Although the theatre company is currently presenting Expatriate at its Mercer Street theatre, that space has been sold, and the Culture Project's upcoming season will be seen at a temporary home, the 199-seat Barrow Street Theatre.
In a statement Culture Project artistic director Allan Buchman said, "Our long-term plans involve a permanent home to include a theatre, screening room, a lobby/exhibition space, a concert/lecture hall and a resident café where politically-charged conversation can flourish. Our move gives us a perfect opportunity to collaborate with like-minded organizations throughout the city while we continue our search."
The new season will include the New York premiere of In Conflict and Ronan Noone's one-man show, The Atheist.
Based on Yvonne Latty's book of the same name, In Conflict — adapted and directed by Helen Hayes Award winner Douglas C. Wager — will begin previews Sept. 18 with an official opening scheduled for Sept. 24. The play, according to Culture Project, is "a compelling portrait of Iraq War veterans speaking out on duty, loss and the fight to stay alive amid one of the most controversial conflicts in modern American history.
In Conflict captures the unheard voices and unpredictable experiences of 17 Iraq War veterans whose lives have been changed forever. Featuring men and women from all branches and ranks, Republican and Democrat, straight and gay, immigrants and natives, hailing from all parts of the country, these remarkable veterans represent America and its complexity." The Atheist — starring Campbell Scott — will follow. Directed by Justin Waldman, Noone's play will begin previews Oct. 6 and open Oct. 12. In the dark comedy, Scott plays Augustine Early, "a crooked reporter who will do anything to get his next front-page story. When Augustine turns a prominent local politician's tawdry predilections into front page news, the scandal threatens to undo the one person Augustine thought was immune - himself."
Culture Project will also collaborate with the Judson Memorial Church, a self-described "sanctuary for progressive activism and artistic expression," on a music series as well as an "initiative that explores the debates surrounding the ratification of the constitution and a recurring 'Guantanamo vigil' that recognizes the current illegality of the administration's actions, and rejection of basic human rights, freedoms and protections under the law," according to press notes.
The Barrow Street Theatre is located in the West Village at 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue South. For more information visit www.cultureproject.org.