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Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company
April 2, 2015-June 7, 2015
Three generations, two surprise guests and one unexpected evening.
Carol, a harried matriarch in suburban London, has arranged a small family party to celebrate the 21st birthday of her son Andy. But as everyone begins to gather, things go off the rails as two surprise guests pop up—one a newcomer and one all too familiar. And then Andy and his caregiver are running late—very very late. With a deft comic touch, The Herd introduces us to three generations of a spirited middle class clan confronting the possibilities of reconciliation, the power of the past and the irresistible pull of family.
Charles Isherwood of the New York Times writes "Most remarkably, for all the sadness at its core, “The Herd” remains a buoyantly entertaining play. The true wisdom Mr. Kinnear reveals is the discomfiting (or comforting?) truth that even the most agonizing tragedies cannot wholly extinguish the human instinct to survive, to partake of life."
Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Swoosie Kurtz: Reading & Signing (Free) Swoosie Kurtz will launch the paperback release of her memoir PART SWAN, PART GOOSE
Swoosie Kurtz, award-winning theater, tv, and movie actress, reads from her memoir Part Swan, Part Goose at this paperback launch event. She will then take questions from the audience and sign copies of her book.
Admission is free. Purchasers of Part Sway, Part Goose receive priority seating.
A multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Award winner, Swoosie Kurtz is a Broadway icon whose work also includes movies like Liar, Liar, Dangerous Liaisons, Citizen Ruth, and the television hits Sisters, Pushing Daisies and Mike & Molly.
New York Times bestselling author Joni Rodgers has collaborated on several celebrated memoirs, including A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth and My First Five Husbands…and The Ones Who Got Away by Rue McClanahan.
PART SWAN, PART GOOSE: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work and Family by Swoosie Kurtz takes us behind the stage curtain but doesn’t live there; its heart is solidly at home. Candidly reflecting on her struggles and joys as caregiver for her mother Margo (who is approaching her hundredth birthday this Fall), while navigating the highs and lows of the entertainment industry, this memoir is deeply resonant for millions caring for aging parents; topical, timely, and entertaining as hell for readers in general. As Swoosie describes Part Swan, Part Goose, “I really wanted this to be a valentine to my parents..and a love story about a family.” Her distinctive name comes from The Swoose, the famed B-17 bomber flown by her Olympic diving medalist father, Col. Frank Kurtz, the most decorated Air Force pilot of World War II. Swoosie’s mother, Margo Rogers Kurtz is the author of the home front memoir My Rival, the Sky (Putnam, 1945). Margo’s book ends with the young couple happily anticipating the birth of a baby to be named after the indomitable Swoose. The careful weaving of Swoosie’s story with passages from her mother’s My Rival, the Sky creates a vivid portrait of the invincible mother-daughter bond between the two women. “A brave and riveting book about family, fame, theater and life. It is witty, wise, and irresistible. I loved it.” —Tom Brokaw
“I laughed and cried (sometimes at the same time) reading this extraordinary story about Swoosie and her parents and her work and her loves. Swoosie has the beautiful gift of a seasoned storyteller.” —Carol Burnett
“I’m often asked What’s Swoosie Kurtz really like? I say, warm, incredibly funny, grounded but spontaneous, irreverent but always kind, independent yet deeply rooted to her family. Swoosie has put her heart and her humor into these pages. Now, when people ask, I can say, Here, read this!” —Melissa McCarthy
THE GIN GAME
by D.L. Coburn
directed by Leonard Foglia
Broadway's Golden Theater
With James Earl Jones & Cicely Tyson.
Previews begin September 21, 2015. Opens October 13.
This winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize, which originally starred Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn and was later revived with Julie Harris and Charles Durning, uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. Fonsia wins every time and their secrets become weapons used against one another. Weller longs for a victory to counter a lifetime of defeats but it doesn't happen. He leaves the stage a broken man and Fonsia realizes her self-righteous rigidity has led to an embittered, lonely old age.
Broadway and regional scene designer Douglas W. Schmidt will be in New York City on Thursday, April 30, to celebrate the release of a new book on his work,The Designs of Douglas W. Schmidt, at The Drama Book Shop, 250 W. 40th St.
