NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP TO PRESENT LOVE AND INFORMATION BY CARYL CHURCHILL

NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP TO PRESENTLOVE AND INFORMATIONBY CARYL CHURCHILL

DIRECTED BY JAMES MACDONALD

PERFORMING AT MINETTA LANE THEATRE

 

PERFORMANCES BEGIN TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4

OPENING SET FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19
TICKTS ON SALE NOW

 

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker have announced that Love and Information, by Caryl Churchill and directed byJames Macdonald, will begin performances Tuesday, February 4 at 7pm at Minetta Lane Theatre located at 18 Minetta Lane.  Opening night is set for Wednesday, February 19 at 7pm. Love and Information is scheduled to run through Sunday, March 23, 2014; tickets are on sale now.  Love and Information is produced in association with London’s Royal Court Theatre.

 

Renowned playwright Caryl Churchill returns for her seventh American premiere at New York Theatre Workshop (which have included acclaimed productions of Far Away and A Number) with a theatrical kaleidoscope exploring more than a hundred characters as they try to make sense of what they find out.

Churchill teams up with award-winning director James Macdonald (A Number, Blasted, Top Girls) to create what The Observer heralds as the “play that everyone should see.” Love and Information,which was first produced at the Royal Court Theatre in 2012 reaffirms Churchill’s continued ability to reinvent herself as a playwright and keep her finger on the pulse of contemporary life while featuring her signature wit, candor and nimble use of language.

 

The cast of the New York Theatre Workshop production of Love and Information includes Phillip James Brannon, Randy Danson, Susannah Flood, Noah Galvin, Jennifer Ikeda, Karen Kandel, Irene Sofia Lucio, Nate Miller, Kellie Overbey, Adante Power, John Procaccino, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Maria Tucci, James Waterston and Zoë Winters.  (Cast member bios may be found at the end of the press release.)

 

The scenic design for Love and Information is by Miriam Buether; costume design is by Gabriel Berry and Andrea Hood; lighting design is by Peter Mumford, sound design is by Christopher Shutt.

 

Six of Caryl Churchill’s previousplays have made their American premiers at New York Theatre Workshop including A Number, Far Away, Mad Forest, Owners, Traps, and Light Shining inBuckinghamshire. Downstairs, her first play originally staged in 1958, was written while she was still at university and won an award at the Sunday Times National Union of Students Drama Festival. She wrote a number of plays for BBC radio including The AntsLovesick and AbortiveThe Judge’s Wife was televised by the BBC in 1972 and Owners, her first professional stage production, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in the same year. Churchill served as the Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre from 1974-1975. With theatre groups Joint Stock and Monstrous Regiment, she wrote Light Shining in BuckinghamshireCloud NineThree More Sleepless NightsFen and A Mouthful of Birds. Top Girls was first staged at the Royal Court in 1982, directed by Max Stafford-Clark. Serious Money was first produced at the Royal Court in 1987 and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy of the Year and the Laurence Olivier/BBC Award for Best New Play. More recent plays include The SkrikerSeneca’s Thyestes, a new version of August Strindberg’s A Dream Play and The Public’s recent Drunk Enough to say I Love You?, directed by James Macdonald, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2006. Caryl Churchill lives in London.

 

James Macdonald’s work was last seen at New York Theatre Workshop in 2005 when he directed Caryl Churchill’s A Number. Macdonald’s other New York credits include Top Girls, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? at The Public Theater, Dying City at Lincoln Center Theate,and 4.48 Psychosis at St. Anne’s Warehouse.  His UK credits include the recently acclaimed revival of David Mamet’sGlengarry Glen Ross, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?, Dying City, Fewer Emergencies, Lucky Dog, Blood, Blasted, 4.48 Psychosis, Hard Fruit , Real Classy Affair, Cleansed, Bailegangaire, Harry and Me, The Changing Room, Simpatico, Peaches, Thyestes, The Terrible Voice of Satan, Hammett’s Apprentice, Putting Two and Two Together all at Royal Court Theatre; Exiles at National Theatre;The Tempest , Roberto Zucco at RSC; The Triumph of Love at Almeida; Love’s Labour’s Lost, Richard II at the Royal Exchange, Manchester; The Rivals at Nottingham Playhouse; The Crackwalker at Gate; The Seagull at Sheffield Crucible; Miss Julie at Oldham Coliseum;  Juno and the Paycock ,Ice Cream and Hot Fudge, Romeo and Juliet ,Fool for Love, Savage/Love, Master Harold and the Boys all at Contact Theatre; and  Prem at BAC/Soho Poly.

