Gretchen Cryer Will Direct Elizabeth Rose's Relative Pitch at Cherry Lane
By Michael Gioia
Cherry Lane Theatre's award-winning Mentor Project will begin its 13th season with Elizabeth Rose's one-woman musical, Relative Pitch, beginning Feb. 21 at Manhattan's Cherry Lane Studio Theatre.
Directed by Gretchen Cryer — who will also serve as Rose's mentor — the limited engagement will continue through March 3. Relative Pitch is the first of three new plays in the 2012 Mentor Project, which will run through April 14.
Relative Pitch, according to Cherry Lane, "is a one-woman musical comedy about the hilarious roller-coaster ride of a performing songwriter. Written and performed by Rose, the musical's score features 19 original songs (from opera to rap) to depict her story of a childhood in a noisy musical family through the Vietnam and Woodstock eras to an inner-city classroom where hip hop trumps the blues."
Director Cryer has been seen on Broadway in Little Me, 110 in the Shade and 1776. She also wrote the book and lyrics for Shelter.
The Mentor Project's 13th season will also include Evolution by Patricia Buckley, mentored by Jean-Claude Van Itallie (March 13-24); and Mamma Roma by Anne DeSalvo, mentored by David Rambo (April 3-14). The Project will also debut the program's first commissioned play, Lisa Ramirez's Pas de Deux (Lost My Shoe), which will be given two public staged readings. Ramirez will be mentored by Cynthia Hopkins.
The Mentor Project is the winner of an American Theatre Wing Award, a Village Voice Obie Award and the Dramatist Guild's James Kirkwood Award for fostering new work by contemporary playwrights. The development program pairs leading dramatists with emerging writers for a full season of script development, casting, rehearsals and a showcase production of the mentored playwrights' works in the Studio Theatre.
Playwrights whose early works were seen in the Mentor Project include Katori Hall, Rajiv Joseph, Christopher Shinn, Anne Washburn, David Adjmi, Julia Cho, Anton Dudley, Sheila Callaghan, Colin McKenna, Bathsheba Doran and Molly Smith Metzler.
The Cherry Lane Studio Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.cherrylanetheatre.org.
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