Hunger & Thirst Theatre Will Present the NYC Premiere of DISCUS at A.R.T. /New York Theatres
Hunger & Thirst Theatre will present DISCUS, a vibrant adaptation of the Greek myth of Apollo and Hyacinth, written by Becca Schlossberg and directed by Adin Walker. DISCUS begins performances on Thursday, April 9 for a limited engagement through Saturday, April 18. Press Opening is Sunday, April 12 at 3 pm. The performance schedule is Thursday at 7 pm, Friday - Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm, with an additional performance on Saturday, April 18 at 3 pm. Performances are at the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street, between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue). The regular ticket price is $15 through April 8. On April 9, tickets are $20. $10 tickets are available with a 2 item non-perishable food donation. For tickets and more information, visit www.hungerandthirsttheatre.com. The running time is 75 minutes, with no intermission.When the all-powerful god Apollo meets the gentle Prince Hyacinth, everyone dismisses it as yet another fling between a god and a mortal. But as their relationship blossoms into something truly special, it provokes the unwanted attention of the headstrong goddess Zephyrus, who begins to wonder: after centuries of inflicting his merciless justice on the world, does Apollo deserve the right to love? DISCUS is a thoughtfully fierce retelling of the Greek myth of Apollo and Hyacinth: an evocative exploration of the different ways love can change, bruise, frighten, and brighten the souls of mortals and gods alike. Hunger & Thirst Theatre has garnered critical acclaim for reworking epic tales for modern audiences. Recent productions include Messenger #1, Pericles: Born in a Tempest (nominated for Outstanding Revival of a Play by the New York Innovative Theatre Awards), and Your Invisible Corset, a feminist retelling of Dracula. The cast features C. Bain (Marian or The True Tale of Robin Hood with Flux Theater Ensemble), Khalia Davis (New Works Festival with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Patrick T. Horn (The Dead with Irish Rep), Jordan Kaplan (Beard of Avon at A.C.T. San Francisco), Patricia Lynn (Helen Hayes Award nominee for Best Ensemble for Optimism! Or Voltaire's Candide with Spooky Action Theater), and Maggie Mason (BBC Television's Grange Hill). The design team includes Matthew S. Crane (scenic design); Victoria Bain (lighting design); Randall Benichak (sound design); and Robert Croghan (costume design). The Technical Advisor is Patrick T. Horn. The Production Stage Manager is Heather Olmstead. Becca Schlossberg (playwright) is an actor, entertainer, and playwright. She is best known for her play, Just Like I Wanted, a drama about teen suicide, which has been performed around the world. Her other plays include The Untold Yippie Project (Samuel French), 3BOYS (Original Works Publishing), and Forever Friends (Playscripts) and many others. She is an alum of Page 73's Interstate Writer's Group, Youngblood, The Amoralist's Wright Club, Drew University, and the New School for Drama. Adin Walker (director) collaborates with internationally-touring dance and puppetry company, Phantom Limb, as Associate Director and Movement Director, including Falling Out (BAM Next Wave 2018), and 69 Degrees South (upcoming ArtsEmerson). Adin directed/choreographed The White Dress (Access Theatre), Allison Gregory's Not Medea and L M Feldman's Grace, or the Art of Climbing (Art House), One Arm (Chautauqua Theatre), and Singin' in the Rain (McCarter Theatre/Princeton). Recently as choreographer: Indecent (Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR), and the world premieres of Storming Heaven (WV Public Theatre) and Normativity (NYMF). BA: Princeton. www.adinwalker.com The A.R.T./New York Theatres are a project of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), which provide state-of-the-art, accessible venues at subsidized rental rates, plus free access to top-line technical equipment so that the city's small and emerging theatre companies can continue to experiment, grow, and produce new works. Founded in 1972, A.R.T./New York is the leading service and advocacy organization for New York City's 400+ nonprofit theatres, with a mission to assist member theatres in managing their companies effectively so that they may realize their rich artistic visions and serve their diverse audiences well. We accomplish this through a comprehensive roster of real estate, financial, educational, and community-building programs, as well as research, advocacy, and field-wide initiatives that seek to improve the long-term health and sustainability of the industry. Over the years, A.R.T./New York has received numerous honors, including an Obie Award, an Innovative Theatre Award, a New York City Mayor's Award for Arts & Culture, and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. For more information, please visit www.art-newyork.org.
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