Hershey Felder in "Maestro" at 59E59 Theaters

VIEWPOINTS – NAT TURNER IN JERUSALEM and MAESTRO continue to prove the challenge of staging fully convincing bio-dramas

In my experience, when it comes to depicting historical figures, the genre of theater is at a unique disadvantage when compared to, say, books or cinema. Books have the benefit … Continue Reading →

Justine Lupe, Genesis Oliver, and Jimmi Simpson in "Empathitrax" at HERE

THE HANGOVER REPORT – The overeager EMPATHITRAX falls short on theatrical know-how

I recently had a chance to catch Empathitrax, a new play by Ana Nogueira that’s currently closing out its run at HERE Arts Center. The premise is certainly fascinating – … Continue Reading →

Scott Sheppard and Jennifer Kidwell in "Underground Railroad Game" at Ars Nova

VIEWPOINTS – Excavating the truth of the matter through performance: THE BLACK CROOK and UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME

The Civilians (whose short run of The Undertaking at BAM ended last weekend) aren’t the only ones in town who are interested in “investigative” theater. Two ambitious Off-Broadway productions are … Continue Reading →

Taryn Simon's "An Occupation of Loss" at the Park Avenue Armory

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Taryn Simon’s arresting AN OCCUPATION OF LOSS explores the act of mourning intimately, expansively

Last weekend marked the final days of An Occupation of Loss, Taryn Simon’s arresting and expansive exploration of the act of mourning – utilizing professional mourners from around the world – … Continue Reading →

The company of Sarah Delappe's "The Wolves" at Playwrights Realm

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Sarah Delappe’s THE WOLVES is ferocious, stunning theater

Yesterday afternoon, I was lucky enough to catch Sarah Delappe’s rightfully acclaimed stunner of a play The Wolves, courtesy of Playwrights Realm at The Duke on 42nd Street. Over the … Continue Reading →

Dan Domingues and the delightful Irene Lucio in "The Undertaking" at BAM

THE HANGOVER REPORT – The Civilians explore death and mortality in THE UNDERTAKING in typical inquisitive style at BAM

Back at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, I recently caught The Civilians’ latest piece, The Undertaking. I’ve been a fan of the company’s distinctive brand of investigative … Continue Reading →

The company of "Bears in Space" at 59E59 Theaters

VIEWPOINTS – Three Bears and an Alien: Two quirky and inspired highlights of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival

At this year’s edition of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival (in its ninth year), two irrepressible offerings are proving to be the highlights of the festival. Despite their quirkiness, both productions … Continue Reading →

Rachel Botchan and Rebekah Brockman in "A Taste of Honey" at the Pearl

THE HANGOVER REPORT – The Pearl opens its season with a curious revival of Shelagh Delaney’s rarely-performed A TASTE OF HONEY

The Pearl Theatre Company opened its season yesterday with a curious revival of Shelagh Delaney’s rarely-performed A Taste of Honey directed by Austin Pendleton. Written in 1958 when Ms. Delaney … Continue Reading →

The cast of Richard Nelson's "What Did You Expect" at the Public Theater

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Richard Nelson’s WHAT DID YOU EXPECT? opens at the Public in a stealthily profound manner

The second installment of Richard Nelson’s “The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family” plays – What Did You Expect? – opened this weekend in a stealthily profound … Continue Reading →

Second Stage

QUINCY DUNN-BAKER (Kevin/Arno) Also at Second Stage: Trust and Wildflower (2ST Uptown). Off-Broadway: By The Water (MTC), The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature, Drama Desk Award), The Forest (Classic Stage Company), The Good Negro (The Public), The First Breeze of Summer (Signature), Romeo and Juliet (The Public/NYSF) and Mr. Marmalade (Roundabout) Regional: Magnetic North (Portland Stage), A Streetcar Named Desire (Triad Stage), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Germany/ Switzerland), Deathtrap and Murder on the Nile (Dorset Theater).  TV: “Chicago Med,” “The Blacklist,” “ Dead-Beat,” “The Following,”  "Blue Bloods,” "A Gifted Man,” "Law & Order: SVU," "Law & Order: CI," "Nurse Jackie," "CSI:NY," "As The World Turns," "One Life To Live," "Guiding Light”.  Film: Cigarette Soup, Draft Day, The Word, The Big Wedding, Hannah Has A Ho Phase, Teleglobal Dreamin' (SXSW), and Sister. BFA, The North Carolina School of the Arts. 

	ARICA HIMMEL (Lily) age 11, Arica is honored to be making her off-Broadway debut in The Layover.  A native New Yorker, Arica is a pianist and aspiring filmmaker. She's an avid reader and baker. Arica began training at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre at age ten.

	ANNIE PARISSE (Shellie). Second Stage: Becky Shaw (Lortel Nom.). Broadway: Clybourne Park, Prelude to a Kiss. Select Off-Broadway: Antlia Pneumatica, All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, The Internationalist (Drama Desk Nom.) , Monster, and The Credeaux Canvas.  TV: “Vinyl,” “The Following,”  “Law & Order," "Rubicon," “House of Cards,” "The Big C," "Person of Interest," and "Unforgettable". Film: Anesthesia, And So it Goes, Wild Canaries, Price Check, One for the Money among others. Member: AEA.

