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“essential” --tHe neW YORK tiMes tHe 2 0 0 9 – 2 0 1 0 neW 4 - p l aY pacKage “New York TheaTre workshop is aN esseNTial parT of The New York culTural laNdscape.” -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 2009–2010 seasOn afteRM Jessica BlaNk erik JeNseN afteRMatH 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. N 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 wriTTeN BY Jessica BlanK & eRiK Jensen direcTed BY Jessica BlanK AFTERM septeMBeR-OctOBeR 2009 nOVeMBeR-DeceMBeR 2009 carsoN mccullers The he tHe HeaRt is a lOnelY HUnteR C 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 caRsOn MccUlleRs adapTed BY ReBecca gilMan direcTed BY DOUg HUgHes co-produced wiTh tHe acting cOMpanY GeoffreY cowaN leroY aaroNs tOp secRet: tHe Battle fOR tHe pentagOn papeRs T 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 guys triumph. wriTTeN BY geOffReY cOWan anD leROY aaROns direcTed BY JOHn RUBinstein a co-producTioN wiTh l.a. tHeatRe WORKs aNd affinitY cOllaBORatiVe tHeateR pentag spRing 2010 sUMMeR 2010 claudia shear oratio RestORatiOn T 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 BY claUDia sHeaR direcTed BY cHRistOpHeR asHleY HOW tO ORDeR BY mail: New York TheaTre workshop aTTN: Membership 79 east 4th street New York, NY 10003 oNliNe: Use our secure server at www.nytw.org BY phoNe: 212-460-5475 (Tuesday – saturday, 11am – 5pm) BY faX: 212-979-1449 BY e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org i would like 4-play membership(s) x $190 = i would like smartpasses x $190 = handling fee = $6 x # of memberships = i wish to make a fully deductible gift to NYTw and support its activities. 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