Schmidt will participate in a Talk Back interview at 5 pm, followed by a book-signing and wine and cheese reception with the book's authors, Annie and Barry Cleveland.
The book is the latest in USITT's Designs of series on famous American theatrical designers. The Clevelands also wrote The Designs of Carrie Robbins (2011), for which Schmidt wrote the foreword.
Schmidt recently received USITT's 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award in Scene Design, presented at the organization's annual conference in Cincinnati last month.
After starting his career at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park, Schmidt became an assistant to Ming Cho Lee in 1964, and went on to design scenery for 57 Broadway shows including Grease (1972), A Streetcar Named Desire (1973), They're Playing Our Song (1979), Porgy and Bess(1983), and Damn Yankees (1994). He has two Tony nominations, for 42nd Street (2001) and Into the Woods (2002), and three Drama Desk awards, among other accolades.
Since moving to San Francisco in 1982, he has designed sets for regional theatres including the Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, and San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, as well as opera, dance, film, and theme parks.
THE DESIGNS OF DOUGLAS W. SCHMIDT
Acting with Passion
A Performer’s Guide to Emotions on Cue
By Niki Flacks
A Book Launch Celebration! Bloomsbury Methuen Drama’s release of Acting with Passion in the US. Wine, food, book signing, visiting with the author and many New York actors and friends.
"A frighteningly simple superhighway into an actor’s well of creativity and passion.” Stephen Beckett, star of Coronation Street, The Bill and The National Theatre
Niki Flacks’ impressive career as director, actor, teacher, psychologist, spans both sides of the Atlantic. She has worked with some of the greatest names in theatre: John Gielgud, Tyrone Guthrie, Maggie Smith, Harold Prince, Richard Chamberlain and many others. She has directed off West End in London and off-Broadway in New York and at regional theatres in the US. Her extraordinary reputation comes from her ability to unlock an actor’s richest potential. She has become one of the most sought after acting teachers in London, Paris, Tel Aviv and New York.
“Niki’s work is one of the single best things I’ve learnt as an actor. The freedom it gives me is something I’ve never found in traditional actor training—bypassing my head and responding on an impulsive, visceral level.” Matt Minto, Australia
“Niki Flacks is a trail- blazer and so it’s not possible to say, ‘Her work is like this or that.’ The hardest thing for me to wrap my head around now, after fifty years of working in the theatre, is that ‘preparation’ could be so easy and effective. I’m finally ‘in the moment’ every moment.” Ken Glickfeld, New York
“Niki Flacks’ work is the closest thing to real magic I have ever experienced. That the body’s tissue contains memory is one step, to experience and relive that emotion is a giant leap.” Jack Price, London
Acting with Passion is based on the latest research from the fields of neuroscience and mind-body psychology, Acting With Passion offers a revolutionary new approach to the age-old problems of the actor: dealing with nerves, engaging the body, quieting the inner critic, auditioning, creating a character, and even playing comedy. With this step-by-step guide, actors who have struggled with ‘visualization’ and ‘emotional recall’ can learn an alternative method of accessing feelings through the release of chronic, subtle muscular tensions that connect into the brain at lightning fast speed and can actually produce emotions on cue. Written with verve and accessibility, and using practical exercises to guide the actor through each stage, Acting With Passion is the must-have text for actors seeking that magical ‘state of aliveness’.
Actors’ Responses after the book’s release in the UK and Europ:
“Unique, emotional, deep and challenging. Bravo!” Julia Kratz, Berlin
“Ruthlessly truthful, powerful and empowering!” Lucinka Eisler, London
“Beg, borrow or steal! Buy this book!” Prue Gillet, PhD, Brighton
“Like no other technique. Ah, and the results are extraordinaire!”
Florence Perrier, Paris
“Acting with Passion opens up a connection to a sort of internal reservoir where emotions are free and the body alive.” Keith Farquhar, Lyon, France
“Deep authentic emotion that can be relied upon to ‘show up’ is the holy grail for any serious actor. Niki’s book is a revelation.” Felicity Soper, Melbourne, Australia
" Whilst I personally resist her demonizing of intellect, that caveat is outweighed by the delightful mix of inspired pragmatism and no-nonsense speculation in Niki Flacks' book that will not only be solidly useful for any actor, but will stimulate that voracious curiosity which is the lifeblood of a fulfilling life in our business." - Mark Wing-Davey, Chair, Graduate Acting Program, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
"Acting with Passion offers a wonderful invitation to enter the exhilarating world of Niki Flacks’ acting workshops dropping in for useful practical exercises, profound insights and experienced advice on the craft of acting." Niamh Dowling, Head of School Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, UK.
