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THE 17th ANNUAL PLAY BY PLAY FESTIVAL OF NEW ONE ACTS
June 12 to June 23, 2013
Hudson, NY- Artistic Director, Laura Margolis, announces the 17th annual PLAY BY PLAY FESTIVAL OF NEW ONE ACTS, produced at the company's home in Hudson, New York. Columbia County's award winning theater company will produce the festival from June 12 through June 23. Preview performances are June 12 and 13. Opening night is June 14 at Stageworks/Hudson's Max and Lillian Katzman Theater.
For the past sixteen years, Stageworks/Hudson's critically acclaimed PLAY BY PLAY Festival of New One Acts has been a staple of the season. Comprising four actors and a six to eight new one-act plays, PLAY BY PLAY has become the cornerstone of our growing reputation for developing and producing adventurous new works that speak to a diverse audience. Stageworks has been hailed as a risk-taker in its refusal to shy away from producing new plays that illuminate the challenges faced in our contemporary world. This year the 2013 Festival titled PLAY BY PLAY: UNCHAINED, is no exception.
PLAY BY PLAY UNCHAINED features actors Kathryn Danielle, Maggie Delgadillo,
Suzy Miller, Cliff Miller and Buzz Roddy in seven new plays by Kieron Barry, Jeff Carter, Hal Corley, Lucile Lichtblau, James McLindon, Cathy Tempelsman, Ken Urban. The Festival is directed by Jeff Mousseau and Laura Margolis.
PLAY BY PLAY: UNCHAINED is bedeviled by life's constraints – and who better to break the spell than the incantatory playwrights of this year's festival of world premiered. Some of the country's best contemporary dramatists brave the risky, inspiring, and often humorous ways we loosen the chains we've forged … and sometimes tighten their grasp.
In AS YOU LOATHE IT by Cathy Tempelsman, William Shakespeare, Kit Marlowe, and John Webster engage in a battle wits while making sure their legacies are upheld – after all, they are dead! PERSPECTIVE by James McLindon is a humorous look at the relationship between The Virgin Mary and The Archangel Gabriel as they are on display at the famous Louvre and threatened by Mona Lisa's adoring crowd. Ken Urban's EDGAR AND PATRICK tells the story of a young gay man who lives with constant bullying in school and the jock who eventually defends him and discloses his true desires and sexuality. THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME by Kieron Barry, beautifully depicts winter in the landscape of three lives. In TWO SUMMER EVENINGS by Jeff Carter, we follow the relationship of a young couple held together by hope and promise, and then torn apart by war. Hal Corley's DEFLATING traces back the past events of two people who connect with their love of a balloon's promise for rebirth. In THE INTRODUCTION by Lucile Lichtblau, caring, but perhaps over concerned parents meet their son's girlfriend for the first time.
Funny, poignant and on the edge, PLAY BY PLAY UNCHAINED vibrantly unveils those life changing moments that bring us together, break us apart or simply drive us crazy!
KIERON BARRY (THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME) Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Kieron is the recipient of three Peggy Ramsay Foundation awards and a Norman Mailer Fellowship. He was also nominated for a London Evening Standard Theatre Award for his play STOCKWELL, which enjoyed two sell-out runs in London and was described by The Times in its five-star review as 'more gripping than anything else to be seen in the London theatre.' His other plays include TOMORROW IN THE BATTLE, which received it's world premiere at Stageworks/Hudson last year, MAHLER & RACHMANINOV, CUMQUATS – developed with the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain – the verse play THE WIND JOSTLES THE DUCKS AWAKE and GRASSHOPPER LEGS: CASE CLOSED.
JEFF CARTER (TWO SUMMER EVENINGS) Carter's plays have been produced in San Francisco, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Houston and Toronto as well as other cities. His play HOMELAND PRAYER won the John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award and has had productions in California and Minneapolis. His play LA HONDA, won the Pacific Repertory Theatre's Hyperion Award and was later produced there. He is a winner of the Nantucket Short Play Prize, the Goshen Peace Play Prize, and a five time finalist for the Heideman Award. His one-acts have been produced throughout the country.
