Friel's Fathers and Sons Finds a Home With TACT Concert Reading, Nov. 22-24

News   Friel's Fathers and Sons Finds a Home With TACT Concert Reading, Nov. 22-24
The Actors Company Theatre (TACT), the New York troupe dedicated to rediscovering texts in a concert reading setting, presents Brian Friel's adaptation Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons, Nov. 22-24.
Playwright Brian Friel
Playwright Brian Friel

The script-in-hand presentation — fully costumed, with lighting design and movement — is directed by Stephen Hollis. The cast includes Sean Arbuckle, Mary Bacon, Lucas Beck, Jamie Bennett, Lynn Cohen, Francesca Di Mauro, Richard Ferrone, Sam Gregory, John Horton, Kelly Hutchinson, Elizabeth Shepard, David Staller and Ashley West.

The production team includes Juliet Chia (lighting), David Toser (costume) and David Macdonald (music). The stage manager is Jenny Noterman is stage manager.

The play (and the novel) is set in rural Russia in the mid-19th century. Arkady, an idealistic student graduates and returns home to his father's crumbling estate with his friend, Bazarov, a young revolutionary. "A summer of debate and division follows as loyalties, confounded by love and duty, disturb and disorient the once-clear paths of change," according to the announcement.


TACT is run by co-artistic directors Scott Alan Evans, Simon Jones and Cynthia Harris. The company is "dedicated to presenting neglected or rarely produced 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." Performances of Fathers and Sons play at the company's new home, Florence Gould Hall at the French Institute Alliance Français, 55 East 59th Street, 7:30 PM Nov. 22, 2 PM Nov. 23 and 7:30 PM Nov. 24.

For ($20) tickets, call (212) 307-4100 or visit Florence Gould Hall/French Institute Alliance Français box office.


Other productions in TACT's 11th season include The Good Soup (La bonne soupe) by Felicien Marceau, adapted by Garson Kanin, Jan. 24-26, 2004; The Chalk Garden by Edith Bagnold March 13-15, 2004.

At the end of the season, the company presents a new work, The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Project by Christopher Piehler, drawing on court testimony and first-hand accounts of the Manhattan labor tragedy that sparked changes in building safety codes and fueled workers' rights and unionism.

The piece, a slight shift in mandate for the company, is created in collaboration with TACT company members, and will play in a full production format May 7-28, 2004, at a theatre to be announced.

In 2002, the company staged Noel Coward's Long Island Sound in a full staging.

For more information about TACT and the entire 11th season, visit

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