May 17, 2006

TheDrillingCompaNY Presents SECURITY

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TheDrillingCompaNY Breaks into SECURITY

Starting June 9th at 78th Street Theatre Lab

It’s a play about Iraq.  And sex.  And illegal wiretaps.  Potential war with Iran.  Disparity of wealth, feuding defense agencies, gun control, imperialism, and Karl Rove.  It could be called “Congress” but instead it’s SECURITY.  The Award-winning DrillingCompaNY, known for its short play projects around common themes (REVENGE, HONOR, THEFT) presents SECURITY, an evening of nine newly commissioned works from cutting edge American writers.  SECURITY opens at the company’s resident home, the 78th Street Theatre Lab, located at 236 West 78th Street.  SECURITY begins performances on June 9th and runs through June 25th.

“We choose themes we hope will generate a social and political response from playwrights and interest from audiences,” explained Hamilton Clancy, the company’s artistic director.  “People are hearing about SECURITY all of the time – national, homeland, social – but not actually feeling more secure.  It’s become the greatest commodity in the world. And the greatest political football.”

SECURITY features new works from writers often seen in the Off and Off-Off Broadway scene: Brian Dykstra (CLEAN ALTERNATIVES, HIDING BEHIND COMETS), P. Seth Bauer (EARLY IN THE MOURNING, IPHIGENIA), Stephen Bittrich (BIG APPLES), Neil Olson (DEALERS), Sheri Graubert, C. Denby Swanson (ATOMIC FARMGIRL), Paul Siefken and Kate McCamy.

A team of directors joins Clancy to helm the various works: including Laura Strausfeld, Bradford Olson, Peter Bretz, Thomas Sherman, Shana Gold and Richard Mover.  The ensemble is led by Carol Halstead (B’way’s BEST MAN), Rebecca Darke (PEER GYNT, BASIC TRAINING OF PAVLO HUMMEL w/Al Pacino); Coney Island Vaudevillian Scott Baker; as well as company members Karen Kitz,  Michael Gnat, Don Carter, Dave Marantz, Bill Green, Elowyn Castle and Colleen Cosgrove; with newcomers

Randie Shane, Josh Foldy, Stephanie Cozart, Jesus A. Del Rosario, and Kwaku Driskell.

Founded in 1999, TheDrillingCompaNY has fostered the careers of Will Eno (THOM PAIN: BASED ON NOTHING, Pulitzer Prize nominee), Vincent Delaney (KUWAIT, Heidemann Award) and Melody Cooper (READING ZIMBABWE) among others. TDC’s HONOR was recently published by the New York Theatre Experiences’s Best Plays.

Running through June 25th, SECURITY will be performed at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, located at 236 West 78th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues).  Show times are Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm.  Tickets are $18.00.  Reservations: 212-868-4444 or  Further information can be found at




Nine new short plays examining “security”; specifically, who’s in charge of it,

who needs it the most, and what will they do to get it.(political/comedy /drama).

Presented by TheDrillingCompaNY.


78th Street Theatre Lab

236 West 78th Street (between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenues)


June 6th-June 25th

Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm

Sunday at 3pm




212-868-4444 or



Take the 1 train to 79th Street

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