59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to welcome Gold No Trade with the NYC premiere of THE SUBTLE BODY, written by Megan Campisi, with a Chinese translation by Grant Zhong, and directed by Michael Leibenluft. THE SUBTLE BODY begins performances on Thursday, February 12 for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 1. Press opening is Sunday, February 15 at 3:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday and Saturday at 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM. Please note, there is no performance on Wednesday, February 25. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $18 ($12.60 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org.
It’s 1702: Charlotte Floyer accompanies her eccentric physician husband John to China to learn about Chinese medicine and its understanding of the human heart. But Charlotte has her own heart to contend with, falling in the love with the couple’s translator. When he asks her to join his household as his second wife (an accepted tradition in historical China), Charlotte and his first wife must reconsider their own understandings of love.
Loosely based on the professional work of 17th-Century physician John Floyer, who standardized the method for taking the human pulse, this bilingual Mandarin/English comedy offers a new interpretation of the inner workings of the human heart.
THE SUBTLE BODY arrives in NY after a sold-out engagement in Shanghai. It was awarded the TCG Global Connections Grant and was a 2014 semifinalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. The production includes English and Mandarin supertitles.
The cast features Ya Han Chang, Stephanie Thompson, Johnny Wu and Michael Zlabinger.
Megan Campisi (playwright) is a playwright and performer and co-founder of Gold No Trade. Recent work includes The Subtle Body (2013, semifinalist for the 2014 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), The Pinks (Collapsible Hole, Dixon Place), Floating Brothel (ACT Festival Shanghai, The Tank, Dixon Place), and Brementown (Avignon Festival, winner of the French Alfa and ADAMI prizes for new theater). Campisi has taught acting at Yale University, the Shanghai Theatre Academy and for the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools. She received her B.A. from Yale University and MFA (French equivalent) from L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq in France.
Michael Leibenluft’s (director) directing credits include The Subtle Body at Dixon Place (workshop), NACL and Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, I’ll Never Love Again! by Clare Barron at Drama League DirectorFest, Lost Tribe by Alex Borinsky with Target Margin at Abrons Arts Center, Treats at the Bowery Poetry Club, North Bank Suzhou Creek at the Shanghai International Arts Festival, and other projects with The Civilians, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre, EST/Youngblood, LMCC, and NYU/Tisch Grad Program. China Fulbright, SDCF Observership, and Drama League Directing Fellowship recipient. B.A. from Yale and M.A. from the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Upcoming: the Chinese premiere of Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive