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“New York TheaTre
workshop is aN
esseNTial parT of The
New York culTural
-The New York Times
during the past ten years, NYTw’s achievements have included producing seminal
theatrical experiences from the finest theatre artists working today such as martha
clarke’s Vienna Lusthaus (Revisited), Tony kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, caryl churchill’s
A Number, paul rudnick’s The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, and Beckett Shorts
directed by Joanne akalaitis and featuring mikhail Baryshnikov. The internationally
renowned flemish director ivo van hove continued to electrify New York audiences
with his unique interpretations of Hedda Gabler and The Misanthrope. we introduced
new writers adam rapp, itamar moses and will power, and gave the daring theatre
company elevator repair service their off-Broadway debut with The Sound and The
Fury (April Seventh, 1928). our offerings are always certain to surprise you, and by
being a member of NYTw the one thing you are guaranteed is that you will see a range
and variety of theatre unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else.
show-stopping claudia shear stars in her own play Restoration for NYTw’s 2009-
2010 season which includes productions by award-winning playwrights Jessica Blank
and erik Jensen, Rebecca gilman’s adaptation of carson Mccullers’ The Heart is a
Lonely Hunter and the exquisitely crafted narrative scaffolding in geoffrey cowan and
leroy aarons’ Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers.
we hope that after joining us for these four innovative and eclectic productions, you
will agree with The New York Times and make
New York TheaTre workshop an esseNTial
part of your theatregoing experience.
photos by Joan marcus
March 20, 2003. A date that the ordinary people
of Iraq will never forget. A day that changed their
lives forever. The day the Americans arrived
in their country.
ew York Theatre workshop sent Jessica Blank and
Erik Jensen, the award-winning creators of The Exonerated,
to Jordan in June 2008 to find out firsthand what happened to
the iraqi civilians as a result of the events that began on that fateful day.
They interviewed some 35 iraqis—a cross-section of lives interrupted—
and following their visit to amman, Jessica and erik crafted their
conversations with the iraqis into an unforgettable theatrical event.
“Aftermath depicts the real people behind the phrase ‘collateral damage.’ In our
interviews with Iraqi civilians, we explored their hopes, fears, backgrounds, families,
professions, and loves, as well as what they have endured throughout the war. The
play is steeped in our belief that theatre has a distinct ability to create connections
among individuals normally separated by geography, experience, nationality, or
beliefs. Through the simple act of speaking to an audience, the characters portrayed
in this play reveal the experiences of a community of people with which we, as
Americans, are indelibly connected.” — Jessica Blank & erik Jensen
Jessica BlanK & eRiK Jensen
tHe HeaRt is
a lOnelY HUnteR
arson McCullers’ classic novel is adapted for the stage by acclaimed
playwright Rebecca gilman (Spinning Into Butter) and directed by
Doug Hughes (The Beard of Avon at NYTw, Doubt). The Heart is
a Lonely Hunter is a beautiful and timeless tale about the universal need
for human connection. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter follows the story of
deaf John singer as he navigates the world without his dearest friend
who has been committed to an insane asylum. when singer moves to
a small southern town, the locals flock to him as a newfound confidant,
seeking compassion and understanding from the one person who needs it
the most. singer’s isolation in the world is mirrored in a few of the towns-
people he meets along the way – a café owner, a rebellious teenager, a
black physician, and an idealistic labor organizer whose dreams have been
shattered. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter intertwines the lives of these
characters in a surprising way that results in a deeply moving story of out-
casts in the south during the Great depression.
Based oN The NoVel BY
tHe acting cOMpanY
tHe Battle fOR tHe
op Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers
is an inside look at The Washington Post’s decision to
publish the classified study documenting u.s.
involvement in Vietnam. The epic legal battle went to the nation’s
highest court and asked the question, “in a democratic society, when,
if ever, should a government be allowed to protect secrets in the name
of national security?” featuring a cast of 11, representing the real life
characters at the center of this historic event (from Washington Post
editor Ben Bradlee to Post publisher katherine Graham to richard
Nixon himself), this real life story about one of the great “stand up
and cheer” moments in american journalism rivals The Front Page
for drama, wit, and the sheer exuberance of watching the good
geOffReY cOWan anD leROY aaROns
a co-producTioN wiTh
l.a. tHeatRe WORKs aNd
affinitY cOllaBORatiVe tHeateR
wo-time Tony Award-nominee, playwright and actress claudia shear
reunites with acclaimed director christopher ashley to create and star in
her comic and inspired new play Restoration. Shear plays the lead role
of Giulia, a feisty, down-on-her-luck art restorer from Brooklyn who receives
the possibly career-reviving job of “refreshing” Michelangelo’s sculpture David
in time for its 500th birthday celebration in Florence. Claudia Shear and
Christopher Ashley first met and worked together on the legendary NYTW
production of Shear’s Obie Award-winning solo performance piece Blown
Sideways Through Life. Directed by Ashley, Blown Sideways played an
extended New York run and was later filmed for PBS’s “American Playhouse”.
Shear triumphantly returned to NYTW with Dirty Blonde, a comic exploration
of the life of Mae West, directed by James Lapine, for which she won a Theatre
World Award, as well as Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for Best
Play and Best Actress. Christopher Ashley’s directing credits include Xanadu,
for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director
of a Musical, and The Rocky Horror Show for which he received nominations
for the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical and the Drama Desk Award
for Outstanding Director of a Musical.
“One of the best new American plays to come my
way in quite some time.” — Wall Street Journal
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