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Primary Stages Profile: Andrew Diaz, Props Supervisor

The Props Supervisor of Theresa Rebeck’s Downstairs, Andrew Diaz, has done remarkable work adding the final touches to Irene’s dingy basement. This interview features his background, working on this show, and how it came to be what audiences are seeing now.

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Tim Daly and Tyne Daly in Theresa Rebeck’s “Downstairs” currently at Primary Stages.

When and how did you start your career in theatre?

I began, I assume like most, in high school drama club. I acted, built, and painted sets. I went to the University of Arizona, where I graduated with a BFA in Set Design and moved to New York City in 2009.

How did you work with the set designer/director to create the look of the show? Did you have any initial images in your head of how you wanted to dress the set?

Our set designer, Narelle Sissons, is actually an out-of-town designer so I never actually met her until we were loaded into the theater and beginning tech [rehearsals]. We chatted on the phone and had been emailing each other back and forth during rehearsals. Narelle had done a ton of research and kept sending images of what she wanted the space to be. We wanted to create a very naturalistic set so she would send me images almost daily.

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John Procaccino in Theresa Rebeck’s “Downstairs” currently at Primary Stages.

In order to make it “Gerry and Irene’s basement,” did you have to do character research? How did you go about finding the nuances of the characters to personalize the space?

Working with a group of actors like these, I didn’t really need to do any character research… they’re that good. They had previously done this play and already knew way more than I would, so I just listened to them. I tried to make myself as available as possible during rehearsals (which is difficult when you’re balancing many other projects). I would bring items into rehearsal for the cast to respond to. Whether a pipe wrench, a plastic spoon, or pillow, we always had options to choose from and work with until each item was right for the character, actor, and play. Their attention to detail is insane so and I wanted to make them as comfortable and supported as possible.

Upstage Left in the laundry area we made the “Irene corner”.  It’s the only part of the stage that seems to have any kind of organization. It’s her space so everything has its own place and put away neatly. The colors and textures are a little brighter and softer making it less hazardous than the rest of the stage.

How did you go about distressing the props to look old and dirty?

Thankfully I’m in the midst of cleaning out and remodeling my own basement at home. My husband and I were about to call a junk removal service when I was offered this play. So instead of trashing all of the things we had dug up, I repurposed them for this set. What’s on stage is straight from one old basement to another. I try to recycle and reuse props as much as possible, so the timing was perfect. Most of the distressing work was already done for us, naturally. I love to distress but this is such a natural and realistic environment I couldn’t do much faux treatment–that would make it a little fake and cartoony. To take it to the next level, however, I used a hot glue gun attached to an air compressor and blew cobwebs all over the set. When you’re onstage and look around you can see what looks like years of neglect.

How long does your design process typically take?

It all depends on the project. I love doing heavily set dressed/immersive shows (What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined; The View Upstairs). When I get shows like those, the more time the better. In theater we literally have days to make environments look like they’ve been lived in for years; it’s a challenge. There are times when I’m hired onto a show a couple of days before rehearsals begin and sometimes I’m given more time. Once rehearsals start, it’s me in a van for three weeks hitting every junk yard, flea market, or craigslist sale I can.

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Tim Daly in Theresa Rebeck’s “Downstairs” currently at Primary Stages.

What was your favorite part of designing Downstairs?

I had previously done Daniel’s Husband and The Tribute Artist for Primary Stages, both of which had such beautifully decorated and designed sets. I loved that Downstairs was the complete opposite of those two. With those previous shows I had to be very precise, elegant, and chic. This was a chance to relax, let my hair down, and just make a mess.

Can you tell us about your favorite prop in the show?

In the piles of dressing I dug up from my basement, there’s a Joe Namath popcorn maker from 1971 in its original box. I don’t know where it came from or why I love it so much, but I do.

The cake that Irene bakes and gives to Teddy is also good. It’s a great example of the relationship between actors and the props. Doing food onstage is always difficult but after numerous versions of this prop, we’re all happy.

Is there anything special audiences should keep an eye out for?

There are a couple of hidden gems. If you’ve worked with me before, you know I like to hide certain things on sets I work on. I can’t give too much detail what those things are, but they’re there. They’re always there.

 

The Primary Stages production of Downstairs runs until December 22nd at the Cherry Lane Theatre. For tickets and more information, click here.

