Previews begin June 26 & openings begin July 14 at Walkerspace in NYC
New York, N.Y. - The Amoralists proudly present The Gyre, a two play repertory exploring man's vicious cycles, featuring the World Premiere of Derek Ahonen's The Qualification of Douglas Evans, directed by James Kautz, and the World Premiere of Mark Roberts' Enter at Forest Lawn, directed by Jay Stull.
Shows run from June 26 - August 9, 2014 in a limited 7-week engagement at Walkerspace, located at 46 Walker Street between Broadway and Church Street in New York City.
The Qualification of Douglas Evans begins previews June 26 for a July 15 opening and runs through August 9. Enter at Forest Lawn begins previews June 27 for a July 14 opening and runs through August 9.
Performances are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. The schedule varies - for exact days and times go to www.TheAmoralists.com.
Tickets are now available exclusively to donors and members through The Amoralists' RocketHub fundraising campaign at TheAmoralists.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 8 at TheAmoralists.com, priced at $40 and $20 for students. For more info visit TheAmoralists.com, Like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheAmoralists and follow on Twitter at @TheAmoralists.
A surrealistic exploration of the pleasures and pains of addiction, The Qualification of Douglas Evans recounts the life of playwright Douglas Evans and his pursuit of acceptance in a warped world of women, family and art. From his trials as a wide-eyed teenager to his descent into the ills of artistic success, this is a coming-of-age tale of rock bottoms, bright skies and the will to rise above one's inner animal.
The cast for The Qualification of Douglas Evans includes Derek Ahonen, Penny Bittone, Mandy Nicole Moore, Agatha Nowicki, Samantha Strelitz, Kelley Swindall and Barbara Weetman.
The creative team includes David Harwell (Set Design), Brad Peterson (Lighting Design), Lux Haac (Costume Design), Phil Carluzzo (Sound Design), Stephanie Cox-Williams (Special Effects), Francine Volpe (Dramaturg) and Alfred Schatz (Assistant Director). The production team includes Lico Whitfield (Producer), Form Theatricals (General Management), Jeremy Pape (Production Manager) and Jane Davis (Stage Manager).
When America's favorite TV uncle heads into a downward spiral of drugs, prostitutes and criminal activity, how far will the show's megalomaniac producer go to cover up his star's debauchery, keeping the laughter coming and the money train on the tracks? Enter at Forest Lawn is a darkly comic peek inside the not-so-funny world of network television.
The cast for Enter at Forest Lawn includes David Lanson, Sarah Lemp, Matthew Pilieci, Mark Roberts and Anna Stromberg.
The creative team includes David Harwell (Set Design), Brad Peterson (Lighting Design), Lux Haac (Costume Design), Jeanne Travis (Sound Design), Stephanie Cox-Williams (Special Effects) and Vanessa Vache (Assistant Director). The production team includes Lico Whitfield (Producer), Form Theatricals (General Management), Jeremy Pape (Production Manager) and Judy Merrick (Stage Manager).
On Friday, May 16, 2014 from 7pm - 12am The Amoralists' Annual Family Reunion will take place at CakeShop, located at 152 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington. Featuring comedy, music, drinks, dancing and debauchery...Amoralists style. The event is hosted by Mark Riccadonna, with entertainment from Michael Cerveris & Loose Cattle, Wyatt, and Marek and the Boss Chops. Tickets are $15 in advance, which can be purchased online at www.TheAmoralists.com/familyreunion, or $20 (cash only) at the door. All proceeds directly support The Amoralists' upcoming summer season.
The Amoralists continue to garner critical acclaim in the theatrical world. The New York Times said, "The Amoralists cements its reputation as the most promising, crowd-pleasing ensemble to emerge downtown." "Nobody else weds old-fashioned realist structure to working-class-hero lunacy quite this way," enthused TimeOut NY. Paper Magazine exclaimed, "Like good punk rock, The Amoralists come on strong; they're hard, fast and loud." "One of these days The Amoralists are going to get arrested," warned Variety. The New York Times said, "Ahonen has a showman's sensibility. Even at their most over the top, his plays are notably earnest."
