NY’s Theater For The New City presents its free street theatre production of Pirates Or Go For The Gold, on stage at venues around the city. Their 1997 Fall schedule, including a new play by Romulus Linney, begins Aug. 9.
A modern CEO accesses a band of Pirates through a digital time warp with the help of his staff computer nerd. Written and directed by Theater For The New City’s executive director Crystal Field, Pirates is a musical performed by 30 actors and five musicians, featuring trap doors, puppets, masks and a running screen providing continuous movement behind the performers.
In the cast are Gianni Baratta, Paige Jennifer Barr, Desteny Cruz, Israel Cruz, Joseph C. Davies, Andy De Larosa, Crystal Field, Cheryl Gadsden, Celeste Jona Gay, Michael David Gordan, Felicia Griffith, Carmen Galarza, Bob Grimm, Inez Guzman, Jerry Jaffe, Terry Lee King, Jose Llanes, Mark Marcante, Michael Y. Mason, Marlyn Matias, Craig Meade, Tessa Morales, Marquitta Moye, Flaco Navaja, Julia Paskin, Primy Rivera, Vanessa Roe, Edgar Anthony Roman, Michael Vazquez and Lisa Roxanne Walters.
The running screen is designed by Tony Angel with set pieces by Walter Gurbo and masks by Pamela Mayo. Sound design is by Paul Garrity with costumes by Julienne Schubert and additional designs by Mary Blanchard. Musical direction is by Cynthia Hilts with music composed and arranged by Christopher Cherney.
Pirates Summer Schedule
Aug. 9 - 2 PM - Manhattan - St. Mark’s Park/Abe Lebewohl Pk, E 10th St. and 2nd Ave.
Aug. 10 - 2 PM - Manhattan - Wise Towers, W 90th St. (Columbus/Amsterdam)
Aug. 14 - 8 PM - Brooklyn - Dino’s Wonderwheel Park, Coney Island
Aug. 16 - 2 PM - Bronx - St. Mary’s Park, 147th St. & St. Ann’s Ave.
Aug. 17 - 2 PM - Queens - St. Albans Park, Sayers Blvd. between 173rd St & Merrick
Aug. 23 - 2 PM - Staten Island - Sobel Court & Bowen St.
Aug. 24 - 2 PM - Brooklyn - Prospect Park - Concert Grove near Wollman Rink
Sept. 6 - 2 PM - Manhattan - Central Park Bandshell at 72nd St.
Sept. 7 - 2 PM - Manhattan - Sara Delano Roosevelt Park at 2nd Ave. & Houston St.
Sept. 13 - 2 PM - Tompkins Square Park at E 7th St. & Ave. A
Sept. 14 - 2 PM - Washington Square Park 1997 Fall Schedule
Just Us, a new musical by Courtney Ffrench, follows six young women searching for self-direction and happiness in New York. Opens Aug. 9.
Mario Fratti’s Sisters opens Sept. 4. Fratti wrote 1992’s
Hide Mother in My Heart, by Ralph Pezzullo, author of 1995-96’s Wilderness of Mirrors, opens Sept. 18.
An Evening of Cabaret by Mark Marcante opens Sept. 29. Marcante is co-author of the book and lyrics for the musical Dropping In On The Earth.
Stephen Fife’s Unnatural Acts begins Oct. 9. Fife is author of Higher Powers,e a collection of one-act plays.
Next comes Bina Sharif’s A Decent Job and Closets Full of Plums, Oct. 9. Sharif’s previous plays include Bob Loves Bonnie, The Perfect Meatloaf, Love Is a Stranger In a Windowless Room and My Ancestors’ House.
TNC will again host its annual Halloween Festival Ball Oct. 31.
Back When, Back Then by Raymond J. Barry, winner of the 1989 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance in Once In Doubt, opens November 13.
Robert Myers’ Heartland opens Dec. 11 followed by Romulus Linney’s Gint Dec. 11. Linney’s previous work includes True Crimes, 2: Goering At Nuremberg and Spain.
The Fall season ends with Crystal Field’s Upstate, Dec. 18. Field is also the author of Contract, Squeegee and Christopher Columbus! Or, Business As Usual.
For more information on Theater For The New City call (212) 254-1109.
--By Laura MacDonald