An exclusive HB alumni benefit reading
featuring AUSTIN PENDLETON and CHRISTOPHER ABBOTT
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A Life in the Theatre is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15
HB PLAYWRIGHTS THEATRE – 7:00 PM
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
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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
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 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.
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THE HB PRODUCER’S CIRCLE IS PROUD TO PRESENT
THE 2016-17 BENEFIT SERIES
A LIFE IN THE THEATRE is a special feature of the 2016-17 Benefit Series. HB Producer’s Circle members include:
Evan & Barbara Bell, Theodore S. Berger, Alexander Bernstein, Donna de Matteo, Evelyn Evertsz, Leticia Ferrer & Teresa Tuescher, Duncan Hazard, Wallace Johnson & Karen Duguid, Mary Johnson & Thomas Steiglehner, Katherine King, Rochelle Korman & Richard Friedman, Suzanne Lehman, Johanna Leister & Jim Broaddus, Alison Lonshein, Richard Mawe, Edith Meeks & Peter Coston, Cindy Curtis Nelson & Michael Nelson, NY Heating Corporation, Patricia O’Grady, Rochelle Oliver & Fritz Weaver, Alan Pally and Marie-Louise Silva Stegall.
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