The Amoralists is a theatre company that produces work of no moral judgment. Dedicated to an honest expression of the American condition, their ensemble explores complex characters of moral ambiguity. Leaving no stone unturned, they plumb the depths of the social, political, spiritual and sexual characteristics of human nature. They were selected as a 2012 Person of the Year by NYTheatre.com.
Derek Ahonen is the co-creator and Resident Playwright of the award-winning Amoralists Theatre Company in NYC. Ahonen is the author of the following full-length plays: The Cheaters Club (2013), The Bad and the Better (2012), Pink Knees on Pale Skin (2011), Happy in the Poorhouse (2010), The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side (2009), Amerissiah (2008), Pokin' the Bears in a Zoo (2008), Bring Us the Head of Your Daughter (2008), and While Chasing the Fantastic (2007). His work is regularly named to New York Theatre Top Ten lists, and he has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The New Yorker, Back Stage and Time Out New York, among others. He was named a 2012 NYTheatre.com Person of the Year. Ahonen serves on the faculty at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. His plays are published by Indie Theatre Now and Playscripts, Inc. His work is performed internationally and has been translated in Spanish, Swedish and Bulgarian.
James Kautz is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the award-winning Amoralists Theatre Company in NYC. Under Kautz's leadership, the company has produced 12 World Premieres by playwrights Derek Ahonen, Lyle Kessler, Adam Rapp and Mark Roberts. Overseeing AmoraLAB, The Amoralists' monthly new-play reading series, he has had his hand in the development of nearly 100 scripts by some of America's most promising young writers. As an actor, some of Kautz's notable performances include leads in Emily Schwend's Take Me Back, Derek Ahonen's The Pied Pipers of The Lower East Side, Adam Rapp's Ghosts in the Cottonwoods, and Lyle Kessler's Collision. With The Qualification of Douglas Evans, Kautz is making his directorial debut.
Mark Roberts is a playwright, actor and television producer currently residing in Brooklyn. His published works include Parasite Drag, Rantoul and Die, and Where the Great Ones Run, all of which have been produced in various theaters around the country. In television, Mark was an Executive Producer and head writer for "Two And A Half Men" for seven seasons, Executive Consultant on "The Big Bang Theory" for three seasons, and Creator of "Mike And Molly," where he served as Executive Producer for the first seventy episodes.
Jay Stull is a Brooklyn-based director and playwright. His recent New York directing credits include Emily Schwend's Take Me Back, Mark Robert's Rantoul and Die at The Cherry Lane with The Amoralists, Fever! Three Plays by Tennessee Williams, and Michael Rabe's The Future Is Not What It Was. His play The Capables was produced in 2013 by Neighborhood Productions at The Gym at Judson. His written work has been seen at or developed by the Lark Play Development Center, Ars Nova, Fresh Ground Pepper, Ugly Rhino, The Culture Project, and Joe's Pub with The Civilians. He is an Associated Artist with The Amoralists.
Walkerspace is accessible from the #1 train to Franklin St., J, Z, N, Q, R, 6 trains to Canal St., and A, C, E trains to Canal-Church Streets.
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PRESS INVITATION (The Qualification of Douglas Evans):
Thu 7/10 at 8pm, Sat 7/12 at 8pm, Sun 7/13 at 2pm, Tue 7/15 at 8pm, Fri 7/18 at 8pm
PRESS INVITATION (Enter at Forest Lawn):
Fri 7/11 at 8pm, Sat 7/12 at 2pm, Sun 7/13 at 8pm, Mon 7/14 at 8pm, Thu 7/17 at 8pm
(Press are welcome to attend shows beyond official press dates.)
Press contact: David Gibbs/DARR Publicity
646-744-7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org