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2020 CALENDAR Archive

$27,009 RAISED in 2020!


PRODUCERS’ CIRCLE:

Charles & Karen Schader
Isaac Koyfman
Ryan Quinn
Melissa Hirsch
Sarah Hancock
Alan & Donna Altschuler
Ashley Garrett & Alan Jones
Emily Rechnitz
Claudia Perles
Diane Miller


ASSOCIATE PRODUCER:

Scott & Roxanne Bok


PILLAR:

Angus Vail & Julie Daugherty
Peter & Lauren Lese
Elaine Wolbrom
Arthur Grayzel & Claire Lieberwitz
George Reed
Kathleen & Joel Millonzi
Neil & Kathleen Chrisman
Amy Greer & Mark Murphy
Deborah Benson & Frederic (Ric) Marx
Susan McGeary
Ken & Caryl Field

Janet Tiampo

 


PATRON:

Stephanie Gittleman
David Lieberman
Lorren Erstad & David Lerner
Judith Ferber
Christopher & Roberta Tunnard
Philip & Mary Oppenheimer
Tom & Cindy Mooney

Richard II poster with a silhouette of a king chess piece

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The tragedy of Richard II

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Zachary Elkind

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

NATIONAL BAIL FUND NETWORK (RAISED $3220)

(RAISED $3220)

Shakespeare’s most intimate history play charts Richard II’s growth into maturity and poetry as he loses everything.

Cast:  EDMUND LEWIS​, PAUL LAZAR, RYAN QUINN, SHIRINE BABB, LISA BIRNBAUM, AUNDRIA BROWN, JOHN TERRY, GALEN MOLK, CAROLINE GROGAN, VIOLETA PICAYO, SIMON SCHAITKIN

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

The Long Christmas Ride Home

Written by Paula Vogel

Directed by Violeta Picayo

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

6:30pm EST: Live Music by Brandy Butler

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

THE AUDRE LORDE PROJECT

(RAISED $2935)

Paula Vogel breaks open the American family play in this fractured, beautiful exploration of a family of five in crisis.

Cast: Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Kathryn Tkel, Katie Hartke, Tramell Tillman, Maggie Adams McDowell, EDMUND LEWIS

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

Entertaining Mr. Sloane

Written by Joe Orton

Directed by Annabel Capper

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music by George Stass

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

Equal Justice Initiative

(RAISED $2015)

Comedy is the greasy underbelly of psychopathy in Joe Orton’s sexy, biting satire of middle-class England in the swinging ‘60s.

Cast:  Nigel Gore, Annabel Capper, Dan Amboyer, Maurice Jones

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

Coriolanus

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Nathan Malin

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music by Doug Waterman

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

(RAISED $2557)

Shakespeare’s rarely-seen Roman history is a taut, brutal reminder that a society founded on war can never be at peace with itself.

Cast: Tina Packer, Vasile Flutur, David Keohane, Arash Moktar, Khadija Bangoura, Paul Lazar, Maurice Parent, Nigel Gore, Julia Ty Goldberg

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

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Don Juan in Hell

Written by George Bernard Shaw

Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand

RESCHEDULED: THURSDAY, August 27, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music by Joshua Fried (RADIO WONDERLAND LIVE)

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

Southern Poverty Law Center

(RAISED $2225)

Bedlam loves George Bernard Shaw, and this one-act — originally Act III of Shaw’s “Man and Superman” — is Shaw at his purest: his gift for language and comedy never fails, even in Hell.

Cast:  LISA WOLPE, RANDOLPH CURTIS RAND, SHIRINE BABB, ERIC TUCKER

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

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China Dreams or The Conservation of Parity

Written by Stefani Kuo

Directed by Nicholas Polonio

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

7:30pm EST: Music by Curtis Stewart

8:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

INTEGRATE NYC

(RAISED $380)

This stunning new play from Stefani Kuo traces the life of Wu Chien-Shiung, an overlooked Chinese-American physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, in the first new play in our reading series.

Cast:  Cricket Brown, Ethan Luk, Joel Rueben Ganz, Wai Ching Ho, Woody Fu, FANG DU

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

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MACBETH

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Ryan Quinn

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music by John Taney

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

BLACK WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS

(RAISED $1630)

Cast:  joe tapper, shirine babb, truett felt, nigel gore, rajesh bose

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

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ROMEO & JULIET

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Eric Tucker

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music by Jeffrey Young & Carlos Cotallo

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

COMMUNITIES UNITED FOR POLICE REFORM

(RAISED $1420)

Cast: NIGEL GORE & TINA PACKER AS ROMEO & JULIET

WITH ALLYN Burrows, ANNABEL CAPPER, CHARLS HALL, SPENCER ASTE, ALAN ALTSCHULER, DRIA BROWN, MIKE LABBADIA, SAMANTHIA NIXON, NATHAN MALIN, JAMIE SMITHSON, TED LEWIS, AND RANDOLPH CURTIS RAND 

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

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HEDDA GABLER

Written by Henrik Ibsen

Directed by Zachary Elkind

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music: Constant Strangers: Chris Peters and Mary Bolt

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

ARTISTS STRIVING TO END POVERTY

(RAISED $3620)

A woman at war with society’s expectations, Hedda Gabler refuses to play by anyone else’s  rules in Henrik Ibsen’s revolutionary play.

Cast:  Shirine Babb, JOÉL PÉREZ, RAJESH BOSE, RACHEL BOTCHAN, CHRIS MURRAH, IONE WANG

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

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The price

Written by Arthur Miller

Directed by Annabel Capper

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

6:30pm EST: “New York” by Annabel Capper

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

THE OKRA PROJECT

(RAISED $991)

Arthur Miller’s dramatic two-act piece about family dynamics, the price of furniture, and the price of one’s decisions.

Cast:  Annabel Capper, Rajesh Bose, Arash Mokhtar, Michael Twaine

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

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the bear and other stories

 

THREE ONE-ACT PLAYS

By Anton Chekhov

Directed by Nathan Malin

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music by Quinlan Fitzgerald

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

PRINCESS JANAE PLACE

(RAISED $975)

Cast:  Ashley bufkin, michael hammond, tramell tillman

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live