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“Everybody says, ‘Oh, we have to give the audience hope.’

I say, ‘No, we have to tell them the truth.’”

– Dael Orlandersmith

 

Eight St. Louis residents speak about the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

MONDAY, MARCH 20

TUESDAY, MARCH 21

HB PLAYWRIGHTS THEATRE

– 7:00 PM–

Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie-Award winning playwright Dael Orlandersmith brings her latest work to HB Studio for an exclusive New York engagement. Focused on the social unrest in Ferguson, MO after the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, the one-woman show explores the experience of an American community through the eyes of multiple characters, developed by Dael through her extensive interviews with St. Louis residents. Commissioned by The Rep in 2016, and featuring music by Elliott Sharp, we hope you can join us for this very special presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“There is a tough and necessary beauty in {her} writing…Orlandersmith hears the human need for dignity and justice, for love. She is critic, witness, and poet.”– Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angels in America.  

Sharp is “a composer and guitarist who has been one of downtown’s most influential and prolific musicians…” The New York Times

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$250: Premiere Seating

$125: Preferred Seating

$75: Standard Seating

HB Producer’s Circle: Priority Seating

– All tickets include VIP Reception – 

Please note: A limited number of $25 Student Rush tickets 
will be available the week of performances. 

About the Artists


 DAEL ORLANDERSMITH
Dael first performed UNTIL THE FLOOD at St. Louis Rep in winter 2016. She will be bringing the solo play to Rattlestick Theatre in New York City and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in 2018. Her solo play FOREVER will performed in summer 2017 at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, after successful runs at New York Theatre Workshop (2015) in New York City and Portland Center Stage (2016) in Portland, OR. Her new play, LADY IN DENMARK, will open fall 2017 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
Orlandersmith has collaborated with the Goodman on STOOP STORIES, first performed in 2008 at The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and Apollo Theater’s Salon Series; Washington, DC’s Studio Theatre produced its world premiere in 2009. BLACK N’ BLUE BOYS/BROKEN MEN was developed as a co-commission between the Goodman and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where it was staged in May 2012. Her play HORSEDREAMS was developed at New Dramatists and workshopped at New York Stage and Film Company in 2008, and was performed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2011. BONES premiered in 2010 at the Mark Taper Forum, who also commissioned the work. Ms. Orlandersmith premiered THE BLUE ALBUM, in collaboration with David Cale, at Long Wharf Theatre in 2007.
YELLOWMAN was commissioned by and premiered at McCarter Theatre in a co-production with The Wilma Theater and Long Wharf Theatre. Ms. Orlandersmith was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Drama Desk Award nominee for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Actress in a Play for YELLOWMAN in 2002. THE GIMMICK, commissioned by McCarter Theatre, premiered in their Second Stage OnStage series in 1998 and went on to great acclaim at Long Wharf Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop; Ms. Orlandersmith won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for THE GIMMICK in 1999. Her play MONSTER premiered at New York Theatre Workshop in November 1996. Ms. Orlandersmith has toured extensively with the Nuyorican Poets Café (Real Live Poetry) throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. Vintage Books and Dramatists Play Service have published YELLOWMAN and a collection of her earlier works. Ms. Orlandersmith attended Sundance Institute Theatre Lab for four summers and is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, The Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a Guggenheim and the 2005 PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for a playwright in mid-career. She is the recipient of a Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights Fellowship and an OBIE Award for BEAUTY’S DAUGHTER (1995).
ELLIOTT SHARP
Elliott Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer. A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp has released over 150 recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction.
His collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; Ensemble Resonanz; cello innovator Frances Marie Uitti; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; pipa virtuoso Min-Xiao Feng; jazz greats Jack deJohnette, Oliver Lake, and Sonny Sharrock; multimedia artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka.
Sharp is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2014 Fellow at Parson’s Center for Transformative Media. He received the 2015 Berlin Prize in Musical Composition from the American Academy in Berlin. He has composed scores for feature films and documentaries; created sound-design for interstitials on The Sundance Channel, MTV and Bravo networks; and has presented numerous sound installations in art galleries and museums. He is the subject of a recent documentary “Doing The Don’t” by filmmaker Bert Shapiro.
For more information, including discography, click here. Listen to a recent interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered”.

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Questions? Contact Megan Foehr, Development Manager, at 212-675-2370 x. 39 or mfoehr@hbstudio.org.

Trouble with reservations? Contact Sara Kuntz, Audience & Development Coordinator, at 212-989-6540 or skuntz@hbstudio.org.


PAST EVENTS


A LIFE IN THE THEATRE

February 7, 8 and 15, 2017

A Life in the Theatre is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Exclusive HB alumni presentation featuring Austin Pendleton* and Christopher Abbott* 

“A comedy about the artifice of acting… It is also about the artifice of living… An evening of pure theatre.” – The New York Times

“[Mamet has] the most acute ear for dialogue of any American writer since J.D. Salinger.” – Village Voice

HB PLAYWRIGHTS THEATRE

– 7:00 PM –

$250: Premiere Seating

$125: Preferred Seating

HB Producer’s Circle: Priority Seating

– All tickets include VIP Reception –

David Mamet, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-The-Plow, takes us into the lives of two actors on opposite ends of their careers: Robert, an older, established artist; and John, a young and rising star. Hailed as a “comic masterpiece”, the bittersweet tale explores the juxtaposition of youth and experience in the inevitable cycle of life, both on and off the stage.

