Following the sold out performances and overflow crowds for its Cino Nights presentations, Rising Phoenix Rep finished the series on June 10th with Break My Face on Your Hand by Daniel Talbott. Check out photos from the production below!
Break My Face on Your Hand follows high schoolers Bear and Trev. Flashes of violence have slammed the young men into one another, and now they have to sit together in the afternoons at Bear's grandmother's kitchen table, their shared history and peach cobbler between them. Break My Face on Your Hand was directed by Portia Krieger and featured Noah Galvin, Seth Numrich, Jelena Stupljanin, and Sanford Wilson.
Inspired by Joe Cino and his Caffe Cino—one of the original birthplaces of Off-Off-Broadway theatre and early home to such writers as Doric Wilson, Robert Patrick, John Guare, Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, and William M. Hoffman—New York Innovative Theatre Award-winning company Rising Phoenix Rep has commissioned nineteen playwrights to write new, full-length plays for the Seventh Street Small Stage, the intimate back room space at Jimmy’s No.43 in the East Village, where the company has mounted critically acclaimed and award winning productions of new plays for the past six years.
Rising Phoenix Rep artistic director DanielTalbott described the series as a place to tap into the raw, inspired, inventive, and pioneering work of the Caffe Cino, where the love of theatre and new plays was joined with a scrappy, do-it-yourself work ethic. All shows were rehearsed for a week and then fully mounted and produced, warts and all, for one night only with free admission.
The Cino Nights series closed in June 2012, celebrating the spirit of indie theatre as a home for new plays and theatre artists as well as hopefully honoring what has been said of the Caffe Cino: “the first studio of theater where playwrights can experiment as painters and poets have done for a century, free from the tyranny of audience, box-office, church, and criticism.”
The New York Theatre Experience has published the first of two volumes of the Cino Nights plays, and a book launch party will be given at the Drama Bookshop (250 West 40th btw. 7th/8th Aves) on Thursday, June 28th from 6pm-8pm, with scenes from the plays read and playwrights and original cast members on hand to sign copies of the book. Refreshments will be served; no RSVP necessary.
For more information, visit www.RisingPhoenixRep.org.