(World Premiere) – May 14-24, 2008
Directed by Sidney J. Burgoyne
Beset by the duties of his birth and dominated by a heroic father, Edward looks forward to a life of apparent conformity and desperate subterfuge, until he meets Piers Gaveston in a dirty alley. It is love and rebellion at first sight. From then on, Edward steers a perilous course between desire and safety, which does not entirely end even when he becomes king, and faces not only the usual enemies of unconventional love, but his queen and her lover as well. Edward the King neatly straddles the fourteenth and twenty-first centuries, which manage to appear almost equally violent and inhospitable to love.
David Brendan Hopes is Professor of Literature and Language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and director of Black Swan Theater. He is extensively published in poetry, fiction and non-fiction. His most recent volume of non-fiction is the book of nature essays, Bird Songs of the Mesozoic (Milkweed), and his newest volume of poetry, A Dream of Adonis, was published by Pecan Grove last fall. His plays have been performed recently in California, Wisconsin, New York, Minnesota, Ohio and Ireland, and have won the Arch Brown scholarship, the Siena prize and the YES Festival production prize. He is also a painter and a basso profundo.
(World Premiere) – May 27- June 1, 2008
Directed by Margarett Perry
The enchanting and heartbreaking story of a woman forced to confront her own identity. Emma and her husband Page wrestle with the pain and confusion of her leaving him for a woman, when it seems that she discovers her true sexuality. Emma is faced with the reality of having to choose between the husband she knows she loves, and the new woman in her life. But when Page uncovers a secret, the characters are forced to confront the truth and what it really means to be in love.
Brian Dykstra has been seen on stage and screen throughout the US and UK. His play, Clean Alternatives, won the coveted Fringe First Award at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His solo show, Cornered and Alone, received an extended Off-Broadway run and was hailed by critics, and landed him on several watch-lists including the NRA and Rush Limbaugh. The conservative talk show host put the word out against Dykstra as an “enemy”—but of course Limbaugh never actually saw the show. He just completed a three-month run of Brian Dykstra: The Jesus Factor at the Barrow Street Theatre Off-Broadway. Brian’s play Hiding Behind Comets saw its world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park during its 2004 Tony Award-winning season. Hiding Behind Comets then moved to NYC for an extended run at 29th Street Rep and Brian was awarded the National Theatre Conference Playwright Award. Notable television credits include: HBO’s “Def Poetry” “Third Watch”, “Law & Order” and Comedy Central’s “Chappelle’s Show.” Brian’s television writing credits include the Emmy-nominated television show “The Life” on ESPN. Brian was 05-06 Playwright Fellow with the Lark Play Development Center and was awarded The Vault’s It’s the End of the World As We Know It Award for exceptional cutting edge artists who consistently take risks with their art. www.briandykstra.net.
(World Premiere) – June 4-14, 2008
Directed by David Hilder
What if you had to choose between country and love? During World War II, an English resistance fighter and a wounded German soldier fall in love in occupied France. During the final fight of the resistance, they are drawn into a furtive, passionate affair and on the eve of D-Day both are forced to make choices that will haunt them the rest of their lives. Jumping Blind is inspired by a true story of unique heroism, sacrifice and lifelong love.
Philip Gerson writes for theatre, television and film. His work for theatre includes the play Night (NY International Fringe Festival 2007); the book for the musical, The Last Metro, based on Francois Truffaut’s film (Musical Theatre Works, NY, and the Colony Theatre, LA), and the books for the enormously popular musical theatre parodies, Fiddler on the West Hollywood Roof and West Hollywood Gypsy (produced by Charity Parody Productions with the special permissions of the original authors, to benefit AIDS charities, at the Harmony Gold Theatre in LA and UCLA’s Freud Theatre). Philip Gerson has written for two of the most successful series in TV history – “Murder, She Wrote” (for which he was Story Editor) and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” (for which he was Co-Executive Producer). Other series for which has written include “Christy” (Executive Story Editor), “Legacy” (Co-Executive Producer), “Cover Me” (Co-Executive Producer) and “Mysterious Ways.” He wrote the hit TV movie, “A Change of Seasons,” and pilots for several studios and networks. His pilot, “R & D,” was selected to be published by the Writers’ Guild of America’s “Written By” magazine as one of the six Best Unproduced Sci-Fi scripts. Philip Gerson is the recipient of the Film Advisory Board Award, The Prism Award from the Entertainment Industry Council, and the Dialogue Award from the Institute for Mental Health, all for his work in television.
