8/20/02
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Brave New World
American Theatre Responds To September 11th

by Nancy Rosati


American Theatre is responding to 9/11 with a theatre marathon from Sept 9-11 at NY's Town Hall. Producing Artistic Director J. Dakota Powell has put together four different performances which include over 50 plays and songs. 150 actors, directors, playwrights, composers and lyricists will be pooling their talent for this unique event.

Net proceeds will be donated to The New York Childrens Foundation, which was founded by children to benefit the children who were affected by Sept 11th and its aftermath.

Olympia Dukakis hosted an open rehearsal presentation at Sardi's this afternoon.

The first performer was actor Ivan Davila, reading from Pops, a new play by Edwin Sanchez, which told the story of a man who LOVED I Love Lucy, and how its continuing showing on TV helps his son cope with his father's death at the WTC.

Eli Wallach joined his young grandson Tyler in reading a poem that Tyler wrote called "I am as Strong as a Lion and as Soft as Silk."

Playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman took a more humorous approach in his play Ribbon in the Sky. It was performed by Catherine Curtin and Frank Whaley, playing fraternal twins just under 30 years old - Sherman's metaphor for the twin towers.

Michael John LaChiusa then sat down at the piano to accompany Donna Murphy on his song "There Will Be a Miracle."

Playwright Charles Evered, who also happens to be an officer in the Naval Reserves, and who participated in the Ground Zero recovery effort, explained that the reactions of New Yorkers to Fleet Week was very different this year. He wrote a play entitled Adopt a Sailor, concerning a couple (Bebe Neuwirth and Len Cariou) who bring a sailor (Josh Radnor) into their home. It becomes obvious over dinner that they both have very different reactions to 9/11.

Finally, Olympia Dukakis read an excerpt from a poem entitled "The Cure at Troy."

Throughout the presentation, everyone in the room listened intently, frequently laughing and occasionally fighting back tears. Clearly, this will be an emotional event as the New York community uses art to cope with this most painful anniversary.

Please visit www.bravenewworldarts.com for more on this event, programming schedules and ticket information.

Brave New World
American Theatre Responds To September 11th

At Town Hall

Participating Artists Include (Partial List):
Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, Alec Baldwin, Len Cariou, Jill Clayburgh, Edie Falco, Adolph Green, John Guare, Marvin Hamlisch, Neil Patrick Harris, Ethan Hawke, Beth Henley, Jerry Herman, Tina Howe, Elias Koteas, Marsha Mason, Greg Kotis & Mark Hollmann, Neil Labute, Julianna Margulies, Terrence Mcnally, Alan Menken, Idina Menzel, Bebe Neuwirth, Phyllis Newman, Michael Nouri, Jason Patric, Amanda Peet, Ann Reinking, Isabella Rossalini, Lea Salonga, John Patrick Shanley, Marlo Thomas, Marisa Tomei, Stanley Tucci, Alfred Uhry, Eli Wallach And Sam Waterston

Tentative Schedule as of September 7
(lineups will change; check the website for up-to-date listings):

Monday, September 9th, 8:00PM

Excerpt from Return to the Upright Position by Caridad Svich

Nine Ten, a play by Tony winning playwright Warren Leight (Side Man), performed by Chris McCann, Jenny McGuire, Brennan Brown, Harriet Harris, Jenna Stern, Tim McCracken, directed by Randal Myler

Dana Ivey (Driving Miss Daisy, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Major Barbara) performs The Other Line, a play by Pulitzer Prize, Oscar and Tony® winning playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo)

"Cassandra Song", a song by Ellen McLaughlin and Peter Foley, performed by Melissa Errico

2001: An Oral History, a new play by Lillian Ann Slugocki, performed by Judith Hawking, Catherine Curtin, Brian Carter, Saidah Eukolona, Carolyn Baeumler, Steven Rattazzi, directed by Erica Gould

"give them wings", an excerpt from 110 Stories by Sarah Tuft, performed by Elias Koteas, directed by Barry Edelstein

Impact, a play by Obie winning playwright Jose Rivera (Marisol, Each Day Dies with Sleep), performed by Kristin Davis and Jason Patric, directed by Barry Edelstein

LaChanze (Once on This Island, Ragtime) performs "A Song for Calvin," a song by Tony® winning composer and lyricist Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Seussical)

Kristin Davis and Paul Rudd in Land of the Dead, a play written and directed by Neil LaBute (Nurse Betty, In the Company of Men, Bash)

A Broken Head by Andrew Solomon, performed by Len Cariou, directed by Jack Wrangler

