New York, NY– December 19, 2016: The Harold Clurman Lab Theater, the professional wing of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting New York City, is proud to announce its first 2017 offering. The Actor Warrior Festival features four solo plays all written and performed by actors. The festival will run from January 19 to 28 and feature new work by David Deblinger (co-founder of Labyrinth Theater Company), Michael Milligan (Broadway: August: Osage County, La Bette, Jerusalem), Liza Peterson (Def Poetry/HBO) and Carine Montbertrand (Les Liaisons Dangereuses/Baltimore Center Stage, Frankenstein/Soho Rep, Macbeth/The Acting Company).
“The Actor Warrior Festival celebrates theater artists who are taking the initiative to create and perform their own work,” said Tom Oppenheim, Artistic Director of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. “The Studio and the Lab Theater have a history that includes actors like Jacob Adler, Sara Adler and Stella Adler. The Actor Warrior Festival also celebrates and continues that particular aspect of our heritage.”
All shows offer advance tickets for $10 each via Ovation Tix. A “pay what you can at the door” ticket structure is also offered in an effort to make theater-going accessible to patrons of all income levels. Tickets are available online at: https://web.ovationtix.com/
trs/dept/1658/1483246800000. A $10 discount is available for patrons who want to see all four shows at https://web.ovationtix.com/ trs/store/34682/pk/91768.
Lucky Penny by David Deblinger, directed by Ben Snyder, featuring Fred Johnson, jazz vocalist
Studio Theater B
Synopsis: A hilarious and moving journey through the life cycle. From the death of a parent, to the birth of a child, Deblinger zig zags through a range of mad, sad, beautiful, crazy characters and stories punctuated by jazz/pop vocals. “He locks. He pops. He makes you laugh,” says The New York Times. “He's every bit as gifted as Bogosian, Leguizamo and Danny Hoch,” says the New York Daily News.
The Peculiar Patriot: A Remix Mashup by Liza Peterson, directed by Talvin Wilks
Studio Theater B
Synopsis: Conversations with Betsy LaQuanda Ross, a self-proclaimed “peculiar patriot,” performing monologues and poetry while engaging the audience in dialogue about mass incarceration and the current political climate.
Seven Devils and a French Nun by Carine Montbertrand, co-created and directed by Ron Bashford
Studio Theater C
Synopsis: Based on the true story of Jeanne des Anges, the egomaniacal, sex-starved nun who accuses an ambitious, attractive priest of possessing her with seven devils. As a buffoon clown, Carine Montbertrand portrays Jeanne and each of the devils who possessed her. Multiple exorcisms, a burning and a major miracle later, Jeanne becomes a living saint, captivating all of France like a rock superstar.
Side Effects by Michael Milligan, directed by Tom Oppenheim
Studio Theater C
Synopsis: The side effects of practicing medicine force Dr. William MacQueen to examine what it means to be a doctor in America. A new play for a new time.
The Lab Theater’s most recent work in New York includes the Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award-winning one-man show Mercy Killers by Michael Milligan and the off-Broadway production of Israel Horovitz's Lebensraum. In Los Angeles the Lab presented Ovation-Recommended and Ovation-Nominated run of Lebensraum by Israel Horovitz, and Ovation-nominated run of Long Way Go Down by Zayd Dohrn.
For additional information please visit www.stellaadler.com
The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is located at 31 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001.
THE HAROLD CLURMAN LABORATORY THEATER COMPANY is the Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s/Art of Acting Studio’s professional theater company. The Lab aims to produce socially relevant theater committed to the standards and ideals set out by Stella Adler, Harold Clurman and the Group Theater. The mission of the Lab is to provide the community, through theater and discussion, with a place of exploration and experimentation of what it means be a human being. Select production history: Mercy Killers by Michael Milligan (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, Fringe First Award), Lebensraum by Israel Horovitz (off-Broadway, Ovation-Nominated in Los Angeles), Long Way Go Down by Zayd Dohrn (West Coast premiere, Ovation Award Nominee), Our Town by Thornton Wilder, What Shall I Give My Children? by Don K. Williams (world premiere).