New Visions 2012

NEW VISIONS 2012
151 Bank Street, New York, NY 10014
THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DRAMA

NEW VISIONS Directing Festival
October 4-12, October 18-26, and November 1-9

Five plays performed in repertory highlight the work of this year’s graduating directors and actors.

Clean
by Edwin Sanchez
directed by Christie Marie Clark

Growing up in the Bronx, young Gustavito desperately seeks love and affection to ease his pain: his father, Kiko, beats him; his half-brother, Junior, bullies him; and his mother, Esperanza, has abandoned the family. Looking for something to believe in, Gustavito turns to the church to find peace where he meets the Father, a young priest struggling with his own relationship with God. When the Father befriends the boy, the solace takes an unusual turn and what develops are relationships no one can quite define – and some cannot endure. Will the sins of fathers be washed clean in this impossible love story?

October 4, 7:00 p.m.
October 5, 9:30 p.m.
October 6, 7:00 p.m.
October 9, 9:30 p.m.
October 10, 7:00 p.m.
October 11, 9:30 p.m.
October 12, 7:00 p.m.
 

Five Flights
by Adam Bock
directed by K. L. Cullom

Siblings Ed and Adele inherit an enormous aviary that their late father built for his deceased wife, whose soul he believed, had transformed into the body of a wren – and now the grown children are faced with the dilemma of what to do with the crumbling structure. Folded into this debate are issues of religious conviction, fear of commitment, the way Russian ballet resembles a hockey game, and the courtship of Ed by Tom, a gay professional hockey player.

October 4, 9:30 p.m.
October 5, 7:00 p.m.
October 6, 9:30 p.m.
October 9, 7:00 p.m.
October 10, 9:30 p.m.
October 11, 7:00 p.m.
October 12, 9:30 p.m.
 

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
by William Shakespeare
adapted & directed by Brad Raimondo

Prince Hamlet is adrift upon a sea of troubles: The King, his father, has been killed, his mother has married his uncle and that same uncle has seized the throne. Urged to vengeance by his father’s ghost, betrayed by his lover and spied upon by childhood friends, Hamlet struggles to regain control of his own destiny. And all the while the clouds of war gather on the horizon. This new streamlined adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy presents a young man wracked with grief, filled with rage and paralyzed by questions not only about the truth behind his father’s murder but about the very nature of life and death itself.

October 18, 7:00 p.m.
October 19, 7:00 p.m.
October 20, 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
October 24, 7:00 p.m.
October 25, 7:00 p.m.
October 26, 7:00 p.m.
 

Fen
by Caryl Churchill
directed by Kai-Hsiang Tu

Fen exposes the harsh struggles of the women and landworkers of England’s Fen Country, as it delves into their private lives and dreams. At the center of the play is Val, who wants more than anything to escape from the life she and her family have known for generations. She decides to escape the Fens to start a new life with another man, leaving her husband and two daughters. However, she soon finds herself struggling with the emotional implications of following her desires and in the tragic position of having to choose between her children and her lover – neither of which she wants to live without.

 

Thursday, November 29, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 30, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4, 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 6, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, December 7, 7:00 p.m.

 

Intimate Apparel
by Lynn Nottage
directed by Whitney Gail Aronson

The time is 1905, New York City: Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a rooming house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white 5th Avenue socialites to tenderloin district prostitutes. One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains. By way of a mutual acquaintance, she begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man who is working on the Panama Canal. Meanwhile, Esther finds herself attracted to an Orthodox Jewish shopkeeper from the Lower East Side. What will she do for love? Esther's actions will change her and the people close to her–forever.

 

Thursday, November 29, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, November 30, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5, 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 7, 9:30 p.m.

 

Set designs by Jason Simms, Kacie Hultgren
Costume designs by Whitney Anne Adams
Lighting designs by Josh Bradford
Sound designs by Jane Shaw, Phil Carluzzo
Production stage manager, Chris Clark*
Associate stage manager, Julie Watson*

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Free General Admission. Seating is limited; reservations are recommended.
The New School for Drama Theater 151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor, New York City

To make reservations, call Ticket Central at 212.279.4200 or visit www.ticketcentral.com.

For more information and to view the graduating actors’ headshots and résumés, and the directors’ résumés, visit www.newschool.edu/drama

 
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