HAL CORLEY (DEFLATING) Plays: AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION and FINDING DONIS ANNE (Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage, the Walnut Street, Westbeth; Atlanta, LA, Boston, Charlotte), IN THE CHARGE OF AN ANGEL (Stageworks/Hudson), MAMA AND JACK CAREW, EASTER MONDAY and ODD (published by Samuel French),1959 and IL NIDO È BELLO (finalists for the Heideman Award). Recent one-act productions: Washington, DC's Source; LA's Eclectic Co.; Santa Ana's Theatre Out; Theatre Three, Port Jefferson, NY; Flush Ink, Ontario, and Brooklyn's Gallery Players.
LUCILE LICHTBLAU (THE INTRODUCTION) Lucile's play CAR TALK had its world premiere at Stageworks, where it was commissioned and developed and its regional premiere at And Toto Too Theater in Denver, CO. Her play THE ENGLISH BRIDE, winner of the Susan Glaspell Prize, the Israel Baran Award And an ATCA/Steinberg nominee had its first rolling world premiere at Theatre Exile, Philadelphia, PA and its second at Centenary Stage, Hackettstown, NJ. It is scheduled to open at 59 East 59th Street Theatre, NYC in October. Her play THE HEMINGS DIARY, was developed by invitation at the Southern Writers Project of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and had a reading at Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ. An upcoming reading is at Penguin Repertory, Stony Point, NY this August. Lucile has had seven short plays in Play By Play at Stageworks.
JAMES MCLINDON (PERSPECTIVE) is a Dramatists Guild Fellow in New York. His play, SALVATION, premiered in New York, Giovanna Sardelli directing, to critical acclaim in the New York Times and elsewhere. COMES A FAERY was developed at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Sean Daniels directing, and was a finalist for the Humana Festival. Mr. McLindon's plays have been developed and/or produced at theaters such as the PlayPenn, Victory Gardens, Lark, Abingdon, hotINK Festival, Irish Repertory, Samuel French Festival, New Rep, Lyric Stage, Boston Playwrights, Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Seven Devils. His plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing and Smith & Kraus.
CATHY TEMPELSMAN (AS YOU LOATHE IT) is new to playwriting. Her full-length work about George Eliot, A MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN, was a finalist for the 2013 Terrence McNally New Play Award, given to an American script that celebrates "the transformative power of art," and will have its world premiere in September at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. The script was also a winner of the Echo Theatre (Dallas, Texas) national playwriting competition. DOG DAYS, a one-act, was recently produced by Luna Stage, and another short play, MISSING (published by Smith and Kraus), was produced at Boston Playwrights Theatre and New York's Barrow Group.
KEN URBAN (EDGAR AND PATRICK) Urban's plays have been produced and developed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Summer Play Festival @ The Public, Donmar Warehouse (London), The Flea, Studio 42, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Irish Rep, Primary Stages, and The Huntington. Upcoming: THE CORRESPONDENT at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, directed by Stephen Brackett. Awards include the Weissberger Playwriting Award, Huntington Playwriting Fellowship, Djerassi Artist Residency, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, MacDowell Colony Fellowships, the Lark Play Development Center's Romania Exchange and SPF/Donmar Warehouse Residency. The feature film adaptation of his play THE HAPPY SAD, with a screenplay by the author and directed by Rodney Evans, premieres at film festivals this summer. Ken has taught writing at Harvard University, Tufts University, Rutgers University, Bucknell University and the Einhorn School of Performing Arts at Primary Stages. He is in the band, Occurrence, and their releases are available for free from their bandcamp site.
KATHRYN DANIELLE (THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME, DEFLATING, AS YOU LOATHE IT, THE INTRODUCTION) After having spent 15 years in L.A. working in TV ("Frasier," "Dear John," and "Knots Landing"), film (Brian DePalma's "Bonfire of the Vanities"), theater (QUEEN OF SWORDS AND TAXES), numerous commercials, Kathryn returned home to New York where she was a member of the Circle Rep Lab, Art & Work Ensemble, Double Image and had been in numerous plays. She recently was seen in THE PRICE directed by Austin Pendleton,THE BAR MITZHVAH OF JESUS GOLDFARB at the American Globe and STAYING AFLOAT at the Ohio theatre.
