|NY Premiere of "Still at Risk" by Tim Pinckney Begins Performances Tonight at Theater for the New City|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:50 am EST 03/07/19|
|PERFORMANCES BEGIN TONIGHT!
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
ROBERT GOMES, CHRISTOPHER J. HANKE, AMY HOHN,
RYAN SPAHN, AND JONATHAN WALKER
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THROUGH MARCH 31, 2019
IN THE COMMUNITY SPACE THEATER AT THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
(155 FIRST AVENUE)
OPENING NIGHT IS MARCH 10, 2019 AT 3:00PM
Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director), in association with MBL Productions (Mary J. Davis, Producer), presents the New York premiere of the new play, Still at Risk by Tim Pinckney (Message to Michael). Performances begin TONIGHT, Thursday, March 7, 2019 for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 31, 2019 in the 88Community Space Theater at Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue, between 9th & 10th Streets). Opening Night is Sunday afternoon, March 10,2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Directed by Carl Andress (The Divine Sister; Die, Mommie, Die!), the five-member cast features Robert Gomes (Dada Woof Papa Hot, The Tempermentals) as Kevin, Christopher J. Hanke (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Buyer & Cellar) as Christopher, Amy Hohn (November, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Susan, Ryan Spahn(Daniel’s Husband, Summer and Smoke) as Byron, and Jonathan Walker (The Assembled Parties, The Divine Sister) as Marcus.
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 creative team will include Jason Lee Courson (Scenic Design), Gregory Gale (Costume Design), Steve O’Shea (Lighting Design), and Adrian Bridges (Sound Design). The Production Stage Manager is Christopher Flores and Assistant Stage Manager is Dabney Rauh. The General Manager is Tony Spinosa with Company Manager Greg Santos. Graphic Design is by Srđa Vasiljević.
"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 plays 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.smarttix.com.
For additional information, please visit the Theater for the New City website at: www.theaterforthenewcity.net
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Robert Gomes (Kevin) Broadway: The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Racing Demon. Off-Broadway: Dan Cody’s Yacht (Manhattan Theater Club), Dada Woof Papa Hot (Lincoln Center), The Temperamentals, As Is and Only You (both Circle Rep), Two Boys in a Bed... (Rattlestick), Shmulnik's Waltz, A Quiet End. Regional: Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Dallas Theater Center, George Street Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Seattle Rep, Huntington Theater, Geva Theater, Long Wharf. Film: The Way I Remember It, Body/Antibody, An Englishman in New York, Daddy, Deflated (producer). TV: “Forever,” “Unforgettable,” “Sex and the City,” “Ed,” “Law and Order.” In pre-production for the film standby (writer, director), starring Reed Birney.
Christopher J. Hanke (Christopher) is an actor, director, and theater nerd. He stars in the upcoming feature film, Breaking Fast, and stars alongside Patti Lupone, Glenn Close, Cynthia Erivo & Jon Cameron Mitchell in the soon to be released musical podcast, Anthem, penned by JCM. Recent NYC: Jon Tolins’ hit one-man comedy, Buyer & Cellar, in NY and Toronto; and Perfect Arrangement at Primary Stages. Broadway: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Bud Frump), Rent (Mark), Cry-Baby (Baldwin), and In My Life (JT). Additionally, Hanke played Tommy Boatwright in The Normal Heart directed by George C. Wolfe, and starred as Claude in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of Hair. Christopher’s TV credits include 3 seasons as Devon on “Odd Mom Out” (BRAVO); recurring role on the sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” (CBS); Fabian in the last season of “Devious Maids”; series regular Ryan Abbot, “Three Rivers” (CBS); recurring as Stuart on HBOs “Big Love”; guest starred on “Nashville,” “Major Crimes,” “The Client List,” “Brothers & Sisters,” and “Younger.”
Amy Hohn (Susan). Broadway: November, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Off-Broadway: A Few Stout Individuals (Signature); The Country Club, June Moon (Drama Dept); also Vineyard, Naked Angels, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theatre. Regional: Two River, Shakespeare Theater, Old Globe, George Street, Baltimore Center Stage, McCarter Theater, O’Neill Playwrights, Papermill Playhouse, Hudson Theatre (LA). TV: “Bull” (recurring), “Madame Secretary,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “House of Cards,” “The Blacklist,” “Alpha House” (recurring), “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Film: Coin Heist, Only Living Boy in New York, War of the Worlds, Hitch, Meet the Parents, Along Came Polly, The Impostors.
Ryan Spahn (Byron). Off-Broadway: Daniel’s Husband (Westside Theatre/Primary Stages), Summer and Smoke (Classic Stage/Transport Group), Exit Strategy (Primary Stages), Gloria (Vineyard Theatre). Regional: Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Hamlet (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Goodman Theatre. Film: Woven (co-writer), He’s Way More Famous Than You (co-writer with Halley Feiffer), Grantham & Rose (writer), Shirley (upcoming). TV: “The Blacklist,” “Half Life,” “Ugly Betty,” “Tanner on Tanner,” “Star Trek: Voyager.” Web: “What’s Your Emergency” (co-creator). Training: The Juilliard School.
Jonathan Walker (Marcus). Broadway: The Assembled Parties, 20th Century, After The Fall, Rocky. Off-Broadway: World premieres include plays by Richard Greenberg, Donald Margulies, Wendy McCloud, Doug Wright, James Lapine, Peter Parnell and Charles Busch at MCC, The Pubic Theater, Playwright’s Horizons, Primary Stages, Roundabout, Manhattan Theater Club, The Cherry Lane, The New Group. Film includes: The Chaperone, Bridge of Spies, It Had To Be You, Man On A Ledge, Michael Clayton, People I know, Heights, Far From Heaven. TV: “Madam Secretary”, “Quantico,” “Person of Interest,” “The Blacklist,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “The Big C,” “Sex and The City,” “Chapelle’s Show,” Lots of “Law And Order.” Recurring roles – “Zero Hour,” “The Carrie Diaries,” “Daredevil.”