In the Kitchen with “Downstairs”

The Primary Stages production of Downstairs is officially underway and we would like you to be a part of the experience. In Theresa Rebeck’s gripping drama, siblings Irene and Teddy (played by real-life siblings Tyne and Tim Daly) bond over the foods they ate as children and the recipes Irene has mastered over the years. Here are some recipes from moments in the show to try for yourself! Bon appétit!

Ziti and Cheese and Sausage – The perfect comfort food for hanging out on the couch.

German Chocolate Cake with Pecans and Coconut Frosting – Just like Teddy and Irene’s mom used to make!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries – Great to send to a family member or to save for yourself.

Hungry for more? The Primary Stages production of Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck runs through December 22 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Click here for ticket information.

A Look Back at the Primary Stages 2018 Gala

This October, Primary Stages hosted its annual Gala to honor Tony Nominees Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker; Board Member Eleanor Holtzman, and Corporate Advisory Board Member Jose M. Toro. The evening took place at Tribeca 360° with views overlooking downtown and the Hudson River. Here is a recap of the evening’s events filled with performances, tributes, and so much more.

The Gala kicked off with words from our Artistic Director Andrew Leynse and our Executive Director Shane Hudson. 

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Tim Daly, from our current production of Theresa Rebeck’s Downstairs, introduced Laura Osnes for a lovely performance of “Honey Bun” from South Pacific.

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Primary Stages Founder Casey Childs presented the first award of the night to Eleanor Holtzman. Eleanor is a member of Primary Stages Board of Directors and a trailblazing marketing executive. We are grateful for her dedicated guidance and support as we continue to engage new audiences for the future of the company.

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Playwright Leah Nanako Winkler and director Morgan Gould of the upcoming Primary Stages production of God Said This, introduced Quentin Earl Darrington for a beautiful performance of “Some Enchanted Evening”, also from South Pacific.

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Sharon Washington, performer and playwright of last season’s Feeding the Dragon, and our current Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence, introduced a video presentation of the Primary Stages Student Matinee Program.

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Emmy-winning writer, comedian and Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts instructor Judy Gold took charge as the auctioneer for the Paddle Raise! Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Student Matinee Program! (Our highest ever!)

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Board President Jose Mendez presented an award to Jose M. Toro. We are thankful to have him as a founding member of the Primary Stages Corporate Advisory board.

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Sarna Lapine, director of our upcoming production of Little Women, took the stage to introduce Kate Baldwin with a performance of one of honoree Rebecca Luker’s favorite songs, “When I’m Dead.”

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Tony Nominee Rebecca Luker was unfortunately unable to be there in person, but she joined us via video to receive her award. Rebecca is known for her Broadway roles in Mary Poppins and The Music Man, among others. She joined us at Primary Stages for A.R. Gurney’s Indian Blood in 2006.

Kecia Lewis-Evans performed a special mash-up from The Drowsy Chaperone and Cinderella and reminisced about her long friendship with Danny Burstein, which goes all the way back to high school.

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At last, Joel Grey presented the final award of the evening to Tony Nominee Danny Burstein. Danny was most recently on Broadway as Tevye in the revival of Fiddler on Roof, and has an extensive resume of outstanding performances.

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Primary Stages favorite Charles Busch (The Tribute Artist) and Board member Janet Rosen teamed up to announce the launch of our 35th Anniversary Campaign for the Future of Primary Stages. The campaign was established to stimulate strategic growth and fully support our artistic, educational, and outreach efforts, as well as organizational infrastructure for an artistically adventurous and prosperous future.

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All good things must come to an end. Shane Hudson and Andrew Leynse returned to close the evening, but there was one last special surprise! Delicious pumpkin bread for breakfast the next morning from our pals at  The Good Batch.

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Thank you to all who came to this year’s Gala and participated in our Paddle Raise and Silent Auction. If you want to learn more about supporting Primary Stages, visit our website.

Take “The Love Course” With Us!

In honor of The Love Course, one of the three one-act plays in our production of A.R. Gurney’s Final Follies, we invite you to read up on some of the works referenced in the piece! This should help you keep up with Professors Carroway and Burgess as they dissect some of the greatest works of romantic literature.

Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

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  • “If it be love indeed, tell me how much.”
  • “There’s beggary in the love that can be reckon’d.”
  • “I’ll set a bourn how far to be belov’d.”

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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  • “Don’t torture me until I’m as mad as yourself.”
  • “Well never mind! That is not my Heathcliffe. I shall love mine yet and take him with me—he’s in my soul.”
  • “His eyes wide, and wet at last, flashed fiercely on her, his breast heaved convulsively. An instant they held asunder; and then how they met I hardly saw, but Catherine made a spring, and he caught her, and they were locked in an embrace from which I thought my mistress would never be released alive.”

