Celebrating Ten Years of Darknight Productions

I've worked with a bunch of theater companies in my life and have had many great memories with them, especially Center Stage Playhouse and Red Monkey Theater Group.  There are troupes I hope to have the chance to work with in the future, such as Runaway Theater Company, City Island Theater, The Secret Theater, and The Theater Project.  There are companies whose productions always impress me -- The Pearl Theater and Prospect Theater, just to name a few.  For ten years, one group has been defying the odds by presenting a string of original shows and entertaining showcases in Manhattan -- Darknight Productions.

Darknight gives aspiring actors a chance to hone their craft and perform in front of live audiences.  From monologues to songs to staged readings to full productions, it has been a non-stop decade of seat-of-your pants performances that thrill, shock, amuse, enlighten, and motivate.  While other companies come and go, Darknight's first ten years have been inspirational -- they are an example of how ambition, cooperation, hard work, and of course a dream or two can all come together to create something enriching for everyone.  They manage to find a space to rehearse and perform despite the odds, they manage to pull it all off and make some magic with little more than their trademark "two chairs on a stage."

To celebrate their improbable 10th anniversary, they will hold a special double-evening fundraiser of vignettes -- some highlights from past performances.  Hurricane Irene put a damper on their original evening, but as always Darknight manages to turn lemons into lemonade, so now instead of one night we get two evenings of fun. 

Here's a video tribute with some clips from previous Darknight Production shows over the years, giving people the chance to show their stuff and do what they always dreamed of doing, one big step to bigger and better things.



The two-night-only fundraising showcase takes place at the Turtle Shell Theater, 300 West 43rd Street, 4th Floor, in New York City, on Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24, at 8 p.m.  The $20 tickets help support future projects -- workshops of original plays, more of the popular "What I Always Wanted to Do" series, one-act plays, and full productions.

Seating is limited, so for reservations,  email darknight2002@optonline.net. Please spread the word.

I'll be co-hosting the first evening.  Hope to see some of you there!

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