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PR ARTS:Inside Shakespeare Brings Star Cast to Emelin

The Insights & Revelations Performance Series, now in residence at The Emelin Theatre of Mamaroneck for the 2009/2010 season is pleased to announce updated casting and play information for the first presentation of the fall season.

Elisabeth Waterston

Elisabeth Waterston

Elisabeth Waterston (star of CSC’s The Tempest, opposite Mandy Patinkin and The Public Theater’s Much Ado About Nothing opposite real-life father Sam Waterston.

Ms. Waterston and other notable Shakespearean performers will participate in an open rehearsal of Measure for Measure under the direction of Michael Sexton, The Shakespeare Society’s Artistic Director.  Shakespeare Scholar Ruth Carpenter will provide commentary.  The Insights & Revelations Performance Series signature creative discussion and reception with the artists follows the open rehearsal.

PERFORMANCE AND TICKET INFORMATION:

Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. – $25.

Inside Shakespeare with The Shakespeare Society

Tickets are $25 per presentation. Get 25% off if you order all three! For more season information and ticket purchases visit www.emelin.org or call (914) 698-3045.



ABOUT THE SHAKESPEARE SOCIETY:

The Shakespeare Society is a not-for-profit cultural organization, presenting entertaining and challenging programs that combine stage performances by outstanding actors with illuminating commentary by noted Shakespearean writers, scholars, and directors. Past participants have included Harold Bloom, F. Murray Abraham, Stephen Greenblatt, Liev Schreiber, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Kathleen Chalfant, Michael Cumpsty, Jefferson Mays, Marcia Gay Harden, Patrick Stewart, Sir Peter Hall, Derek Jacobi, Philip Bosco, Marjorie Garber, Ralph Fiennes, Ron Rosenbaum, Richard Easton, John Guare, and Claire Bloomwww.shakespearesociety.org

Michael Sexton, artistic director of The Shakespeare Society  Photograph by Ellen Kelson

Michael Sexton, artistic director of The Shakespeare Society Photograph by Ellen Kelson

Michael Sexton, Executive & Artistic Director, he has directed world and New York premieres of plays by Marsha Norman, Rinne Groff, Ain Gordon, Rogelio Martinez, Victor Lodato, Phil Porter, Chloe Moss, Marin Gazzaniga, Caryl Churchill, Rosemary Moore, and Robert Clyman and workshops of plays by Tony Kushner. He has worked at New York Theater Workshop, the Public Theater, Manhattan Class Company, Soho Rep, PS122, Portland Center Stage, The Old Globe, Playmakers Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep, Cherry Lane Alternative, the Samuel Beckett Theater, and the Harold Clurman Theater, among others. He is a regular guest artist at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program (Zelda Fichandler, Chair), the JuilliardSchool (Michael Kahn, Chair), and most recently, Columbia University. He co-edited (with Tim Page) Four Plays by Dawn Powell for Steerforth Press.

Upcoming Presentations:

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

The Liar Show | $25

The return of our 2007 sold-out hit show, with new storytellers!

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Liar features New York’s most celebrated storytellers telling stories that will make you laugh, make you think, or just make you glad you’re not them. But listen carefully because one of these people is making it all up.  Audience members interrogate the tellers and cast their vote for the Liar.  Winners receive a Liar t-shirt.  Featuring James Braly (NPR, Life In A Marital Institution), Martin Dockery (Wanderlust), Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central), and Steve Osborne (NYPD Gang Squad Lieutenant). Hosted by Andy Christie (who?). A discussion and reception with Christie and the storytellers follows the performance.

Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 8 p.m.

The Really Big Once | $25

Sneak Preview! Witness a new play in development from Target Margin Theater, Off-Broadway’s award-winning experimental theatre company. Based on Tennessee Williams’ collaboration with Elia Kazan, The Really Big Once draws upon their notebooks and memoirs, scenes from Camino Real, and Kazan’s HUAC testimony to form a dream-like collage that is a complex meditation on alienation, the passage of time, and what it means to create something “experimental.” A discussion and reception with the artists follows the performance.

Visit The Insights & Revelations Series web site for in-depth information Series offerings, as well as artist interviews, theatre-going links, and more, at: www.TheDeepEndProductions.org.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

The Deep End Productions, producers of The Insights & Revelations Performance Series (a 2007 Best of Westchester Award-winner), was founded by Series Producer Anna Becker, and is dedicated to presenting world-class, professional artists in an intimate setting. Provocative and inspiring material and audience access to the artistic process are central to The Deep End’s mission.  Previous presentations in the Series include Symphony Space’s Thalia Follies: A Political Cabaret, The New Group’s A Spalding Gray Matter, The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s The Tempest, and Classic Stage Company’s open rehearsals of The Merchant of Venice with Ron Leibman and Richard III with Michael Cumpsty. Anna Becker has produced for theatre, television and film for more than 20 years. She served as Theatre Program Director for the New York State Council on the Arts, and as a consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, AT&T Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Lila Acheson Wallace Fund for the Arts.  Becker most recently produced Life in a Marital Institution at 59E59 Theaters and SoHo Playhouse.

The Emelin Theatre, located in Mamaroneck, New York, and founded in 1972, is the oldest continuously operating performing arts theater in Westchester County. Its mission is to bring the best in live performing arts to Westchester and other nearby communities and to promote a cultural life that entertains, educates, and invigorates. The Emelin, well-known for its high-quality and affordable programs, is one of the few performing arts venues in this region which offers a broad mix of entertainment appealing to all ages and tastes, produces its own theater performances, and attracts diverse audiences throughout Westchester County and beyond. Due to its strategic location in central Westchester, the Emelin also attracts theatergoers from New York City, New Jersey, and lower Connecticut.


Anna Becker is with The Deep End Productions.

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