The Barrow Group Sets Premieres and Revival for 2019-2020 Season
The Barrow Group announces its 2019-2020 season, which consists of three timely productions that invite audiences to take a look deep within-inspiring positive change in action and awareness.
The 2019-2020 season opens with a revival of Martin Moran's All The Rage, winner of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for "Outstanding Solo Show." With the same powerful blend of humor and pathos that audiences experienced in Martin's The Tricky Part, the OBIE-winning playwright and performer embarks on a quest to understand how people can be compassionate one minute and then cruel the next. This limited engagement runs September 13 - October 5 and is directed by Seth Barrish.The season continues January 10-February 15 with the world premiere of 17 Minutes written by Scott Organ and directed by Seth Barrish. This spellbinding new play takes an intimate look at how the unexpected consequences of gun violence reverberate throughout a community long after shots are fired. The New York premiere of The Quality of Life by the Emmy-winning writer Jane Anderson (HBO's Olive Kitteridge; Mother of the Maid with Glenn Close, The Public Theater, 2018) runs May 3-June 8 and closes The Barrow Group's 2019-2020 season. With grace and humor, The Quality of Life chronicles two couples' extraordinary attempt to transcend loss and move forward. Directed by Eric Paeper and Shannon Patterson, the production features The Barrow Group's Seth Barrish and Lee Brock. Artistic Directors Seth Barrish and Lee Brock said, "In these deeply challenging times, we are compelled to share stories that are relevant and timely-plays that will make a difference. Our hope is that these three productions will get audiences thinking and talking about important issues that touch all of us, every day." Executive Director Robert Serrell remarked, "One of The Barrow Group's central goals is to connect people with their humanity, generating greater empathy for others, while at the same time offering an entertaining experience. We are excited to share these plays in our upcoming season because we believe they accomplish exactly that."
Additional details on the 2019-2020 season can be found below. The Barrow Group is located at 312 West 36th Street in Manhattan. Memberships to the 2019-2020 season and member tickets for All The Rage are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling 866-811-4111 or visiting barrowgroup.org.
All The Rage
Written and performed by Martin Moran
Directed by Seth Barrish
September 13 - October 5
Opening: September 16Martin Moran should have more rage about the crime he experienced as a boy, shouldn't he!? Where is it!? Haunted by this question, Moran sets out on a quest that leads him around the globe-working as a translator for an African asylum-seeker, who was subjected to torture; encountering his stepmother in Colorado; getting lost in South Africa; and uncovering truths at the Cradle of Human Kind. With equal parts honesty and entertainment, All The Rage attempts to solve an ancient human riddle: How is it that one moment we might reach out in compassion and the next... kill?
Martin Moran's latest play, Theo, premiered this past spring at Two River Theater. His one-man play, All The Rage, received a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Off-Broadway Solo Show. He received a 2004 OBIE and two Drama Desk nominations for The Tricky Part, based upon his memoir (of the same title), which won the 2005 Lambda Non-Fiction Prize and Barnes and Noble Discover Award. His Broadway and Off-Broadway performances include roles in Spamalot, Cabaret, Titanic, Wicked, Bells Are Ringing, How To Succeed in Business..., Big River, Floyd Collins, (Playwrights Horizons) A Man of No Importance, (Lincoln Center Theater) 3 Kinds of Exile and Cider House Rules at The Atlantic Theater Company and Mans A Man at Classic Stage Company. His second memoir, All The Rage, was released in 2016 by Beacon Press.
17 Minutes (world premiere)
Written by Scott Organ
Directed by Seth Barrish
January 10 - February 15, 2020
Opening: January 22, 2020
An Ohio Sheriff's Deputy hears gunshots at the high school he was hired to protect. What he does next will define the rest of his life, as well as that of his community. Scott Organ's spellbinding new play explores how the unexpected consequences of gun violence reverberate throughout a community long after shots are fired.
