Pernell Walker (Pariah) has joined The Butler the Lee Daniels-directed film. The Butler, which starts shooting later this month in New Orleans, is based on the life of Eugene Allen, a White House servant who worked for eight First Families over three decades. Though retired, Allen was invited to the inauguration of Barack Obama as America’s first black president. Forest Whitaker plays Allen, and Oprah Winfrey plays his wife.
ROBERTA COLINDREZ is off to Sundance where she will participate in the 2012 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in Utah. She will read “Nena” in SONG OF THE DISAPPEARED by Tanya Saracho and directed by Octavio Solis and “Joan” in FUN HOME book/lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeanine Tesori and directed by Sam Gold.
After a wildly successful premiere at 59E59 Theatres,
garnering CRITICS’ PICKS in both The New York Times and Backstage
TAKE WHAT IS YOURS
by Erica Fae and Jill A. Samuels
returns for 6 shows only as part of the undergroundzero festival
JOIN US!! AND SPREAD THE WORD!!
at The Living Theatre at 21 Clinton St.
July 18-21 at 7:30pm
July 21 also at 4pm
July 22 at 5pm
“a psychological thriller about the woman’s suffrage movement… riveting… powerful” – The New York Times
“it’s scope is huge… brings (Alice) Paul to life with a light touch and intelligent humor” – The New Yorker
“filmic staging and virtuosic performance… engaging and visceral from start to finish” – Huffington Post
“Samuels has directed with imaginative daring, and Fae embodies Alice in an impressive performance… a theatrically poetic evocation” – Backstage
“a brilliant docudrama” – Theatremania
From the playwright of Vincent River (Brits Off Broadway 2008), Tender Napalm takes an unflinching look at love’s capacity to weather tragedy and survive in an age of ever-looming terror and uncertainty.
The Foote Festival Reading Series
As part of the Primary Stages 29th Season’s Foote Festival, these five readings will celebrate the works of Horton and Daisy Foote in tandem with our upcoming productions ofHorton’s HARRISON, TX and Daisy’s HIM at 59E59 Theatres. The readings will be open to the public and free of charge. The Foote Festival Reading Series will be presented entirely with ESPA-based directors and actors.
I will be in the final reading of the series on August 10th in Horton Foote’s “Talking Pictures” playing the part of Vesta Jackson.
HELP RESTORE THE NYC DEPT.
OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS BUDGET
Dear Friends of PlayCo,
New York City budget negotiations are underway and the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) budget has been cut by 67%. Please do your part to restore vital funding for the cultural organizations in our city. Our friends at A.R.T./NY have sent a list of ways you can take action now:
1. If you work for a cultural organization, organize a visit your City Council Member. To find your Council Member, visitcouncil.nyc.gov.
Make sure you visit the City Council Member whose district you perform in (if you perform regularly in a specific Council District). Otherwise, visit the Council Member where you have your office (even if you work from home). Let them know which local businesses you support through the purchase of food, office supplies, or production materials.
If you work in the schools or with students, see if you can bring the student, or a parent of that student, who can describe how working with your theatre has helped them gain confidence, motivated them academically, or had a positive impact on their behavior.
2. If you are an NYC resident, start a petition urging DCLA restoration:
Click here to download a sample petition.
PLEASE SEND COPIES OF THE PETITION TO A.R.T./NEW YORK ELECTRONICALLY EACH DAY to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have no idea how close they are to making a decision, so once we hear, A.R.T./NEW YORK will need to get the petitions into the right hands.
PLEASE TRY TO GET SIGNATURES FROM NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS ONLY!
If everyone all around NYC does these two things, we will make a tremendous impression on the City Council.
Many thanks for all you do,
Your Friends at The Play Company