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BOYFRIEND plays Bank Street Theatre, July 2 @ 8:00 PM

In News, Plays, Schedule on June 28, 2015 at 5:39 PM

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Thursday, July 2 @ 8:00 PM

155 Bank Street (NYC)

no reservations taken – admission is first-come

Japan, 2005. In the nascent phases of social media, an online stranger convinces a handsome actor that he is spiritually connected in another dimension to a mysterious woman, causing the actor’s real life to disintegrate. Based on a true story.

Written and Directed by Tommy Smith

Featuring James Chen, Renata Friedman, Kana Hatakeyama, Maho Honda, Rachel Lin & Jeffrey Omura

Special thanks for support from Labyrinth Theater CompanyThe Playwrights of New York

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Labyrinth Theater Company was founded in 1992 by a small group of actors who wanted to push their artistic limits and tell new, more inclusive stories that expanded the boundaries of mainstream theater. In doing so, they created a tightly knit, uninhibited and impassioned ensemble that created incendiary and vital new works for the stage that redefined the landscape of New York City theater. Today, based at the Bank Street Theater in New York’s West Village, Labyrinth is home for diverse theater artists and the daring and visceral work they create. Driven by a diverse group of over 120 actors, directors, playwrights and designers, Labyrinth produces new works for the stage, giving voice to new perspectives that are powerful, groundbreaking and that have changed the face of America’s theatrical landscape. Time Warner Foundation is the lead sponsor for Play Development at Labyrinth. We are also grateful for our newest play development partner, Playwrights of New York (PoNY). Our 2014/15 season includes new plays by Labyrinth Company Members Craig ‘muMs’ Grant, Lucy Thurber, and Melissa Ross and our annual free play reading series, the Barn Series.

Now in its eighth year, the Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellowship was founded by playwright Sandi Goff Farkas and LARK Play Development Center, and was created to provide promising emerging playwrights with the financial freedom to create new plays. The first of its kind, the PoNY fellowship addresses the many challenges of living as a playwright in New York City, providing practical support (housing, living expenses and health insurance) as well as more profound considerations such as artistic development and connection to a supportive community. Furthermore, the PoNY Fellowship ensures the continued vibrancy of New York City by keeping some of our most promising artists here, while promoting the type of creative new work that will ultimately enrich the American theatrical canon. The PONY fellows are Eric Dufault, Samuel D. Hunter, Katori Hall, Kimber Lee, Dominique Morisseau, A. Rey Pamatmat & Tommy Smith.

FIREMEN wins five LADCC awards

In News, Plays on March 19, 2015 at 4:27 PM

FIREMEN won five Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, including Best Writing, Best Production, Best Direction (Chris Fields), Lead Performance (Ian Bamberg), and Featured Performance (Rebecca Grey).

Read all about it here.

FUGUE press

In News, Plays on March 1, 2015 at 10:39 PM

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[A] striking innovation … Parallel elements of the three stories are underscored by impressively choreographed simultaneous delivery of words, phrases and, on occasion, orgasms … Playwright Tommy Smith’s drama is elegantly geometric in its construction and viscerally potent in its staging.”

The Los Angeles Times

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Fascinating … A fugue, in music, is a melody repeated in complex patterns; in psychiatry, it’s a dissociative state of mind  – playwright Tommy Smith infuses both meanings into his ambitious new play … the movement, the timing and the brilliant staging of sex, suicide and slaughter make [FUGUE] extraordinary.”

LA Weekly

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“Smith leavens his dark, brooding meditation on the mystery of creativity with large doses of wit and humor … at times the same lines are spoken simultaneously in all three of the separate stories, then amplified in counterpoint, with one voice following another, as in a fugue. The result is a play about music which becomes a piece of music itself.”

Total Theater

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“The beauty of this play is that these Echo actors and director have all agreed to come together and explore not only the words, but the subtle idea that creative individuals, in some cases, have elements of craziness that influence their flights of genius … an excellent production.”

OnStageLosAngeles

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“[A] formally virtuosic new play about three visionary composers from the Western classical music tradition … By overlapping and interlacing three historical narratives in which emotional trauma is resolved in a defining work of radical artistic transformation, Smith draws an uncomfortably fine line between our darkest, most sociopathic compulsions and the violent discontinuities that shape artistic discourse.”

Stage Raw

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“[A] mesmerizing meditation on music and madness … one of the most provocative evenings of theater you’re likely to experience for some time to come.”

StageSceneLA

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Harrowing … [FUGUE] may haunt you well after the lights go up … A couple of audience members sharing my row were audibly offended and left at intermission.”

StageHappenings

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Renaissance Italy, Tsarist Russia and early-20th-century Austria provide the settings for Fugue [but] geography is the least of the complexities on tap in Tommy Smith’s new play … the tripartite narratives move at once, much like the interlocking themes evoked by the play’s title.”

– interview in American Theatre

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FUGUE is 94% Sweet on Bitter Lemons.

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