Vineyard Plans New-Play Readings and "Reunion" Presentations of Hits The Dying Gaul, Pterodactyls and More
By Kenneth Jones
Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre announced a variety of special events to celebrate its 30th anniversary season, including "reunion readings" of some of its key play titles.
The events (which are in addition to its mainstage productions) include developmental readings and workshops. The Vineyard's one-night-only readings of acclaimed plays from its past, some reuniting their original casts, include:
Fully Committed by Becky Mode (Monday, Nov. 12): "Mark Setlock will return in his tour de force performance, portraying dozens of characters in Mode's breakout hit about the staff of one of New York's hottest restaurants and the desperate patrons trying to book a table. The play debuted at The Vineyard in 1999 before transferring for a long and successful run at the Cherry Lane Theatre, and has gone on to productions around the world."
Pterodactyls by Nicky Silver (Monday, Dec. 10): "An all-star cast will perform a reading of Mr. Silver's acclaimed and influential 1993 play (winner of both the Kesselring and Oppenheimer Awards), the first play of eight by Mr. Silver premiered by The Vineyard. Pterodactyls was one of the first plays on the American stage to deal with a family's response to their son who has AIDS, and showcases Mr. Silver's unforgettable dark humor."
A Boy and His Soul, written and performed by Colman Domingo (Monday, Jan. 7, 2013): "This hilarious and moving solo show by the inimitable Colman Domingo (Passing Strange, The Scottsboro Boys) looks at his life growing up in 1970s West Philadelphia, and his family's relationship to soul music. A Boy and His Soul was hailed by critics when it premiered at The Vineyard in 2009."
The Dying Gaul by Craig Lucas (Winter 2013 dates TBA): "This darkly comic and haunting play premiered at the Vineyard in 1998, the story of a grieving screenwriter who enters into a relationship with a film producer and his wife, to chilling results. Dealing with AIDS, art, the internet and Hollywood, The Dying Gaul was hailed by many critics as the one of the best plays of the year and returned to The Vineyard the following fall for a sold out limited engagement. It was subsequently made into a film."
Additional reunion readings for spring of 2013 will be announced by the company soon.
In addition, The Vineyard will present a developmental workshop of Gloria, a new play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Neighbors, The Octoroon), Jan. 17-21, 2013. Jacobs-Jenkins was in residence last season as the 2011 recipient of the Vineyard's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, presented annually to an emerging writer of exceptional promise. The performances of Gloria will be open to Vineyard members.
The Vineyard will also present a special reading of a new work by Silver, open to the theatre's members. The date will be announced.
The theatre will develop and present new work by Erika Sheffer, who is in residence for the season as winner of the 2012 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award.
Ticket and additional information for the above events will be available in early October.
For more information or to become a member, call The Vineyard box office at (212) 353-0303 or visit online at vineyardtheatre.org.
The not-for-profit Vineyard is known for its commitment to new American plays and musicals. As previously reported, the mainstage season at its home on 15th Street features the world-premiere of Douglas McGrath's Checkers, directed by Terry Kinney and starring Anthony LaPaglia and Kathryn Erbe, which begins performances Oct. 12; The North Pool by 2008 Paula Vogel Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, directed by Giovanna Sardelli; and the world-premiere of Jenny Schwartz's Somewhere Fun, directed by Anne Kauffman, who also directed Schwartz's God's Ear at The Vineyard.
Douglas Aibel is The Vineyard's artistic director; Jennifer Garvey Blackwell is executive producer; Sarah Stern is co-artistic director; and Michael Page is general manager.
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