I've had the pleasure of performing in a number of productions with the Red Monkey Theater Group over the years. My favorite roles have been Billy Bibbitt in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Alyosha in The Brothers Karamazov. Now, Artistic Director Tal Aviezer has announced the exciting schedule for the company's 10th season. Here are all the details from their Fall 2009 Newsletter. For more information on Red Monkey, check out their official Web site.
10th Anniversary Season
Yes, the 2009-2010 season is indeed RMTG’s tenth. Our first production, William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, opened in late Fall of 1999. We’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the artists, patrons, friends, family and audiences that have sustained us over the past decade.
Our 10th Anniversary season offers two productions, an exciting new venue, and a return to the homes of some old friends. By popular request, acting classes will also be making a return in October.
The Merchant of Venice
RMTG’s 10th Anniversary Season begins in January 2010 with an abridged production of The Merchant of Venice with a tautly-paced, compressed one-hour running time. This production was specially commissioned by St. Paul’s Church Historic Site in Mt. Vernon, and will perform in what once served as an 18th century church and courtroom space on the grounds of this Westchester landmark. Two encore performances will follow at South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry on January 15 & 16th. Non-AEA. Please check http://www.redmonkeytheater.org/ for additional details.
Romeo and Juliet
RMTG’s 10th Anniversary season continues in Spring 2010 with performances of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet on May 14, 15, 16, 21 & 22, presented by Center Stage Playhouse at Foster Hall on Westchester Avenue in the Bronx. Shakespeare’s story of love and death will be set in the wild territory of South Dakota in 1880.
Auditions will be held in winter 2010, date TBD. Equity Showcase pending, casting Union & Non-Union actors.
Sunday evening acting classes taught by RMTG Artistic Director Tal Aviezer will return to Center Stage’s Foster Hall for a 5-week run beginning on Sunday evening, October 25. The current class schedule is as follows:
10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22
Walk-ins are welcome in any class. For full details and directions, please visit http://www.redmonkeytheater.org/
An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly – Fort Hill Players
This fall, RMTG Artistic Director Tal Aviezer directs An Inspector Calls for Fort Hill Players, performing October 16, 17, 23 & 24 at the Rochambeau School in White Plains. For tickets and more info, please visit http://www.forthillplayers.com/ for more info.
Recent visitors to http://www.redmonkeytheater.org/ may have noticed that the website has recently acquired a sponsor – ticket seller Vividseats.com. If you have a minute to visit http://www.redmonkeytheater.org/ and click the sponsor link, it would be much appreciated. This will help let the sponsor know that their company made a smart move in sponsoring a website for an arts organization, which will encourage them to continue to place ads with http://www.redmonkeytheater.org/ and similar sites.
MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL
Special thanks to our newest Grand Patron supporters, Music Theatre International. MTI is one of the world's major dramatic licensing agencies, specializing in Broadway, West End and Off-Broadway musicals. You can visit them online at www.mtishows.com
Incidentally, if you or someone you know would like to make a donation in support of RMTG, you may now do so online via Paypal or credit card at http://www.redmonkeytheater.org/.
Recommendations from Tal
From time to time, friends, students and fellow thespians ask me to recommend plays and theater-related books and programs, so I thought I’d start including a few mentions at the end of these newsletters of shows or other theater-related items. Please note – nobody is paying me to endorse these things! I recommend them freely and of my own will to anybody who shares a passionate interest in theater.
First off, the best play I saw last season, Thorton Wilder’s Our Town at The Barrow Street Theater, is still running there through January 2010. I’m certain that many of you reading this have seen productions of Our Town (and some may feel they don’t necessarily need to see it done again) but this intimately-staged, brilliantly simple production will, in fact, reaffirm your faith in American theater. http://www.barrowstreettheatre.com/whats-on/town.asp. Okay, the best play I saw last season was actually The Seagull on Broadway, but it’s closed and you missed it. So don’t miss the second best play I saw last season!
Secondly, Playing Shakespeare, the 1982 Royal Shakespeare Company series broadcast on PBS and by the BBC, has been released on DVD. Hosted by the legendary John Barton and featuring a who’s who of great late 20th century Shakespearian actors (Ian McKellan, Judy Dench, Ben Kingsley, Peggy Ashcroft, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, etc) as they discuss and workshop various scenes, speeches and characters. Absolutely invaluable for those performing or directing Shakespeare, and fascinating for anybody interested in theater. http://www.amazon.com/Playing-Shakespeare-John-Barton/dp/B001O7R75O (Hint: buy it used).
Thanks for reading and for your support of RMTG. As always, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or questions. All the best! –T