Ross, have released production images of the first two shows featured in DirectorFest 2022, a festival spotlighting the art of contemporary stage directing by an exciting new generation of talent, featuring brand new productions led by its current Directing Fellows. The first two productions of The Drama League's DirectorFest - which is running now through February 28, 2022 at A.R.T./NEW YORK THEATRES - are She Talks To Beethoven and Girlfriend.

Check out photos below!

Adrienne Kennedy's She Talks To Beethoven, directed by New York Directing Fellow Keenan Tyler Oliphant, features Caro Guzmán and Milton Lyles. Casting is by Harriet Bass and Gama Valle of Bass/Valle Casting, and the Production Stage Manager is Sydnee Davis. Girlfriend, with a book by Todd Almond, music and lyrics by Matthew Sweet, directed by Leo Shull Musical Directing Fellow Sivan Battat, features Sushma Saha as Will and Alyssa Cassese as Mike. Casting is by Sujotta Pace, CSA and the Production Stage Manager is Cassie Cushing. She Talks To Beethoven and the musical Girlfriend plays as a double bill January 19 - 21, 2022 at 7pm and January 22, 2022 at 2pm.

On the horizon in DirectorFest 2022 are Aditi Brennan Kapil's play The Seventeenth Chapel, directed by New York Directing Fellow Reena Dutt - starring Reya Sehgal as Lon and Lisha McKoy as Tin - and Caryl Churchill's play A Number, directed by New York Directing Fellow Ryan Dobrin - with Sid Ross as Salter and Ema Zivkovic as B1, B2, and Michael Black. The Seventeenth Chapel and A Number will play as a double bill February 2 - 4, 2022 at 7pm and February 5, 2022, at 2pm. All four productions are performed in the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at A.R.T./NEW YORK THEATRES, 502 West 53rd Street, NYC.

The creative team for DirectorFest 2022 includes Scenic Designer Emona Stoykova, Costume Designer Christopher Vergara, Lighting Designers Molly Tiede & Bentley Heydt, Sound Designer Kimberly O'Loughlin, Choreographer Asher Firestone, Video Designer Catalin Stelian, and Music Director Elijah Caldwell. Daniel Brothers serves as Props Coordinator, Courteney Leggett is the Production Manager, and Ali Skye Bennet is the Artistic Line Producer.

The Drama League will also present Directors in Conversation: Tony Phelan on Friday, January 28 at 8pm ET via Zoom. Closing the festival will be a presentation of A Tempest (Une Tempête), written by Aimé Césaire and directed by Classical Directing Fellow Lanise Antoine Shelley, presented in collaboration with Red Bull Theater and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) on Monday, February 28.

Tickets to DirectorFest are $25 for the general public and free for Drama League Members. Premium opening night benefit tickets (January 19 & February 2) are available for $45, a portion of which is tax deductible. All tickets can be purchased at www.dramaleague.org. The Drama League is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for audiences, performers, and staff. All audience and staff members will be required to follow all CDC, NYS, and NYC health guidelines at the time of performance. COVID protocols include mask enforcement, proof of vaccination (including booster shots, if eligible), and limited capacity to allow for social distancing. Please note that these guidelines are subject to change, based on mandates from governmental authorities at the time of the performance. For up-to-date information, visit www.dramaleague.org.

Photo credit: Catalin Media

Photos: First Look at The Drama League's DIRECTORFEST 2022
Sushma Saha and Alyssa Cassese

Photos: First Look at The Drama League's DIRECTORFEST 2022
Sushma Saha and Alyssa Cassese

Photos: First Look at The Drama League's DIRECTORFEST 2022
Sushma Saha and Alyssa Cassese

Photos: First Look at The Drama League's DIRECTORFEST 2022
Alyssa Cassese and Sushma Saha

Photos: First Look at The Drama League's DIRECTORFEST 2022
Sushma Saha

Photos: First Look at The Drama League's DIRECTORFEST 2022
Sushma Saha and Alyssa Cassese

Photos: First Look at The Drama League's DIRECTORFEST 2022
Alyssa Cassese and Sushma Saha

Photos: First Look at The Drama League's DIRECTORFEST 2022
Caro Guzman

Photos: First Look at The Drama League's DIRECTORFEST 2022
Milton Lyles

Photos: First Look at The Drama League's DIRECTORFEST 2022
Milton Lyles

Photos: First Look at The Drama League's DIRECTORFEST 2022
Milton Lyles and Caro Guzman

Photos: First Look at The Drama League's DIRECTORFEST 2022
Caro Guzman

Photos: First Look at The Drama League's DIRECTORFEST 2022


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