(Via Karen Greco)
New York, New York June 22, 2016—59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) announces the 2016 line up for the annual EAST TO EDINBURGH festival. EAST TO EDINBURGH begins on Tuesday, July 12 for a limited engagement through Sunday, July 31. The performance schedule varies. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets to each EAST TO EDINBURGH show ranges from $12 – $20 ($10 – $17 for 59E59 Members). Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online via www.59e59.org.
Created as a way to help shows get on their feet before flying off to Scotland for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (the largest arts festival in the world), EAST TO EDINBURGH simulates the same production constraints that all shows experience during the Fringe, while giving companies a clean, comfortable and nurturing space to fine-tune their productions. This whirlwind festival, which takes over Theaters B & C for the month of July, features some of the most adventurous theater from around New York and across the US. The 2016 EAST TO EDINBURGH line up is:
July 12 at 6:30 PM; July 13 at 8:30 PM; July 19 at 6:30 PM (CUT THE BULLSHIT) LEN BAKERLOO SPEAKS TRUTH TO POWER written and performed by Len Bakerloo Produced by Viral Virtue, Inc. Tickets: $15 ($12 for 59E59 Members) Len Bakerloo is the World’s Greatest Bullshit Detective. This retired hedge fund manager explains how bullshitters are more dangerous than liars, and that the worst bullshit is the bullshit you believe.
July 12 at 8:30 PM; July 13 at 6:30 PM; July 14 at 8:30 PM; July 15 at 8:30 PM VAN GOGH FIND YOURSELF written and performed by Walter DeForest Produced by #vgfy and Ryan’s Daughter Tickets: $20 ($17 for 59E59 Members) Walter DeForest takes on the complex, elusive creative process as he draws and paints through Vincent van Gogh's side of the story. Based upon the letters of Vincent and Theo and the memoirs of Vincent’s stay in Auvers-sur-Oise by Adeline Ravoux, DeForest sets the record straight about the artist’s personal struggle. DeForest, also known as the artist #vgfy, plans to break the Guinness Book of World Records for most portraits in 12 hours while in Edinburgh for the Festival.
July 14 at 6:30 PM; July 15 at 6:30 PM; July 16 at 6:30 PM; July 17 at 4:30 PM LUCIE POHL: APOHLCALYPSE NOW! written and performed by Lucie Pohl, directed by Jessi D. Hill Produced by Great Pretender Productions Ticket price: $15 ($12 for 59E59 Members) Creator of smash hits Hi, Hitler and Cry Me A Liver, New York comedian Lucie Pohl is back for her third East to Edinburgh. Her new comedy of terrors bangs together character comedy, stand-up and storytelling. Expect bad language, bad decisions, a wedding, a break up, dead rats and wake up calls from Stephen Baldwin.
July 14 at 9:15 PM; July 15 at 9:15 PM; July 16 at 9:15 PM THE END OF POLITICS written and performed by Bob Bell Tickets: $15 ($12 for 59E59 Members) “Why even get up in the morning?” asks Bob Bell in this searing solo show about the issues leading into to the 2016 election.
July 16 at 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM; July 17 at 2:30 PM MARILYN & SINATRA written and directed by Sandro Monetti With Jeff Bratz (“America’s Got Talent”) and Erin Gavin Tickets: $18 ($15 for 59E59 Members) You know the names but you don’t know their love story—until now. Exhaustively researched, Marilyn & Sinatra dives into the little-known relationship between two showbiz icons: Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra.
July 15 at 7:15 PM; July 16 at 7:15 PM; July 17 at 7:15 PM HAMLET IN BED written by Michael Laurence, directed by Lisa Peterson Produced by Pocono Mountains Theater Company With Annette O'Toole and Michael Laurence Tickets: $20 ($17 for 59E59 Members) A neurotic actor is obsessed with finding his real mother and playing the famous gloomy Dane. His twin fixations collide when he tracks down Anna – a reclusive former actress turned barfly who may or may not be his actual birth mother – and lures her into a macabre production of Hamlet. A noir downtown thriller about sex, death, theater and the world's most famous play by Drama Desk-nominated playwright/performer Michael Laurence, directed by Obie Award-winner Lisa Peterson, and starring Oscar and Emmy-nominated actress Annette O'Toole.
