2012 Araca Project of New Work Continues With Phil Blechman's Black Book Aug. 8-12 in NYC
By Michael Gioia
The second annual Araca Project, featuring six original shows, continues with The Black Book, a new play written and directed by Phil Blechman, Aug. 8-12 at the American Theater of Actors.
Blechman also produces the new work alongside Danny Bateman and Marcelo Pereira.
The cast includes TJ Clark, Michael Finn, Alexandra Milne, Kristen Olds, Anto Periera, JD Scalzo, Amos Vanderpoel and Brittany Taylor Visser.
The Black Book, according to the Araca Group, "is a new 99-minute suspense thriller about a troubled college student who leaves a suicidal poem on his poetry professor’s desk. The apprehensive professor is compelled to delve into his student’s past to decipher the true meaning of his poem, understand the guilt he feels for the loss of the girl he loved, and ultimately save him from taking his own life. The Black Book is a haunting exploration of a mind on the verge of collapse and the struggles inherent with oneself."
The creative team includes Jen Medina-Gray (set/prop design), Mike Escalante (lighting design), Liz Gleason (costume design), Leanna Barlow (paint), Kate McCombs (production stage manager) and Christopher DeLuise (technical direction).
The 2012 lineup also includes the multi-composer musical Hot Mess in Manhattan, featuring music and lyrics by up-and-coming composers Ryan Scott Oliver, Kait Kerrigan & Brian Lowdermilk and Nick Blaemire; one additional play (The Man With America Skin); an improvised musical (One Night Only); and a musical/comedy variety hour (The Rescignos). Shawn Nabors' Cake was the first in the 2012 lineup.
All productions are produced by young professionals who graduated between 2002 and 2012.
Here's a glance at the remaining productions:
The Man With America Skin
Hot Mess in Manhattan
One Night Only
The Araca Group is a Broadway producing and merchandising organization led by Matthew Rego, Michael Rego and Hank Unger. The Araca Project launched in 2011 as a collaboration between The Araca Group and Syracuse University. In its second incarnation, the project has welcomed the University of Michigan as a partner in The Araca Group's commitment to early career development.
The American Theatre of Actors is located at 314 W. 54th Street. For more information and tickets, visit AracaProject.com.
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