SparkHampton: Break/ers at “Old” Parrish Art Museum
07:30 pm - 09:30 pm
25 Jobs, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY. 10011.
For Immediate Release!
516 398 9829
SparkHampton: Break/ers produced by Hard Sparks
to be presented in the former Parrish Museum Space at
25 Jobs, Southampton Village
March 10th 2013
Building on last summer’s highly successful SparkHampton: The Wickapogue Plays, indie theatre producer Hard Sparks returns to the East End on March 10th with SparkHampton: Break/ers. The evening features two performances written by playwright J.Stephen Brantley and staged by director/choreographer Kate Mueth in the former Parrish Museum Space at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton Village. A picnic style dinner will be available for advance purchase.
SparkHampton: Break/ers will benefit the Southampton Historical Museum
“Hard Sparks is excited to team with the dynamic Hamptons-based Kate Mueth on these poignantly funny, sexy, surprising new pieces, and honored to be the first artists to produce in the former Parris Museum space at 25 Jobs.”
The evening’s two performances will feature dancers Josh Gladstone* and Susan Stout*, and actors Anthony Johnston* and Edward Stanley*, in short pieces penned by J.Stephen Brantley and staged by Neo-Political Cowgirls founder Kate Mueth. Part One: Breakers is a dance-theatre piece chronicling the crumbling of a couple’s marital foundation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Part Two: Break is an award-winning short play in which a drug addict in the throes of withdrawal is discovered squatting in the seaside Hamptons home of an uptight displaced Englishman.
“I think both pieces are about being jarred from one’s comfort zone. People come to the Hamptons, or stay here, because it’s comfortable. But conflict never takes a holiday and in each of these pieces, life finds its way into a waterfront property and tears it up. In one case it’s a storm called Sandy. In the other it’s ‘Hurricane Scott.’”
- playwright J.Stephen Brantley
Sunday, March 10 (7:30) SparkHampton: Break/ers
A performance event at the former Parrish Museum space at 25 Jobs
Words by J.Stephen Brantley staged by Kate Mueth
Featuring Josh Gladstone, Anthony Johnston, Edward Stanley, and Susan Stout
Information and advance tickets available from www.HardSparks.com
J.Stephen Brantley is an actor and playwright whose work has been commissioned by Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Performance Space 122, and theatre 167. His plays include Blood Grass (Samuel French Final Forty 2011) Distortion Taco (Village Voice Pick Of The Year 1997), Good God Enters Flossing, The Jamb, Nevertheless, Shiny Pair Of Complications (Fresh Fruit festival First Place winner), Struck, Swan Song (Guild Hall’s ‘The Painting Plays’), and have been produced across the US, in Canada and Ireland. His play Eightythree Down won the Georgia Theatre Conference Award and garnered six New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations, and his comedy Furbelow is currently in production at Northern Kentucky University. Brantley’s latest work, Pirira, will be workshopped at LaGuardia Performing Arts College this Spring. Break has been performed in New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Portland, Provincetown, and Dublin Ireland where it garnered a Best Actor nomination for Hunter Gilmore. Brantley’s work has been published by Indie Theatre Now and The Lincoln Centre Theatre Review. He is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing, Artistic Director of Hard Sparks, and a part-time resident of Southampton Village. More at www.jstephenbrantley.com
Kate Mueth is an actress, director and choreographer in theatre, t.v. and independent films. In her fifth year as founder and Artistic Director of Mulford Repertory Theatre, Kate has enjoyed directing The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Sylvia, All in the Timing, Miss Electricity, Irma Vep and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. She has directed, choreographed, acted in or produced many plays and readings for The John Drew Theater, Bay Street YPP, The Children’s Museum of the East End, The Ross School, The Neighborhood Playhouse, Shakespeare & Company, Mulford Rep, Haunted Mulford, etc. She movement coached Tom Keneally’s (Schindler’s List) play Transport at New York’s Irish Arts Center where she worked closely with director Tony Walton and musician/ lyricist Larry Kirwan of Black 47. Kate is founder and Artistic Director of Mulford Repertory Theatre Company, a summer Equity company in East Hampton, NY and of Neo-Political Cowgirls, a women’s dance theatre company committed to making exciting theatrical work for women, telling their stories and leading workshops for girls and women in choreographing what they care about. Last summer NPC mounted EVE, a ground-breaking immersive dance theater experience which won Dan’s Papers “Best of the Best” award for the best event in the Hamptons, summer 2012. For more information, visit www.neopoliticalcowgirls.com
Josh Gladstone* is currently producing The Cripple Of Inishmaan (opening Memorial Day) at the John Drew Theater @ Guild Hall where he is Artistic Director. Local credits: EVE, Neo-Political Cowgirls; Tale of Allergist’s Wife, All in the Timing, Mulford Rep; and Macbeth, RoundTable. Regional credits: Children’s Theatre Co., Minneapolis; Shakespeare Theatre, Washington; Theater at Monmouth, ME; Classic Theater International, Germany and four seasons as Artistic Director of Hamptons Shakespeare Festival, which he co-founded in 1996.
