modern absurdist play by resident playwright Natalie Menna
PRESENTED BY THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, 155 FIRST AVE.
WAS JUNE 3 TO 20, 2021 -- RESCHEDULED TO SEPTEMBER 19 TO OCTOBER
Brad Fryman, Maiken Wiese, Sean Hoagland in Theater for the
New City's Dream Up Featival, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
Nothing" was previously presented by Theater for the New
City's Dream Up Festival from September 8 to 16, 2018. From 2016
to 2017, the play grew from a one-act to a two-act and in the
process of its development, won several awards in the Planet Connections
two-act play takes us to a dismal time-to-come when something
can become a profound, obvious nothing and life becomes the time
in between the sometimes which sometimes happen. It is set in
the foreseeable future, when the world is nearing its end. An
older man, a young man and a woman, all British expats, are sheltering
from nearby bomb blasts in a bleak room. They cope by taunting
each other with warped games of verbal wordplay and by blurring
each other's realities while losing touch with their own. The
older man is the uncle of the younger man, who is a punk rocker.
The woman, wife of the older man, is a former Rockette of Sephardic
Jewish heritage. The trio's ordeal is meant to offer a bleak glimpse
at life in the wake of a dystopian presidency, where wars
will abound, words will have lost their meaning and people will
have lost their way.
version of the play had won prizes for Outstanding Playwriting
of a One-Act and Outstanding Overall Production of a One-Act at
Planet Connections Festivity in 2016. The following year, Maiken
Wiese was awarded Best Supporting Actress for her role in the
IN THE WINGS
"DANCE OF DEATH" PARTS ONE AND TWO
BY AUGUST STRINDBERG
Presented together for the first time in North America
Theater for the New
FEBRUARY 21 TO MARCH 13, 2022
two-part play, written in 1900, is labeled by some critics, not
without justice, as Strindberg's greatest work. In an isolated
fort Edgar, a captain of artillery, and Alice, his wife, have
lived for 25 years, hating each other with a deadly venom and
each wishing the other's death. Their home becomes peopled with
devils. When Kurt, Edgar's friend, comes to stay in it, he is
caught up in the atmosphere of evil. He falls in love with Alice
and becomes her associate in a plot designed to destroy her husband.
During a stroke, Edgar suddenly gains a new vision of life, realizing
his own errors and pleading for reconciliation. Thus ends the
first part of the drama.
second shows the final triumph of the wife. Remorselessly, she
drives Edgar to his death--although in the very process of doing
so, a bitter doubt enters her mind.
play's legacy can be seen in a number of contemporary plays. "Play
Strindberg" by Friedrich Dürrenmatt condenses the two
parts into a terse, brutal series of boxing rounds. In its claustrophobic
atmosphere and treatment of marital dysunction, the play reverberates
through Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," Harry
Kondoleon's "The Houseguests" and even John Guare's
"The House of Blue Leaves."
Pelican & Isle of the Dead by August
Strindberg, presented by Theater for the New City February 6 -
Strindberg returned from the Continent to Stockholm in 1906, where
he lived out his last seven years. There he wrote "The Pelican"
for his Intimate Theater in 1907 and "Isle of the Dead"
(Toten-Insel) immediately after as a prologue. The latter was
unpublished until 1918 and rediscovered in the early 60s, when
it was found and promptly dismissed as an incomplete fragment.
The two plays were finally reunited by Ingmar Bergman in a radio
version in 2003. It was his last dramatic production. In this
production, August Strindberg Rep brought the two plays to the
stage together for the first time in history. It was also the
world premiere of new English translations of both plays by Robert
Greer, who helmed the production.
|In "Isle of
the Dead," The Teacher (Gabe Bettio) reveals to The Dead
(Brad Fryman) truths of his life by showing him "The
Pelican." Behind: Jay William Thomas in "The Pelican."
||In "The Pelican,"
Margaret, the maid (Mary Tierney) confronts the diabolical
wife, Elise (Natalie Menna).
by Natalie Menna (resident playwright), presented by Theater for
the New City
May 31 - June 16, 2019
highest recommendation! Hilarious, moving, politically
thought-provoking comedy of manners. An only-in-New-York
satire centering on the failed plan to create an International
Freedom Center Museum on the 9/11 site. Once again, Theater
for the New City offers a work of utmost relevance and entertainment
value, enacted by immensely talented actors, a brilliant
director, and an outstanding creative team."
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