July 16 at 4:30 PM; July 20 at 6:30 PM; July 24 at 2:30 PM SCREW YOUR COURAGE! (OR THE BLOODY CROWN) written and performed by Klahr Thorsen, directed by Eileen Vorbach Produced by Frozen Light Theater $18 ($15 for 59E59 Members) Cursed with an unshakeable obsession to triumph in the role of Lady Macbeth, will this Brooklyn actress finally come to terms with Shakespeare’s most misunderstood heroine? Or will she succumb to madness, Serbians and enchanted bagpipers?
July 17 at 7:30 PM; July 23 at 4:30 PM; July 24 at 4:30 PM THE EULOGY, written and performed by Michael Burgos Tickets: $15 ($12 for 59E59 Members) A parody of a funeral, The Eulogy features a menagerie of characters whose inept and inapt speeches give anything but a proper homage. Called "a comic gem" by The Washington Post, The Eulogy had a sold out run at DC’s Capital Fringe and won Best Comedy at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe and Best Show at the 2016 Pittsburgh Fringe.
July 21 at 6:30 PM; July 22 at 6:30 PM; July 23 at 6:30 PM; July 28 at 6:30 PM; July 29 at 6:30 PM; July 30 at 6:30 PM DARK HEART book, music and lyrics by Jessica Avellino, directed by Paul Andrew Perez, with musical direction by Steve Loftus With Taylor Bazos, Abbie Burdick, Julia Gastone, Nicole Marks-Kaufman, Georgia Lambrakis, Gracie Peselli, Sarah Richman, Daniel Schefer, Olivia Tebsherany, Jessica Umanoff, and Rachel Wurzburger Produced by Infinity Repertory Theatre Company Tickets: $20 ($17 for 59E59 Members) In her debut musical, writer/composer Jessica Avellino delivers an all new musical with a brash score that promises to leave you breathless. Emma, unable to recover from the accidental death of her sister, is locked in Westlake Mental Hospital. She is unable to understand what is real or imagined as she struggles for her sanity and her life. A new musical thriller is filled with twists and turns that features a fresh soundtrack by writer/composer Jessica Avellino. Sometimes letting go is the hardest thing to do.
July 21 at 8:30 PM; July 22 at 8:30 PM; July 23 at 8:30 PM THE MAN WHO BUILT HIS HOUSE TO HEAVEN written and performed by Keenan Hurley, directed by Patrick Swailes Caldwell & Emily Mendelsohn Tickets: $12 ($10 for 59E59 Members) This is the story of a man endlessly building additions onto his suburban home until it becomes a colossal tower engulfing all of humanity. Even with his hundreds of kids, his house in the sky and his newfound friendship with God, he wants to keep building. The Man Who Built His House to Heaven is an exercise in improbable achievement.
July 24 at 7:30 PM; July 26 at 6:30 PM; July 27 at 8:30 PM JEFF SEAL: THE GODDAMN TRUTH, written and performed by Jeff Seal Tickets: $15 ($12 for 59E59 Members) Truth may be relative, but Jeff Seal’s opinions – true or not – are the goddamn truth.
July 28 at 8:30 PM; July 29 at 8:30 PM; July 30 at 8:30 PM HARMON LEON'S BIG FAT RACIST SHOW written and performed by Harmon Leon Tickets: $15 ($12 for 59E59 Members) Comedian and VICE and This American Life contributor Harmon Leon has made a career out of going undercover to infiltrate extremist subcultures in America. In his latest show, Harmon takes audiences along on his adventure infiltrating extreme hate groups — to meet the ridiculous people behind the hate. This multimedia journey travels though the heinous Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, racist militia groups in Kentucky, and white supremacists that try to recruit him at Applebee’s. Plus songs!
July 30 at 2:30 PM; July 31 at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM I WILL SPEAK FOR MYSELF written and directed by Valerie M. Joyce With Kimberly S. Fairbanks Produced by Pastime Productions Tickets: $15 ($12 for 59E59 Members) One actress in an authentic, compelling performance that breathes life into long-forgotten African-American women’s voices culled from slave narratives, personal letters, memoirs, diary entries, court records, poems, public addresses, and newspaper advertisements. Audiences experience resilient poets, nurses, slaves, educators, and activists who shaped America from the Colonies to the Civil War.