New York's One Dream Theatre will hold its second annual "Thoughts Modern" Festival Dec. 3 to Jan. 5, 1997, featuring eight fully-staged new plays. Artistic director Laine Valentino told Playbill On-Line the term "Thoughts Modern" is meant to be "an all-encompassing phrase referring to forward-thinking new writers. There's a real variety of works, from dramas to movement/dance theatre to story theatre."
Here's the Festival line-up:
Word Crimes, by Gilbert Girion, dir. Katie Davis. ("Three would-be criminals, a lot of guns and some nursery rhymes.") Dec. 3, 4, 7, 15.
Drink, auth/dir. Matt Ames. ("Belly-up to the bar and hear stories of family, friendship and love.") Dec. 3, 4, 7, 15.
The Damsel Tells The Tale, by Cordis Heard & Penny White, w/music by Michael Cain, dir. Bud Thorpe. ("Story theatre...rewritten & dramatically retold tales from the King Arthur legend"). Dec. 17, 18, 21. Falling Angel, choreographed/performed by Lisa Giobbi & Tim Harling. ("Aerial dances and other descents"). Dec. 28, 29.
Anybody's Game, by Jane Shepard, dir. Julie Hamberg. ("Beyond sleep there's Jupiter, a jukebox, and a sister like a pit bull.") Dec. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
Prom Queen by David Simpatico, dir. Jamie Richards. ("A suburban nightmare -- with half the fat!" Simpatico was recently represented Off Broadway by his, The Secret Of Life.) Dec. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,
White Lies, by J.B. Miller, dir. David Perry. ("A congressional race, a sex scandal, and three versions of the truth.") Jan. 2, 3, 4, 5.
The Wheat And The Moon, by Shawn H. Hirabayashi, dir. Julie Hamberg. "Eternal love, gods, goddesses and a tree.") Dec. 8, 19, 20, 22.
Acting in the festival are Audrey Anderson, Kate Bennis, Brennan Brown, Michael Della Femina, David Folwell, Ken Garito, Christopher Haas, Cordis Heard, Ed Hyland, Michael Kell, Maggie Low, Max Maxwell, John McAdams, Michael Potts, Timothy Joseph Ryan, Dawn Saito, Mark Schulte, George Sheffey, Jane Shepard, Gregory J. Sherman, Laine Valentino, Andrew Van Dusen and Noel Wilson.
For tickets ($10 or $20 for a Festival Pass) and information call One Dream Theatre, 232 West Broadway, at (212) 274-1450.
-- By David Lefkowitz