 

The New York Theatre Workshop production of Love and Information plays at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane in the West Village.  The regular performance schedule is Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm; Thursday and Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 3pm and 8pm; Sunday at 2pm and 7pm.  There will be a special student matinee on March 19, 2014.  Love and Information runs through March 23, 2014. Orchestra tickets are $85 and mezzanine tickets $30 for performances February 4-19 and $65 after. Tickets may be purchased online at nytw.org, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or by phoning Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787.  For exact dates and times of performances, visit nytw.org.

 

NYTW is pleased to make theatre accessible to everyone with its $20 CheapTix Sundays program and $25 Student tickets.  A dedicated number of tickets for Sunday evening performances at 7:00pm can be purchased in person at the Minetta Lane Box office for only $20.  Tickets may be purchased in advance, payable in cash only and are available to all audience members starting February 1. Student tickets may be purchased in advance from the Minetta Lane Box Office for all performances with valid student identification, one ticket per id starting February 1.

 

In addition, NYTW offers discount ticket prices for adult and student groups of 10 or more. Please contact group sales at stephaniew@nytw.org.

 

Named one of The New York Times best shows of 2013, What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagedrecently announced a four week extension and will be running through February 2 at New York Theatre Workshop’s main stage located at 79 East 4th Street.

 

New York Theatre Workshop, now celebrating its 31st season, is a leading voice in the world of Off-Broadway and within the theatre community in New York and around the world.  NYTW has emerged as a premiere incubator of important new theatre, honoring its mission to explore perspectives on our collective history and respond to the events and institutions that shape our lives. In addition, NYTW is known for its innovative adaptations of classic repertory. Each season, from its home in New York’s East Village neighborhood, NYTW presents three to five new productions, over 80 readings, and numerous workshop productions, for over 45,000 audience members.  Over the past 28 years, NYTW has developed and produced over 100 new, fully staged works, including Jonathan Larson’s Rent, Tony Kushner’s Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul, Doug Wright’s Quills, Claudia Shear’sBlown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde, Paul Rudnick’s The Most Fabulous Story Ever Toldand Valhalla, Caryl Churchill’s Mad ForestFar Away, and A Number, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Aftermath, and Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher.  The 2002 remounting of Martha Clarke’s seminal work, Vienna: Lusthaus and subsequent American tour was one of the longest-running productions in NYTW’s history.  NYTW’s acclaimed production of Once is currently enjoying a Broadway run, and Peter and the Starcatcher, which made its New York Premiere at NYTW, has returned to Off-Broadway following a successful Broadway run. NYTW supports artists in all stages of their careers by maintaining a series of workshop programs including work-in-progress readings, summer residencies, and minority artist fellowships.  NYTW’s productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, seventeen Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk, and Lucille Lortel Awards.

 

Cast Bios

 

Phillip James Brannon was last seen at New York Theatre Workshop in Belleville. Brannon’s other credits include We Are Proud To Present at SoHo Rep;, BootyCandy at the Wilma and Woolly Mammoth, The March and The Brother/Sister Plays at SteppenwolfBrannon’s television credits include Law & Order: SVU and Contagion.

 

Randy Danson was last seen at New York Theatre Workshop in Caryl Chruchill’s Mad Forest. Her Broadway credits include Mrs. WadeWell, and Eight Days (Backwards). Danson was featured in the National Tours of Wicked and Wonderful Town. Her Off-Broadway credits includes The Widowing of Mrs. HolroydCymbelineSavedThe Winter’s Tale, The DevilsPhaedra and The Triumph of Love.

 

Susannah Flood’s theatre credits include Mr. Burns at Playwrights Horizons, Tribes at the Barrow Street Theater, As You Like It at The Public Theater, Bird in Hand at the Fulcrum Theater, Baby Screams Miracle at Clubbed Thumb, The Madrid at MTC and Okay at Ensemble Studio Theatre.

 

Noah Galvin‘s theatre credits include King Lear and Arok of Java with Exit Pursued By a Bear; Our Town at the Barrow Street Theater; Playwrights Horizons, NYSF and the Vineyard Theater’s co-production of the Burnt Part BoysYosemite at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; The Great American Mousical and Ace: The Musical at St. Louis Rep., Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Old Globe.

 

Jennifer Ikeda has been seen on Broadway in Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls at MTC, directed by James Macdonald and Edward Albee’s Seascape at Lincoln Center. Other theatre credits include Marie Antoinette at Soho Rep, Seminar at Center Theatre Group, Titus Andronicus at The Public Theatre,Takarazuka!!! at Clubbed Thumb, Hamlet at Theatre for a New Audience, The Bacchae and As You Like It at the Delacorte,  Women Beware Women at Red Bull Theater, and Oliver Twist at ART.

