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Monday, March 16, 2015

Hudson Theatre Works to present ‘Bash’ three plays by Neil Labute in May

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HUDSON THEATRE WORKS ANNOUNCES ITS 2015 SEASON

HUDSON THEATRE WORKS, NEW JERSEY’S NEWEST EQUITY COMPANY, ANNOUNCES TWO PLAYS AND ITS ANNUAL PLAYWORKS SERIES OF NEW PLAY READINGS

BUILDING ON LAST YEAR’S GROWTH, HUDSON THEATRE WORKS WILL PRESENT BASH BY NEIL LABUTE AS OUR SPRING PRODUCTION THIS MAY AND JACKSON IS GONE A NEW PLAY BY JOANNE HOERSCH AS OUR FALL PRODUCTION.

JACKSON IS GONE BY JOANNE HOERSCHDIRECTED BY FRANK LICATO. A 2012  NEW JERSEY STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS PLAYWRIGHTING GRANT WINNER, AT THE THEATER AT WEEHAWKEN HIGH SCHOOL

Neil LaBute's Bash is a collection of three darkly brilliant one-act plays. In Medea Redux, a woman tells of her complex and ultimately tragic relationship with her junior high-school English teacher. In Iphigenia in Orem, a Utah businessman confides in a stranger in a Las Vegas hotel room, confessing to an especially chilling crime. In a Gaggle of Saints, a young Mormon couple separately recount the violent events of an anniversary weekend in New York City. All three are unblinking portraits of the evils that are abroad in everyday life; each is distinguished by the raw and yet lyrical intensity that has become Neil Labute's signature.

In Jackson is Gone, Natalie and Sam Grayson are out for a quiet Sunday morning walk when they find themselves embroiled in an argument with a stranger who kidnaps their dog, Jackson. They report the incident to the police, and their case is assigned to a friendly but vaguely threatening sergeant who insinuates himself into the most hidden parts of their lives. The play examines the nature of irreparable loss, the consequences for our lives, and the slow disappearance from the world of the ancient touchstones we have always relied on for comfort and sustenance.

Neil Labute (Playwright) needs no introduction.  LaBute is a critically acclaimed playwright, filmmaker, and fiction writer. His controversial works include the plays Reason to be Pretty, The Money Shot, The Mercy Seat, Fat Pig, Autobahn and This Is How It Goes; the films In The Company Of Men, Your Friends And Neighbors, Nurse Betty, and Possession; the play and film adaptation of The Shape Of Things; and the short-story collection Seconds Of Pleasure

Joanne Hoersch (Playwright) is a recipient of a 2012 grant from the NJ State Council on the Arts for her play, Jackson is Gone, which was also selected for a roundtable reading at the Lark Theatre. Her play Starring Elizabeth was part of Hudson Theater Works 2013 PlayWorks series and was also part of New Jersey Playwrights Theater 2014 reading series. Her one act Bunnies was part of the 2015 PlayWorks series.  Prior to becoming a playwright, she was a fiction writer. She received a Woolrich fellowship for fiction from Columbia University, was a semi-finalist in the Heekin Foundation’s national short story contest, and was a 1998 grantee from the NJ State Council on the Arts for her short story, Josie Going Places.  She is currently working on a new play about the Romantic poet Percy Shelley.

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Frank Licato (Director) is Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works where he recently directed Of Mice and Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and 3 Men, which will be seen in the United Solo Festival this fall. He has worked with such theatre luminaries as Joseph Chaiken, Peter Brook and Robert Brustein.  As a director he received an Applause Award from the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and a Perry Award for Best Director for The Grapes of Wrath at the Chatham Playhouse. He was named Best Director by the Off-Broadway revue for his production of Sam Shepard’s Seduced. His production of Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things was selected as a regional finalist in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. His production of Robert Clem's Fever was voted a top 10 show at the 2001 New York International Fringe Festival and his production of On the Waterfront was made into the award winning documentary, Waiting for Budd.  He is a member of the Actors Studio Playwright and Director Unit.

Actors:  Kevin Cristaldi, Dan Hilt, Tara Cioletti and Kristen Lazzarini. Scenic and lighting design is by resident designer John Shimrock. Sound and music design is by resident musician Donald Stark, costumes by resident designer Ann Lowe, stage manager Dawn D’Arrigo, produced by Karen Brady and Gregory Erbach, founding members of HTW.

Hudson Theatre Works is a not for profit, equity theatre committed to ensemble collaboration as well as artistic risk through its work with its permanent company, guest artists, partner institutions and the surrounding community.  It is dedicated to a rugged aesthetic and seeks to tell stories, both new and old, classic and contemporary, which reflect our lives, relationships and world today. 

Hudson Theatre Works primary focus is in bringing a living theatre community to the area of Hudson and North Jersey through performance, outreach and theatre arts instruction. 

This program is made possible by the City of Weehawken and Mayor Richard Turner and in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Contact Hudson Theatre Works at (201) 472-5123 for more information.

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