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UPCOMING EVENTS


Herbert Berghof: A Birthday Celebration 

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

 

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“Fine acting is the pure use of yourself for living, 

nothing else.”

– HERBERT BERGHOF

 

Celebrating our founder, Herbert Berghof, on his 108th birthday, the evening will feature excerpts from Herbert’s letters – remembering him through his own words and reflections – curated by Alan Pally, and read by *Richard Mawe and *Kelly Wolf. The letters will be followed by a benefit reading of A Betrothal by iconic American playwright Lanford Wilson featuring *Rochelle Oliver, *George Morfogen, and directed by *Austin Pendleton. A Betrothal was dedicated by Lanford Wilson as a valentine to Berghof and his wife and partner, Uta Hagen. The one-act explores an encounter between two rivals at a flower breeders’ competition.

 

September 13, 2017

7:00 pm

HB Playwrights Theater

124 Bank Street, NYC 10014

 

$250 – Premiere Tickets

$150 – Preferred Tickets

  $25 – HB Student Tickets

 

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A Betrothal is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Herbert Berghof, born in Austria, was a protégé of the German realist director Max Reinhardt, whom he studied under while attending the University of Vienna and the Vienna State Academy of Dramatic Art. Berghof honed his skills classical and modern plays throughout Eastern Europe before coming to America in 1939 as a refugee from Adolf Hitler’s regime. Upon arriving in New York, Berghof joined a community of immigrant artists interested in bringing the classical training of the European theatrical tradition into practice in the still-young American theater. Berghof was accustomed to a state theater system in which the artist was constantly engaged in practice and performance. He founded HB Studio in 1945 as a place where artists at all stages of their careers could continue to work and practice between jobs, supported and challenged by their more experienced colleagues, in a space free from pressures related to commercial success. Berghof found success on stage and screen in New York, as well as a visionary director on Broadway. He founded the HB Playwrights Foundation (HBPF) in 1964 to support the development of new plays and playwrights. The HBPF fostered numerous landmark American playwrights including Horton Foote, Lanford Wilson, Eric Bentley, Donna de Matteo, Romulus Linney, and Kenneth Lonergan.

Berghof met the celebrated actress Uta Hagen in 1945 on a production of The Whole World Over, directed by Harold Clurman, and invited her to join him in teaching at the Studio. The two were married nearly a decade later. Hagen, author of the seminal acting texts Respect for Acting and A Challenge for the Actor, became one of the most renowned and respected acting teachers of the 20th century. Together, Hagen and Berghof trained some of the most noted actors of the American theater. Their students, colleagues, and a new generation of accomplished artists continue that tradition today. Since its founding, HB Studio has provided an artistic home and vibrant creative community where actors, playwrights, and directors find opportunity, education, encouragement, and support.

 

FEATURING


 

*RICHARD MAWE

Richard Mawe is an actor, Former Dean of Science at Hunter College, and President Emeritus of HB Studio’s Board of Directors. Mr. Mawe has appeared as Sheriff Rogers in the Off Broadway production of Eye Of God with Theatre East, as Rick in the Off Broadway production of Harvest, and as Danforth in the Capital Repertory’s production of The Crucible, where he also appeared in Inherit The Wind, Proof, and You Can’t Take It With You. Other regional credits include: All My Sons at the Clarence Brown Theater, Knoxville, Tennessee; the Delaware Theater’s production of A Delicate Balance and Glengarry Glen Ross; and the world premiere of Israel Horovitz’s 50 Years Of Caddying at the Gloucester Stage Company. Mr. Mawe also appeared in the Boston premieres of Valley Song at New Repertory Theatre and Molly Sweeney at the Nora Theatre, where he was also seen in Spoon River Anthology and as Willy Loman in the Boston Theatre Award-winning production of Death Of A Salesman. He appeared in King Lear with the Harvard Class of 1999, and at the Lyric Stage in Mornings At Seven. Among the twenty productions he has done in New York are Richard II at the Eleventh Hour Theatre Company, Rush’s Dream at the Here Theatre, Made In Heaven at the American Jewish Theatre, Orphans at Julliard’s Open Stage, The One Big Shot at Naked Angels and Horton Foote’s Habitation Of Dragons at the HB Playwrights. Mr. Mawe’s film appearances include The Human Stain, Nobody’s Fool, Bird, Excessive Force, Conspiracy Theory, Rounders, and Woody Allen’s Alice, Small Time Crooks, and Celebrity. Mr. Mawe taught at HB Studio in New York City, where he also studied with Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen. In 1990, following the passing of Herbert Berghof, Uta Hagen appointed Mr. Mawe Vice President of the Board of Directors of the HB Playwrights Foundation. He helped Ms. Hagen in her efforts to establish the HB Studio as a not-for-profit organization prior to her death in 2004. He then served as president of the Board until 2013. Prior to his commitment to the theater, Mr. Mawe received a BS/MS from Fordham University, and a PHD in Biology from Princeton University. He was elected chairman of the Department of Biology at Hunter College in 1965 and remained in that position until President Donna Shalala selected him as the Dean of Sciences and Mathematics, a position he retained until retiring in 1987. In 2001, Hunter College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science in recognition of his achievements.

