Storm Theatre to Stage Jonathan Leaf's New Play on Modern Feminism THE FIGHT
The Storm Theatre Company, under the Artistic Direction of Peter Dobbins, will present THE FIGHT, a timely and relevant new play about the battles of modern feminism, written by Jonathan Leaf and directed by Mr. Dobbins, October 26th through November 18th at Grand Hall (440 Grand Street).
What is feminism? What should a woman's life goals be? These fundamental questions drove America's two most influential feminists of the 1960s and 1970s to fight established thinking -- and each other. THE FIGHT spotlights the battles that convulsed modern feminism, both outside the movement and within it. Based on dozens of interviews and vast amounts of research, it is inspired by the actual events. Bringing to light previously untold and deeply personal stories along with buried scandals from these pivotal years of the Second Wave, the play addresses vital issues from that era and today.
Grad student and single mother Caitlin Schultz interviews a great veteran of the women's movement who was tossed aside. She then visits the glamorous magazine editor who guides the wing of the movement that displaced her. These two leaders gradually reveal to Caitlin what motivated their respective beliefs and why they came into conflict.
The design team includes lighting design by Michael Abrams, sound design by Caroline Eng and costume design by Danica Martino.
Performances of THE FIGHT are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM and with Saturday matinees at 2 PM through November 18th. Tickets can be purchased online at www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=fig451 or by calling 212-868-4444.
Jonathan Leaf (Playwright) was nominated for "Best Original Full-Length Script" in the IT awards for his play "The Caterers" and profiled as one of America's up-and-coming playwrights by TimeOut New York. His play "The Germans in Paris" was the highest-rated play in audience surveys on TheaterMania.com during its run. His plays have been produced at 59E59, 29th Street Rep, The Arclight, the Grand Hall at Saint Mary's and the Mint, and they have received awards from The Actors Studio Playwright-Directors Unit of which he has been a long-time member. In the coming months, he will have premieres of new plays with Storm Theatre in New York and with other companies in San Francisco and Paris. He has written for The New Yorker, The Weekly Standard, National Review, City Journal, The New York Post, The Daily Beast, The Daily News and The New Criterion, among other publications. He is the author of a well-received history of the 1960s and has been a New York City public school teacher. He is a graduate of Yale. He is excited about once again collaborating with Storm and its Artistic Director, Peter Dobbins.
PETER DOBBINS (Director/Artistic Director) is a cofounding member and has been the Producing Artistic Director of The Storm Theatre Company since its inception. Last winter he directed the World Premiere of Jonathan Leaf's Deconstruction. Mr. Dobbins other directing credits include: T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral; Dion Boucicault's The Shaughraun and Arrah~na~Pogue; Stewart Parker's Spokesong; William Shakespeare's As You Like It, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night; The Karol Wojtya (Pope John Paul II) Festival, including The Jeweler's Shop, Jeremiah, and Our God's Brother; the North American Premiere of The House of Desires by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and the World Premieres of The Last Starfighter by Skip Kennon and Fred Landau, and Linnea by John Regis. Mr. Dobbins also directed "The Paul Claudel Project" featuring The Tidings Brought to Mary, The Satin Slipper, and Noon Divide. Other notable productions include the critically acclaimed revivals of The London Merchant by George Lillo, The President, and The Play's The Thing by Ferenc Molnár, Marius by Marcel Pagnol, Le Cid by Pierre Corneille, translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur, Antigone by Jean Anouilh and Gigi by Anita Loos (from the novel by Colette). He received a BA in Communications and Theatre from Temple University. Most recently he directed Storm Theatre's production of Death Comes For The War Poets by Joseph Pearce.
The Storm Theatre is an Off-Broadway company committed to producing theater to awaken the awe-inspiring truths of humanity. Past productions include world premieres, established classics and forgotten theatrical treasures restored for today's audiences. Founded in 1997, the non-profit is celebrating its 20th season with its fourth production in a Lower East Side performance space. The New York Times named The Storm Theatre's 2012 season as one of the "12 most galvanizing offerings of the year." For more information, visit www.stormtheatre.com.