Month: June 2014

First Casting Announcement of 2014/15!

We are pleased to announce the casts for the first two shows of our 30th Anniversary Season! Title Treatment copy copyWIYLTitleTreatments Our first show, the New York premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy, Poor Behavior, is directed by Evan Cabnet (The Model Apartment, A Kid Like Jake) features a cast of faces new to our stage including Heidi Armbruster, Brian Avers, Jeff Biehl and Katie Kreisler.   PoorBehaviorHeadshotStripB&W Heidi Armbruster has been seen in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Disgraced and the film “My Man is a Loser”. Her play Dairyland was also developed in ESPA Drills 2012 Series. Brian Avers appeared in The Explorers Club at MTC and The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Rock N Roll on Broadway. Jeff Biehl was a part of Roundabout’s recent production of Machinal on Broadway and previously appeared in the film, “A Master Builder” and Katie Kreisler recently appeared in Lincoln Center Theater’s premiere of Nikolai and The Others and The House of Blue Leaves on Broadway. We are excited to bring you these talented actors and to welcome them into our Primary Stages family.

For our second production, we will present the World Premiere of While I Yet Live by the Tony-winning star of Kinky Boots and Angels in America, Billy Porter, and directed by Tony Award nominee Sheryl Kaller (Mothers and Sons, Next Fall, Adrift in Macao). This new work will feature Elain Graham (The Picture Box, “Smash”), Emmy Award winner S. Epatha Merkerson (Come Back, Little Sheba; “Law & Order”)  Kevyn Morrow (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Dreamgirls), Sharon Washington (The Scottsboro Boys, Wild With Happy), Larry Powell (Broke-ology, Dutchman) and Tony Award winner Lillias White (The LifeFela!).

Poor Behavior runs July 29 -September 7, CLICK HERE to get tickets! While I Yet Live runs September 23 – October 31. Both shows will take place at Primary Stages new home, The Duke on 42nd Street.

Ask not what you can do for ESPA, but what ESPA can do for you.

Brendan Naylor is a Directing student at Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). Here, he tells us about his experience in ESPA classes and what he has learned about directing and the the industry through his “SHOPportunity” assisting 2014 Tony Nominee Leigh Silverman (Best Director for Violet) with the premiere of  American Hero at Second Stage.

I took my first class at ESPA in the fall of 2013. I enrolled in Site-Specific Directing, taught by Daniel Talbott for a few reasons. I was excited by the notion of opening up the doors to the theater and taking my directing to unconventional spaces. Beyond the education aspect, though, I was looking for something a little more significant. I had taken the last year off from directing to explore a casting career, but I quickly learned that directing was where my heart was. I was eager to build up a directing community again, an artistic home where I would meet other young artists in a similar state as me. The class provided that and more. I felt empowered to do my work and create constantly. I saw theatre opportunities everywhere. It’s like the fog cleared and then the switch for my creativity was turned on.

“Being a student at ESPA provides you not only with a fantastic education, but also the opportunity to continually stretch your artistic muscles in a number of performances, readings and observerships.”