January 19 - February 28, 2022

January 19-22: Double Bill

She Talks To Beethoven

by Adrienne Kennedy

This rarely-produced work by the legendary Adrienne Kennedy takes place in a newly-independent Ghana in 1961, where an American writer is facing both the disappearance of her husband and her own mysterious illness. In her feverish state, dream and reality merge as Suzanne conjures Beethoven – who is preparing for the 1803 premiere of his opera, Fidelio – and her pursuit for answers weaves and blurs into radio broadcasts, love letters, and the legendary composer’s own struggles. Director Keenan Tyler Oliphant explores the space between perception and reality in this surrealistic production.

Girlfriend

Book by Todd Almond
Music and Lyrics by Matthew Sweet

In small-town Nebraska during the summer of 1993, two guys are moving on from high school towards… whatever comes next. Baseball star Mike is college-bound; Will is less sure of his next step. As they find themselves drawn to each other, the exhilaration and confusion of first love begins a journey that may change them both in unexpected ways. Brimming with iconic rock songs from Matthew Sweet, including “I’ve Been Waiting,” “Sick of Myself,” and “Divine Intervention,” director Sivan Battat invigorates this timeless musical story of young love by expanding ideas of queer identity that speak to today. 

She Talks To Beethoven is presented with the generous support of Sceneworks Studios (Chief Executive Officer, Ariela Pizza).
Girlfriend
is presented with the generous support of Stan Ponte.

She Talks To Beethoven is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com
Girlfriend is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com

January 28: Online Workshop

DIRECTORS IN CONVERSATION:
TONY PHELAN

“Grey’s Anatomy: The Song Beneath The Song”

A Directing Workshop

Acclaimed director, writer and showrunner Tony Phelan (“Madam Secretary, “Doubt, “Detransition Baby”) came to international attention with the famed musical episode of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” called “Song Beneath The Song,” in which he directed a cast that included Tony winner Sara Ramirez, Tony nominee Daniel Sunjata, and the star of Broadway’s upcoming revival of Take Me Out, Jesse Williams. In this intimate behind-the-scenes directing workshop, Phelan, an Emmy nominee and member of the Drama League Directors Council, will share personal storyboards, camera techniques, and life lessons he has used throughout his career to tell powerful stories in the medium of television.

February 2-5: Double Bill

The Seventeenth Chapel

by Aditi Brennan Kapil

After a cataclysmic event, the Hudson is a barren desert, the skyline casts no shadows from the red sun, and the only organisms thriving in this post-apocalyptic world are a malicious new species of unknown origin. When Lon and Tin encounter each other in an abandoned apartment, they must choose how long to hide, when to run… and whether a sacrifice must be made. Director Reena Dutt investigates the power of human connection in this thrilling play by Aditi Brennan Kapil (Starz’s “American Gods”).

A Number

by Caryl Churchill

In a not-too-distant future, a regretful father attempts to fix the mistakes he made in raising his son by starting over. Is it possible to atone for the sins of the past? As they reconnect, shocking lies are uncovered, revealing a horrifying truth. A Number twists our understanding of free will and human existence, allowing the audience to decide for themselves: who do you trust, and who is to blame? Director Ryan Dobrin explores Caryl Churchill’s complex philosophical questions on parenthood, technological ethics, and the dynamics at play between parents and children.

The Seventeenth Chapel is presented with the generous support of Mary Jain.
 A Number is presented with the generous support of The National Advisory Council of The Drama League. 

A Number is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

February 28: Reading

Aimé Césaire's

A Tempest (Une Tempête)

Based on Shakespeare's The Tempest
An adaptation for a Black Theater
Translated from the French by Philip Crispin

Celebrated poet and activist Aimé Césaire’s strikingly adapts Shakespeare’s Jacobean play through a postcolonial lens. The characters and plot are largely unchanged. Prospero conjures a violent storm to drive his enemy’s ship ashore on the island on which he is exiled with his daughter. Césaire’s island is located specifically in the Caribbean and Caliban and Ariel, depicted here as black slaves to Prospero, are centralized. Their opposing voices echo Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Written in the tumultuous 1960s, A Tempest confronts complex intersections of race, power, and anti-imperialism with intelligence, wit, and beauty.

Double Bills will be presented at

Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre
A.R.T./New York Theatres
502 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

Thank You to Our Supporters

EY, Howard Gilman Foundation, Hyde and Watson Foundation, Sylvia W. and Randle M. Kauders Foundation, Jolene McCaw Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cutural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, Leo Shull Charitable Fund for the Arts,
as well as
Drama League Members and Individuals Nationwide.

Drama League Institutional Support Logos

The Drama League is a partner of JanArtsNYC. Every January in New York City, more than 45,000 performing arts leaders, artists, and enthusiasts from across the globe converge for JanArtsNYC. A partnership among independent multidisciplinary festivals, indispensable industry convenings and international marketplaces, JanArtsNYC is one of the largest and most influential gatherings of its kind. In 2022, JanArtsNYC returns as an in-person gathering. Promotional support provided by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.