	JOHN PROCACCINO(Fred) Broadway: Our Mother’s Brief Affair and An Enemy of the People (MTC), A Time to Kill, An American Daughter, A Thousand Clowns, Conversations with My Father, Art. Off-Broadway: Love and Information (NYTW); Blood and Gifts, Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center); The Qualms (Playwrights Horizons); Incident at Vichy (Signature Theatre). National tour: The Light in the Piazza. Regional: The Normal Heart (Arena); Art, Good Boys and True (Steppenwolf); Death of a Salesman (Old Globe); A Prayer for My Enemy, Curse of the Starving Class, A Moon for the Misbegotten (Long Wharf); All the Kings Men, Arms and the Man (Intiman); Tartuffe, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Long Day’s Journey into Night (Seattle Repertory); Dinner with Friends, Side Man, The Crucible (ACT-Theater).  Film and TV: A Most Violent Year, The Runner Stumbles, Three Fugitives, Born to Be Wild, “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue,” “Northern Exposure,” “Smash,” “The Good Wife,” and “Elementary.”

	ADAM ROTHENBERG (Dex) is best known for his role of ‘Captain Homer Jackson’ on the critically acclaimed BBC series, “Ripper Street.” His other TV credits include “House”, “Hack,” “The Jury,” NY-70,” “Conviction,” and NBC's "Law & Order.” Adam's film credits include Callie Khouri's Mad Money, and Tennessee produced by Lee Daniels. New York theatre credits include The Retributionists (at Playwrights Horizons), The Wooden Breeks (MCC), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Second Stage), and “Birdy” (The Women’s Project). He starred as Stanley Kowalski opposite Patricia Clarkson in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Kennedy Center, and has been an active member at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, starring in A Doll’s House, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and Mother of Invention.

	AMELIA WORKMAN (Mya/Andrea).  Company member of The New Museum's pop up repertory company X­ID; Laura Jacqumin's Residence (Humana Festival); Philip Ridley's Tender Napalm (59E59); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Goodman Theatre); Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova). Original company and international touring company of Young Jean Lee's The Shipment. Frequent performer of new works at Soho Rep, Yale Rep and New Dramatists. Recipient of Charles Bowden Award at New Dramatist 2016. Graduate of Fordham University.

	LESLYE HEADLAND (Playwright) is an established playwright, screenwriter, and director, and holds a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Headland started her writing for the theatre, with such plays as Bachelorette (Second Stage), Assistance(Playwrights Horizons), and the rest of the Seven Deadly Plays series (IAMA Theatre Company).  Several of these plays would later serve as the basis for her film and television projects. In 2010, Headland became a staff writer for FX’s television series “Terriers,” created by Ted Griffin and Shawn Ryan, starring Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James.  Two years later, her play Assistance was acquired by NBC for television.  The pilot was executive produced by Headland, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay for Gary Sanchez Productions, and starred Krysten Ritter. In 2012, Headland broke out in features, when she made her directorial debut with another of her plays, Bachelorette, starring Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, James Marsden, and Adam Scott. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, was subsequently sold to the Weinstein Company, and went on to become one of the most successful VOD releases to date.  Off of that feat, Headland set up her next script, About Last Night, at Screen Gems.  Kevin Hart and Michael Ealy starred in the film directed by Steve Pink, which was released in February 2014, grossing over $50 million domestically. Most recently, Headland wrote and directed the romantic-comedy, titled Sleeping with Other People, and produced by Gloria Sanchez Productions. The project stars Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie, and had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was sold to IFC for summer 2015 distribution, and will be released on DVD and VOD platforms on December 22nd, 2015.

	TRIP CULLMAN (Director). Select NYC: Joshua Harmon's Significant Other (Roundabout), Halley Feiffer's I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard (Atlantic), Simon Stephens's Punk Rock(MCC, Obie Award), Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance of Fire (Second Stage), Tarrell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy (Manhattan Theatre Club), Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash's Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theatre Club and Union Square Theatre), Paul Weitz's Lonely, I'm Not(Second Stage), Leslye Headland's Assistance (Playwrights Horizons), Adam Bock's A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nom.), Adam Rapp's The Hallway Trilogy: Nursing (Rattlestick), Headland's Bachelorette (Second Stage), Terrence McNally's Some Men(Second Stage), Bert V. Royal's Dog Sees God (Century Center), Bock's The Drunken City(Playwrights Horizons), Weitz's Roulette (EST), Jonathan Tolins's The Last Sunday In June(Rattlestick and Century Center), Bock's Swimming In The Shallows (Second Stage), Gina Gionfriddo's US Drag (stageFARM), and several productions with The Play Company. London: Bock's The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, PA (Tricycle). Select regional: McCraney'sChoir Boy (Geffen and Alliance, Suzi Bass award), John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation(Old Globe), Richard Greenberg's The Injured Party (South Coast Rep), McNally's Unusual Acts of Devotion (La Jolla Playhouse), Christopher Durang's Betty's Summer Vacation (Bay Street), Bess Wohl's Touched (Williamstown Theater Festival). Upcoming: Michael Friedman and Danny Goldstein's Unknown Soldier (Williamstown Theater Festival), Wohl'sBarcelona (Geffen), Feiffer's A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecologic Oncology Unit At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Of New York City (MCC).

VIEWPOINTS – This summer, investigating Leslye Headland’s world via a modestly-scaled BACHELORETTE and a sleek LAYOVER

This weekend in New York, two productions of plays by Leslye Headland will shutter, which has gotten me thinking about the merits of this provocative young playwright. In little more … Continue Reading →