|New York Premiere of the New Play "Still at Risk" by Tim Pinckney Begins Performances March 7 at Theater for the New CIty|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:49 am EST 02/04/19|
|THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
CRYSTAL FIELD, EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PRESENTS:
IN ASSOCIATION WITH MBL PRODUCTIONS
THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF
STILL AT RISK
A NEW PLAY BY TIM PINCKNEY
DIRECTED BY CARL ANDRESS
PERFORMANCES BEGIN MARCH 7, 2019
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THROUGH MARCH 31, 2019
IN THE COMMUNITY SPACE THEATER AT THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
(155 FIRST AVENUE)
TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director), in association with MBL Productions (Mary J. Davis, Producer), has announced, today, the New York premiere of the new play, Still at Risk by Tim Pinckney. Carl Andress is set to direct. Performances begin Thursday, March 7, 2019 for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 31, 2019 in the Community Space Theater at Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue, between 9th & 10th Streets). The cast and creative team will be announced shortly.
Kevin, a surviving activist from the front lines of the AIDS crisis, finds himself struggling to find his place and purpose in contemporary gay culture. When a gay fundraising event threatens to erase the history he was part of creating, Kevin's anger and passion are renewed and he is confronted with the challenge of how to motivate change in this new climate of visibility. Along the way, Kevin’s raw and slightly unhinged methods provoke everyone who can help him, damage long friendships and eventually expose some dark secrets. Hilarious, sharp, and deeply moving, Still at Risk is a powerful look at the personal and political hazards of rewriting the past and one man's attempt to move forward.
Still at Risk received its world premiere in San Francisco at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. The San Francisco critics raved and shared, "Tim Pinckney laces through his tight script a mixture of one survivor’s lingering anger, guilt, and regrets with generous helpings of razor-sharp humor, ego-packed hubris, and genuinely felt heart."
"The dream has always been to have a production of Still at Risk in New York City,” shared playwright Tim Pinckney. “And now, after a fantastic world premiere in San Francisco at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, I'm very excited to bring my play home.” He went on to say, “Theater for the New City in the East Village is the perfect venue to tell this story. What makes this whole experience even sweeter is that I get to be on this thrill ride with my dear pal Carl Andress.” And concluded by stating, “I'm completely bowled over by the skill and creativity of all the amazing artists involved with this production. I'm looking forward to sharing this story.”
"I’m excited to return to Theater for the New City to collaborate with Tim Pinckney on bringing his fearless, poignant and seriously funny new play, Still at Risk to the stage,” stated director Carl Andress. “Only Tim could tell this story. He focuses his unique sensibility to explore the tragedy that the AIDS crisis wreaked upon a generation now lost to us, while celebrating those brave men and women who took up arms and went to war to fight for basic human rights.” He went on to add, “Tim was one of the fighters who chose to reframe his life as an artist into one of service as well. Tim’s own experience informs Still at Risk and it is his passion that asks us to recall, through a contemporary lens, a time that is increasingly easy to forget. You won’t soon forget Still at Risk.”
Still at Risk will play the following performance schedule: Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
NOW ON SALE, tickets for Still at Risk are priced at $25 and may be purchased online at www.smartix.com.
For additional information, please visit the Theater for the New City website at: www.theaterforthenewcity.net
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Tim Pinckney (Playwright) started writing plays after ten years as a working actor. His first play, Message to Michael, was produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in New York City where it enjoyed an extended run, leading to a series of successful regional productions. Still at Risk recently had its acclaimed world premiere at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco (Ed Decker, Artistic Director). His play Ever So Humble premiered at The Hangar Theatre starring Andréa Burns and Eric T. Miller, directed by Peter Flynn. Other plays include A Perfect Blendship (Workshopped at the Hangar Theatre), First Refusal (Workshopped at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Stir until Smooth (Stable Cable Company) and his latest, A Prehistoric Ritual. Tim wrote the acclaimed stage adaptation for the world premiere of Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol at the Gerald Lynch Theatre in New York City, starring Douglas Sills, Joshua Henry and Betsy Wolfe, directed by Carl Andress. He has also adapted four classic musicals - Hair, On the Twentieth Century, Chess, and Funny Girl - for The Actors Fund’s concert series. Tim has traveled all over the map as a contributing writer to Passport Magazine. He was personally selected by Fred Ebb to write the liner notes for the triple platinum Special Limited Edition CD/DVD soundtrack recording of the Oscar®-winning motion picture Chicago. He proudly serves on the advisory board of The Fred Ebb Foundation. Originally from Auburn, New York, Tim is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild and represented by Charles Kopelman at Abrams Artists. www.timpinckney.com
Carl Andress (Director) is delighted to be back at Theater for the New City! His directing credits include critically acclaimed world premieres written by and starring Charles Busch including, The Divine Sister, The Tribute Artist, The Confession of Lily Dare, Shanghai Moon, The Third Story, Judith of Bethulia, Cleopatra and the New York premiere of Die, Mommie, Die! Additional credits include Carmen Pelaez’s FAKE and Rum & Coke, Douglas Carter Beane’s The Cartells, Joe Godfrey’s Romance Language, the world premiere of Who’s Holiday! at the Westside Theater, regional productions of My Fair Lady, I Hate Hamlet, as well as The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and Crush the Infamous Thing at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Carl staged the NY concert premieres of The Visit, A Wonderful Life, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, Hollywood Nurses and Valley of the Dolls all benefitting The Actors Fund, as well as productions of Tenderloin, Harold & Maude, I Love My Wife and The Mad Show for the York Theatre’s “Musicals in Mufti," and Here’s to the Girls! and Being Comden & Green for the 92Y’s “Lyrics and Lyricists.” carlandress.com
Theater for the New City, was founded in 1970 by Executive Artistic Director Crystal Field. Now in its 48th year, TNC is a unique Cultural Institution that has earned a nationwide reputation for its dedication to nurturing established and emerging playwrights who experiment with new forms and to presenting other experimental and developmental theaters with a very active program of Community Art Services and Festivals which continue to expand theater accessibility. TNC specializes in theater works with a social conscience.
MBL Productions (Mary J. Davis, Producer). Mary J. Davis has had a diverse life, geographically, professionally and personally who’s interest in theatre began when she was a little girl. Broadway credits include Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (winner of 2 Tony Awards), M. Butterfly, starring Clive Owen, Angels in America starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield, Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, and Seth Rudetsky’s Disaster! (Broadway/Off-Broadway). Other New York credits include the New York premiere of The Pretty Trap, Tennessee Williams' one act version of The Glass Menagerie, James Wesley's Unbroken Circle, David Bryan Colbert's C.O.A.L. at 59E59, A Persistent Memory by Jackob Hofmann at Theatre Row, Jennifer Jasper's Pressing Matters, Jennifer Blackmer’s Unraveled at Theatre Row, and two plays by Susan Charlotte: The Shoemaker starring Danny Aiello and She's of a Certain Age. Mary co-produced James Wesley's Art & Science, which had a successful run in Dallas. In addition, she co-produced John Patrick Shanley's Doubt at London's Southwark Playhouse. She has several other plays in the early stages of development.
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