Stageplays News       Volume IX, June/July 2007

Pied a Terre - Coming This Fall At The Kirk Theater

Pied a Terre, by John Anastasi, is a play about Julia, a television journalist who discovers a Manhattan penthouse owned by her husband, that she was unaware existed.  As Julia explores the apartment, she is interrupted by Katie, a beautiful young woman, who seems to know Julia's husband a little too well.  As the two women face off, secrets unfold revealing they have more in common than either could have ever imagined. 

Pied a Terre, or a second home, is a drama about grief, loss, and coming to terms with survivor guilt, where the passions of the soul come into conflict with the obligations of the mind and the needs of the heart.

Stageplays will present Pied a Terre in a world premiere production Off Broadway this fall at the Kirk Theater on New York's Theatre Row.  Pied a Terre begins previews November 26th and opens December 1st.  Performances will be Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8pm, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm.  All tickets are $50; discounts are available for groups and students.  Tickets will go on sale October 1st at ticketcentral.com.

Stageplays Is Growing!

In 1992, I had an idea to start a new company that would develop and produce new plays for the American theatre which address the issues of our times.  I wanted to create opportunities for actors and playwrights, directors and designers, to work on developing new plays leading to the production of them. 

This year and last, our productions of In The Air, and The Crying Woman/La Llorona were successfully and beautifully mounted and earned favorable notices; this coming fall, we are producing our second play this year, Pied a Terre.  And next season, coincident with the electoral year, we will produce the political comedy, Ten Million Black Republicans 

Stageplays is now publishing every play we produce – two are published, two more are on the way.  We are recording our first CD – a beautiful, original score commissioned for our recent production – available by summer’s end. 

We are producing new plays, publishing new scripts, and creating new opportunities.  We need you involved and we’d like to hear from you – as artists, as audience members, as supporters – and, please come see a performance.  When you purchase a ticket – there are always discounts available – you cannot imagine how much it helps our earned income.  Donations are fully tax deductible and always very much appreciated.

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On Stage And Screen

Xanadu, with book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne, provides some campy summer fun on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre.  Kerry Butler is terrific in the starring role, with Cheyenne Jackson currently filling the skates for lead actor James Carpinello, and veteran Tony Roberts providing great support in a show with a surprisingly familiar yet pleasing pop score. 

On the screen, the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival presented three outstanding films, Strange Culture, a highly provocative documentary about post-9/11 paranoia and miscarriages of justice against suspected terrorists; Carla's List, an insightful chronicle of the International Criminal Tribunal's pursuit of notorious perpetrators of crimes against humanity in the former Yugoslavia; and Everything's Cool, a chilling advocation of what it will take to transform the U.S. from a laggard nation into a world leader on global warming. 

And, be on the lookout for Giuseppe Tornatore's The Unknown Woman, a powerful thriller on recent immigration into Italy, with a take-your-breath-away final twist, presented at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Open Roads:  New Italian Cinema.

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