MAGGIE DELGADILLO (PERSPECTIVE, TWO SUMMER EVENINGS, THE INTRODUCTION) A graduate of the University of Minnesota and Circle in the Square Theatre School, Maggie has been working and studying in New York for the past four years. Credits include: AFTER THE FALL (Circle in the Square), THREE BY THE SEA (Looking Glass Theater), BREAKDOWN (KAOS productions), 5 METER SPREAD (Manhattan Repertory Theater), THE DOG LOGS (Adam Roebuck Productions), MEZZULAH, 1946 (The Playwright's Center, MN), and SHERLOCK'S LAST CASE (Minnesota Centennial Showboat).
SUZY KIMBALL (THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME, EDGAR AND PATRICK) received her MFA from Actors Studio Drama School, and has studied improv at Upright Citizen's Brigade, as well as scene study with Larry Moss. Credits include: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (White Plains Performing Arts Center), ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN (Attic Ensemble), THE LADIES MAN (Cortland Repertory Theatre), ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (Synapse Theatre Ensemble), MOBIUS, CHAGRIN, NIGHT OF THE AUK (all at Fringe NYC), KING LEAR (Gallery Players), and THE BALD SOPRANO (ASDS).
CLIFF MILLER (EDGAR AND PATRICK, DEFLATING, AS YOU LOATHE IT, TWO SUMMER EVENINGS, THE INTRODUCTION) has worked regionally at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (HENRY IV, Part One); the Dallas Theater Center (THE TEMPEST, HENRY IV, DEATH OF A SALESMAN); Capital T Theatre (I GOOGLE MYSELF); the Austin Playhouse (A TEXAS ROMANCE, HOUSE AND GARDEN) and The Secret Theatre (MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING) in NYC. He received his MFA from SMU in Dallas, TX.
BUZZ RODDY (THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME, PERSPECTIVE, EDGAR AND PATRICK, AS YOU LOATHE IT, THE INTRODUCTION) is now in his fourth decade as a professional actor. He has performed in 36 of the 50 states and many of the great theatres of Europe. A selection from the last year or so: SKIN DEEP - Majestic Theatre; Mark Rothko in RED - New Century Theatre (both in Massachusetts). He was artist in residence at USI/New Harmony Theatre in Indiana where he played Willy Loman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN and Horace Vandergelder in THE MATCHMAKER. LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS - Cider Mill Playhouse; Off-Broadway in LIFELINE at Abingdon Theatre. Buzz is a familiar face on TV, and in the movies: THE COWBOY WAY; QUICK CHANGE; THE TAXMAN, THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED; all the various LAW & ORDERs, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, 30 ROCK and the new 9/11 memorial film, 8:46. Buzz is a proud member of Actors' Equity (happy 100th birthday!) and is married to actress Laurie Dawn, with whom he shares a palatial estate in The Bronx.
Jeff Mousseau (Director) Previous credits at Stageworks/Hudson include I AM MY OWN WIFE, OR, and with Hudson Opera House, AUNT LEAF, which premiered at HERE in NYC where Jeff has been a resident artist and curates, startHERE: Innovative Theatre for Young People. Other directing include numerous productions as founding artistic director with The Coyote Theater/Boston as well as plays at Proctors Theater, American Southwest Theater Company, Provincetown Rep, Florida Studio Theatre and, in NYC, Tribeca PAC, West Bank Café, Theatre at 224 Waverly Street, Baruch PAC. With collaborator Barbara Wiechmann, he is currently creating an adaptation of THE SNOW QUEEN developed, in part, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC
Laura Margolis (Director) is the founder and Artistic Director of Stageworks/Hudson. Her directing credits for Stageworks include: TOMORROW IN THE BATTLE (American premiere), TENNIS IN NABLUS (world premiere), THE AMISH PROJECT, IMAGINING MADOFF (premiere), NOWHERE ON THE BORDER (world premiere), CAR TALK (world premiere), FALLING: A WAKE (American premiere), A WEDDING STORY (American premiere), DOG STORIES (world premiere), TENNIS IN NABLUS (2nd production) and many regional premieres such as OMNIUM GATHERUM, LEBENSRAUM, GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL!, BRUTAL IMAGINATION and WIT. Highlighting her career are the plays she has directed for Stageworks' annual PLAY BY PLAY festival of original one-acts. Regionally, she has directed at Capital Rep, Proctors, SUNY/Albany, among others. Laura has received the Certificate of Recognition from the Columbia County Board of Supervisors for providing original and creative opportunities to the community and the Columbia County Arts Award for Artist "for excellence in developing and fostering the arts in Columbia County." She attended Brooklyn College's MFA in Arts Administration program and has taught as an adjunct professor of theater at SUNY/Albany.