 

Karen Kandel was last seen at New York Theatre Workshop in A Civil War Christmas and Beckett Shorts. Kandel was featured in Lee Breuer’s La Divina Caricatura at La MaMa. She has received Obie Awards for Peter and Wendy, Carl Hancock Rux’s Talk and Mabou Mines’ Lear. She also received a Dramalogue and Drama League Outstanding Performance Award for Edinburgh’s Herald Angel.

 

Irene Sofia Lucio was last seen on Broadway inWit and Off-Broadway in We Play for the Gods at the Women’s Project and Estrella Cruz: the Junkyard Queen at Ars Nova. Her regional credits includeRomeo and Juliet,  Master Builder at Yale Rep, After the Revolution and Golden Gate at Williamstown, and Amadeus and Macbeth at Chautauqua.

 

Nate Miller is a founding member of Lesser America. Miller’s theatre credits include Peter and the Starcatcher at New World Stages, True West and Romeo and Juliet at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville,Curse of The Starving Class at the Wilma Theatre in Philly, Much Ado About Nothing with Boomerang Theatre Co., and Keep Your Baggage With You… and Squealer at Theater for The New City.

 

Kellie Overbey’s Broadway credits include The Coast of Utopia and QED at Lincoln Center, TheatreTwentieth Century at Roundabout, Judgment at NurembergPresent Laughter, and Buried Child for which she received a FANY Award for Best Broadway Debut in 1996. Overbey’s regional and Off-Broadway productions include Sleeping Rough at Page 73, The Savannah Disputation at Playwrights Horizonsand most recently, Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn atThe Geffen Theatre in Los Angeles.

 

Adante Power was recently featured in the nation tour of The Lion King.

 

John Procaccino has appeared on Broadway in A Time To Kill, ArtA Thousand ClownsEnemy of the PeopleAn American Daughter, A Thousand Clowns, and Conversations With My Father. Procaccino was featured in the national tours of The Light in the Piazza and The Normal Heart.

 

Lucas Caleb Rooney was recently seen on Broadway in Golden Boy. His other Broadway credits include The Country Girl and Henry IV.His Off-Broadway credits include The Orphans’ Home Cycle Part 1, 2 and 3, Much Ado About Nothing, Regrets, All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measureand Yellow Face.

 

Maria Tucci’s Broadway credits include Mary StuartThe Night of The IguanaThe Rose Tattoo forwhich she received a Tony nomination, and Athol Fugard’s A Lesson From Aloes for which she won a Tony Award. Tucci’s Off-Broadway credits include Substance of FireLittle Foxes, Collected Storiesat Lincoln Center and Sweet Bird Of Youth, Mrs. Warren’s ProfessionFilumena, The Seagull, The Heiress, Major Barbara, The Royal Family, Winters Tale at MTC.

 

James Waterston has performed on Broadway in Enemy of the People at MTC. His Off-Broadway credits include The Importance of Being Earnest at BAM,  As You Like It  at The Public Theater, Parents’ Evening at The Flea Theater and  Buffalo Gal at Primary Stages. Waterston’s regional and international credits include Chinglish at the Goodman Theatre, Othello atCommonwealth Shakespeare Company, Private Lives at Huntington Theater, Long Day’s Journey into Night at Syracuse Stage, Twelfth Night at The Old Globe, The Seagull at George Street Playhouse, and Children at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

 

Zoë Winters is best known to New York audiences for creating the role of “Bec” in Amy Herzog’s award winning play 4000 Miles. Winters’ other New York credits include the Hater at the Ohio Theatre, Love Song at 59E59 Theaters, and a self-written one woman show Swimming Legs.  Ms. Winters has worked at many regional theatres including Westport Country Playhouse, The Old Globe, Baltimore Center Stage, The Magic Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse and Seattle Rep.

 

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Tulis McCall

Author: Tulis McCall

For my money, the theatre is up there in the ten top reasons to be human. I leave my home and go sit in a dark room with complete strangers and watch actors do their stuff because I want to be inspired. I’m asking to be involved. I’m volunteering to be led down any old path they choose as long as they don’t let go of my hand. And if I see a show, and it is NOT so very good – I will try to divert you, because I don’t want you to come to the temple when the preaching isn’t up to snuff. I will bar the door, I will swing from rafters, I will yell FIRE just to set your feet on a path that does not lead to disappointment. Do something different with your evening I will say. Save your money for dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in months because you are too frigging busy. Go take a walk with your dog or your child or your significant other. Go to bed early, I will say. Don’t come to the theatre when it is less than it can be. I’m an usher snob, and that’s all there is to it.

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