June 16, 2006

DEAD CITY extends

Filed under: Listings,Press Releases — offoffbway @ 9:46 pm

Dead City

(L to R): DAN ILLIAN and ELIZABETH NORMENT   Photo by: Jim Baldassare

We like New Georges-the company always seems to do interesting work, and they appear to have a hit on their hands with this latest production. Read about it in The New York Times, and also the press release below:

at 3LD Art & Technology Center
Production will now play through June 30

New Georges (Susan Bernfield, Artistic Director; Sarah Cameron Sunde,
Associate Director), the OBIE-winning downtown theater company founded in 1992, who
is currently presenting the world premiere production of Sheila Callaghan’s
“DEAD CITY,” directed by Daniella Topol, in a brand-new Lower Manhattan space
entitled 3LD Art & Technology Center, 80 Greenwich Street (just below Rector
Street), has announced a one-week extension of the production. Buoyed by raves
and strong positive notices in The New York Times, Time Out New York, Variety,
Back Stage, Show Business Weekly, The Downtown Express, TheaterMania.com,
offoffonline.com, Flavorpill.nyc, The Gothamist and profiles of playwright
Callaghan in the Times, Village Voice, Time Out New York, and American Theatre
Magazine all performances have been selling out. New Georges’ Artistic Director
Bernfield says: “The production really seems to be resonating with people.
It’s so exciting, and we’re thrilled to be able to keep on going with it so that
more people will have the opportunity to see it.” The production began
previews on Saturday, May 27, officially opened on Thursday, June 1 and was
scheduled to run through Saturday, June 24. Performances will now run through Friday,
June 30. The extension will run from Monday, June 26 through Friday, June
30. All perfs at 8:00 p.m.“DEAD CITY” is Sheila Callaghan’s loose adaptation, more of a “riff,” on
Joyce’s Ulysses. Samantha is a woman in her 40s who wakes up one June morning
shadowed by regret. She wanders out of her Upper East Side apartment and
begins a day’s journey through the city, a day punctuated by a series of chance
encounters with a mysterious near-stranger: Jewel, the poet-prodigy daughter of
the guy who did her kitchen. By the time Samantha heads home in the middle of
the night, the events of one long serendipitous New York City day have
transformed her relationship to the everyday elements of her life. “DEAD CITY” was
commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, and was included in the Public Theater’s
New Work Now series last spring.

Elizabeth Norment heads up the seven-member cast as Samantha. Joining her
are Shannon Burkett, Rebecca Hart, Dan Illian, April Matthis, Alfredo Narciso,
and Peter Rini. The set design is by Cameron Anderson, the costume design by
Jenny Mannis; the lighting design by Josh Epstein; and the sound design by
Robert Kaplowitz. The video designer is William Cusick.

3LD Art & Technology Center, which opened April 2006, was founded by 3-Legged
Dog, the first producing arts group to sign a lease in the Liberty Zone and
the first to rebuild there. A cultural anchor for the Greenwich Street Arts
Corridor, this new center provides complete production and presentation
facilities for organizations that create large-scale experimental works, many of which
incorporate and create new tools and technologies. “DEAD CITY” is the first
guest artist production at 3LD Art & Technology Center and the very first
full production open for review there.

The complete remaining performance schedule for “DEAD CITY” is:

Friday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Monday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m. (pay-what-you-will performance)
Wednesday, June 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, June 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m.
Monday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, June 30 at 8:00 p.m. (Final performance)

Tickets thru June 24 will be $19.00. Tickets for the extension week June 26
thru 30 will be $35.00. Tickets for all performances will be available
through Smarttix 212-868-4444 (or online at www.smarttix.com).

Subways: 1, R, W to Rector Street; 4, 5 to Wall Street; J, M, Z to Broad
(Closest to theater: From the exit at the middle of the #1 train at Rector
you’ll be right in front of the theater.)

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