Tuesday, September 05, 2006
A Bard’s Day’s Night (‘s Dream)
by Jory Levine
New York, NY (August 14th, 2006) – Jor-El Productions is proud to present all of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters and plays as never before re-imagined into one wild original farce, A Bard’s Day’s Night (‘s Dream) by Jory Levine at the American Theatre of Actors (ATA - 314 West 54th St.) beginning September 7th and ending October 1st. Performances run Thursday - Saturday at 8:00 pm; Sat & Sun at 2:00pm until September 17th and then go Wed. – Sat. at 8:00pm; Sat & Sun at 2:00pm. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the Door and can be purchased by calling SmartTix at 212.868.4444 or by going to www.smarttix.com.
For more information, please visit www.bardsdaysnight.com.
Playwright Jory Levine’s mordant affection for the Bard and all things theatre (as well as his searing indictment of current affairs) is evident in A Bard’s Day’s Night. The play lampoons and honors the Shakespearean canon all at once, deftly doing so in the bard’s very own milieu of iambic pentameter. The plot is a mèlange of Hamlet and Midsummer… but quickly digresses and addresses the entire folio. Characters’ names and motives are amalgamated as everyone tries to fulfill their agenda despite not being in “their” play anymore. Hilarity and relevancy ensues.
“First off, this ain’t Shakespeare,” says playwright /director Jory Levine. “The text is wholly original and completely accessible. It’s not a Shakespeare-with-a-gimmick production like Hamlet in business suits or Intergalactic Twelfth Night. I use Shakespeare’s works merely as a jumping off point for comedy and social commentary. Sure, there’s few inside jokes for those who love ‘The Bard’, but plenty of outside laughs for those that don’t.”
This extremely rare (especially for off-off Broadway) cast of 26 is a tall order, but epic productions need epic casts: John Bertrand, Russell Jordan, John D’Arcangelo, Wendy Charles, Morgan Jae, Aimee McCabe, Frank Lin, Skyih S. Smith, JessAnn Smith, Alan Pagano, Jory Levine, Daniel Kemna, Joshua Levine, Dan Rice, Dale Davidson, Ledwin Lopez, Torre Reigns, Nick Fondulis, Jonathan Lang, Heather Wildenberger, William Sudan Mason, David Caesar Harrison, Henrik Petersen, Joel Altherr, John Scamardella, Madalyn McKay.
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