Symposium by Plato

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  • “There are those people who are pregnant in soul, and give birth to ideas. And these people maintain a much closer communion than the parents of children. They share between them children more beautiful and more immortal.”

Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

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Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Troubadour Poets

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Final Follies by A.R. Gurney runs September 12 – October 21, 2018 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Click here for ticket information and more!

Meet the Cast of A.R. Gurney’s Final Follies!

A.R. Gurney’s Final Follies, our first show of the 2018/19 season, has officially begun! Meet the talented actors who bring these three plays to life.

Piter MarekPITER MAREK (Howie Hale, The Rape of Bunny Stuntz; Professor Burgess, The Love Course) appeared in the recent Broadway productions of Disgraced and Cyrano de Bergerac. He has also performed in multiple seasons of Shakespeare in the Park. TV credits include multiple seasons on “The Blacklist”, as well as “Madam Secretary,” “Quantico,” “The Arrangement,” “Gone,” “Time After Time,” “Blue Bloods,” “NCIS,” “Nikita,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Ugly Betty,” and “The Sopranos”, “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Piter will reprise his recurring role on the final season of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”.

Betsy AidemBETSY AIDEM (Wilma Trumbo, The Rape of Bunny Stuntz; Professor Carroway, The Love Course). Recent: All The Way opposite Bryan Cranston; Beautiful; Nikolai and the Others, Road (Lincoln Center Theater); The Celebration, Dreams of Flying… (Atlantic); The Metal Children, Mary Rose (Vineyard); Crooked (WP). Film: Irrational Man, Margaret, A Vigilante, You Can Count on Me, The Bleeding House. Recent TV: “Bull,” “Madam Secretary,” “Orange is the New Black,” “The Americans,” many “Law & Orders.” With David Saint at George Street: Jolson Sings Again, God of Carnage, and Mama’s Boy. Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance.

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COLIN HANLON (Nelson, Final Follies; Mike, The Love Course). Broadway: Falsettos, Rent, Wicked (tour), and In Transit. Also: The Nerd (George Street Playhouse, dir. Kevin Cahoon); ‘Adam’ in Colman Domingo’s Dot (Vineyard, dir. Susan Stroman); Next Fall (St. Louis Rep). Off-Bway: I Love You Because and The Pirates of Penzance. TV/Film: ‘Steven’ on “Modern Family,” “Difficult People,” “The Sinner,” and the upcoming film Yes. Co-producer and star of web series “Submissions Only.”

greg side blueGREG MULLAVEY (Grandfather, Final Follies) has appeared in 100+ productions. Broadway: Rumors, Romantic Comedy, The Sisters Rosensweig. Favorite Off-Broadway: Precious Little Talent (West End Theatre), National Jewish Theatre’s The Soap Myth (Steinberg Center for Theatre), Clever Little Lies (dir. David Saint, Westside Theatre). Favorite Regional: The Remains (Studio Theatre, DC), The Price (Guthrie), ‘Lear’ in King Lear (Oklahoma Shakespeare). 100s of TV/Film credits include: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, “Centennial,” “The Desperate,” and “iCarly.” Best known as Mary’s husband, ‘Tom’ on “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”

Rachel NicksRACHEL NICKS (Tanisha, Final Follies; Sally, The Love Course) is excited to be making her Primary Stages debut. Regionally, she has appeared in Turning Off the Morning News (McCarter) and Skeleton Crew (The Old Globe). Her Off-Broadway credits include War (LCT3), And I and Silence (The Signature Theater Company), and The Good Negro (The Public Theater). Her television appearances include “The Affair,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Crossing Jordan,” and “Amsterdam.” She was also in the films Ball Don’t Lie and Life Support on HBO. Ms. Nicks is a graduate of The Juilliard School. 

Deborah RushDEBORAH RUSH (Bunny Stuntz, The Rape of Bunny Stuntz) is lucky to have worked in New York with great authors, including: Shakespeare (3) (Delacorte), Moliere, Wallace Shawn, and Stephen Adly Guirgis (Public). On Broadway: Michael Frayn, Noel Coward (2), Alan Ayckbourn, Wendy Wasserstein, Terrence McNally (MTC), Ethan Cohen (Atlantic), and now Pete Gurney! Films by: Woody Allen (2), Nora Ephron (2), Sidney Lumet, Herb Ross, two Franks: Oz and Perry, Jim Abrahams, John Avildsen, Miguel Arteta, Ingrid Juggerman, Ryan Fleck, Jordan Galland. TV: currently: “Orange Is The New Black” and “Billions;” formerly: “Strangers With Candy,” “Spin City,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” and many guest star roles.

