May 30 through June 24
45 Bleecker Street.
Tickets $18. For tickets visitÂ http://planetconnections.org/
Lifedream Productions is pleased to present Amy Gray-Piperâ€™s new play,Â The Closet, directed by Melissa Skirboll, making its world premiere at the Bleecker Street Theatre in New York, as part of the 4th annual Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.Â The ClosetÂ is paired with Dana Sumner-Pritchardâ€™s new playÂ Bed, which is also premiering at the festival in this evening of dramatic one-acts.
The ClosetÂ is the story of Ruth, a woman with a troubled past who is trying to come to terms with herself, her mother and their shared past. Though Ruth thought she had buried her past, the memory of her long-dead mother, Mara, haunts her. She struggles to hold onto her illusions through a series of conversations with Mara, before being forced to remember the truth. We watch as her fragile hold on sanity slips away as she falls into the madness that gripped her mother.
at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
Written by Amy Gray-Piper
Directed by Melissa Skirboll
Where: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Bleecker Street Theatre
45 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
When:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Saturday Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 6/2/12 Â Â 8:00pm
Monday Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 6/4/12 Â Â 9:30pm
Thursday Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 6/7/12 Â Â 6:00pm
Wednesday Â Â Â Â 6/13/12 Â Â 4:00pm
Tuesday Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 6/19/12 Â Â 6:30pm
Saturday Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 6/23/12 Â Â 11:00am
Price:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â $18 atÂ http://planetconnections.org/
Cast:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â RUTH: Maureen Van Trease
MARA/NURSE: Susan McBrien
Melissa SkirbollÂ (producer/ director) was with LifeDream Productions, the producer of the award winning production of Hell isÂ Where the Heart IsÂ at the 2011 Planet Connections Festivity. She recently finished directing a series of readings at The Abingdon Theatre and her playÂ Pizza for LifeÂ as part of Ego Actus NYC Icon Plays. She also directed and producedÂ Girlfriend ExperienceÂ by Paul Tarantino at the Next Stage Theater in Hollywood, CA.
Amy Gray PiperÂ (playwright)Â was raised in East Tennessee and lives in East Harlem.Â Â She began writingÂ The ClosetÂ at Harvard College under the tutelage of Obie-Award Winning playwright, Adrienne Kennedy. In 2005, Amy graduated from the University of Virginiaâ€™s School of Law and joined the litigation department of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.Â Â For the past four years, she has worked as counsel to a New York philanthropist and his private family foundation. Some of Amyâ€™s other adventures include:Â Â work in Washington DC with Nina Totenberg at National Public Radio, travel writingâ€”Published inÂ Letâ€™s Go Australia, performing at the A.R.T. under Tina Packerâ€™s direction and serving as a White House Intern during the Clinton years.
Â Maureen Van TreaseÂ (Ruth)Â was the 2011 Planet Connections Winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for her work in Skirbollâ€™sÂ Hell is Where the Heart Is, the 2009 Winner Planet Activist Award and her playÂ Those Whistling Ladswas a 2009 Nominee for Outstanding Overall Production of a Revival/Adaptation for which she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for her role as Dorothy Parker
Susan McBrienÂ (Mara)Â was the 2010 Planet Connections Winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical, Play with Music, or Musical Event for her work inBJ: A Musical Romp, which was also nominated for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play, Musical or Evening of One-Acts and the winner for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, Play with Music, or Musical Event
Planet Connections Theatre FestivityÂ is New Yorkâ€™s premiere eco-friendly/socially conscious theatre festival. Fostering a diverse cross-section of performances, the festival seeks to inspire artists and audiences both creatively and fundamentally, in a festive atmosphere. At the heart of the festivity are like-minded individuals striving to create professional, meaningful theatre, while supporting organizations that give back to the community at large.
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