Off-Bway's New Epic Repertory Launches Fall Season of Rotating Plays Oct. 9

News   Off-Bway's New Epic Repertory Launches Fall Season of Rotating Plays Oct. 9 The rare-in-America practice of rotating repertory will come alive Off-Broadway this fall with the first season of Epic Repertory Theatre Company, a new Equity troupe settling into the DR2 Theatre off Union Square.

The inaugural 2003-04 season, under artistic director Richard Kuranda and managing director Carolyn Woodring, includes the world premiere of Farblondjet, by playwright-in-residence Jeremy Kareken; a revival of Antigone by Jean Anouilh, directed by Kuranda; plus a one-act play festival featuring pieces by Romulus Linney, Lee Blessing and Neal Bell.

In true rep fashion, performances will overlap so that you might see a new American play on a Thursday and a revival of a European work on a Friday.

The company was co-founded by Kuranda and Alicia Regan with the aim of "inspiring a new generation of theatergoers by opening its doors to resident artists while providing opportunity and freedom to emerging actors, writers, and technicians."

The troupe has been around in a developmental form since 2001, but this is the first time full productions are being offered.

The goal is to have a permanently-employed ensemble, but for now actors are drawn from an Epic pool of talent, with others being brought in as necessary. The DR2 Theatre is at 103 E. 15th Street. The current tenant is Edge.

Epic Rep's season includes the following presentations.

  • One Act Play Series, Oct. 9-Nov. 15. "The one-act play series will feature the World and New York Premieres of some [works] of...Romulus Linney, Lee Blessing and Neal Bell."
  • Farblondjet, Oct. 15-Nov. 19, by Jeremy Kareken. "Farblondjet shows the story of a young man as he looks for love amongst the ruins of a dying civilization, the Jewish Catskills. There, he finds the one love he can not have, the father he never liked, and a whole lot of tsuris, michagas, and maybe a shtup or two."
  • Antigone, Oct. 28-Nov. 22, by Jean Anouilh. "Antigone focuses on the conflict between man's laws and political expediency on one side, and moral law and human dignity on the other." Tickets may be purchased for a variety of events prior to opening night. For more information on subscriptions, contact Cwoodring@Epic-Rep.com.

    For ticket information before Sept. 26, call (212) 740-3080. After Sept. 26, call TeleCharge at (212) 239-6200 or www.telecharge.com.