 

*KELLY WOLF

Kelly‘s first foray into acting was as a student in Herbert Berghof’s class at HB Studio. Ms. Wolf studied with him for many years and had the honor to be directed by him in several productions at HB, including The Silver Fox, The Flip Side, and Holding Hands. She is thrilled to participate in this evening honoring HB’s founder. Ms. Wolf has starred in numerous film,  television, and theater productions across the United States.  In film, she is most well known for Margaret (2011) directed by Kenneth Lonergan, Edie & Pen (1996), Graveyard Shift (1990), Less Than Zero (1987) and Triumph of the Spirit (1989). In television, Ms. Wolf has made appearances on Parenthood (2011-2014), Awake (2012), Southland (2012), Grey’s Anatomy (2007), The Inside (2005), Strong Medicine (2000-2004), Law & Order (2001) and ER (2000). In New York, her theater credits include Girl Gone (MCC), Peacetime (WPA), Summer Winds (Naked Angels), Blind Date (EST), Elm Circle (Playwrights Horizons) and Ah, Wilderness! (Roundabout). In Los Angeles, her theater credits include The Substance of Fire (Mark Taper Forum), Beauty Run on Light Feet (Coast Theater), Cat’s Paw (LA Theatre Center) and Watching OJ (EST LA). She was awarded the 1993 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for The Substance of Fire at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre.

 

*ROCHELLE OLIVER

Rochelle Oliver studied with Uta Hagen and at the Henry Street Playhouse. She serves on HB Studio’s Board of Directors and Artistic Council. Oliver has acted in theater, film, and television for over five decades. She is best known for her roles on Broadway/Off-Broadway, including Toys in the Attic (Clarence Derwent Award), Harold, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Happily Never After, Same Time Next Year, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Driving Miss Daisy, Love Letters, After Play, and Horton Foote’s The Traveling Lady (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Regionally, Oliver has starred in numerous productions across the United States and Canada, including A Streetcar Named Desire (Joseph Jefferson Award nominee) and Death Of A Salesman (Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee). In film/television, Oliver is best known for Scent of a Woman, All My Children, 1918, Valentine’s Day, Law & Order, Horton Foote’s Story Of A Marriage (American Playhouse), and Stephen Wright’s Academy Award-winning short film The Appointments of Dennis Jennings. Oliver, along with Carol Goodheart, directed numerous productions at the HB Playwrights Foundation, including Foote’s The Chase, HB Holiday Plays (2007), HB Waiting Room Plays (2008), Food For Thought, readings of Israel Horowitz’s The 75th, Jules Feiffer’s Crawling ArnoldThe Bedroom Plays (2012), and Brilliant Traces for HB Studio’s First Floor Studio residency program. Recently, Oliver acted with her late husband, Tony-Award winning actor Fritz Weaver, in multiple readings at HB Studio curated by Alan Pally, including A Song At Twilight, Noel Coward’s final work for the stage originally produced at the Long Wharf Theater starring Oliver and Weaver as principals. Oliver and Weaver also performed in an exclusive reading for the Greenwich Village Historical Society at the HB Playwrights Theatre, featuring a selection from Horton Foote’s A Coffin in Egypt and Robert Lowell’s Prometheus Bound – the original 1973 production featured Weaver alongside Uta Hagen and was directed by Herbert Berghof. A long-time faculty member at HB Studio, Oliver’s goal is to guide students to find their own voice as theatre artists. She encourages students to take the time to ask the questions and understand the importance of process in an actor’s work. She asks students to “please not leave their imaginations behind in this culture of instant answers. The joy for me is our working together as we discover and learn.”

