Blessing's 'Two Rooms' Replaces 'After Ashley'
The Promethean Theatre season change!
AFTER ASHLEY, which was to be TPT's first show of the season, has been replaced with Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Lee Blessing's TWO ROOMS.
The Promethean Theatre replaces it's previously scheduled season opener, AFTER ASHLEY, with Lee Blessing's harrowing and touching drama TWO ROOMS. An unexpected letter from Dramatists Play Service pulling the rights to the first show of a season days before casting begins, would usually mean a major set back for any young theatre company, but not TPT. Producing artistic director Deborah L Sherman feels it "gave us the unique opportunity as a company to produce a play we've wanted to do for quite some time because of it's startling relevance. Given our current political climate, we are in place as a community to address larger global issues and what better way to do that than a powerful piece of theatre."
By Lee Blessing
Directed by Margaret M. Ledford
October 20-November 5, 2006
SYNOPSIS. The play illuminates both the numbing agony of one man taken hostage by political terrorists and also the helpless fury of those who are left behind—a loved one impatient for something to be done, and officials who feel they must be guided by logic rather than emotion. Written in 1988, Two Rooms serves to remind us of our past and gives us pause to consider our present and what the future may hold, including the sense of futility and despair that comes when people of goodwill realize that logic, compassion and fairness have become meaningless when dealing with those who would commit such barbarous acts so willingly.
"…the playwright's eye is penetrating…[Mr. Blessing] reaffirms his authority with timely political questions" —NY Times
"…although Blessing wrote "Two Rooms" in the late 1980s, the current war in Iraq -- and particularly its hostage-takings -- gives the drama a live-wire shock of topicality… it reminds you that theater, when it's good, can make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck" —Washington Post
Lee Blessing (Playwright) A Walk In The Woods, Thief River, Cobb, Chesapeake, Eleemosynary, Down The Road B, Fortinbras, Lake Street Extension, Patient A, Going to St. Ives, The Scottish Play, A Body of Water, Riches, Flag Day, Whores, Black Sheep, The Winning Streak, Independence, Riches, Oldtimers Game, Nice People Dancing To Good Country Music. Awards: The American Theater Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, The L.A. Drama Critics Award, The Great American Play Award, The Humanitas Award, The Steinberg /American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award and the George and Elisabeth Marton Award among others. Nominations for Tony and Olivier awards, as well as for the Pulitzer Prize. Three plays have been cited in Time magazine's list of the year's Ten Best. Blessing has received grants from the N E A as well as the Guggenheim, Bush, McKnight, and Jerome Foundations. Blessing's T N T film Cooperstown, starring Alan Arkin and Graham Greene, won the Humanitas Prize
and three Cable Ace nominations, including best screenplay. With collaborator Jeanne Blake he's written for Homicide: Life on the Street, Picket Fences and Nothing Sacred, as well as the Andrew Davis feature film Steal Big, Steal Little.
The Promethean Theatre (TPT) seeks daring and creative approaches to classical pieces as well as contemporary and new works that engage the imagination and inspire passionate discourse among its artists and the audience.
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Currently spending his time between New York and Florida, Beau was born to a theatrical family in Brooklyn. He studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and at HB Studios. He studied theater singing with Julia Sperratore and Helen Gallagher. Beau later taught drama at the Lincoln Center Square for the Arts. It was at this time Beau began working with the Theater Development Fund and helped found New York's famed HALF PRICE TICKET BOOTH. Early in his career, Beau was screen tested and contracted for Warner Brothers. He co-hosted, an early cable variety series on Manhattan's Teleprompter channel. At this time he directed the Johnny Specca musical, SEX IS..? at the Lincoln Center Library Theater. Beau has performed Off-Broadway in FAT FELL DOWN, The Comic Strip Theater's LITTLE LULU AND THE INVISIBLE INK and WILL THE REAL ZOOPERMAN PLEASE STAND UP. Around the country he has delighted audiences with his performances in ANYTHING GOES, THE APPLE TREE, GUYS & DOLLS, and HELLZAPOPPIN! He sang for New York audiences at such cabarets as The Duplex and Upstairs at the Downstairs. He has had numerous television appearances but is most proud to have been a winning contestant on the game shows JACKPOT and THE $20,000 PYRAMID. |
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