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NAKED ANGELS Announces Most Comprehensive Season Ever for 2011

NAKED ANGELS

Turns 25 and offers its most comprehensive season ever in 2011

Following the Tony-nominated Broadway transfer of Artistic Director Geoffrey Nauffts’ new American play Next Fall and the celebrated, sold-out American premiere of Chloe Moss’ This Wide Night starring Edie Falco and Alison Pill, NAKED ANGELS will celebrate its 25th Anniversary as one of the most innovative theatre companies in New York with a full season of exciting new works. NAKED ANGELS’ 25th Anniversary Season will span the 2011 calendar year.

The season will kick off with a special 25th Anniversary Gala on February 14, 2011 at Roseland Ballroom. The rest of the season will include three new productions:

NAKED FOOTPRINTS: AN ISSUES PROJECT

NAKED ANGELS’ signature fast-paced, raucous and irreverent festival of original material exploring urgent issues of the day

March 24 – April 2, 2011

at Comix

A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE

World Premiere of a new play commissioned by NAKED ANGELS

Written by BEKAH BRUNSTETTER

Directed by founding company member PIPPIN PARKER

at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

June 14 – July 24, 2011

OUTSIDE PEOPLE

World Premiere of a new play by ZAYD DOHRN

Fall 2011

at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

In addition to 2011 marking the first year in which NAKED ANGELS will offer a full three-show season, it also marks the first time the company will offer a season membership package. Advance tickets, including priority seating and discounts, are available exclusively to members. Membership levels, benefits and pricing are available at NakedAngels.com/Season25.

Artistic Director Geoffrey Nauffts said, “We are thrilled to be celebrating our 25th season of promoting new voices while welcoming back some founding members in a full season that promises to be thought-provoking, heart-stirring and freshly impassioned in the manner that is and has always been the trademark of Naked Angels.”

Managing Director John E. Alexander said, “Following the amazing recent success of our productions of Next Fall and This Wide Night, we are more convinced than ever that the gift of new voices in the theatre is exactly what New York audiences are in need of. Our full season of provocative new works will continue to inspire, move and stimulate conversation.”

NAKED ANGELS’ 25th Anniversary Season will include a compelling line-up of new works that express Naked Angels’ commitment to the theatre as a call to action for contemporary audiences.

NAKED FOOTPRINTS: AN ISSUES PROJECT

NAKED ANGELS’ signature fast-paced, raucous and irreverent festival of original material exploring urgent issues of the day

March 24 – April 2, 2011

at Comix

The semi-annual Issues Project is NAKED ANGELS’ signature event consisting of original one-acts, radio plays with live foley, new music, comedic film shorts, stand-up comedy and lively political discussion.

Written and performed by family and friends of the company, the Issues Project is traditionally a homecoming for NAKED ANGELS – with participants ranging from the company’s famous founding members to the emerging generation (the current Naked Radio Writers Room).

 

This year, the Issues Project tackles “sustainability” in an evening called NAKED FOOTPRINTS.  Whether discussing the environment or troubleshooting how to rescue our depressed economy, it’s clear that leading a more sustainable life demands we conduct our businesses, culture and politics differently to secure a healthy future.  Issues Project will also explore how sustainability relates to us as individuals – our relationships, families and moral codes.

A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE

World Premiere of a new play commissioned by NAKED ANGELS

Written by BEKAH BRUNSTETTER

Directed by founding company member PIPPIN PARKER

at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

Performances begin June 14, 2011; Opening Night is June 23, 2010; Limited run through July 24, 2011

When a tragic freak accident disrupts the promising life of the blissful Cass, the results travel like a shockwave through the halls of the Bronx high school where she works. Suddenly Cass is forced to confront her fate and the scope of her fears while struggling to maintain relationships with both her new husband and her students. In this lively and thought-provoking tale of a seemingly perfect life suddenly confronted with reality, no one is safe from the randomness and chaos inherent in our world.