 

*GEORGE MORFOGEN

George Morfogen is a veteran character actor who studied at the Yale School of Drama. TV viewers best remember him for his recurring role of Bob Rebadow on all six seasons of the acclaimed prison drama Oz and his role as Stanley Bernstein in the original miniseries V. He is well known for his Broadway/Off Broadway roles in A Man For All Seasons, Fortune’s Fool, An Inspector Calls, Arms And The Man, John Gabriel Borkman, Richard II (Equity’s St. Clair Bayfield Award), Three Sisters, The Forest, Uncle Vanya, Ivanov (CSC); All’s Well That Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra; Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Country Girl, Cyrano (Roundabout), Principia Scriptoriae, Golden Age (MTC), Heartbreak House, Vieux Carre (Pearl), Hamlet, Othello, Cymbeline, Henry V, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Public), The Madras House, The Voysey Inheritance, and Uncle Bob (Premiere). In addition his work on Oz and V, Morfogen has gained viewer recognition on TV series since the 1970s, including roles on Kojak, Remington Steele, St. Elsewhere, Damages, and Law & Order SVU. Morfogen appeared in Chelsea Theater Center’s production of Heinrich von Kleist’s The Prince of Homburg alongside Frank Langella in 1977, which aired the same year on the PBS series Great Performances. Morfogen’s film credits include Twenty Bucks; Times Square, What’s Up Doc?; Those Lips, Those Eyes; She’s Funny That Way; and filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich’s Daisy Miller (1974), They All Laughed (1981), and Illegally Yours (1988). Morfogen was the 2000 recipient of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship. A dedicated faculty member of HB Studio, Morfogen encourages his students to be courageous actors and rise to meet the challenges they face in their work.

 

*AUSTIN PENDLETON

Tony nominated, Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning director, actor, playwright and librettist Austin Pendleton first received critical acclaim in 1964 for originating the role of Motel in Fiddler on The Roof. Over the past four decades, Austin’s illustrious career has included countless theater, film, and television projects. On stage, his credits include Mother Courage and Romeo and Juliet (Public Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park), The Diary Of Anne Frank (Broadway), Hail Scrawdyke! (Broadway, Derwent Award), Educating Rita (Off-Broadway), The Last Sweet Days Of Isaac (Off-Broadway – Obie and Drama Desk Awards), Hamlet, Richard II and Richard III (Off-Off-Broadway), Waiting For Godot and Quills (New Rep, Boston), Straight White Men (Public Theatre), King Lear (Secret Theatre), and The Workshop (Premiere – Soft Focus). On film, he has starred in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, A Beautiful Mind, Guarding Tess, The Muppet Movie, Starting Over, and Catch-22. On television, his credits include Oz, Homicide, and St. Elsewhere. As director, Austin has directed numerous Broadway productions, including Spoils Of War, The Little Foxes (Tony nomination), and John Gabriel Borkman. Off-Broadway directing credits include Ivanov, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya (CSC); Vieux Carré and Toys In The Attic (Pearl); Fifty Words (MCC); Between Riverside And Crazy (Atlantic Theatre and 2nd Stage); and Traveling Lady (Cherry Lane). A graduate of Yale University, Austin studied acting with Herbert Berghof, Uta Hagen and Robert Lewis. He is currently a faculty member at HB Studio and ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theater Company. As faculty at HB Studio, Austin encourages his students to become aware of the challenges they face when acting and strives to help them overcome their obstacles and deepen their work. He is the Recipient of 2007 Drama Desk Special Award as “Renaissance Man of the American Theatre”.

We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:

ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION 

AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS 

AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS 

SAG-AFTRA

  through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.


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PAST BENEFIT EVENTS


HB ON FILM

May 2 – 6, 2017

 

Join HB for a night at the movies!

Celebrate generations of HB friends on the silver screen, featuring our founders – Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof – and HB faculty, artists, and alumni Robert Duvall, Olga Bellin, Horton Foote, Marsha Mason, Eli Wallach, and Amanda Quaid. All films will be projected in the HB Playwright’s Theater, and include complimentary concessions for all guests.

Start the week with CLEOPATRA – which funded the purchase of the HB Playwrights Theater, despite Herbert only having a few lines!

Learn the history of each films’ importance to HB Studio, and enjoy timeless performances by HB friends, faculty, and alumni…

HB On Film: Graphic

 

HB Playwrights Theatre |124 Bank Street | NYC 10014

*All tickets are FULLY-TAX DEDUCTIBLE, and directly support HB's training and development programs for aspiring and professional theater artists. 

ABOUT EACH FILM


TUESDAY MAY 2

 

CLEOPATRA – The epic 1963 classic stars Elizabeth Taylor as the legendary Egyptian queen whose romance with Roman general Marc Antony (Richard Burton) gambles the fate of an empire. Featuring Herbert Berghof as Theodotus, the rhetoric tutor of Cleopatra’s younger brother, Ptolemy XIII. Herbert’s wages for this costly epic allowed him to purchase an old garage at 124 Bank Street, which was converted into the HB Playwrights Theatre. Help us kick off the film series in style! Get in the spirit of Cleopatra and wear your favorite Egyptian-themed outfit to the film. Film screening courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Film image copyright of 20th Century Fox.

