Kelli O’Hara, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Patti Murin, Colin Donnell, Denée Benton and More in Breathe
Written as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded, Breathe follows five couples grappling with the virus’s impact on their lives, families, relationships, society, and health. Conceived by New York Times best-selling novelist Jodi Picoult and playwright Timothy Allen McDonald, and directed by Tony Award-nominee Jeff Calhoun, Breathe consists of five interlocking suites, with music and lyrics from five songwriting teams. By turns funny and heartbreaking, unbelievable and all-too-real, Breathe is an unprecedented musical chronicling an unprecedented time.
Told in five interlocking suites – each with a different songwriting team and director – Breathe features an all-star cast that includes Tony Award-winners Kelli O’Hara and Brian Stokes Mitchell, Patti Murin, Colin Donnell, Denée Benton, Rubén J. Carbajal, Matt Doyle, Max Clayton, Daniel Yearwood, T. Oliver Reid and Josh Davis.
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Shabbat Across America & Potluck Shabbat Dinner Plus Purim Celebration and Original Spiel: Spielin in the Rain
Shabbat Across America & Potluck Shabbat Dinner on Friday, March 3rd. Dinner at 5:30 PM, Service at 6:30 PM. ome to sing, pray, learn, and celebrate Shabbat! Hundreds of synagogues across the continent will take part in this international Jewish event to celebrate what unifies us. Please bring a dairy/fish/veggie dish or drink to share. Yani Leiter will play the piano.
On Monday, March 6, 6:30 PM. come to laugh, sing, and celebrate! Original Spiel by comedian Bob Greenberg with Professional Actors of The Actors’ Temple: Aron Bederson, Barbara Bova, Marjorie Conn, Ron Cavallo, Bob Greenberg, Rabbi Jill Hausman, Elizabeth Hayden, Jeff Passero, and Pianist Rachel Kaufman.
Mint Theater Offers Free Streaming With Two Plays From The 1930s
Mint Theater Company (Jonathan Bank, Producing Artistic Director) will present the on-demand streaming of two archival recordings in honor of Mint’s latest production at NY City Center Stage II, the World Premiere of one of its most exciting discoveries ever: Becomes a Woman, an unpublished and unproduced play by Betty Smith (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn). Smith’s 1930 never-before-seen drama, running now through March 18th.
Mint has been investing in creating professionally shot and edited full length archival videos since 2013. No Zoom boxes or Computer-Generated Imagery, these are professional quality, hi-definition, three-camera recordings of live performances, captured in the theater with live audiences. “If you’ve never seen a Mint show, I can assure you that the company’s special qualities come through on video,” said Terry Teachout in The Wall Street Journal. The price of admission is FREE. Available at Mint’s virtual theater, MintTheater.org.
Beginning today, February 21st (through March 19th only!) Mint will be streaming their acclaimed 2013 production of Philip Goes Forth, the first-ever NY revival George Kelly’s 1931 comedy.
Philip Goes Forth tells the story of a young man who rebels against his father and a career in the family business. He leaves home and ventures to New York to write plays without his father’s support or blessing, but with this warning: “Don’t imagine, whenever you get tired floating around up there in the clouds that you can drop right back into your place down here — that isn’t the way things go!” George Kelly’s comedy made its debut at Broadway’s Biltmore Theater in January of 1931. New York was the city of dreams — and Kelly’s humorous examination of one young dreamer remains an exquisite portrait of coming-of-age in modern America. Among the most distinctive of inter-war American dramatists writing for the commercial Broadway stage, Pulitzer Prize-winner George Kelly wrote ten full-length plays during a distinguished career in the New York theatre. Drawing comparisons to both Chekhov and Molière, the acerbic yet humane “Kelly Touch” blended the subtle details and rhythms of middle-class domestic life with the sharp contours of satire. Kelly crafted indelible American types in his classic “plays of character” The Torch Bearers, The Show-Off, and Craig’s Wife, as well as underappreciated works like The Fatal Weakness, which Mint presented in 2014.
Jerry Ruiz directed a cast that includes Cliff Bemis, Teddy Bergman, Bernardo Cubria, Jennifer Harmon, Carole Healey, Christine Toy Johnson, Natalie Kuhn, Brian MacDonald, Jennifer McVey and Rachel Moulton.
Following Philip Goes Forth will be Lillian Hellman’s Days to Come, beginning streaming March 6th (through April 2nd).