Mark JunekMARK JUNEK (Walter, Final Follies). Credits include: Angels in America (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville), The Hairy Ape (Park Avenue Armory), American Son (George Street Playhouse), Frankenstein (Denver Center), The Forgotten Woman (Bay Street Theatre), After All The Terrible Things I Do (Milwaukee Rep), The Vibrator Play (Syracuse Stage), Vanya and Sonia… (Berkeley Rep), The Imaginary Invalid (Bard Summerscape), Family Play (New Ohio), The Performers (Broadway), Galileo and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CSC). TV: “The Outs,” “Blindspot,” “Forever,” “Smash,” and “Law and Order: SVU”. Graduate of Columbia and Juilliard (Drama Division, Group 40).

Final Follies by A.R. Gurney runs September 12 – October 21, 2018 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Click here for ticket information and more!

A Note from Andrew Leynse and Shane Hudson on Final Follies

As we kickoff our 34th season, we have some words from Andrew Leynse and Shane Hudson to share with you. Continue reading to learn about what it means to be “at home with Primary Stages,” and A.R. Gurney’s longtime collaboration with Primary Stages.

A core principle of our mission at Primary Stages is to support playwrights over their careers, working to create a home where artists can return. Our collaboration with A.R. (Pete) Gurney began when we were at our original home on 45th Street. Casey Childs, our founder, had just finished working on Pete’s Far East for WNET/Thirteen and Pete gave him The Fourth Wall to produce. Pete thought it would be the perfect play for 2002 with its biting humor and political edge. David Saint signed on to direct and thus began our fruitful relationship with Pete.  

Over the years we’ve produced five more Gurney premieres: Strictly Academic, Buffalo Gal, Indian Blood, Black Tie, and now, Final Follies. Pete often told us how much he loved to be in an intimate theater and how his plays would resonate with audiences in ways that were different from large houses. Perhaps the intimacy of Off-Broadway allowed Pete to discover the most from his plays. Here, he could exercise his rebellious side, stir things up, and feel his audiences react.


Right before he passed in 2017, Pete finished Final Follies and spoke to his agent Jonathan Lomma about sending it to us. Thrilled to see a new piece of writing from Pete, we crafted a triptych of one-acts that similarly spoke to Pete’s vision and, perhaps, more to his downtown roots where he first began writing plays.

Starting with Final Follies (which Pete prophetically entitled), we then move on to The Rape of Bunny Stuntz, which was one of Pete’s earliest plays and originally performed right here at the Cherry Lane Theatre, and finally, we end with The Love Course, which Pete wrote in the early 1970s. Under David Saint’s stewardship, these plays celebrate Pete’s desire to explore a more complex side to his characters. Though Pete’s humor constantly lifts these plays up, there is a darker side to what he is exploring – issues of sexual repression and challenging one’s roots and culture are constantly at the forefront. Pete is considered to be the foremost chronicler of WASP culture and as much as he relishes its traditions, he also seeks ways to challenge the status quo. This is ultimately what made him such an important American dramatist and why we are thrilled that you are here to celebrate his body of work with us.

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The Primary Stages production of Final Follies by A.R. Gurney runs through October 21, 2018 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Click here for ticket information and more!

Primary Stages ESPA Fall 2018 Writing, Acting, and Directing Classes

Fall 2018 Acting, Writing, and Directing classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment.

See our list of available classes below. For more information, download the complete course descriptions here.

To register, email us with your desired class at espa@primarystages.org, or call 212.840.9705 x215.

PLAYWRITING

Advanced Playwriting

By invitation only. This class offers a select group of returning ESPA writers an even more rigorous curriculum than our First Draft and Rewrite classes.

Returning Students: $560

Section A with Joshua Harmon (Writer, Significant Other on Broadway, Bad Jews at Roundabout Theater Company)

Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6

*This class will be 10 sessions; one of the above dates will be cancelled, but please hold all 11 dates until the released date is confirmed by Joshua

Section B with  Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public)

Wednesdays from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 30*, November 7, 14, 28, December 5

*Please note that October 30 is a Tuesday

Section C with Rogelio Martinez (Writer, Ping Pong at The Public, Blind Date at the Goodman Theatre)

Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

October 2, 9, 16, 23, November 6, 13, 20  27, December 4, 11

The First Draft

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.

