Off-Broadway's The Play Company launches its 2012-13 Season with the concert-theater hybrid piece SKY-PONY: RAPTURED, created by Obie Award-winning writer and musician Kyle Jarrow (ARMLESS, A VERY MERRY UNAUTHORIZED CHILDREN'S SCIENTOLOGY PAGEANT) and singer/actress Lauren Worsham (WHERE'S CHARLEY, Jerry Springer THE OPERA), to be presented as a studio production starring their Brooklyn-based indie band Sky-Pony, October 25-28, at the Ukrainian National Home (140 Second Avenue).
On January 10, The Play Company, in collaboration with Mexico City-based Por Piedad Teatro, presents the US premiere of WORKING ON A SPECIAL DAY – a new play inspired by Ettore Scola's Oscar-nominated Italian film and play "Una Giornata Particolare" about an overworked housewife and a mysterious bachelor, circa 1938 on the day Hitler visits Mussolini’s Rome – with performances running through February 10, at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street).
The Play Company's 2012-13 Season continues, on May 8, with the New York premiere of acclaimed German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig's THE GOLDEN DRAGON, a dark comedy about the workers, customers and neighbors of a Pan-Asian restaurant – and the toothache that brings them together. Directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar (THESE SEVEN
SICKNESSES), and translated by David Tushingham, THE GOLDEN DRAGON runs through June 9 at The New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street).
Following are details about The Play Company's 2012-13 Season:
at the Ukrainian National Home (140 Second Avenue)
Created by Kyle Jarrow and Lauren Worsham
Songs by Kyle Jarrow
Performed by Sky-Pony
Directed by Peter James Cook (NEVER SLEEP ALONE)
In SKY-PONY: RAPTURED, set in an isolated paradise, a young girl is raised to believe she's the messiah. But when she discovers her sensuality through the power of music, her spiritual certainty turns to doubt. Brooklyn band Sky-Pony leads you through her story with their lush, cheeky indie-pop sound.
"Both of us have spent our careers moving between theater and concert settings, and we're fascinated by the different ways they involve the audience. We're creating a hybrid piece that fuses the two experiences—and also having fun with the audience-performer relationship," explain creators Lauren Worsham and Kyle Jarrow. "This is a show that'll feel like stepping into a rock album that comes to life."
SKY-PONY: RAPTURED is being presented as a studio production and is not open for review.
WORKING ON A SPECIAL DAY - U.S. Premiere
January 10 - February 10 at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street)
Based on “Una Giornata Particolare” by Ettore Scola, Ruggero Maccari and Gigliola Fantoni
Translation and Adaptation by Danya Taymor, Ana Graham and Antonio Vega
Original staging concept by Laura Almela and Daniel Gimenez Cacho
In WORKING ON A SPECIAL DAY, inspired by Ettore Scola's Oscar-nominated 1977 film and play "Una Giornata Particolare" ("A Special Day"), two actors explore the life-changing encounter between an overworked housewife and a mysterious bachelor on May 8, 1938 -the day Rome celebrates Hitler's visit to Mussolini's Italy. Using only simple props with an unusual performance style, actors Ana Graham and Antonio Vega create a bittersweet human drama that unfolds within the charged political landscape of rising fascism.