“This book is for actors of all ages—those who are in training programs and those who have finished training—giving voice to their hopes and dreams, their anger and their fears.” Dr Charley Helfert, Former Associate Dean, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
“Acting with Passion is one of the most popular workshops at the Actors Centre. Actors rave about it. This book explains ‘why’ in lively detail.” Louise Coles, Chief Executive, The Actors Centre, London
April 7,2015-May 17 Extended through May 24, 2015
Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway (Interstellar, Les Misérables, Twelfth Night) returns to The Public in George Brant's (Elephant's Graveyard, The Mourners' Bench), spellbinding, ripped-from-the-headlines play GROUNDED. An ace fighter pilot reassigned to a remote-controlled drone faces twelve-hour shifts hunting targets from her Air Force trailer followed by twelve in the suburbs with her family in this "gripping" (New York Times) new play about the complicated consequences of waging war without leaving home. Named one of the Best Plays of the year by both London's The Evening Standard and The Guardian, and winner of the Smith Prize for Political Theater, GROUNDED comes to The Public's intimate Anspacher Theater under the masterful direction of two-time Tony Award winner Julie Taymor (A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Lion King, Frida, Across the Universe).
Grounded, George Brant's new Off-Broadway solo play starring Academy Award-winning "Les Misérables" star Anne Hathaway with direction by Academy Award nominee and two-time Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, begins previews April 7.
The Barrow Street Theater. Previews begin May 5, 2015. Opens May 28.
WINNER! 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 2013 OBIE Award, Playwriting
Winner! 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
Originally staged at Playwrights Horizons, the production will transfer intact, reuniting director Sam Gold with the entire original cast, which includes Alex Hanna, Louisa Krause, Matthew Maher and Aaron Clifton Moten.
“Annie Baker’s exquisite play, acted by a perfect cast, won my heart. One of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge in the past decade.” —Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
“The most spellbinding theater this year. ‘The Flick’ may be the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity and profound uniqueness of the theater. —Jesse Green, New York Magazine
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.
The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?
Mike Bartlett’s controversial new play explores the people beneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.
Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold directs the World Premiere, following his acclaimed production of American Psycho. He is reunited with Mike Bartlett (Chariots of Fire, Cock) after their collaboration on Earthquakes in London.
Rupert Goold will direct a cast that will include Katie Brayben, Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Nyasha Hatendi, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Tim Pigott-Smith, Tom Robertson, Nicholas Rowe, Nick Sampson, Tafline Steen and Lydia Wilson.
In his new play for the Almeida, writer Mike Bartlett imagines a future with Charles on the throne. ‘We have this strange family at the top of our society and it is our duty to question why,’ he tells Nick Curtis
Broadway is getting Queen Elizabeth II this spring in “The Audience,” a play starring Helen Mirren as the monarch, and in all probability Broadway will get her soon afterward with “King Charles III,” Mike Bartlett’s future-history play that has earned critical acclaim in London.
LONDON — “We’ll never be royals,” begins the chorus of the hit pop song by Lorde that’s played as the curtain falls on Mike Bartlett’s dazzling “King Charles III” at Wyndham’s Theater. And aren’t we the lucky ones?
Fresh from winning the 2015 Olivier Award for best play, Mike Bartlett’s “future-history” tale “King Charles III” has claimed the Music Box Theater for a fall run on Broadway. U.K. actor Tim Piggott-Smith will reprise his role as Charles, who, in the play, becomes king of England following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Rupert Goold, the artistic director of London’s Almeida Theater, directs. Further casting remains to be set for “King Charles III.” Stuart Thompson and Sonia Friedman produce the show, which begins previews Oct. 10 ahead of a Nov. 1 opening.
NOTE: Also available, a hard-cover "special edition" at $23.99, ISBN 9781848424425