OUTSIDE PEOPLE

World Premiere of a new play by ZAYD DOHRN

Fall 2011

at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

Outside People is a dark, comic look at Chinese and U.S. relations – economic, political and sexual. In modern-day Beijing, a young American man falls in love with a Chinese girl and is subsequently confronted with the struggle to understand where she’s coming from. A play about loneliness, culture-shock, language, and trying to make connections across borders.

NAKED ANGELS Development Programs

In addition to these three exciting new works, NAKED ANGELS will continue its ongoing commitment to its chief aspiration of strengthening a community of artists through the development and production of new work through the company’s long-running 3-Step Formula development programs (Tuesdays@9, 1st Mondays and Angels in Progress) and Naked Radio, a weekly podcast (available via iTunes) of original audio plays, comic sketches, intriguing real-life interviews and live musical performances blending the styles of radio’s golden age and today’s pop culture.

For more information about all of NAKED ANGELS’ ongoing development programs, visit www.NakedAngels.com.

SINCE 1986, NAKED ANGELS has been committed to strengthening a community of artists through the development and production of provocative new work. The company has played a role in developing critically acclaimed new plays including The Substance of Fire, Side Man, Tape, Fault Lines and most recently the Tony Award-nominated Next Fall.  From New York to LA, they inspire artists to generate fresh voices to generate new work through their popular Tuesdays@9 (cold readings of plays, screenplays, stories and music in early development), 1st Mondays (public readings of new plays), and Angels in Progress (weeklong workshops). Their newest venture, Naked Radio, brings the work of talented new writers from the stage to the digital airwaves through weekly blogs and podcasts.

Naked Angels is led by Geoffrey Nauffts (Artistic Director), John E. Alexander (Managing Director) and Andy Donald (Associate Artistic Director).

BEKAH BRUNSTETTER (Playwright – A Long and Happy Life). Bekah had her Off-Broadway debut in 2009 with OOHRAH! at Atlantic Theatre Company and House of Home was produced in 2010 at Williamstown. Her award-winning plays have been published by Sam French, Playscripts, Original Works, and Smith and Krauss. She is a member of The Primary Stages Writer’s Group, At Play Productions, and the Naked Radio Writers Room.  She is an alumni of the Women’s Project writer’s Lab and the Ars Nova Play Group. She was the 2009 playwright in residence at Ars Nova. She is the 2010 Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theater, London. BA (Theater/Fiction Writing) from UNC Chapel Hill and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the New School for Drama. She is currently working on commissions for Ars Nova and the Roundabout Underground. www.bekahbrunstetter.com.

PIPPIN PARKER (Director – A Long and Happy Life). Pippin Parker directed the award-winning production of George Packer’s Betrayed at Culture Project. For Abroad Stage Company he directed a new version of References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, by Jose Rivera. A founding member of Naked Angels, he has directed new work for the company by playwrights Frank Pugliese, Nicole Burdette and Eduardo Machado. He is Chair of the graduate playwriting department at the New School for Drama (New School University) in New York.

ZAYD DOHRN (Playwright – Outside People). Zayd is a playwright and screenwriter living in New York City. His plays, including Sick, Magic Forest Farm, Reborning, and Long Way Go Down, have been produced and developed across the country, including at Manhattan Theatre Club, Berkshire Theatre Festival, MCC, Marin Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, The Public (SPF), Naked Angels, South Coast Rep, The Vineyard, Southern Rep, Kitchen Dog, Theatre for One, and New York Theatre Workshop. He is currently writing screenplays for American Film Company and Vox3 Films and developing a pilot at HBO. He earned his MFA from NYU and was a Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at Juilliard, where he twice received Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Prize. Other awards: Theatre Masters’ Visionary Playwrights Award, the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, and the Sky Cooper New American Play Prize, as well as residencies and/or commissions from Ars Nova, Alchemy Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, The Stella Adler Studio, and the Royal Court Theatre of London. www.zayddohrn.com.

 

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