Returning Students: $560 / New Students: $580

Section A with Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)

Sundays from 11:00am – 2:00pm

September 16, 23, 30, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2

Section B with Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73)

Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, November 14, 28, December 5, 18*, 19

*Please note that December 18 is a Tuesday

Section C with Suzanne Bradbeer (Writer, Confederates, Pulitzer-nominated The God Game)

Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

September 20, 27, October 4, 18, 25, November 1, 15, 29, December 13, 20

Section D with Abe Koogler (Writer, Obie-Winning Fulfillment Center at MTC, Kill Floor at LCT3)

Mondays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

September 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10

Section E with Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC, Wild Terrain at EST)

Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 13, 20, 27, December 4

Section F with Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public)

Wednesdays from 10:30am – 1:30pm

September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28, December 5

Fundamentals of Playwriting

Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)

If you’re just stepping into the world of playwriting, welcome!

Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

September 20, 27, October 4, 18, 25

Returning Students: $400 / New Students: $460

Rewriting Your Draft

Instructor: Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek, Rain and Zoe Save the World)

Tackle the revision process and develop a stronger version of your play.

Mondays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17, 18*

*Please note that December 18 is a Tuesday

Returning Students: $560 / New Students: $580

The Second Draft

Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)

This class is for those with complete drafts who are ready to hear their play in full and embark on strategic rewrites.

Mondays from 6:00pm – 10:00pm

September 17, 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26

Returning Students: $580 / New Students: $600

Workshop: Rage Structure and Tradition

Instructor: Robert Askins (Hand to God on Broadway, EST, and MCC; Permission at MCC)

If you’re angry, disappointed, almost livid, let’s talk about how you can yell at the world through the megaphone of the stage.

Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23

12:00pm – 3:00pm both days

Returning & New Students: $240

Workshop: Writing Poetic, Political Plays

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)

Does your play say what you think it’s saying? Spend this 2-day workshop breaking open your play and tuning your sense of how a play “lands” on its ear.

Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11

11:00am – 3:00pm both days

Returning & New Students: $240

Workshop: Getting to the Rewrite

Instructor: Melissa Ross (Writer, Of Good Stock at MTC, Nice Girl at Labyrinth)

In this 2-day writing workshop, you will dig into your play, ask it new questions, and emerge with a clear vision for rewrites.

Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2

1:00pm – 6:00pm both days

Returning & New Students: $280

 

DIRECTING

Directing from Page to Stage

Instructor: Suzanne Agins (Director, Radiance at LAByrinth, Jailbait at Cherry Lane)

This 8-week class is for directors of all levels to dive into the process of getting a play into rehearsal and on its feet, culminating in a showing at the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Off-Broadway home of Primary Stages.

Sundays from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

September 16, 30, October 14, 21, November 4, 18, December 2, 9

The performance at the Cherry Lane will be December 9 at 7:30pm

Returning Students: $420 / New Students: $480

Workshop: Reviving Problematic Material in our Current Climate

Instructor: Kimberly Senior (Director, Disgraced on Broadway, Discord… at Primary Stages)

Reviving older works with problematic or out-dated material, like My Fair Lady or Carousel in the #MeToo Era, presents a problem for the modern, socially-conscious director. This workshop with director Kimberly Senior will help you face those challenges in a thoughtful and thought-provoking manner.

Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9

12:00pm – 4:00pm both days

Returning & New Students: $280

Workshop: Seeing Between the Lines: Final Follies

Instructor: Ken Cerniglia (Dramaturg and Literary Manager, Disney Theatrical Group)

The dramaturg’s job is to read between the lines and enhance a script with specificity and accuracy. This workshop will teach you to watch a play from the perspective of a dramaturg and see what you’ve been missing, using Final Follies, the first show of the Primary Stages Season

Date to be announced!

Returning & New Students: $40

ACTING

The Callback

Instructor: Lisa Donadio (Associate Casting Director, Playwrights Horizons)

With an emphasis on callbacks, learn how to prepare material ahead of time but still remain flexible enough to take direction in the room.

Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

October 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14

Returning Students: $400 / New Students: $460

Being On-Camera

Instructors: Amelia Campbell (Tony-nominated Actor, Our Country’s Good, A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway, Netflix’s “Mindhunter”, Leaves of Grass) and Anthony Arkin (Actor and Filmmaker, I’m Not Rappaport on Broadway, “The Americans”)

Be freed from the pressure to perform so you can focus your attention on learning and refining on-camera skills in a supportive and exciting environment.

