Horse Trade Theater Group & Subjective Theatre Co Presents SWALLOW 5/28-30

The Subjective Theater Company (STC) would like to invite its audience and all sufferers of HRRD* (Hypoactive Romantic Relationship Disorder) to be wooed by its fourth and final production of the 2009/2010 season and CoLab creation, SWALLOW.

Can love come in a pill? Is decreased romantic satisfaction a chemical imbalance that can be solved with a prescription, or is it a personal failing? SWALLOW explores how modern relationships are both hindered and influenced by society's idea of love and courtship when a pharmaceutical company invents a love drug called Amorex and assembles a panel of experts (a.k.a) "love gurus" to administer the test amongst unassuming couples.

*Hypoactive Romantic Relationship Disorder's symptoms range from initial awkwardness to the diminishing of romantic desire. We're trying to stay away from terms like "socially retarded" and "frigid".

SWALLOW will feature Chongsi Chang, James Bentley*, Scout Durwood, Dyalekt, Alix Fenhagen, Jason Alexander Grimste, and Lucy Pinetree Owen*. *Appearing courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association

The creative team will include Sound Design by Tim Boyce, Original Music by Emmy award-winning Lucas Cantor, Set Design by Edward T. Morris, and Costume Design Sarah O'Brien. The production will be Assistant Directed by Rachel Wohlander and Stage Managed by Eva Peskin.

The production, presented by Horse Trade Theater Group and The Subjective Theatre Company, will play at The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery). May 28-30 at 8pm, May 29 at 4pm, May 30 at 3pm, June 1-6 at 8pm & June 5 & 6 at 3pm. Admission is completely free. For reservations email: Space is limited.

SUBJECTIVE COLAB CoLab is an original STC program that is dedicated to creating new pieces through a rigorously collaborative and organic process. A group of resident actors/writers commit to nine months of creative development in which a show is created from its concept to its final performance. In the beginning of the procedure, a broad subject is chosen by the group; group members then research, write about, and explore it through structured rehearsals and improvisation. After several months, the group narrows the focus of the piece and each member undertakes to write a specific character and/or facet of the subject.

JEFFREY WHITTED (Director) has served as STC's resident director for the past 2 years, most recently directing the collaboratively written pieces, TELL and Parallax. Regionally, he has directed two musicals for the Galveston Island Musicals. Jeffrey is also directing Subjective Films inaugural endeavor, Handsome Zombies. He received his MFA in directing from the University of Houston.

SUBJECTIVE THEATRE COMPANY Subjective Theatre Company's mission is to produce a wide range of politically and socially relevant theatre FOR FREE. STC is founded on the principles that art is not a commodity; culture should be without class structures, art is without boundaries, and that theatre should always be available to everyone. STC is guided by a philosophy of accessibility and the belief that theatre plays a vital role in the development of individuals and communities. STC is dedicated to cultivating an environment where quality theatre can exist for people of every economic and social background.

The Subjective Theatre Company's Reading Series provides a forum for playwrights to develop their work in a collaborative working environment by providing opportunities to aspiring playwrights, directors, and actors. STC's Reading Series has been proved a successful springboard as during its first season, Mel Nieves'Iraq: WAC made its way to a west coast premiere in Los Angeles while STC gave Paul Mullin's An American Book of the Dead its east coast premiere in the Rubin Museum of Art's Brainwave Festival. Now moving into its second season, the Reading Series will present monthly readings at UNDER St. Marks as part of STC's residency with Horse Trade Theater Group. This reading series will run every second Monday from October 2009-April of 2010 (with a break in December).

On November 2, 2009 STC presented Scorpio's Night Out 2: Day of the Zombies a launch party for Subjective Theatre Company's newest division: Subjective Films, which is a film production branch of STC with Lucas Cantor at the helm as Executive Producer. At this party, we screened Subjective Film's current project, Handsome Zombies (directed by Jeffrey Whitted, written by Jesse Cameron Alick and Julia Holleman), which is a socio-political zombie movie about gentrification in Brooklyn. Episodes are currently viewable at

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.

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