Mondays of May 2017
Origin Theatre Company & Glucksman Ireland House
Mondays 22nd and 29th May
Monday 22nd May
PINK MIST by Owen Sheers
Directed by Steven Ditmyer
CAST includes: Finty Kelly, Liberty Baverstock, James Evans, Jenny D Green, Tom Chandler, Yaw Asante
From the author of I Saw a Man comes a powerful drama in verse that captures both the trauma of modern warfare and the difficulty of transitioning back to normal life after combat.
In early 2008, three young friends from Bristol decide to join the army and are deployed to the conflict in Afghanistan. Within a short space of time the three men return to the women in their lives—a wife, a mother, a girlfriend—all of whom must now share the psychological and physical aftershocks of military service. Written from the points of view of each soldier, Sheers explores not only their experiences in the field of battle but also the grueling process of recovery following a debilitating injury, the strain of PTSD on a new marriage, and the emotional toll of survivor’s guilt among soldiers and their loved ones at home.
Drawing on interviews with soldiers and their families, Sheers illuminates the enduring human cost of war and its often devastating effect on the young lives pulled into its orbit. Pink Mist is a work of great dramatic power, documentary integrity, and emotional intensity.
Steven Ditmyer is an Actor, Director and Teacher who studied with Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen and Zoe Caldwell. He is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City where he later returned to train as a teacher of the Meisner Technique. As an actor, he worked with many great artists such as Al Pacino, Arthur Miller, Tony Randall, Ron Rifkin, Sam Waterston and Diane Wiest to name a few. Steven produced and directed the OFF THE PAGE Reading Series for Tony Randall’s National Actors Theatre including: The Night Of The Iguana with Alec Baldwin, Golf with Alan Shepard with Jack Klugman and Charles Durning and Ladies In Retirement with Rosemarry Harris. He directed many works in New York and was the Co-Director of The Workshop at the Neighborhood Playhouse (1999-2003) where he directed and cultivated over 20 new plays. Steven was the Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Theatre Company in Naples, Florida (2003-2005) and was a Founding director of the A-Train Plays in NYC (written and performed in 24 hours) where he directed The Casseroles of Far Rockaway by Seth Bauer – winner of the 2004 Samuel French Festival. In addition to being a guest teacher and director at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City he is the founder of MEISNER INTERNATIONAL currently teaching workshops in New York, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Helsinki, Tallinn, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Quito, Guayaquil, and Bogota with new workshops starting this summer in Berlin, Dubrovnik and Buenos Aires.
Owen Sheers is a poet, playwright and author. He has published two poetry collections, The Blue Book and Skirrid Hill which won a Somerset Maugham Award. His debut prose work The Dust Diaries, a non-fiction narrative set in Zimbabwe won the Welsh Book of the Year 2005. Owen’s first novel, Resistance was translated into eleven languages and adapted into a film. In 2009 he published the novella White Ravens, a contemporary response to the myth of Branwen Daughter of Llyr. His latest novel, I Saw A Man was shortlisted for the Prix Femina Etranger in France and is currently being adapted as a TV drama. Owen’s theatrical writing includes National Theatre of Wales’ 72 hour site-specific production The Passion, The Two Worlds of Charlie F which won the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, and NTW’s Mametz. His verse drama Pink Mist, commissioned by BBC Radio 4, won the Hay Festival Poetry Medal and the Wales Book of the Year 2014. The Bristol Old Vic stage production has toured the UK and played at the Bush Theatre, London. Pink Mist is being developed as a chamber musical in the U.S. by the composer Ben Toth. Owen’s recent film-poem for the BBC The Green Hollow has been nominated for a BAFTA Best Single Drama. Owen also presents arts and literature programmes for TV and Radio. In 2009 he wrote and presented A Poet’s Guide to Britain, a 6 part series for BBC 4 about poetry and landscape. His other documentaries include one-hour studies of the poets Dylan Thomas, Keith Douglas and David Jones, which won the 2017 Celtic Media Award for best arts documentary. He has been Writer in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Artist in Residence for the Welsh Rugby Union and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library. He is Professor in Creativity at Swansea University and is currently working on his next novel and an opera libretto for Welsh National Opera. He lives in the Black Mountains in Wales with his wife and daughter.
Monday 29th May
OVERSHADOWED by Eva O’Connor
Directed by Rory Dominick McGregor
Imogene used to be sparkly, vivacious and outgoing. She used to fancy lads, have curves and love chips….
“Overshadowed is an enlightening and heartbreaking piece of theatre that opens the eyes of its audience.” Edinburgh Festival Magazine ****
“A dark, insightful, sometimes funny portrayal ...” Irish Times ****
Eva O’Connor is a writer and performer from Ogonnelloe, Co. Clare Ireland. She runs her own company Sunday’s Child, and has written and produced six plays to date. She has won multiple awards for her work including the First Fortnight Award ( Dublin Fringe 2014) an Argus Angel Award (Brighton Fringe 2015) The Fishamble Award for Best New Writing ( Dublin Fringe 2015) and the Best Theatre award ( Adelaide Fringe 2017). She is currently working with Fishamble on a new play Maz and Bricks, directed by Jim Culleton.
Rory McGregor is a British theatre director currently based in New York City. He is currently the Artistic Apprentice at Roundabout Theatre Company and a Directing Mentor at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. Previously, he was an Artistic Associate of Classic Stage Company. He most recently directed a production of Macbeth at the Connelly Theater. Before this, he directed Alix Sobler’s The Great Divide at the Finborough Theatre in London to universal critical acclaim and sell-out performances. In New York City, direction includes Balm in Gilead, The Unfinished Life of Bertolt Brecht and Ward Six (all at the Schapiro Theatre, Columbia Stages). He is also a playwright, having written as well as directed The Unfinished Life of Bertolt Brecht and Ward Six. He is currently further developing Ward Six and a new play Gil. Rory has also directed plays around the UK including The Greenville Ghost (Theatre503 and C Venues, Edinburgh Festival), Contrast and God of Carnage (both at the Edinburgh Festival). He holds an undergraduate degree in History from the University of York and is a graduate of the MFA Theatre Directing Program at Columbia University.
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Glucksman Ireland House, 1 Washington Mews (Bet Washington Sq North & 8 St) NY 10003