“Days To Come turns out to be a gripping piece of storytelling, one whose failure and subsequent obscurity make no sense at all. This is the 14th Mint Theater revival that I’ve reviewed since 2005, and the 14th time I’ve raved about the results. Such unfailing excellence merits much wider recognition. If you’ve yet to see what the Mint can do, start here!” said Terry Teachout in The Wall Street Journal.Lillian Hellman’s second play, Days to Come, is a family drama set against the backdrop of labor strife in a small Ohio town which threatens to tear apart both town and family. “It’s the story of innocent people on both sides who are drawn into conflict and events far beyond their comprehension,” Hellman said in an interview before Days to Come opened in 1936. “It’s the saga of a man who started something he cannot stop…” J.R. Sullivan directed a cast that features Mary Bacon, Janie Brookshire, Larry Bull, Chris Henry Coffey, Dan Daily, Ted Deasy, Roderick Hill, Betsy Hogg, Kim Martin-Cotton, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, and Evan Zes.
“No other theater company in America has a more consistently high record of artistic quality. To be able to see such shows in your home, especially now, is an amazing, heart-easing luxury—one that won’t cost you a cent” – Teachout (Wall Street Journal, 1/21/21). Mint was awarded an OBIE Award for “combining the excitement of discovery with the richness of tradition” and a special Drama Desk Award for “unearthing, presenting and preserving forgotten plays of merit.”
To learn more about Mint’s Streaming, go to minttheater.org. The price of admission is FREE.
Tony Nominee Robert Cuccioli, Jennifer Ehle, Stephanie Berry in Red Bull Theater’s Phèdre
Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, Founder and Artistic Director) today announced that Robert Cuccioli (Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde – Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards; Les Miserables; Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; Off-Broadway: The White Devil for Red Bull Theatre; Caesar & Cleopatra, Mrs. Warren’s Profession – Gingold Group) has joined the cast for the next offering of a new season of OBIE Award-winning Revelation Readings: the in-person and streaming presentation of Phèdre by Jean Racine, in a new translation by Rob Melrose, directed by Lanise Antoine Shelley (2023 Black Theatre Coalition American Express Directing Fellow). Mr. Cuccioli replaces the previously announced David Strathairn.This event will premiere live and in-person at FIAF Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th Street) on Monday February 20th, and be simulcast as well. A recording will be available for streaming on-demand from Tuesday February 21st until Sunday February 26th at 11:59 PM ET. For tickets to the in-person event, Livestream, Video-on-Demand, or more information, visit RedBullTheater.com.
Robert Cuccioli’s Broadway credits include Jekyll & Hyde (Tony nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, FANY and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards), Les Miserables, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Off-Broadway Robert was seen in the Red Bull Theatre production of The White Devil; A Touch of the Poet (Irish Rep); And the World Goes ‘Round (Westside Theatre); The Rothschilds (American Jewish Theatre0; Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Caesar & Cleopatra (Gingold Theatrical Group). Both were New York Times’ Critic’s Pick. Television: “The Sinner,” “Elementary,” “White Collar,” and the soon to be filmed Web Series “Tradecraft: On the Run.” Film: Celebrity, The Stranger, The Rest of Us, Impossible Monsters, Columbus on Trial. www.robertcuccioli.com. In Phèdre secret yearnings are unleashed, ruinous deceits are perpetrated, and scandalous familial dysfunction is displayed. Isn’t it astonishing what loneliness can do to a person? Once a model mother and devoted wife, Phèdre finds her resolve destroyed as her desire for her maturing stepson becomes inescapable and all-consuming. Premiered in January 1677, Phèdre is considered to be Racine’s masterpiece.
Jennifer Ehle (Tony, Drama League award nominations; Lortel Award – Oslo; Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle nomination – The Coast of Utopia; Tony Award, Theatre World Award, Outer Critics Circle nomination – The Real Thing) will perform the titular role.In addition to Mr. Cuccioli, the cast will also feature Stephanie Berry (On Sugarland [Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel Award nominations] – New York Theatre Workshop; for all the women who thought they were mad – Soho Rep Theatre; Cool Blues – New Federal Theatre; Drowning Crow, Sugar in Our Wounds [Outer Critics Circle, Lortel Award nominations] – Manhattan Theatre Club; The Shaneequa Chronicles: The Making of a Black Woman [2001 Obie Award]); Mister Fitzgerald (Ohio State Murders– Broadway, A Raisin in the Sun – Public Theater, On Sugarland – New York Theatre Workshop); Allen Gilmore (Twelfth Night – Classical Theatre of Harlem/Yale Rep, One Fine Day (Soho Rep); Jacqueline Nwabueze (Subway Story (A Shooting) – Theater for the New City); AhDream Smith (Red Bull Theater debut!); and Sarin Monae West (The Skin of Our Teeth – Lincoln Center Theater; The Rat Trap – Mint Theater).
Free Sreaming On-Demand February 21st – 26th
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