Anthony Johnston* Canadian credits include; Alan in Equus (Citadel), Billy in Edward Albee’s The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia? (Centaur, MTC), Brodie in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing (MTC), Gary in Shopping & Fucking (Pi, Ruby Slippers) and Bill Mercer in Leaving Home (Soulpepper, Toronto). In NYC Anthony has worked with NY Theatre Experiment, Stage Left Studio, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, 13th St Theatre, the Management Theatre Co. and HorseTrade Theater Group. His original one-man shows have been produced across Canada, in NYC and New Jersey. Art’s Heart was awarded Outstanding Solo Show at the 2009 NY Fringe Festival and Tenderpits was selected as Best Multi-Media Performance at NYC’s 2010 United Solo Festival at Theatre ROW. Most recently Anthony participated in The Public Theater’s 2011 Shakespeare Lab and played the role of Ken opposite Joel Leffert in The Public Theatre of Maine’s production of John Logan’s Red.
Edward Stanley* Stage credits include Oberon in Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Shakespeare Forum, Brian in Dead Man’s Chest with the Hunter Playwrights Festival, Orsino in Ripple Effect’s upcoming Twelfth Night, and two seasons with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Edward recently moved from Los Angeles after working primarily in television, with roles on Modern Family, Ugly Betty, and Desperate Housewives, among others. Training includes BFA/Adelphi University, MFA/University of Alabama, National Theatre Studio, and The Barrow Group. www.edwardstanley.net.
Susan Stout* is a recent transplant to the area, and has worked in film, TV and theatre. Her most recent theatre credits include The Declaration, performed at the Planet Connections Festival, and The Yeats Game. Other favorite roles include the monologue ‘Club’ from The Vagina Monologues/MMRP at The Snapple Theater, Lyubov in The Cherry Orchard, and Mrs. S in the short film Making Movies. The rest can be found at www.SusanStout.com Many thanks for the opportunity to swim in the creative pool out here!
HARD SPARKS champions the work of promising early- to mid-career actors and playwrights. In its first two years, Hard Sparks worked with twenty-six actors, five playwrights, five directors, and seven designers on five productions in six venues. In creating Hard Sparks, co-founders J.Stephen Brantley and Robert M. Lohman set out to present daring performances of dangerous plays that might not otherwise be heard. Hard Sparks is committed to producing challenging new works, to maintaining the dignity of theatre artists, and to partnering with local community-based organizations to improve people’s lives. More at www.HardSparks.com
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
Advance tickets, available online, are $40 and include a picnic style dinner and wine. $18 tickets for the show only (no refreshments) will be available for purchase at the door on the night of the event, cash only, please.
For more information and ticket purchase visit www.HardSparks.com
or call Robert Lohman at 516-398-9829. SparkHampton: Break/ers will take place on Sunday March 10th at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton Village, 11968. This event will benefit the Southampton Historical Museum.
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