Irish Comedy Stones in His Pockets Plays Long Island March 14-17

News   Irish Comedy Stones in His Pockets Plays Long Island March 14-17
 
In the days leading up to and including St. Patrick's Day, Todd Lawson and Jim Wisniewski will populate an Irish community in a March 14-17 Long Island production of Marie Jones' Tony-nominated and Olivier Award-winning Stones in His Pockets.

Produced by Followspot Entertainment in association with the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University Arts Management Program, the Irish comedy is directed by Rich Cole.

Performances play March 14 at 8 PM, March 15 at 7 PM and March 17 at 8 PM at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts' Hillwood Recital Hall on the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Greenvale, NY. It represents the start of a new professional theatre initiative at the campus — an unusual collaboration between theatrical professionals and arts management and theatre students at LIU.

"This presentation is expected to be the first in a continuing series which will have seasoned professionals working with students to produce professional theatrical ventures," according to production notes.

Lawson (Broadway's Summer and Smoke, Off-Broadway's Only a Lad) and Wisniewski (Pioneer Theatre's The Foreigner and the regional premiere of Frost/Nixon in St. Louis and Rochester) perform 15 roles in the "tour-de-force comedy that chronicles a culture clash between Irish villagers and the Hollywood filmmakers who have turned a town into a film set and villagers into extras."

* First produced in Belfast and later in London's West End and on Broadway, Stones in His Pockets won the Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Award for Best Production (1999) and the 2001 Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and was nominated for three Tony Awards.

The creative team for Stones in His Pockets includes Joseph M. Gourley (set designer), Adam Coffia (costume designer), Thomas Pascarella (lighting designer) and Robert Goida (sound designer).

Cole's directing work has been seen in New York at the Provincetown Playhouse, the 78th Street Theatre Lab, the Pearl Theatre and elsewhere. Regional directing credits include The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, George Street Playhouse, The Asolo, Geva Theatre and many others. He is the author of Robbie's Eyes and Where the Earth Meets the Sky, both performed by The Urban Rock Project. He is a casting director who has cast more than 500 plays for Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, Vienna, The Kennedy Center and 40 regional theatres. He won an OOBR Award for Urban Rock's production of his play, Unnatural Acts.

Producer Carter Anne McGowan, a native Long Islander, is an entertainment lawyer, professor, producer and writer. While affiliated with Richard Frankel Productions, she was on the production/legal team for more than 100 Broadway, Off Broadway, and touring productions including The Producers, Hairspray, Stomp and Sweeney Todd. She continues to oversee music rights for productions of Swing! throughout the world and to serve as counsel for Nederlander San Francisco on productions including Here Lies Jenny, Trumbo, Addicted and Love, Janis. She also served as production counsel for Nederlander's Detroit production of Mitch Albom's Duck Hunter Shoots Angel. McGowan is currently an associate professor and director of the Arts Management Program at Long Island University.

Tickets are $25. For more information call (516) 299-3100 or visit www.tillescenter.org or contact Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Todd Lawson and Jim Wisniewski in <i>Stones in His Pockets.</i>
Todd Lawson and Jim Wisniewski in Stones in His Pockets.
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