Mondays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

September 17, 24, October 1, 15, 22

Returning Students: $400 / New Students: $460

On-Camera Auditioning

Instructors: Amelia Campbell (Tony-nominated Actor, Our Country’s Good, A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway, Netflix’s “Mindhunter”, Leaves of Grass) and Anthony Arkin (Actor and Filmmaker, I’m Not Rappaport on Broadway, “The Americans”)

This brand new class with Anthony Arkin and Amelia Campbell is an intimate and intensive dive into the preparation and experience of the on-camera audition.

Mondays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

October 29, November 5, 12, 19

Returning Students: $400 / New Students: $460

Acting Comedy: Finding Your Funny

Instructor: Jen Wineman (Director, Sweeney Todd at Playmaker’s Rep with Broadway’s Annie Golden; Co-founder, Studio 42)

Learn how to access your own sense of comedy and trust your comedic impulses in both the rehearsal and audition room.

Tuesdays from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9

Returning Students: $260 / New Students: $320

Scene Study: Exploring the Primary Stages Season

Instructors: Casey Childs (Founder, Primary Stages), Andrew Leynse (Artistic Director, Primary Stages), and Erin Daley (Associate Artistic Director, Primary Stages)

You will work on scenes by the 2018/19 Primary Stages Season playwrights (A.R. Gurney, Theresa Rebeck, and Leah Nanako Winkler) led by the Primary Stages Artistic Team, who will share their insight that comes from an intimate connection with these playwrights.

Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

September 20, 27, October 4, 11, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13

Returning Students: $500 / New Students: $560

Scene Study (now offered in a 5-week format!)

Instructor: Quentin Earl Darrington (Actor, Once on this Island and Ragtime on Broadway)

In this 5-week accelerated scene study class, you will fearlessly dive headfirst into scene work, with no time for hesitation.

Tuesdays from 11:00am – 2:00pm

October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20

Returning Students: $360 / New Students: $400

The Contemporary Monologue

Instructor: Richard Topol (Actor, Broadway’s Indecent (as Lemml), Fish in the Dark, The Normal Heart)

Having the right monologue is key to showcasing your abilities as an actor and ultimately getting hired. This class seeks to match actors with audition material that makes them shine.

Tuesdays from 10:00am – 1:00pm

September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16

Returning Students: $260 / New Students: $320

Shakespeare at the Table

Instructor: Geoffrey Owens (Actor, Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet (with Orlando Bloom); HBO’s “Divorce”)

Discover how Shakespearean language works by using renowned classical actor and teacher Geoffrey Owens’ non-intimidating approach to dissecting text.

Wednesdays from 6:20pm – 9:20pm

September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17

Returning Students: $260 / New Students: $320

Shakespeare on Your Feet

Instructor: Geoffrey Owens (Actor, Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet (with Orlando Bloom); HBO’s “Divorce”)

Once you’ve conquered the text on the page, it’s time to get up and explore Shakespeare’s text as he intended it: performed.

Wednesdays from 6:20pm – 9:20pm

October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28

Returning Students: $260 / New Students: $320

Solo Performance

Instructor: Judy Gold (Actor/Co-Writer, The Judy Show at DR2 Theatre; Actor, The Taming of the Shrew at The Public)

Like other brave solo performers who have come before you, this class will guide you through the process of telling your personal story on stage.

Thursdays from 10:00am – 1:00pm

September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8

Returning Students: $480 / New Students: $500

Alexander Technique for Auditions

Instructor: Karen Braga (Acting Faculty, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts)

Imagine being able to walk into any audition feeling grounded, confident, and centered. The Alexander Technique teaches performers how to release habitual tension for an experience of more freedom, poise, and presence.

Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11

Returning Students: $260 / New Students: $320

Workshop: The Voiceover with Sharon Washington

Instructor: Sharon Washington (Feeding the Dragon at Primary Stages, The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway)

Recording voiceover work from your own home is one of those unique side-hustles that is lucrative, flexible, and even artistically fulfilling! Learn the skills necessary to successfully record voiceover for commercial and audiobook work.

Tuesday, August 14 and Wednesday, August 15

6:30pm – 9:30pm both days

Returning & New Students: $160

 

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. 

For more information, download the complete course descriptions hereTo register, email us with your desired class at espa@primarystages.org, or call 212.840.9705 x215.