First published by Jane Ozer via PATCH on 01/03/2018
THEATER O to start 2018 with a residency at the Bethany Arts Community
Theater O is delighted to announce that January 12-14 they will be in residency at the new Bethany Arts Community in Ossining, NY. Theater O will present 4 performances of Eric Coble’s adaptations of Lois’ Lowry’s Newbery Award Winning Novels The Giver and Gathering Blue. The plays are presented in tandem as two acts. Act I is The Giver and Act II is Gathering Blue.
Artistic Director Jessica Irons says, “I could not be more excited to present these plays at Bethany. Bethany is such an important addition to the artistic community in Ossining, Westchester, and well beyond. David Lyons, the founder of Bethany, has a unique and inspiring vision for what collaboration, community and art-making can be. Being able to participate in that collaboration from the outset is exhilarating not only for me personally, but also (and most importantly) for our Theater O participants.”
THE GIVER and GATHERING BLUE are companion pieces, both set in dystopian futures with different sets of rules and similar conflicts within their communities. Both stories center around young teens who are saddled with the responsibility of holding the history of their communities.
Theater O at Bethany Arts Community
The cast for the performances includes: Eoin Carr, Asher Cort, Daniel Hannan, Henry Hoffman, Zachary Hoyer, Jacob Irons, Charlotte Kane, Leah Mione, Elena Prisament, Derek Rudley, Julian Salcedo, Audrey Schnecker, Claire Schnecker, Orry Shackney and Kate Ubriaco. Jessica Irons directs. Andrew Irons designs. Teddy Dengler is the assistant designer and Eli Hersh is the stage manager.
Performances are Friday January 12 at 7pm, Saturday January 13 at 3pm and 7pm and Sunday January 14 at 3pm at Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Road, Ossining, NY 10562. Tickets are $10 available for purchase beginning January 1 at www.theatero.org. For more information about Theater O please visit www.theatero.org. For more information on event visit www.bethanyarts.org/events
Theater O returns to Bethany Arts community with screen classic, THE STING
Theater O is delighted to announce that June 21 – 23 they will again be in residency at the new Bethany Arts Community in Ossining, NY. Theater O will present three performances of the Paul Newman/Robert Redford screen triumph, The Sting.
Artistic Director Jessica Irons says, “We are delighted to return to Bethany with our production of The Sting. With gender-blind casting (Audrey Schnecker plays Johnny Hooker, the Robert Redford role), this show encapsulates the slick and sassy world of the 1930s con. Working with unique staging (audience on two sides) and fun choreography and music, the play will delight audiences of all ages.”
The excitement, maneuvers and comedy of the Paul Newman/Robert Redford screen triumph have been brilliantly adapted for stage production by one of the finest professional playwrights writing today. This show takes place in Chicago many years ago in a world of small-time hustlers and their girls—their money nonexistent but their ingenuity abundant. Johnny Hooker (a small-time grifter played by Redford in the film) joins a friend in a successful con of a “runner.” Unfortunately for them, the runner works for a powerful, vindictive rackets boss, Doyle Lonnegan, who is infuriated and arranges the killing of Johnny’s friend. Hoping to avenge this senseless murder, Johnny enlists the aid of the master con man Henry Gondorf (originally played by Newman). Together they decide to try the big con called “The Wire.” Structured in classic style, their first move is “The Set Up.” From there they proceed to “The Tale.” The tension mounts as they succeed and, with the powerful Lonnegan half-hooked, go on to “The Shut Out.” The excitement becomes explosive and a final scene, with switch upon switch upon switch, has your audience guessing and gasping as it builds to the final con movement, “The Sting!” This is a wonderfully theatrical and yet authentic exploration of a very special world.
The cast for the performances includes: Dylan Alter, Madison Bisnauth, Kiera Bisnauth, Cole Bodoff, Max Bodoff, Cavan Brouder, Eoin Carr, Gabriella DiMicelli, Kenzie Dono, Lila Fenimore, Henry Hoffman, Jacob Irons, AJ Jeffrey, Leah Mione, Elena Prisament, Lilah Prosperino, Eamon Ragan, Kiran Roye, Derek Rudley, June Salo, Orry Schackney, Audrey Schnecker, Ella Schnecker, Veronika Volczjak, Sarah Wiedenheft. Jessica Irons directs. Andrew Irons designs and Anna Prestopino is the stage manager. Theater O students Teddy Dengler and Daniel Hannan are the assistant designer and assistant director, respectively.
Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 21 through 23 at 7pm at Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Road, Ossining, NY 10562. Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase starting June 1st at www.theatero.org. For more information about Theater O please visit www.theatero.org. For more information on Bethany Arts Community, please visit bethanyarts.org/events
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