Dana Ivey in Skylab, a new play by Christopher Durang, directed by Walter Bobbie

No One You Know, a new play by Neal Bell, performed by Peter Gallagher and Lorraine Bracco, directed by Mark Wing-Davey (UK)

"Alive," a song with lyrics by Oscar winner John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Four Dogs and a Bone) and music by Daniel Harnett, performed by Orfeh

Jill Clayburgh and Lily Rabe in The Crazy Girl by Frank Pugliese

"There Will Be A Miracle," a song by Tony nominated composer/lyricist Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Marie Christine, Hello Again), performed by Donna Murphy

Climate, a new play by Joe Pintauro, performed by Marsha Mason, Austin Pendleton and Peggy Lipton, directed by Damian Gray

Terror Eyes, a new play by Oyamo, performed by Reg E. Cathey, directed by Marion McClinton

"I Am Strong in the Face of Everything Except Nuclear War" a poem by Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues), performed by Isabella Rossallini

"Prayer", a song by Geoffrey Menin

Bebe Neuwirth, Michael Nouri and Neil Patrick Harris in Adopt a Sailor, a new play by Charles Evered, directed by Craig Carlisle

The Elevator, a new play Rinne Groff, directed by Edward Stern

A prayer by Terrence McNally, performed by Frances Sternhagen

And My Friend, a choral by David Simpatico and Will Todd


Tuesday, September 10th, 8:00PM

Excerpt from Return to the Upright Position by Caridad Svich

First Day of School, a new play by Lynn Nottage, performed by Kenajuan Bentley, Catherine Curtin, Judith Hawking, Elias Koteas, Timothy Britten Parker, directed by Matthew Penn

The Last One by Ed Seebald (U.S. Coast Guard), performed by Alec Baldwin

"Nun Danket Alle Gott", song by Rinde Eckert

Exodus by J Dakota Powell, performed by Maya Gabrielle (UK), Robert Neill, Laura Flanagan, Ninon Rogers, Christen Clifford, Kenajuan Bentley, Ivan Davila, Randy Ryan, Sarah Hayon, directed by Stephen Wisker (UK)

"September Morning", poem by Kathryn Stern, performed by Frances Sternhagen

Black Alert in Sarajevo by Ruth Margraff, directed by Molly Smith

Aunt Pitti-Pat In The Tower, a new play by David Simpatico, performed by Mario Cantone, directed by Stephen Williford

Throw, a new play by Brian Silberman, performed by Trudie Styler, Matt Servitto, and David Bennett, directed by James D. Stern

"The Ballad of Mary O'Connell," a song by the Tony winning composer and lyricist Greg Kotis & Mark Hollmann (Urinetown), performed by Rich Krueger

Passengers, a new play by Betty Shamieh, performed by Rosie Perez, Christen Clifford, Jenny Maguire, Sarah Hayon, directed by Billy Hopkins

Second Skin by Chay Yew, directed by John Ruocco

Haiti, a new work by playwright Keith Reddin (Brutality of Fact), performed by Amy Irving, Michael Potts, and Boris McGiver, directed by Mark Brokaw

7-11, a new play by Kia Corthron, performed by Rosie Perez, Kenajuan Bentley and Darius Kashani, directed by John Michael Garces

Redesign, a play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart, The Miss Firecracker Contest), performed by Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, and Bud Cort

"That's How I Say Good-bye", music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Craig Cornelia, performed by Kelly O'Hara

His Wife, a new play by Obie winning playwright Romulus Linney (The Sorrows of Frederick, Holy Ghosts), performed by Jessica Hecht, Jason Patric, and Boris McGiver, directed by Penelope Cherns (UK)

After, a new play by Nicole Burdette, performed by Jason Patric, directed by Nicole Burdette

"Hands Holding Hands", a song by Gilles Chaisson and Chris Roberts, performed by Idina Menzel

Woman at a Threshold, Beckoning by John Guare, performed by John Turturro, directed by Michael Wilson

"Anthem", a song by John Patrick Shanley


Wednesday, September 11th, 2:00PM

Excerpt from Return to the Upright Position by Caridad Svich

The Moon Please a new play by Diana Son, performed by Gloria Reuben and Frank Wood, directed by Christopher Smith

Stop All the Clocks by Erin Cressida Wilson, performed by Joel Grey and Anne Reinking, directed by Steve Lawson

Exodus by J Dakota Powell, performed by Maya Gabrielle (UK), Robert Neill, Laura Flanagan, Ninon Rogers, Christen Clifford, Kenajuan Bentley, Ivan Davila, Randy Ryan, Sarah Hayon, directed by Stephen Wisker (UK)

"give them wings", an excerpt from 110 Stories by Sarah Tuft, performed by Chita Rivera, directed by Barry Edelstein

