NEWS RELEASE: September 1, 2011
Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin 310.701-0788
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“FIVE BEAUTIES,” AN EVENING OF ONE ACT PLAYS BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
“AS IS,” WILLIAM M HOFFMAN’S 1985 PLAY ABOUT THE AIDS PANDEMIC
OPEN THE NEW AMERICAN THEATRE’S FALL 2011 SEASON
2011 marks the 100th birthday of Tennessee Williams
and the 30th Anniversary of the AIDS Pandemic.
Los Angeles, CA (September 1, 2011) - Award-winning and critically-acclaimed theatre company The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) announces their Fall 2011 Season with Five Beauties, an evening of rarely performed one act plays by Tennessee Williams, and the Tony nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning play As Is by William M. Hoffman. Five Beauties will be presented Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm September 16 – October 15 then Sundays at 7pm October 23, 30, November 6, 13 and 20, and As Is will be presented Fridays and Saturdays November 5 – December 17 at 8pm.
“This season’s selections both mark important moments in time,” said New American Theatre Artistic Director Jack Stehlin. “Five Beauties” celebrates what would have been the 100 th birthday of Tennessee Williams. The five plays we chose do what Williams did best: portray the often humorous and dramatic struggle to accept who we are and who we want to be. As Is, written by William M. Hoffman in the early days of the AIDS pandemic, is about love and acceptance as we face unspeakable pain. We are proud to present what should turn out to be a powerful season.”
TICKETS / VENUE
Five Beauties and As Is will be presented at the McCadden Place Theatre, 1157 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA 90038. Tickets can be purchased online: http://www.NewAmericanTheatre.com or by calling 310-701-0788.
THE NEW AMERICAN THEATRE
The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) is a nonprofit theatre company founded in 1983. At the age of 28, Circus Theatricals announced that it was changing its name to The New American Theatre. The New American Theatre represents an evolution in the company’s vision for the future of the theatre company, and the American theatre-at-large.
Celebrating its 28th Anniversary season and its 16th season in Los Angeles, is best known for producing classic plays or new plays with a classic twist. The New American Theatre (Circus Theatricals) is a nonprofit theatre company with a studio ensemble of actors, directors and playwrights who develop and perform in main stage productions, second stage productions, and workshops, as well as participate in weekly studios. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jack Stehlin, the ensemble includes an active membership of working professionals from stage, film and television. The company also has a professional training center called The New American Studio for Actors, which offer studios in scene study, film and TV acting, and more.
An evening of one act plays by TENNESSEE WILLIAMS-
September 16 – October 15; then Sundays at 7pm October 23, 30, November 6, 13 and 20
Continuing the 2011 celebrations of Tennessee Williams 100 th Birthday, the five rarely performed Williams one act plays are:
Set in New Orleans, a Vietnam soldier returns home on leave and spends a memorable morning with his not-so-blushing bride
Directed by Mark Bringelson. Starring Brendan Brandt and Courtney Munch
The Lady of Larkspur Lotion
A no-nonsense landlady tries to evict her delusional dreamer tenants.
Directed by Bjorn Johnson. Starring John Copeland, Cameron Meyer and Mona Lee Wylde
The Traveling Companion
A phobic, insecure writer hires a young hustler as his traveling escort
Directed by Ron Klier. Starring Byron Field and Tom Groenwald
Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry
It’s four A.M. and a working class man dreams of rocking horses and a life beyond factory work, his young wife and baby.
Directed by Elina de Santos . Starring Jade Sealey and Scott Sheldon
Set in the Vieux Carré in New Orleans, a fanatical mother and her poetic son struggle to deal with the moral decay and open sin that permeates their lives.
directed by Jack Stehlin , with Anthony Cran and Bibi Tinsley
by WILLIAM M. HOFFMAN –
Fridays and Saturdays November 5 – December 17 at 8pm.
William M. Hoffman’s 1985 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize nominated play tells the story of an HIV-positive man, his ex-lover, and their friends, coping with AIDS – which was then a newly-discovered disease. 2011 marks the 30th year of the AIDS pandemic. As-Is will be directed by John Farmanesh-Bocca.
Jack Stehlin founded Circus Theatricals in New York in 1983, just after graduating from The Juilliard School. Seeking a unique name, he decided to honor his family, who were famous circus performers through much of the 20th century. The first prodution was Uncle Vanya, with Juilliard classmate Kevin Spacy. Other New York hits included Macbeth off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company, and Danton's Death at the Rapp Arts Center.
In 1995, Circus Theatricals moved to Los Angeles, where Jack met and partnered with Jeannine Wisnosky. (Jack and Jeannine married two years later.) In LA, Circus Theatricals was at The Hudson Guild from 1995 - 1999, (with award-winning productions of The Job, Hedda Gabler) and the Odyssey Theatre from 1999 to December 2005 (with award-winning productions of Hamlet, Richard III, True West, Tartuffe and The Cherry Orchard). 2006 – 2008, Circus Theatricals presented a string of critically-acclaimed world-premiere and classic productions at the Circus Theatricals Studio Theatre including John Bunzel’s Complexity, Chuck Rose’s Safe, The Heiress, and The Women. The company produced Shem Bitterman’s Iraq War companion pieces Man.gov and 2008 Pen USA Award winning play Harm’s Way in LA and Off-Broadway.
In 2009, Circus Theatricals co-produced three plays with the Odyssey Theatre. Spring, 2010, the company presented the critically acclaimed hit More Lies About Jerzy at the Hayworth Theatre as well as the co-production of Titus Redux with Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, and again in 2011 as part of RADAR-LA International Theatre Festival at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Also in 2011, the company presented the sold-out hit “I Never Sang for My Father,” starring award-winning actor Philip Baker Hall.