Pentecost and Gertrude – The Cry Opens @ Atlantic Stage 2
PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project), in as
sociation with Middlebury College,is proudly presented their 28th repertory season, and an 8th season in New York, running until August 10, 2014 for a limited 5-week Off-Broadway engagement at The Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues in New York City.
Rotating in rep this season are the U.S. Premiere of Howard Barker’s Gertrude – The Cry, directed by PTP’s Co-Artistic Director Richard Romagnoli, and a revival of David Edgar’s Pentecost, directed by PTP’s Co-Artistic Director Cheryl Faraone.
Gertrude – The Cry is Howard Barker’s startling and revealing response to Hamlet. Gertrude swells with a passion that counters all morality. In this new world of Elsinore, Barker defends Hamlet’s reviled mother and her adulterous affair with Claudius, depicting them as lovers driven beyond reason.
Gertrude – The Cry runs through August 5.
The cast includes Bill Army (Act One and Relatively Speaking on Broadway, The Europeans with PTP), David Barlow (The Castle and Victory with PTP), Alex Draper (Serious Money, Plevna and Scenes From An Execution with PTP), Pamela J. Gray (Present Laughter and Butley on Broadway), Kathryn Kates (Food and Fadwa at New York Theatre Workshop, Netflix’s "Orange is the New Black"), Meghan Leathers, Robert Emmet Lunney (The Graduate on Broadway, Victory and Gary the Thief with PTP), Aashna Aggarwal, Joelle Mendoza and Jake Schwartzwald.
The creative team includes Mark Evancho (Set Design), Hallie Zieselman (Lighting Design), Danielle Nieves (Costume Design) and Cormac Bluestone (Sound Design). Eric Conner Marlin is the Production Stage Manager.
David Edgar’s Pentecost is set in an abandoned church in an Eastern European country. A 13th century fresco has just been unearthed. If it proves to predate the works of Giotto, it could explode accepted notions about European art. Without warning, a group of armed refugees barricade themselves inside the church with the art historians, leading to a shocking and visceral conclusion.
Pentecost runs through August 10.
The cast includes Alex Draper (Serious Money, Plevna and Scenes From An Execution with PTP), Tosca Giustini, Jonathan Tindle, Matthew Ball, Lily Balsen (Therese Raquin with PTP), Martina Bonolis, Christo Grabowski (Monster and Spatter Pattern with PTP), Larry Nathanson, Nina Silver (Lovesong of the Electric Bear with PTP), Lilli Stein (Territories and Lovesong of the Electric Bear with PTP), Joseph Varca (Monster with PTP), Tom Beyer, Aubrey Dube (The Castle and Serious Money with PTP), Caitlin Rose Duffy, Erica Furgiuele, Nicholas Hemerling, Rishabh Kashyap (The Europeans and Crave with PTP), Chelsea Melone, Jake Schwartzwald and Mari Vial-Golden (Serious Money with PTP).
The creative team includes Mark Evancho (Set Design), Hallie Zieselman (Lighting Design), Adrienne Carlile (Costume Design based on original design by Jule Emerson) and Aubrey Dube (Sound Design). Evangeline Rose Whitlock is the Production Stage Manager.
Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30pm, and Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. The schedule varies – for exact days and times go to http://www.PTPNYC.org. Tickets are $35 and $18 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at http://www.PTPNYC.org or by calling 1-866-811-4111. For info visit http://www.PTPNYC.org, Like them on Facebook at https://www.Facebook.com/pages/Potomac-Theatre-Project-PTP/32709392256 and follow on Twitter at @ptpnyc.
PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project) continues to redefine political theatre for the 21st century with an annual repertory season. In its 27 seasons the voices of PTP’s writers have addressed art, pornography, AIDS, homelessness, censorship, totalitarianism, apartheid and gender wars.
The Atlantic Stage 2 Theater is accessible from the A, C, E, L trains to 14 St./8 Ave. or the 1, 2, 3 trains to 14 St.
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