Saroyan's Slice of Life Plays NYC's Storm Theatre Oct. 3-Nov. 1

News   Saroyan's Slice of Life Plays NYC's Storm Theatre Oct. 3-Nov. 1
 
William Saroyan's ensemble play, The Time of Your Life, set in a San Francisco saloon in 1939, gets a revival Oct. 3-Nov. 1 by the Off-Off-Broadway troupe Storm Theatre.

Performances play Storm's home at 145 West 46th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are $20 and are available by visiting www.smarttix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444.

Peter Dobbins, artistic director of The Storm Theatre, directs the play, which, according to production notes, "follows the patrons of a San Francisco waterfront bar over the course of a single day in 1939. Uniquely American, Saroyan's 27 characters exude a clear-eyed confidence and resiliency as they face troubles head-on in this funny, dramatic and ultimately touching celebration of existence."

The play won both the 1940 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1940 New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

Mike Mendiola plays independently wealthy bar patron, Joe, "who spends his time drinking, doing favors for others and sending his simple friend Tom (Matthew DeCapua) on strange errands." Bar owner Nick is portrayed by Ross DeGraw. Other patrons of the establishment — prostitute Kitty Duval, Arab, Kit Carson, longshoreman McCarthy, officers Krupp and Blick, Wesley, Willie, Harry, The Drunkard, A Street Walker, A Society Gentleman and A Society Lady, The Newsboy, Ma, Elsie, Mary L., Lorene, Dudley, Anna, A Street Walker Sidekick, A Sailor, and Cop — are played, respectively, by Daniela Mastropietro, Jose Sanchez, Ken Trammell, Ted McGuinness, Joe Danbusky, Dan Berkey, Geoffrey Barnes, Josh Vasquez, Robert Carroll, John Regis, Angelina Shippelina, Sheldon Stone, Holly Davatz, Matthew Wechsler, Rita Cronin, Jenn Zarine Habeck, Kate Chamuris, Jenny D. Green, Jonathan LaVallee, Aleyna Nicole Bartnick, Kamryn Larén DiBlasio and Sawyer Mastrandrea.

The creative team includes set designer Todd Ivins, costume designer Cheryl McCarron, lighting designer Michael Abrams and sound designer Scott O'Brien. Stage manager is Erlinda Garcia. The play is produced by Peter Dobbins and Chance Michaels. Director Dobbins stated, "The Time of Your Life is ultimately about freedom and about rebellion from all forms of coercion, either from within or without, that keeps individuals from expressing their true selves. As we face our present uncertain times, there is certainly much to be learned from these delightful and rambunctious characters' determined efforts to make America live up to all that it promises."

Performances play Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM. There is an additional performance Oct. 6 at 7:30 PM.

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Since 1997, when it was established as a not-for-profit company, The Storm Theatre "has drawn upon the resources of its founders, some acting friends and a growing cadre of professional associates whose commitment to theatre has been enhanced by the creative freedom fostered here; as a consequence, utilizing established classics, under-acknowledged gems from the world repertory and vigorous, new visions of life today, The Storm Theatre has succeeded in offering audiences compelling documentation of what it means to be human."

For more information, visit www.stormtheatre.com.

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