CHARLESES Begins Performances Tonight at The Brick
The world premiere of Carl Holder's CHARLESES begins performances tonight (Thursday, April 13) at The Brick (575 Metropolitan Avenue, at Lorimer). Meghan Finn returns to The Tank after directing last year's Drama Desk-nominated The Offending Gesture to helm the premiere production. Part of The Tank's Save & Print series, CHARLESES runs through Saturday, April 29. Press Opening is Monday, April 17 at 8 PM. The performance schedule is Monday, Wednesday - Sunday at 8 PM. Please note, the performances on Saturday, April 29 are at 2 PM & 6 PM. Tickets are $25 for general admission. ($15 for students with a valid ID.) To purchase tickets, visit www.thetanknyc.org.
Charles's son, Charles, has a son named Charles.
In the present, three generations of fathers and sons struggle to communicate as their family line grows and ages across a vast ocean of time. How do individuals continue to exist through the passing of the years? Do I eat pickles on my sandwich because my great great grandpa did?
A curious look at three generations of Charleses, and the expectations they have of each other. What happens when one of them is...different?
The trio of Charleses are performed by Richard Toth ("House of Cards," St. Joan of the Stockyards, dir Lear deBessonet, at PS 122), Mike Shapiro (Ruben Carbajal's The Gifted Program at Soho Rep), and Fernando Gonzalez (Omega Kids at Access Theater, Little Lord's Now is the Time... at Abrons Arts Center).
Balancing out the creative team is a group of female designers including Peiyi Wong (set design); Sarah Johnston (lighting design); Andrea Hood (costume design); and Emily Auciello (sound design). The stage manager is Kate Shelton.
Carl Holder (playwright) is a playwright and actor. He grew up in North Florida, now he lives in Brooklyn with three roommates and his dog. He has developed and/or performed his work with Incubator Arts Project, EST, The Tank, FringeNYC, Standard Toykraft, The Gym at Judson, House of Yes, Allegra LaViola Gallery, The Gene Frankel, Ice Factory and The New Ohio. Carl is also the Artistic Director of Glass Bandits Theater Company. He's written, acted, and directed on both sides of the East River for GB in various festivals, basements, warehouses, and loft apartments. He studied with Lisa Benavides at The Actor's Center and Reed Birney at The Freeman Studio. BFA SUNY Purchase. www.carlholder.com
Meghan Finn (director) is a director based in Brooklyn, NY. Most recently she directed DOOMOCRACY by artist Pedro Reyes for Creative Time at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Recent credits include: Sam's Tea Shack by Ben Gassman and Sam Soghor (The Tank at STK), The Offending Gesture by Mac Wellman (The Tank/3LD at the Connelly Theater, NY Times and Time Out NY Critics' Pick); American Power performed by photographer Mitch Epstein and Composer/Cellist Erik Friedlander at the V&A London and The Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio; Gary Winter's DAREDEVIL at The Brick; The Downtown Loop by Ben Gassman (3LD/3D+ Productions/Teeth of Tooth Atelier); Take Me Home by Alexandra Collier set in a taxi cab (Incubator Arts Project/LPR). Other recent credits include: The Service Road by Erin Courtney (Adhesive Theater Project/NY Times Critics' Pick), Motel Cherry by Peggy Stafford (Summerworks Clubbed Thumb/New Georges HERE Arts Center Huffington Post Top 10 of 2012) and 3 2's; or AFAR by Mac Wellman (Dixon Place), Relative Value by Jesse Longman (3LD), Saturn Nights by Jess Barbagallo (Incubator Arts Project), Waltz by Corina Copp (CSC -Weasel), Blue Dress Reduction featuring Eliza Bent (PS122), HIM by E.E. Cummings (Walkerspace), The Fake History of George the Last by Misha Shulman (the longest lunch/TNC), A Week at the NJ Shore by Valerie Work (the longest lunch/The Bushwick Starr, and others). Finn holds an MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College and a BA in Theater from the University of Southern California. She was a member of the 2009 Lincoln Center Director's Lab, 2009/10 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, New Georges' The Jam, a 2014 & 2016 New Georges Audrey Resident and co-founder of the longest lunch (2002-present).
About The Tank
The Tank is a Manhattan-based non-profit arts presenter and producer. We serve emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression. Our goal is to foster an environment of inclusiveness and remove the economic barriers from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form. The heart of our services is providing free performance space in the 62-seat blackbox that we operate in Manhattan, and we also offer a suite of other resources such as free rehearsal space, promotional support, and artist fees. Our programming is multi-disciplinary, representing disciplines including theater, music, dance, comedy, film, and storytelling. We keep ticket prices affordable and view our work as democratic, opening up both the creation and attendance of the arts to all and positioning the arts within civic and socio-political discourse.
Founded in 2003 by nine emerging artists, The Tank has since provided an artistic home for tens of thousands of New York City-based performers. Recent successes produced by The Tank as part of Flint & Tinder include Manual Cinema's Ada/Ava (Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience, New York Times Critics' Pick), Mac Wellman's The Offending Gesture (New York Times Critics' Pick), Andrew Schneider's youarenowhere (Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience, New York Times Critics' Pick), and Torry Bend's The Paper Hat Game (New York Times Critics' Pick). Artists who have presented work at The Tank early on in their careers include Alex Timbers (Tony-nominated theater director), Reggie Watts (theater performer/comedian/ musician currently the bandleader on The Late Late Show with James Corden), Amy Herzog (Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright), Lucy Alibar (whose one-act play Juicy and Delicious premiered at The Tank and was adapted to be the Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild), Andrew Bujalski (film director, Computer Chess), and We Are Scientists (rock band). The Tank also presented the premiere of A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant by Kyle Jarrow, which won an Obie Award and went on to a national tour. The Tank has been honored with an official City Council proclamation, chosen for the WNYC *STAR* initiative, and featured on CNN, BBC, the New York Times, and more.