Horse Trade Theater Group Presents WHEN HALF THE SPHERE IS VISIBLE, 5/10-26

Horse Trade Theater Group will present their resident acting ensemble, The Drafts in the World Premiere of when half the sphere is visible, written by Jesse Cameron Alick (Artistic Director of Subjective Theatre Company; Artistic Associate at The Public), Matthew Gutschick (Rubber Doves, winner of the New Horizons Playwrighting Competition), Michael R. McGuire (Sometimes I Feel Like I Missed the Train at The Lark Play Development Center), and Germono Toussaint (Caged at the 2006 Not for Broadway Theater Festival; The Anointed at The 2010 Fire This Time Festival), May 10-26 at The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The production will be directed by Ilaria Amadasi,Jaclyn Biskup (Assistant Director, Love's Labour's Lost at The Public), Lindsey Moore (No Tea Productions), Sara Walsh, and Donya Washington (Now the Cats with Jeweled Claws with Target Margin Theatre).   

The Drafts is Reiss Gaspard, Paul Herbig, Alex Hodgins, Ben Kauffman, Lauren Kate Morrison, JB Rote, Marchelle Thurman, Amanda Von Nostrand, and Gary Warchola. 
 
Can there be a perfect kiss? Will a wall of water burst a burden of guilt? Can a belt buckle baffle the TSA? An escapade forking in unexpected places, this genre-bending blend of storytelling explores the dichotomies we live with (and often choose to ignore). A collaborative effort between four playwrights, five directors and nine actors, when half the sphere is visible creates a greater narrative from four interwoven stories.  
 
The production, presented by Horse Trade Theater Group will run May 10-26 at The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery), Thursday through Saturday at 8pm. Tickets ($18/$15 students & seniors) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.  
 
THE DRAFTS are the resident acting ensemble of Horse Trade Theater Group, supporting the work of its artistic community. Committed to new play development, The Drafts monthly reading series has featured over 100 original scripts and inspired several full productions. 
 
The Drafts reading series has featured notable emerging playwrights Pia Wilson (The Public's EWG), Michael McGuire, Kelley Girod (The Fire This Time), Paul David Young, Megan Mostyn-Brown (LAByrinth), Terence Patrick Hughes, Augusto Federico Amador (The Public's EWG), Ziella Bryars, and Micheline Auger. The Drafts also perform annually in The Drafts Fest, a showcase of their talents and the talents of selected playwrights and directors they have met throughout the year. Drafts have been cast members of Lines, Donnie and the Monsters, punkrock/lovesong, and Song for a Future Generation (The Management), all shows produced or presented by Horse Trade. The Drafts will present three new full length Lab Productions in the upcoming season. 

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work, it has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater.  Horse Trade's Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade was awarded the prestigious Ellen Stewart Award by the New York Innovative Theatre Awards, for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership.

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