WEDNESDAY MAY 3

TOMORROW – Based on a short story by William Faulkner, this cinematic masterpiece is a haunting, emotional tale about a man’s capacity for love. Featuring HB friends and alumni Robert Duvall and Olga Bellin, the screenplay is written by HB Playwrights Foundation alumnus Horton Foote (To Kill a MockingbirdTender Mercies). Tomorrow was first mounted as a stage production starring Robert Duvall and Olga Bellin during the HB Playwrights Foundation’s 1966/67 Season, directed by Herbert Berghof.  The film was directed by Joseph Anthony with the same cast. Film screening courtesy of Westchester Films, Inc. Film image copyright of Westchester Films, Inc.

THURSDAY MAY 4

THE OTHER – Something’s strange about twin boys on a 1930s Connecticut farm. In one of her rare film performances, Uta Hagen stars as the boys’ loving grandmother Ada, who faces off with the forces of good and evil in this classic psychological thriller. Film screening courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Film image copyright of 20th Century Fox.

FRIDAY MAY 5

CINDERELLA LIBERTY – A lonely Navy sailor “wins” a charismatic hooker after a game of pool in a steamy Seattle bar. She has a complicated life and an 11-year old son, but the sailor falls madly for her anyway. An unexpected love story, James Caan and Marsha Mason’s moving performances earned critical acclaim, and earned HB faculty member Marsha Mason her first Golden Globe win and Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 1974. HB Studio’s longtime friend Eli Wallach co-stars as James Caan’s steadfast Navy buddy, Lynn Forshay. Film screening courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Film image copyright of 20th Century Fox.

SATURDAY MAY 6 – THREE SHORT FILMS:

TOYS– In 1930s farm country, a father wants a son, but he gets a little girl. He tries to toughen her up by giving her toys intended for boys. His efforts backfire when she proves a little too capable for comfort. A charming stop-motion animated short made entirely by hand using paper dolls, cutout photographs, and vintage paper. Directed by HB alumna and faculty member Amanda Quaid. Film screening courtesy of Amanda Quaid. Film image copyright of Amanda Quaid.  Official Selection: Hamptons International Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Cleveland International Film Festival, BAMkids, REDCAT, San Jose International Short Film Festival, DC International Film Festival, Children’s Film Festival Seattle, Boston International Kids Film Festival (Best of Fest), Los Angeles Children’s Film Festival, Providence Children’s Film Festival, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, Little Big Shots, Animation Chico, CineKid Screening Club, Gesticulation, KidsFilmFest. 

 

ENGLISH – Alenka is a Polish housekeeper living in Queens, NY. As she tries to give her young son a better life in America, his quick assimilation threatens to leave her behind. She must make the decision to catch up or risk being left behind forever. Written and directed by HB alumna and faculty member Amanda Quaid. Film screening courtesy of Amanda Quaid. Film image copyright of Amanda Quaid. Official Selection: Cannes Short Film Corner, San Francisco Immigrant Film Festival, Regards au Longs-Courts (Winner Best Actress), NSI Online Short Film Festival, NYWIFT Immigrant Experiences Series, St. Francis College Women’s Film Festival (Winner Best Professional Narrative Film). 

 

ONE ARMED MAN –In HB alumnus and Oscar-winning writer Horton Foote’s chilling drama, One Armed Man, a wealthy cotton gin executive is confronted by a disgruntled former employee demanding the return of an arm lost in the gin’s machinery. Directed and produced by Tim Guinee. Film screening courtesy of Tim Guinee. Film image copyright of Tim Guinee. Praise for One Armed Man:

“An exquisitely rendered film version of Horton Foote’s play, ‘One Armed Man’ is acted superbly by Haid, Kinney and Magaro.  Shot beautifully and directed with confidence and subtlety by Tim Guinee, this short film is a gem. Seriously.”–Ed Harris, 4-time Oscar Nominee, Actor, Director of Pollock & Appaloosa
“An acting tour de force. All the rage, sadness and injustice of important social history compressed into a single room, directed by Tim Guinee with subtlety and an unerring sense of time and place.” -Edward Zwick, Oscar-winning Producer of Shakespeare In Love and Traffic, Director of Glory, The Siege & Legends Of The Fall

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UNTIL THE FLOOD

MARCH 20 + 21, 2017

 

“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

$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”.

A LIFE IN THE THEATRE

FEBRUARY 7,8 + 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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