The design team includes: William J. Domack (Lighting Design), Phil Elman (Sound Design/Technical Director), George Veale (Costume Design). The Stage Manager is Jennifer Dobies, the Assistant Stage Managers/Understudies are Gregory Cross and Katelyn Pekrul.
Stageworks has established a reputation for its ambitious programming and adventurous productions. The company is especially known for producing the bold, risk-taking work of new dramatic voices. Central to its vision is Futures, an integrative program designed to move Stageworks to the forefront of new play development. Stageworks is both the experiment and the resource to infuse the whole life of the theater with a creative process that produces new ways of expressing, interpreting and sharing the human experience.
Stageworks/Hudson recently launched five of the plays the company premiered into the next phase of their development. In 2011, FALLING: A WAKE (American premiere, 2008) was optioned by Daryl Roth Productions for a commercial run in New York, TENNIS IN NABLUS (East Coast premiere, 2nd production, 2011) was slated for a non-profit Off-Broadway run at the Culture Project in 2012, IMAGINING MADOFF (premiere, 2010) was regionally produced in Washington, D.C. and two plays from the 2011 season's PLAY BY PLAY Festival of New One Acts were chosen for publication in Smith & Kraus' 2012 best ten minute plays anthology. These recognitions are a measure not only of the quality of the plays Stageworks produces, but of the attention that the industry is paying to the gifted playwrights Stageworks has supported.
Stageworks is a member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Perform Columbia. It is the recipient of a Proctors Regional Arts Award honoring the outstanding work of performing arts organizations and is the recipient of the Crystal Apple Award from the Chamber of Commerce for providing a positive effect both culturally and economically on the quality of life in our community.
Plays are for everyone, whether written by students, established authors or emerging dramatists. Theater illuminates, expresses and interprets the human experience and profoundly serves as a global stage for social exchange and enrichment. Stageworks complements its main season with a series of programs to encourage and engage young people, traditional theatergoers and new audiences. Stageworks continues to actively take a leadership role in establishing the Hudson Valley as a cultural destination by exploring and expanding its reputation for developing new theatrical works, forms and programs.
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm: June 12, June 19
Thursdays at 7:30 pm: June 13, June20
Friday at 8:00 pm: June 14, June 21
Saturday at 8:00 pm: June 15, June 22
Saturday Matinee at 2:00 pm: June 22
Sunday Matinee at 2:00 pm: June 16, June 23
Talk Back with the cast and directors post-performance: Thursday, June 20
Kathryn Danielle, Maggie Delgadillo, Suzy Kimball, Cliff Miller, and Buzz Roddy.
Kieron Barry, Jeff Carter, Hal Corley, Lucile Lichtblau, James McLindon, Cathy Tempelsman, Ken Urban.
Laura Margolis, Director
Jeff Mosseau, Director
Phil Elman, Sound Design/Technical Director
William J. Domack, Lighting Design
George Veale, Costume Design
Jennifer Dobies, Stage Manager
Gregory Cross, Assistant Stage Manager
Katelyn Pekrul, ASM/Understudy
For tickets or information, contact Stageworks by mail at 41-A Cross Street, Hudson, NY 12534 or call the box office at (518) 822-9667 . For further information, visit the website at www.stageworkshudson.org.
Single ticket prices are:
$18 for preview performances
$24 for Weekdays, Matinees and Sundays
$29 for Friday and Saturday evening performances.
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more and there are special rates for students and seniors.
Visit Stageworks' home page for more details at www.stageworkshudson.org