Friday, June 27, 2008

Women and Beggars

There are two upcoming performances that I want to plug here today: one is a very good production that I believe deserves to be seen; the other is a very good production directed by me that I believe deserves to be seen.

Out of some outmoded sense of modesty, I’ll make the unselfish plug first: Taylor Mac’s The Young Ladies of… which runs July 9 through August 2. Catherine and I saw it at HERE Arts Center last fall and I was telling everyone for weeks that it was the best one-person shows I’d seen in years and among the best plays of any kind that we saw in 2007. The writing is exceptionally strong, Taylor is a joy to watch onstage and he’s made what is really a very personal story into something that can connect with anyone. And if that wasn’t enough, you owe it to yourself to go see the newly renovated HERE: now 100% artist owned and operated!

Now for the shameless self-promotion: Peculiar Works is kicking off the next development stage of one of our projects. It’s a 30-minute concert of music (with what the cast calls “the Cliff’s Notes version of the script”) from John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera (the play on which Brecht and Weill based The Threepenny Opera). Fun music, great performances, free admission, good food and drinks: why the heck wouldn’t you come? Use the Contact Me link on the sidebar if you want to make a reservation.

The Beggar's Opera: In Concert
Saturday June 28th and Monday, June 30th at 9pm
Zipper Factory Tavern
336 West 37th Street (btwn 8th & 9th Aves)

Admission: FREE (but come thirsty and buy drinks at the bar!)

with Adam Enright,* Christopher Hurt,* Sadrina Johnson,*
Catherine Porter* and Nomi Tichman
performing original songs by
George Croom, Beth Falcone, Alex Hill, Benjamin Ickies,
Peter Kieswalter, Daniel Levy and Tracy Stark

adaptators Christopher Burney, Myrel Chernick and Barry Rowell
musical arranger/orchestrator Benjamin Ickies
costumer Tara Hills
designer Myrel Chernick
vocal coach C. Colby Sachs
assistant director Robert Matteau
production associate Emma Malika
producer Ralph Lewis
director Barry Rowell
*member, Actor’s Equity Asociation


Anonymous said...

I wish I could be there!

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