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. 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
Jason Lee Courson (Scenic Design). Broadway: Ruben and Clay’s Christmas Show (Projection Design, Imperial). Off-Broadway: NEWSical: We Distort You Decide (Scenic Design, The 47th St. Theater), NEWSical: Full Spin Ahead (Scenic/Projection Design, The Kirk), Amerike The Golden Land (Scenic/Projection Design, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbeine). Regional: Gotta Dance (Projection Design, Broadway in Chicago), Half Time (Projection Design, Paper Mill Playhouse). Film: The Big Gay Musical (Production Design), MESS: The Series (Director/Producer). Additional:" 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics" (Asst. Designer), Broadway Bares 2014-2018 (Scenic and Projection Design). Jason pursued undergraduate studies at Valdosta State University, (GA) he holds an MFA in Scenic Design from the Design/Technology Conservatory Program, Purchase College (NY).
Gregory Gale (Costume Design*) is a two-time Tony Award nominated designer for Rock of Ages, and Cyrano de Bergerac featuring Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner which can be seen on Amazon. Other Broadway designs include: The Wedding Singer, Urinetown, Arcadia, and Band in Berlin. Off-Broadway his work at the Atlantic Theater with The Voysey Inheritance earned him a Lucille Lortel Award. Mr. Gale has an Irene Sharaff Young Master Award and has multiple Lucille Lortel and Henry Hewes Design Award nominations. Mr. Gale designed two films that will be released in 2019: The Mental State and Real Drag. He is currently designing the feature film Blinded by Ed_. www.gregorygale.com. www.instagram.com/gregory_gale
Steve O’Shea (Lighting Design) is a lighting designer and associate for theater, opera and dance. Recent projects include Co-Design with Kirk Bookman for Million Dollar Quartet at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Lighting Direction for the Kronos Quartet (Europe and South America), Phantom Limb Company (Falling Out), SITI Company (Chess Match, Room, Radio Macbeth, Steel Hammer), Rude Mechanicals (Now Now Oh Now, Method Gun), Philadanco Dance Company, The Washington Ballet (Alice in Wonderland) and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (A Christmas Carol). M.F.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle (2001).
Adrian Bridges (Sound Design) is a sound designer, recently featured in This Is Modern Art (NYTW), Intuitive Men (NYC & L.A.), Artemesia’s Intent (NYC & Regional Tour), House of Karen (Signature Theatre), Solstice Party! (A.R.T. New York), and As I Lay Dying (BRIC House). He graduated from NYU’s Jazz Studies program with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in guitar and composition and performs around New York with various groups including the hip hop collective, Izzy Man & The Plan and the Liquid Family Dinner Cabaret, in residence at Symphony Space. www.adrianbridges.com.
Giles T. Horne (Production Stage Manager). Off-Broadway: The Total Bent (Public Theater); Little Rock (Sheen Center); Tick, Tick...BOOM! (Keen Company); When It’s You (Keen Company); Dear Jane; The Trial of an American President; Laugh It Up, Stare It Down (Cherry Lane Theatre); Broadway and the Bard. Regional: The New World (Bucks County Playhouse); Scrooge’s Big Playhouse Christmas Show (Bucks County Playhouse); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Bucks County Playhouse). Selected Credits: Hair to Hamilton (2017 Public Theater Gala); American Songbook: Ryan Scott Oliver (Lincoln Center); Piramo e Tisbe (LOTNY); L’Amant Anonyme (LOTNY). BA Stage Management, Pace University. Proud member of AEA.
Jessica Fleischman (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be joining the team at Theater for the New City for Still at Risk! National Tours: Jersey Boys (2nd Nat’l). Off-Broadway: Jersey Boys (New World Stages); Arturo Ui, Fire and Air (Classic Stage Company); Little Rock (Sheen Center); King Liz, The Other Thing (2ST); Red Eye of Love (Amas Musical Theatre), Normativity (NYMF). Regional: Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Opera: Piramo e Tisbe (LOTNY). Jessica is a proud graduate of Penn State University. Tony Spinosa (General Manager). Associate Producer: They’re Playing Our Song Reunion Concert, Title of Show Reunion Concert, Thoroughly Modern Millie Reunion Concert, Bombshell in Concert, When Pigs Fly in Concert. Director/Choreographer NY: La Cage aux Folles 2010, The George Hamilton Project, Fiddler on the Roof, Kiss Me Kate. Regional: Newsies, Hairspray, Cats, West Side Story.
Greg Santos (Company Manager) is a NYC based Producer, Director and Company Manager who has enjoyed a rewarding and productive 9 year working relationship with Carl Andress having been his Assistant and Associate on dozens of Workshops, Readings, Special Events and Production. Most recently, Greg and Mr. Andress were the Executive Producers of Charles Busch’s The Confession of Lily Dare at Theater for the New City. He has also worked on the NYC premieres of Mr. Andress and Mr. Busch’s The Divine Sister, Judith of Bethulia, The Tribute Artist and Cleopatra. Mr. Santos also frequently works as Hunter Foster’s Associate Director including, The Drowsy Chaperone, 42nd St., The Rocky Horror Show (x5!), Buddy (x4!), Guys & Dolls, Million Dollar Quartet (x5!) and National Pastime. Also: numerous NYC Readings, Workshops, Galas, Benefits & Concerts; including annually, Martha Plimpton’s Broadway Acts for Women, and Julie Halston’s Broadway Belts for PFF. Mr. Santos has had a long association with Still at Risk and is thrilled that this important story is being told in NYC.
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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