The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation has announced the NY premiere of the critically-acclaimed production of MIDSUMMER [A PLAY WITH SONGS], written and directed by David Greig, with songs by Gordon McIntyre, from the Traverse Theatre in Scotland. MIDSUMMER comes to NY as the 2012 co-winner of the Best of Edinburgh Award given annually by the Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation. (This year, the award is shared with Mies Julie, currently running at St. Ann’s Warehouse).
Performances of MIDSUMMER begin on Wednesday, January 9 for a limited engagement through Saturday, January 26 at The Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). Press Opening is Tuesday, January 15 at 7 PM . The performance schedule is Tuesday at 7 PM; Wednesday – Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM and 8PM; Sunday at 3 PM. Please note: there is no performance on Saturday, January 12 at 2 PM. Tickets are $25 (for performances from January 9 – 13); $37.50 (for performances from January 15 – 20); $50 (for performances from January 22 – January 27). For tickets, call Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com.
One of the Traverse Theatre’s biggest hits of recent years, MIDSUMMER [A PLAY WITH SONGS] is the story of Bob and Helena and a great lost weekend of bridge burning, car chases, wedding bust ups, bondage miscalculations, midnight trysts and a small fortune to redistribute by this pair of mismatched lovers.
MIDSUMMER was first produced at the Traverse in 2008. It won four nominations at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2009, including best play and best production. Since then, it has toured across the United Kingdom and Ireland, Canada and Australia. Midsummer has also played at the Kennedy Center in Washington in November 2010.
The NY premiere features the original cast (whose performances were called “heartmelting” by Variety) of Cora Bissett as Helena and Matthew Pidgeon as Bob.
The design team includes Georgia McGuinness (set and costume) and Claire Elliot (lighting).
This production of MIDSUMMER comes as the first of a number of year-long celebratory events of the Traverse’s 50th anniversary in 2013. The Traverse Theatre, based in the heart of Edinburgh, is Scotland’s new writing theater. It is currently led by Orla O’Loughlin (Artistic Director) and Linda Crooks (Executive Producer). From its conception in 1963, it has embraced a spirit of innovation and risk-taking that has launched the careers of many of Scotland's best-known writers including John Byrne, David Greig, David Harrower and Liz Lochhead. The Traverse is unique in Scotland in that it fulfills the crucial role of providing the infrastructure, professional support and expertise to ensure the development of a dynamic theatre culture for Scotland. It commissions, develops and produces new work from contemporary playwrights. It also presents productions from visiting companies with work ranging from new plays to dance, physical theatre, puppetry and contemporary music.
David Greig (Writer/Director) was born in Edinburgh in 1969. Since his first main stage production Europe at The Traverse in 1996, his plays have been produced by most of the major theatre companies in the UK. His plays have also been translated and produced throughout Europe, The USA and Canada, Brazil, Australia and Japan. From 2005 to 2007 he was the first dramaturg of The National Theatre of Scotland. Plays for the Traverse include: Midsummer [a play with songs], Gordon Brown: A Life in Theatre, Brewers Fayre, Damascus, When the Bulbul Stopped Singing, Outlying Islands, The Speculator, Danny 306+Me (4 Ever), The Architect, Europe. Other theatre includes: Fragile (Theatre Uncut); Dunsinane (Royal Shakespeare Company); Kyoto (Òran Mór); Being Norwegian (Paines Plough); The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, The Bacchae (co-produced with Edinburgh International Festival); Futurology (co-produced with Suspect Culture/Brighton Festival) and Gobbo (National Theatre of Scotland); The American Pilot, Victoria (Royal Shakespeare Company); Ramallah (Royal Court); San Diego (Edinburgh International Festival/Tron Theatre); 8000m, Lament, Casanova, Candide 2000, One Way Street, Airport, Timeless, Mainstream (Suspect Culture); Pyrenees, The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union (Tron Theatre); Caledonia Dreaming (7:84 Theatre Company); The Monster In The Hall, Yellow Moon, Dr Korcak’s Example, Petra (TAG Theatre Company); Stalinland (Citizens Theatre). Translations and adaptations include: Creditors, Caligua, (Donmar Warehouse); King Ubu (Dundee Rep) and Tintin In Tibet, (The Young Vic Theatre Company/Barbican). David directed four of the Traverse’s Fringe First-winning breakfast play series Dream Plays (Scenes from a Play I’ll Never Write) as part of the Traverse August Festival 2012. David’s most recent play, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The Musical, directed by Sam Mendes, will open at the London Palladium in 2013.