Scott Organ's plays have been commissioned by The Atlantic Theater Company, developed by theaters including The Barrow Group, The New Group, Page 73, South Coast Rep, and performed and workshopped throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. His play Phoenix premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays and was subsequently produced at The Barrow Group and through Rattlestick at Cherry Lane Theater. Phoenix has been translated into Portuguese, Spanish and French. Organ's plays can be found in New Playwrights - The Best Plays 2010, Humana Festival 2010 - The Complete Plays, New American Short Plays 2005, Best American Short Playsand Great Short Plays. Organ is a writer on the short films Playdate (TriBeCa Film Festival, London City International Film Festival - 3rd place, Vimeo Staff Pick), The Board (TriBeCa Film Festival), and The One (Palm Springs International Film Festival), and the features Phoenix and the feature History of Technology (written with David Shane.)
The Quality of Life (New York premiere)
Written by Jane Anderson
May 3 - June 8, 2020
Opening: May 11, 2020
Bill and Dinah, a conservative Christian couple reeling from the sudden loss of their daughter, decide to reconnect with their freewheeling cousins, Jeanette and Neil. They, too, are dealing with hardship, including a diagnosis of terminal cancer and the loss of their home to a wildfire, but remain surprisingly upbeat. Something is amiss and an unexpected turn challenges everyone's convictions about life and death. In The Quality of Life, award-winner Jane Anderson artfully ventures into the depths of moral, ethical, and religious quandaries with humor, empathy, and truth.
Jane Anderson is an Emmy award-winning writer and director for theater, film, and television. Plays include: Mother of the Maid, The Baby Dance, Baby Dance: Mixed, Defying Gravity, Looking for Normal, The Quality of Life, The Escort, Lynette at 3AM, Food & Shelter and The Last Time We Saw Her. Her latest play, Mother of the Maid, premiered at The Public Theater in 2018 and starred Glenn Close. Her plays have been produced Off-Broadway and in theaters around the country, including ACT, Arena Stage, Actors Theater of Louisville, Williamstown, Shakespeare & Company, The McCarter Theater, Long Wharf, Geffen Playhouse, and The Pasadena Playhouse. Screenwriting credits: The Wife, starring Glenn Close, How to Make An American Quilt, It Could Happen to You and The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio, starring Julianne Moore & Woody Harrelson, which she also directed. Documentary film: Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson, featured on HBO. Television writing credits: HBO's Olive Kitteridge, starring Frances McDormand for which she received an Emmy Award for best teleplay and limited series, a Writers Guild Award for best teleplay and nominated for the Golden Globe for best limited series. She wrote HBO's The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom, for which she received an Emmy, Penn Award and Writers Guild Award for best teleplay. She wrote and directed The Baby Dance for Showtime which she adapted from her play and received the Peabody Award as well as Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. She wrote and directed Normal for HBO (starring Jessica Lang & Tom Wilkinson) adapted from her play Looking for Normal which received Emmy, Golden Globe and Directors' Guild and Writers' Guild nominations for best writing and directing. She wrote and directed When Billie Beat Bobby starring Holly Hunter and Ron Silver. And wrote and directed the first segment of HBO's If These Walls Could Talk II which starred Vanessa Redgrave for which she received an Emmy nomination for Best Teleplay.
TBG's mission is to combine unpredictable, spontaneous acting with well-crafted stories that address social, spiritual, and political issues - to create an immediate, authentic connection between actors, audiences, and the writing. In the heart of New York City, TBG operates a 10,000 square foot arts center comprised of a 99-seat MainStage theatre, 40-seat Studio Theatre, and several teaching studios. To date, TBG has served over 80,000 New York City audience members with its productions, over 1,000 artists with its developmental programming, and over 30,000 students with its training. Several of the shows developed or produced by TBG, including Martin Moran's The Tricky Part and All the Rage, Stefanie Zadravec's Honey Brown Eyes, Jon Maran's Old Wicked Songs, and Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me, have gone on to perform nationally and internationally. TBG supports female voices through its F.A.B. Women program, devoted to developing plays for, about, and by women. TBG has received Drama Desk and OBIE awards. Alumni have won Academy, Emmy, Tony, and Lucille Lortel awards. TBG's vision is to be the international epicenter for audiences hungry for storytelling that is intimate, real, and spontaneous, helping people to connect with their humanity.