IDENTITY THEATER COMPANY is pleased to present IDENTITY, written by Nicholas Linnehan and directed by Christopher Scott. IDENTITY will play a three-week limited engagement from Friday, March 8th through Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at El Barrio’s Artspace (215 E 99th St, New York, NY 10029). Opening night is Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Press are cordially invited Fri, March 8th at 8:00 p.m.; Sat, March 9th at 8:00 p.m.;
Sun, March 10th at 3:00 p.m. and Sun, March 10th at 7:00 p.m. (And any subsequent performance).
“Identity, an inventive new play by Nicholas Linnehan, exemplifies the kind of keen theatrical adventure that can be had when a character drops pretense and starts to confide in the audience. It allows the audience to walk a mile in its leading character's shoes, and learn a bit of what it might be like to be a gay disabled Catholic.” - Martin Denton, nytheatre.com
Mike feels trapped and does not want to be boxed in so he entrusts a doctor to have his identity removed. Can this doctor’s procedure really help? An autobiographical tale of cerebral palsy, Catholicism, and homosexuality.
Featuring Timothy Connell, Nicholas Linnehan, Amy Lizka, and Matthew Tyler.
With costume design by Renee Salmieri, and Reuven Glezer is the assistant director. Graphic design by Tom Freda.
IDENTITY plays the following schedule through March 24th:
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 P.M.
Sundays at 3:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.
Tickets are $15.00 and are currently available to purchase at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4052890
Running Time: 100 minutes with no intermission
To learn more visit identitytheater.com
NICHOLAS LINNEHAN (Playwright) is an avid director, actor, and writer. Previously, he has been busy writing five new original works; His first play, The Real Story was produced in 2001 by The Post Theatre Company. His second play, Identity (award winning), was produced twice by Queens College in 2005, once by Manhattan Repertory Theater in 2006, and by Nicu’s Spoon Theater in 2007. His last original work, Erosion: Life on Life’s Terms premiered in January 2010 at Nicu’s Spoon Theater. He has worked as a director for many children’s shows and taught several drama classes for children over the past 14 years. Nick graduated from CW Post at Long Island University with his BA in Theater and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Queens College. Nick founded Identity Theater Company in 2011, and is looking forward to making great theater with great people.
CHRISTOPHER SCOTT (Director) Artistic Director Masterworks Theater Company. Artistic Associate with Amas Musical Theatre (directed over 20 productions). Member Playwright/Directors Workshop at The Actors Studio. Directing credits - Off-Broadway: The Glass Menagerie, Edwin: The Story of Edwin Booth, A Class Act, Nancy Friday’s My Secret Garden, Golf: The Musical, For Lovers Only, Tails, The Big Bang, and Greed: A Musical For Our Times. NYC: I am, I Will, I Do, Amas Musical Theatre, and NYMF 2017; The Morons (Best Direction Nom.) First Irish Festival ; Years of Sky at 59E59; Best Night Ever & Sitting Shiva fringeNYC; Lorenzo at NYMF. B-PAC Endgame, Miss Julie, Antigone, Hedda Gabler, Medea and Zoo Story. Many, many productions for Theatreworks/USA. Acting credits- Broadway: Meet Me In St. Louis. Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks, The Chosen, The Twilight of the Gold’s, Bent, Jekyll and Hyde and Pets! Plus tours and regional theatre & television. Faculty: NYU/CAP21, Baruch College. Graduate Boston Conservatory.
IDENTITY THEATER COMPANY is a group of differently abled artists devoted to exploring and challenging issues of the human condition. We strive to present work that cultivates understanding, promotes tolerance, and engages its participants in meaningful discussions.
1-In your own words, describe the production. Including key themes and conflicts…why is this the right time for this production?
It's about someone wishing away their inherited baggage, and complications that causes. I confront my family's racism when my brother and I both commit to interracial relationships (his has the benefit of being straight, but the drawback of being with an Arab). Our parents insist the Holocaust means Jews can't be safe with anyone but other Jews. Wanting a more inclusive identity, I wonder how different my life would be if the Holocaust had never happened; before I know it, I'm interviewing Holocaust deniers around the world. Needless to say, what I hear—and share—is shocking. Laughable, and yet, considering at least eight white nationalists are running for U.S. Congress in 2018, also terrifying.
2-Who are your collaborators and what do you like about working with them?
I am a geeky, loner introvert. Usually during a show I've written, I'm pacing in the back of the theater, nursing crushes on the actors. Performing, on purpose, in front of a hundred people a night, projecting confidence? I'd work with no one else but the director Jeremy Gold Kronenberg, who has known me since we were preteens and his middle name was not "Gold" and he was knitting homemade vests on the bus to school. I feel safer being naked before him than I do before most of my doctors. Especially my urologist. Jeremy's never stuck anything up my urethra.
3-Who is the typical audience for the production? What do you want audiences to get out of the show (ie: feel when they leave the theater)?
When I first started performing this show, I thought I would do it in a sort of Sacha Baron Cohen persona and present myself as a real Holocaust denier. Over the years, I've realized theater attracts more earnest, liberal Jews than it does Ali G fans, so now my audience is earnest, liberal Jews. All of them. All the synagogue-going, Haaretz-reading, Trump-hating Jews from here to Scarsdale. But also all the gays. And all the Millennials. Everyone worried about fake news and Bannon and Kushner and Russia, and everyone who listens to On the Media and On Being and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me (for the yuks). Anyone who sees a terrible normalization of hate happening, and wants to engage in a 75-minute dialogue about what we need to know to fight back. At the end of each show, I want 100 people to have laughed 150 times—but to still be scared shitless. Really scared shitless. Like so scared, I thought about calling the play "Oy, Get Out Already!" But then I learned Orin Wolf has already optioned that title for a show staring Nick Kroll coming to Broadway in 2019.
4-Who is someone (or something) who has inspired you?
Deborah Lipstadt, while researching Hoaoxocaust. Mel Brooks, while writing it. RuPaul Charles, every Thursday.
5-Why theatre, when did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Seventh grade. I like being good at things, and it already wouldn't be sports. When my voice changed, it also wouldn't be musicals.
QUESTING BEAST PRODUCTIONS
in partnership with THE THEATER AT THE 14TH STREET Y
Written and performed by BARRY LEVEY
Directed by JEREMY GOLD KRONENBERG
SEPTEMBER 5 – 30, 2018 AT THE THEATER AT THE 14TH STREET Y
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