Off-Broadway's adobe theatre company will be the home of the 24-Hour Company's latest evening of plays-made-in-a-day. The event, which will feature six new ten-minutes plays written and staged within--that's right--24 hours, will take place at the Ohio Theatre in Soho on Dec. 16 at 8 PM.
The 24-Hour Company recently made news by teaming with Planet Impact and Workhouse Publicity to create a similar evening of new, short plays on Sept. 24—just days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The trio of outfits quickly put together a group of stellar talents--including Warren Leight, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Mary-Louise Parker—for one night at Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre. The evening raised $30,000 for the families and victims of the terrorist attacks.
The playwrights employed in the adobe evening are Heather McDonald, Will Eno (whose King was given a reading by New York Stage & Film last summer), Kenny Finkle, Gary Lipman, Todd Miller and Robert Simonson (whose Kicker was read at the 2001 Williamstown Theatre Festival). The directors are Julie Bleha, Liam Maloney, Julie Karamer, Art Halpern, Sam Buggeln and Michael Scheman.
The show begins as 8 PM. For tickets and information at the Ohio Theatre on Wooster St. (between Spring and Broome), call (212) 279-4200.
* Jeff Goode's dark holiday comedy, The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, has returned to New York courtesy of the adobe theatre company [sic], which will offer a revival of the offbeat holiday show Nov. 28-Dec. 22 at the Ohio Theatre downtown.
In Goode's play, Santa Claus has been brought up on charges of sexual harassment, including allegations of unsavory acts with reindeer and elves. The Eight are witnesses prepared to testify for or against Santa. Each has a different take on events. The big issue is whether Santa is an icon of goodness or a self-indulgent pervert.
Jeremy Dobrish, adobe's artistic director and helmer of the current Off Broadway revival of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), stages The Eight.
Starring in The Eight are adobe company members Erin Quinn Purcell (who is also the show's costume designer), Kathryn Langwell, Arthur Aulisi, Frank Ensenberger, Vin Knight, alongside Jeremy Brisiel, Nina Hellman and Mather Zickel.
The Eight was first staged by adobe in 1995, and the company went on to do another Goode comedy, Poona the Fuckdog.
— By David Lefkowitz