(via Karen Greco)
Now – May 15
ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN by Eric Bentley
Produced by Phoenix Theatre Ensemble
Performance schedule: Saturday, May 14 at 2 PM; Sunday, May 15 at 3 PM
Eric Bentley’s riveting drama based on the infamous HUAC hearings in the 1950’s, a time of suspicion, fear and government surveillance, which was an outgrowth of Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy’s “anticommunist inquisition” when figures from the world of show business (Lionel Stander, Abe Burrows, Larry Parks, Elia Kazan, Jerome Robbins, Jose Ferrer, Paul Robeson, etc) were subpoenaed to testify to their loyalty as Americans and asked to name any and all communists or suspected communists in their industry. “A rollercoaster of conscience.” – NYPost
Now – May 22
MURROW by Joseph Vitale, directed by Jeremy Williams
With Joseph Menino
Produced by Phoenix Theatre Ensemble
Performance schedule: Wednesday – Sat at 8 PM; Sunday 22 at 3 PM; added performance on Tuesday, May 17 at 8 PM
Joseph Menino stars in the American premiere covering Murrow’s rise from the beginnings of Columbia Broadcasting Systems to onsite reports of the 1940’s bombing of London, to the liberation of Buchenwald, to the on-air collapse of Senator Joe McCarthy’s “Red Scare” campaign to expose communists in the Federal Government and elsewhere. More than just a biographical look at an icon and pioneer of American broadcast journalism, MURROW is a stinging indictment of the contemporary corporate-media complex.
May 27 – July 9
Tickets: $18; a Summerworks pass for all three productions is available for $45
Produced by Clubbed Thumb
Five-time Obie Award-winning theater company Clubbed Thumb’s annual festival of new plays returns to the wild project! With its track record for discovering and supporting new playwriging talent – in many cases providing writers with their very first production in New York or anywhere – SUMMERWORKS is one of the most eagerly-anticipated theatrical offerings of the year.
May 27 – June 6 at 8 PM (no show June 1)
EVERY ANGEL IS BRUTAL by Julia Jarcho, directed by Knud Adams
With Jiehae Park, Susannah Perkins, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Jenny Seastone Stern, Pete Simpson and Amelia Workman
In this pitch-black comic thriller, three American coeds are recruited to serve their country undercover in Berlin, and have the time of their lives. Years later, they are forced to contend with what they really did, who they became and where to go from here. Cupcake Wars meets Marathon Man.
June 11 – June 21 at 8 PM (no show June 15)
THE TOMB OF KING TOT by Eric Dufault. directed by Portia Krieger
With Brad Bellamy, Nick Choksi, Bianca Crudo, Carmen M. Herlihy and Annie McNamara
An ambitious regionally-syndicated cartoonist gets good news (she's a finalist for an award!) and bad news (her daughter did something very, very terrible). Life and comic strip, hilarity and pain converge, then rupture. Inspired by the funnies, Richie Rich, and the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
June 27 – July 9 at 8 PM (no shows July 3 & 4)
TUMACHO by Ethan Lipton, directed by Leigh Silverman
With Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Bill Buell, John Ellison Conlee, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Gibson Frazier, Omar Metwally, Jeremy Shamos and Danny Wolohan
Once again, the citizens of a frontier outpost are looking for someone to rescue them from the terrors of the local villain. Have they met their salvation–or an even bigger tyrant–when a fiend from the past comes to town? Jonathan Richman meets Jon Stewart meets John Ford in this Western comedy with music.
All performances are at the wild project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B).
Tickets can be purchased from OvationTix on 212.352.3101 or online at http://www.thewildproject.com.
The Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain.
The wild project is a theater, film, music, and visual arts venue that presents diverse, engaging, inspiring, and entertaining works to the vibrant and growing community of Alphabet City in New York’s East Village, while bringing together the artists and the environment in a unique way. Founded in 2007, the wild project is an innovator among arts venues, providing an eco-friendly theater and gallery where the artists and space nurture each other. The company is dedicated to creating an environment that supports the artists, and to cultivating artists that support the environment. With an eco-conscious approach to presenting the dynamic works of hundreds of emerging artists each year, the wild project offers an artistic and environmental education for patrons of all ages, interests, and incomes in its community.