The Equity troupe known for its concert presentations of "neglected or rarely produced plays of literary merit" stages Anderson's Both Your Houses March 11-13. Michael Pressman will direct the 1933 work, billed as "an unexpectedly relevant political satire."
Performances play Florence Gould Hall in Manhattan.
In Both Your Houses, "an idealistic young congressman, Alan McClean, takes the surprising position of opposing an appropriations bill that provides money for a huge construction project in his own district. Though his fight will probably cost him future support from his peers, from his constituents, and from the woman in whom he is interested (the daughter of the Appropriations Committee chairman), McClean struggles to gather opposition to the bill he knows is wrong. Is a young man's idealism any match for the accepted way of doing business?"
The TACT cast includes TACT company members Kyle Fabel, Richard Ferrone, Darrie Lawrence, James Murtaugh, James Prendergast, Scott Schafer, and Jenn Thompson and guest artists Anthony Crane, Curzon Dobell, Tara Falk, Terry Layman and Tuck Milligan. The production team includes Marcus Paus (original music), Stacey Boggs (lighting designer), Dawn Dunlop (production stage manager) and Shelly Tseng (assistant director).
Performances will take place at Florence Gould Hall at the French Institute Alliance Français (55 East 59th Street, between Madison and Park Avenues) on March 11 at 7:30 PM; March 12 at 2 PM and March 13 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100. Tickets can also be purchased at the Florence Gould Hall box office.
Maxwell Anderson's playwriting credits include Winterset (1935) and High Tor (1936), which each won the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Play.
He won the 1933 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama for Both Your Houses. Among his other plays are 1924 World War I drama What Price Glory? and the verse tragedies Elizabeth the Queen (1930) and Mary of Scotland (1933). Anderson was a founding member of the Playwrights' Company, whose other members included Robert Sherwood, S.N. Behrman, Elmer Rice and Sidney Howard. The Company produced, among other works, Anderson's plays Knickerbocker Holiday (1938), Key Largo (1939) and Truckline Café (1946). Anderson died in 1959.
The final show of TACT's main stage season will be The Hot L Baltimore by Lanford Wilson May 6-8. For more information, visit www.TACTnyc.org.
TACT, led by co-artistic directors Scott Alan Evans, Cynthia Harris and Simon Jones, "celebrates language, the actor, and the spoken word. Founded by professional actors in 1992, TACT is dedicated to presenting neglected or rarely performed plays of literary merit with a focus on creating theatre from its essence: the text and the actor's ability to bring it to life."
The performance style of TACT "concerts" includes a lighting design, live music and actors facing out to the audience (rather than to each other) with script in hand.