Introducing the New John Drew Theater Lab
Fostering Artistic Exploration In The Performing Arts
In February 2014, Guild Hall debuted the John Drew Theater Lab (JDTLab), a workshop devoted to fostering East End performing artists and cultivating audiences for their work. The mission of JDTLab is to support actively-engaged performing artists by providing the helpful resources of the John Drew Theater to further them along on the journey of their creative process. Participants in the JDTLab will receive access to the theater and its rehearsal rooms as well as the support of Guild Hall’s administrative and production staff to present a one-night showcase of their work. Artists selected for the series will also receive a modest honorarium and a travel stipend to help bring in out-of-town collaborators.
Most JDTLab programs are presented free of charge to the public at 7:30pm on select Tuesdays. Thelab will run through June, resuming again after the summer for an exciting series of presentations in fall 2014. Individual directors, musicians, playwrights, choreographers, actors and singers as well as local performing arts companies are welcome to submit a proposal to Josh Gladstone, Artistic Director of the John Drew Theater, for consideration in the series. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming JDTLab Events
BLUEBIRDS by Joe Brondo
A young couple’s relationship is tested when an unfulfilled Walt reveals his plot to sell a stolen rare book, which sets into motion a night of past hurts brought to light and new revelations that will change their lives for better or worse.
CHICKEN-FRIED CICCONE: A One-Man Musical by J. Stephen Brantley
Armed with an acoustic guitar, actor-playwright J.Stephen Brantley reveals how he got from junkie to functional with a little help from the queen of reinvention. Chicken-Fried Ciccone is one man’s journey to heroin and back, set to countrified covers of new and classic Madge. Obie-winning master of the one-man-show David Drake directs this funny and poignant quasi-cabaret about recovery and reconnection.
When the newly engaged Stephanie falls for a male impersonator at a dyke bar, it upsets her whole world. Will she be able to walk the tightrope between sexuality and identity and discover her true self in this circus of drag kings and burlesque dancers?
EASTERN STANDARD by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Peter Connolly
Featuring Peter Connolly, Chloe Dirksen, Joanna Howard, Kate Mueth, Christian Scheider, and Tristan Vaughan. Four Manhattan yuppies strike up a friendship in a chic uptown restaurant after a bag lady involves them in an altercation. A month later, they converge in the Hamptons, hoping to alleviate their purposelessness with a misguided attempt at rehabilitating May, the bag lady who brought them all together.
ORPHANS by Lyle Kessler
Directed by Sawyer Avery and Megan Minutillo
Featuring Sawyer Avery, Joe Pallister, and Christopher Imbrosciano
2013 Nominee for Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play. Phillip never ventures out of his North Philly home. His brother Treat is a violent pickpocket who kidnaps a wealthy businessman Harold. Harold turns the table on the two brothers and – in a strange, hilarious, and moving way – becomes their long-lost father figure.
WILD HORSES by Andrea Goldman
This is the story of how I fell in love. How I died. And how I learned that everything is made of wood. Or so begins Wild Horses, a poignant performance piece that is more of a visual poem than a play. Original music by Spanish composer and pianist Dani Campos takes us on an emotional journey throughout the piece.
Past JDTLab Events
Up-and-Coming East End Bands & Singer-Songwriters in Concert featuring singer-songwriter Skylar Day playing original songs in a solo set, singer Olivia Salsedo, alternative band Shore Road, whose members are Skylar Day, Kevin Preller, Ryan Jaquin, Joe Mineo, and Nick Arpino, and band Supply Side, whose members are Sage Gibbons, Josh LeClerc, Gage Lynch, Caiti Jo Fioriello, Jack Aldrich, and Jackson Clark.
JDTLab and the Springs School present School Street Theater Lab: Final Performance
A newly conceived dance theatre art piece by Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls.
The April Fool’s Show
Directed by Chloe Dirksen. Featuring Alan Ceppos, Peter Connolly, Chloe Dirksen, Lydia Franco-Hodges, Josh Gladstone, Kate Mueth, Bobby Peterson on piano, and a very special racy performance from Liz Joyce of Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre. Join us for an intrepid evening of April Fool’s delight: we explore scenes from a range of comedic plays, present some new work, sing a song or two… and who knows?
VENUS IN FUR by David Ives
Staged Reading Directed by Tina Andrews. Featuring Adam Donshik and Alexandra Cohen-Spiegler. “The teeter-tottering test of wills that takes place in VENUS IN FUR makes even the most fraught encounter between a domineering director and a sensitive performer seem like a play date in the sandbox. Actors may be pleased to hear that in this ninety minutes of good, kinky fun, the upper hand does not necessarily belong to the usual suspect.” — NY Times.
TURING TEST, Staged Reading of a New Play by Dominick DeGaetano
Directed by Aimee Todoroff. David McKenna has a baby on the way; he needs money. Unluckily, the former enfant terrible is only qualified to do one thing: teach poetry. He lands a position at a large research university, but only after agreeing to a strange request: to tutor a single student while under observation, as part of a top secret experiment.
THE PERSONALS, Staged Reading of a New Play by Brian Sutow
Directed by Isaac Klein. Featuring Trevor Vaughn, Kate Mueth and Josh Gladstone. After surviving a tragedy, estranged husband and wife Don and Janna go on a series of “blind dates” with each other to try to save their marriage. Based on the critically acclaimed film Blind Date by Theo Van Gogh and its subsequent American remake by Stanley Tucci, The Personals is the third incarnation of a story that is both heartbreaking and hilarious. The Personals is a moving inquiry into humor, compassion and our ability to endure.
Improv Comedy Workshop
Featuring Julian Ambler, Joe Brondo, Anna Carey, Talia McCaskie, Kate Payne, and Susan Vecsey, actors enrolled at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade. Plenty of audience participation!
THE FAMILY ROOM, Staged Reading of a New Play by John J. Mullen
Directed by Stephen Hamilton. Featuring Joseph Brondo, Stephen Hamilton, Lydia Franco Hodges, Ellen J. Myers, and Julie King. A funny and hard-hitting new play that explores the lasting effects of childhood. In a waiting room at a local hospital, two sisters and a brother, estranged for more than 30 years, struggle to come to terms with their relationship as their mother lies dying in the Intensive Care Unit.
BILOXI BLUES by Neil Simon
Sawyer Avery makes his directorial debut, working with a cast of local favorites from Guild Hall’s recent production of The Cripple of Inishmaan and Bay Street’s The Diary of Anne Frank. Co-directed by Megan Minutillo. Featuring Stan Demidoff, Christian Scheider, Sawyer Avery, Christopher Imbrosciano, Joe Pallister, Evan Daves, Chloe Dirksen, Jessica Mortellaro, and Aaron Costa Ganis. In this Tony-Award winning play, Eugene Jerome is a young army recruit during WWII learning about Life and Love while stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.