(World Premiere) – May 23-25, May 30-June 1, 2008
Directed by Martin Cassella
Sex, love, jealousy, betrayal and violence pave the way for the final showdown in this radical re-imaging of the Greek tragedy. A handsome prince and his gang of friends have pledged celibacy but their devotion to chastity becomes much more difficult when the young prince realizes that his best friend is in love with him. Then things really get out of hand when his stepmother falls under the spell of Aphrodite and grows mad with lust towards him. Which love will survive the wrath of Aphrodite?
Tim O’Leary grew up in New Jersey, and started acting at the age of 11 in the children’s chorus of a Paper Mill Playhouse production of Jesus Christ, Superstar. From that point on, he was hooked on theatre and never looked back. In college, he exercised his creative muscles by helping to found an a cappella group, eventually coming to write fully scripted shows and short films for them to act in, as well as performing in various theatrical productions. One of these productions was Euripides’ Hippolytus, and that experienced sparked in him the desire to write The Wrath of Aphrodite. Tim has always been drawn to the less traditional when it comes to theatre. Since moving to New York he appeared in productions such as Twist, an S&M rock musical based on Oliver Twist, and a staged reading of Bedbugs: The Musical, in which mutant bedbugs attack Manhattan. Tim is also an avid stage combat enthusiast, and it’s not uncommon to find him working a little bit, or a lot, of violent spectacle into his shows. (When hit with a case of writer's block, he practices with his nunchucks. Seriously. Just ask his roommate.) As a writer, he enjoys flipping wildly between genres. His last outing was Pieces on the Board, a modern-day noir thriller; The Wrath of Aphrodite is quite literally a Greek tragedy; and up next is a sci-fi action adventure romantic comedy. But Greek mythology has always been very close to Tim’s geeky heart, and it is with great pleasure that he sees Aphrodite come to life.
(World Premiere) – June 6-8, 13-15, 2008
Directed by Vincent J. Cardinal
An autobiographical comedy about the author's Christmas visit to Hollywood to cheer up an old friend. Obsessed with old movies all his life, Steve convinces his friend to forsake a traditional Christmas celebration for what he calls a "Hollywood Babylon Homosexual Holiday." In the hope of connecting to a world that his fantasies have thrived on, he drags his friend to an assortment of landmarks, cemeteries and meetings with some living legends who were part of Hollywood's “Golden Age.” In doing so, he comes to realize the role that the world of the movies has played in shaping his life as a gay man, not only in terms of what it has given him, but what it may have cost him as well.
Steve Hayes is an actor, comedian and playwright who has performed in one-man, two-person and musical comedies throughout the country. He was the recipient of the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival Award as Outstanding Actor for his role in The Penguin Tangoby Stephen Svoboda. Other awards include the Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Comedian as well as being a three-time winner and nine-time nominee of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for Outstanding Comedian and Characterization. He starred in the Off-Broadway comedy Queen's Boulevardby Paul Corrigan and directed by Vince Cardinal. He wrote the book and the lyrics for the musical Kiss Me Quick Before the Lava Reaches the Village, which was produced by the Village Theatre in Seattle and the lyrics for the musical Girl Of My Dreamswhich recently ran for five months at The Barter Theatre in Virginia. He also starred in The Last Sunday in Juneat The Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton. Steve co-starred in the motion picture “Trick” for Fine Line Features which was nominated for Best Picture at the Sundance Film Festival and he’s featured singing on the soundtrack CD as well. For the past few years he has been part of the comedy team of Steve Hayes and Tom Cayler. Art Forum Magazine chose them as one of the Ten Best Things To See In New York. Having received a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts, they performed their original comedy Parental Indiscretionsat The Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca New York, and at The Pontine Theatre in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where they will premiere their new comedy, Stories We Tell Ourselvesin the fall of 2008. Steve has taught comedy at The University of Miami, The Actor's Conservatory Of Manhattan, Helen Baldassare's Cabaret Symposium in New York and at The Cabaret Conservatory at Yale University.