Set Designer Christine Jones Creates One-on-One Theatre in Times Square

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Tony Award-nominated set designer Christine Jones has announced the debut of a unique theatre.

The theatre, “Theatre for One,” is a four-foot by nine-foot portable construction that holds just enough room for one performer and one audience member. The theatre will offer performances on a first-come, first-serve basis May 14-23 in Times Square.

Some of the theatre artists whose work will be featured include actors Frank Wood (a Tony winner for Side Man), Dallas Roberts (A Number) and actor-magician Stephen Cuiffo (Stephen Cuiffo Is Lenny Bruce); musician Phyllis Chen (Coraline); and playwright Courtney Baron (A Very Common Procedure).

The artists “will create and perform five-to-ten minute pieces that will be presented in rotation for six hours a day (including breaks), during a ten day residency in Times Square. Each of the days will be devoted to a specific medium: a day of dance, a day of new plays, a day of magic, etc.,” according to press notes.

Jones, a Tony nominee for her sets for American Idiot and Spring Awakening, first utilized the concept, in collaboration with Lot-ek Architects, at a workshop at Princeton University in 2007. She was inspired by the peep show booths of Times Square’s past “to intensify the audience and performer relationship that is being lost in the new digital Times Square.”

Press notes describe Theatre for One as "fully operational with computer controlled lights and sound, stage and audience doors and solid sliding “curtain” in a proscenium to start and end the performances. A stage manager runs the show while a house manager guides the guests into the red velvet interior which includes an actual peep booth seat." ?

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