Johnny G. Lloyd's Or, An Astronaut Play to premiere @ The Tank 1/4-1/26
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 04:35 pm EST 11/25/19


Playwright Johnny G. Lloyd Photo credit: Annie Wang


The Tank (Meghan Finn, Artistic Director) will present the World Premiere of InVersion Theatre's Or, An Astronaut Play, written by Johnny G. Lloyd and directed by William Steinberger at The Tank (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues), January 4-26. Performances will be on Saturday, January 4 at 7pm, Sunday, January 5 at 7pm, Monday, January 6 at 8pm, Tuesday, January 7 at 7pm, Thursday, January 9 at 7pm, Friday, January 10 at 7pm, Saturday, January 11 at 7pm, Sunday, January 12 at 3pm, Monday, January 13 at 3pm, Thursday, January 16 at 7pm, Friday, January 17 at 7pm, Saturday, January 18 at 7pm, Sunday, January 19 at 3pm, Friday, January 24 at 7pm, Saturday, January 25 at 7pm, and Sunday, January 26 at 3pm. Tickets ($20) are available for advance purchase at www.thetanknyc.org. The performance will run approximately 85 minutes, with no intermission.

The Astronaut School has four students - but only one can actually make it to outer space. Who has what it takes? Does anyone even know what it takes? Following the experiences of Daria, an intense, focused student, Claire, a woman struggling to fully realize her own ambitions, Paul, a hobbyist, and Tom, a straight, white, American man, OR, AN ASTRONAUT PLAY explores who gets access to the space they want to enter, why, and what's left for the rest of us.

The cast will feature Tay Bass (Hype Man: A Break Beat Play at The Flea; 48 Hour Forum with Noor Theatre), Caturah Brown (ms. estrada at The Flea; The Coward at The Duke), Jonathan Cruz (The Séance Machine at The Tank; Pricilla Queen of the Desert with Piper Theatre Productions), and Harrison Unger (The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway; Batz at Joe's Pub). The creative team includes Set Design by Izmir Ickbal (Happy Days at TFANA/Mark Taper Forum/Yale Rep/Berkeley Rep; Serious Adverse Effects with National Black Theater), Costume Design by Barbara Erin Delo (Annie with The Gallery Players; Assistant on Then She Fell with Third Rail Productions), Lighting Design by Bailey Costa (Less Than 50% at Soho Playhouse; Assistant on The Great Comet of 1812 at the Imperial Theatre), Sound Design by Brian Hickey (Novenas for a Lost Hospital at Rattlestick; Self-Portraits at BRIC), and Props Design by Rebecca LeVine. The Production Manager is Frank Poon with Stage Manager Sarah Zerod. Casting by Sean Chia Casting.

Johnny G. Lloyd (Playwright) is a New York-based writer and producer. Full length plays include Patience (Corkscrew Theatre Festival), In the Woods We Return (InVersion Theatre) and Or, An Astronaut Play. Short plays include Round (Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival), A Brief History of Stamps (The Tank) and It's a Ghost Story (Homebase Collective). His work has been seen and developed at 59E59, Dixon Place, Judson Memorial Church, The Kelly's Writers House, TheatreLab in Boca Raton, and more. Johnny is a member of the 2019-2020 Liberation Theatre Company's Writing Residency, a semi-finalist for the 2018 Open-Application Commission at Clubbed Thumb, and the 2017-2018 Shubert Fellow for Playwriting at Columbia University. Johnny is the producing director for InVersion Theatre and co-founder of the We Read Books series at The Tank. MFA Candidate in Playwriting at Columbia University. jglloyd.weebly.com

William Steinberger (Director) has developed new plays at Hartford Stage, the Drama League, Berkshire Theatre Group, the Wilma, 59E59, Judson Church, The Tank, Jewish Plays Project, Czech Center NYC, Passage Theatre, Theatre Horizon, InterAct, FGP, Ugly Rhino, and several universities. Favorite productions include Sarah Pappalardo's Cold (Quince), Hannah Van Sciver's Marbles (FringeArts) and Fifty Days at Iliam (Greenfield Collective) and David Auburn's Proof (Neumann University). He has assistant directed for Doug Hughes, Darko Tresnjak, David Auburn, Michael Wilson, Vivienne Benesch, Kip Fagan, Lee Sunday Evans and Robert O'Hara. His dramaturgy was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal. Will is a current resident director at the Flea, a former Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow, and member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. He is Co-Founder of InVersion Theatre. Wsteinberger.com

InVersion Theatre (Rebecca LeVine, Johnny G. Lloyd, and William Steinberger) is a New York based theatre company that excavates and liberates found and foundational texts, transforming them into raucous, unrecognizable new theatrical experiences. Recent productions include In the Woods We Return and Gregor. InVersion Theatre runs and facilitates the We Read Books short play series at The Tank. www.inversiontheatre.com

Founded in 2003, The Tank is a multi-disciplinary non-profit arts presenter and producer, which provides a home to emerging artists working across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, puppetry, and storytelling. We champion emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression. Our goal is to remove the economic barriers from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form. The heart of our services is providing free performance space, and we offer a suite of other resources such as free rehearsal space, artist fees, and promotional support. We serve over 2,500 artists every year, present over 1,000 performances, and welcome 36,000 audience members each year. The Tank also fully produces 13-18 theatrical World or New York premieres each season. We keep ticket prices affordable and view our work as democratic, opening up both the creation and attendance of the arts to all.

Recent Tank-produced work includes New York Times Critics' Picks OPEN by Crystal Skillman, directed by Jessi D. Hill (2019), Red Emma & The Mad Monk by Alexis Roblan, directed by Katie Lindsay (2018), The Offending Gesture by Mac Wellman, directed by Meghan Finn (2016) as well as Drama Desk-nominated productions The Hunger Artist (2018), The Paper Hat Game (2017), the ephemera trilogy (2017), Ada/Ava (2016), and youarenowhere (2016). The Tank hosts ongoing series including Armory Comedy, Rule of 7x7, EllaRose Chary and Brandon James Gwinn's Tankaret!, Theater of the Apes' Necromancers of the Public Domain, makes a home for several writers' groups including LIT Council, Pilot Program, The Bechdel Group, and Brooklyn Generator, and supports three early-career directors in its Resident Director Program.
Link https://www.thetanknyc.org

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