Impact, a play by Obie winning playwright Jose Rivera (Marisol, Each Day Dies with Sleep), performed by Marisa Tomei and Jason Patric, directed by Barry Edelstein

3 Weeks of Paradise: A Voice From NYC, a new play by Israel Horovitz, performed by Israel Horovitz

"I'm Still Here", a song by Stephen Sondheim, performed by Polly Bergen

"Strong as a Lion, Soft as Silk", a poem by Tyler Wallach, performed by Eli Wallach

Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson and Craig Williams in Adopt a Sailor, a new play by Charles Evered, directed by Stephen Wisker (UK)

We Never Knew Their Names, a new play by John Henry Redwood, performed by Brennan Brown, Gina Bardwell, Kate Rigg, James Ascher, James Martinez, directed by Amy Saltz

Woman at a Threshold, Beckoning by John Guare, performed by John Turturro, directed by Michael Wilson

Antigone¹s Red, a new play by Chiori Miyagawa, performed by Christina Chang, Mishi Baral, Brian Niishi, Andrew Garmen, George Sheffey, directed by Mary Robinson

"Some Other Time", song by Adolf Green and Leonard Bernstein, performed by Phyllis Newman

4/19(/95), a new play by John Pielmeier, directed by Shep Sobel

The Marriott by Jacqueline Reingold, performed by Michael Nouri and Louise Pitre, directed by Michael Warren Powell

Strange Fish, a new play by J Austin Williams, performed by Robert McKay, Mylika Davis, Sue Jin Song, Jeff Breckfield, Jeanine Carter, Craig Williams, Haythem Noor, Carl Vitali, Louis Menken, directed by Monika Gross

The Grand Design, a new play by Susan Miller, performed by Marlo Thomas and Scott Cohen, directed by Cynthia Croot

"Coming Together", a new song by Jason Robert Brown


Wednesday, September 11th, 8:00PM

Excerpt from Return to the Upright Position by Caridad Svich

Ribbon In The Sky, a new play by Jonathan Marc Sherman, performed by Ethan Hawke and Amanda Peet, directed by Michael Wilson

2001: An Oral History by Lillian Ann Slugocki, performed by Judith Hawking, Catherine Curtin, Brian Carter, Saidah Eukolona, Carolyn Baeumler, Steven Rattazzi, directed by Erica Gould

Pops, a new play by Edwin Sanchez, performed by Ivan Davila, directed by Dennis Smith

Lakeera, a new play by Christopher Shinn, performed by Armando Riesco, directed by Mark Brokaw

Kristin Davis and Liev Schreiber in Land of the Dead, a play written and directed by Neil LaBute (Nurse Betty, In the Company of Men, Bash)

"Last Year", a new song by Michael John LaChiusa

9-19 by Eric Mendelsohn, performed by Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci

The New Rules, a new play by Laurence Klavan, performed by Erik Jensen and Danny Zorn, directed by Robert Knopf

Juliana Margulies in Hands, a new play by Eric Cressida Wilson, directed by Nela Wagman

Steve, a new play by William Leavengood, performed by Fisher Stevens and Dariush Kashani, directed by Larry Sacharow

Cynthia Nixon and Keith Nobbs in Thirty-Fourth And Dyer, a play by Tony nominated playwright Lee Blessing (Fortinbras, A Walk in the Woods), directed by Nela Wagman

"Lullaby," a song by Geoffrey Menin, performed by Geoffrey Menin

Woman at a Threshold, Beckoning by John Guare, performed by John Turturro, directed by Michael Wilson

Anonymous Remailers, a new play by Constance Congdon

"I Am Strong In the Face of Everything Except Nuclear War", a poem by Eve Ensler, performed by Marlo Thomas

"Will the Sun Ever Shine Again?", a song by Alan Menken/Glenn Slater, performed by Alan Menken

Dana Ivey in Skylab, a new play by Christopher Durang, directed by Walter Bobbie

Special Price for You, Okay?, by Leah Ryan, performed by Kate Rigg

Liev Schreiber, Sam Waterston and Amy Irving in Adopt a Sailor, a new play by Charles Evered, directed by Craig Carlisle

Late Night, Early Morning, a new play by Frank Pugliese, performed by Marisa Tomei and Scott Cohen, directed by Frank Pugliese

Disorderly Conduct, a new work by Tony nominated playwright Tina Howe (Costal Disturbances, Pride¹s Crossing), performed by Lorinne Towler, Ned Eisenberg, Kate Rigg, Blake Robbins, Malika Davis, Charles Montgomery, Kalimi Baxter, Kenajuan Bentley, Ivan Davila, Rana KazKaz, Mather Zickel, directed by George White

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