*Equity approved Showcase, these actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

 AUSTIN PENDLETON
 B.A. Yale University, 1961; studied acting in NY with Herbert Berghof, Uta Hagen and Robert Lewis. Apprenticed at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Acting: IVANOV (CSC), ROSMERSHOLM (Pearl Theatre), THE LAST WILL, LOVE DRUNK and ANOTHER VERMEER (Abingdon), MOTHER COURAGE and ROMEO AND JULIET (Public Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park), LIMONADE TOUS LES JOURS (The Cell), SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS (Mother of Invention), THE SUNSET LIMITED (Steppenwolf in Chicago, 59E59 in NY). Broadway: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, DOUBLES, HAIL SCRAWDYKE! (Derwent Award), THE LITTLE FOXES and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Off-Broadway: THE SORROWS OF FREDERICK, THE BLACK MONK, HUGHIE, SOPHISTRY, EDUCATING RITA, THE LAST SWEET DAYS OF ISAAC (Obie and Drama Desk Awards) and OH DAD… Title roles in HAMLET, RICHARD 3, and RICHARD 2 (Off-Off-Broadway), KING LEAR, WAITING FOR GODOT and QUILLS (New Rep, Boston); IVANOV and TARTUFFE (Yale Rep); AMADEUS (Cleveland Playhouse). Film: BAD CITY (DVD), WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, TRIAL AND ERROR, THE ASSOCIATE, GUARDING TESS, MR. AND MRS. BRIDGE, THE MUPPET MOVIE, STARTING OVER, FRONT PAGE, WHAT’S UP DOC, SKIDOO, CATCH-22. TV: 100 CENTRE STREET, OZ, HOMICIDE, ST. ELSEWHERE. Directing–Broadway: SPOILS OF WAR, THE LITTLE FOXES (Tony nomination), JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN, THE RUNNER STUMBLES and SHELTER. Directing–Off-Broadway: HAMLET, IVANOV, THREE SISTERS and UNCLE VANYA (CSC); VIEUX CARRÉ and TOYS IN THE ATTIC (Pearl), FIFTY WORDS (MCC). Directing–London: DETROIT (National Theatre). Directing–Regional: THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, DETROIT, LOVE SONG, FRANKIE AND JOHNNY, HARVEY, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, THREE SISTERS, LOOSE ENDS, and SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE (Steppenwolf). FATHERS AND SONS, BEACH HOUSE, THE MASTER BUILDER, MISS JULIE and THE DANCE OF DEATH (Long Wharf). KING LEAR, ELECTRA, ANGEL STREET, and THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Whole Theatre). Playwright: ORSON’S SHADOW, UNCLE BOB, BOOTH. Librettist: A MINISTER’S WIFE. Recipient of 2007 Drama Desk Special Award as Renaissance Man of the American Theatre.
CHRISTOPHER ABBOTT
Christopher Abbott is an acclaimed stage, screen and television actor.  He starred in Josh Mond’s award-winning film JAMES WHITE which was released by The Film Arcade in 2015 and garnered Christopher Best Actor nominations from both the Independent Spirit and Gotham Awards. He also appeared for two seasons as Charlie in Lena Dunham’s HBO series “Girls”. He was named by Variety as one of 10 Actors to Watch in 2015.
Other film work includes WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT with Tina Fey, JC Chandor’s A MOST VIOLENT YEAR with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, Jackie Earle Haley’s CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, Mona Fastvold’s THE SLEEPWALKER, and Carlos Puga’s BURMA. His lead role in Oscilloscope’s HELLO I MUST BE GOING earned him The Sundance Film Festival’s “Fresh Face In Film” recognition. Christopher first burst onto the screen opposite Elizabeth Olsen in Sean Durkin’s MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE for which he was nominated for a Gotham Award for Best Ensemble.
On stage, the Stamford, Connecticut native made his Broadway debut in John Guare’s THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES. Other theatrical work includes THE ROSE TATTOO with Marisa Tomei at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Lucy Thurber’s WHERE WE’RE BORN at The Rattlestick Theatre, Annie Baker’s JOHN at The Signature Theatre and Sam Shepard’s FOOL FOR LOVE at The Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Christopher will next be seen in the independent film KATIE SAYS GOODBYE with Olivia Cooke and Trey Shults’s IT COMES AT NIGHT with Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo and Riley Keough.

SHAKESPEARE ON BANK STREET

December 5, 2016

For generations, the HB community has been a source of inspiration and connection for the many thousands of talented souls that have come through our doors in the heart of Greenwich Village. Over the past 10 years, HB Studio has hosted an annual benefit to celebrate our theater community and honor esteemed alumni, colleagues and dear friends.  This year HB Studio is bringing it all back home, and bringing it back to the process of making theater.

Instead of one big benefit bash this year, throughout the 2016-2017 season, HB will be hosting small benefit performance events in our theater at 124 Bank Street. First up this season is:

SHAKESPEARE ON BANK STREET

An Evening Commemorating the Bard’s 400th Anniversary

DECEMBER 5, 2016 – 7:00PM

HB Playwrights Theater

Featuring: Monica Bell, Richard Dent IV, Laura Esterman, Paul Pryce, Amanda Quaid, Myra Lucretia Taylor and Eric Rausch (piano). Curated by: Alan Pally

The evening will explore Shakespeare’s connection to HB ‘s founders, Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof, while paying tribute to the genius of the Bard and his 400-year legacy. Performed in a warm and welcoming space, you won’t want to miss notable HB alumni and friends performing excerpts from classics such as Twelfth Night, Hamlet and Midsummer Night’s Dream. You also won’t want to miss hearing the voices of Uta Hagen and Paul Robeson as they perform their iconic Othello and Desdemona! The eclectic evening includes an exclusive VIP reception, featuring live jazz, hors d’oeuvres and champagne.

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For general information, please contact our Development Team at gala@hbstudio.org


Proceeds from each benefit event support HB Studio’s World-Renowned Training, Practice,
and Development Programs for Aspiring and Professional Theater Artists.

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