Saturday, April 26, 2014

Brave New World Rep: Join us for a free reading of Kristoffer Diaz's #therevolution

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Brave New World Repertory Theatre
O brave new world,
That has such people in't!

The Tempest, Act V: Sc. 1

NEW WORKS is a new play initiative designed to help the company deepen its commitment to artists in our borough. Throughout the year, a staged reading series showcases four Brooklyn writers' work presented in diverse, environmentally-specific locations throughout Brooklyn.

We invite you to join us for the second of these free events Monday, May 5th:

By Kristoffer Diaz
Directed by Liesl Tommy
Sometimes life is too much to take. Sometimes it makes you do dumb things. Sometimes that dumb thing is killing someone. Sometimes when you kill someone, an army rises up in your name. Then you've got to deal with that. #therevolution is an extra dark comedy about two young women who accidentally take over the world and devote themselves to fixing it. Or just enjoying the fame. Either of those.

Monday, May 5th, 7p.m.
61 Local
61 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY
A, C to Hoyt Schermerhorn; F, G to Bergen
Admission is FREE! No reservation necessary.
Please join us at 61 Local, a public house serving local fare--beer, wine, coffee and food. After the reading, we invite you to stay for conversation with the artists.

Kristoffer Diaz is a playwright and educator living and working in Brooklyn. Full-length titles include The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Welcome to Arroyo's, The Upstairs Concierge, and The Unfortunates. Awards: 2011 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award; finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; winner, 2011 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play; winner, 2011 OBIE Award, Best New American Play; and the inaugural Gail Merrifield Papp Fellowship from The Public Theater (2011). His work has been produced, commissioned, and developed at The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, The Goodman, Second Stage, Victory Gardens, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Theater Company, The Atlantic, InterAct, Mixed Blood, The Orchard Project, Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Lark, Summer Play Festival, Donmar Warehouse, and South Coast Repertory, among many others. Kristoffer holds a BA from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, an MFA from NYU's Department of Dramatic Writing, and an MFA from Brooklyn College's Performing Arts Management program.

Liesl Tommy is an award-winning director whose world premieres include Party People by Universes at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The White Man—A Complex Declaration of Love by Joan Rang with DanskDansk Theatre in Denmark, Peggy Picket Sees the Face of God by Roland Schimmelpfennig at the Luminato Festival/Canadian Stage Toronto, Eclipsed by Danai Gurira at Yale Repertory Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson at The Public Theater and Dallas Theater Center, A History of Light by Eisa Davis at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Angela's Mixtape by Eisa Davis at Synchronicity Performance Group, New Georges, and Bus and Family Ties at the Play Company for the Romania Kiss Me! Festival. She is the Associate Director at Berkeley Rep. Liesl's other credits include California Shakespeare Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Center Stage in Baltimore, Sundance East Africa, Manda Island, Kenya, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, and Huntington Theatre Company, among others. She serves as the program associate at Sundance Institute Theatre Program, focusing on its activities in East Africa, and she was recently made an artist trustee with the Sundance Institute's board of trustees. Liesl was awarded the inaugural Susan Stroman Directing Award from the Vineyard Theatre, the NEA/TCG Directors Grant, and the New York Theatre Workshop Casting/Directing Fellowship. She is a native of Cape Town, South Africa.

New Works continues with the next two readings:
Honey Drop
By Erin Courtney
Directed by Lisa Peterson
June 17

By Mark Sitko
Directed by Knud Adams
Date TBA
Brave New World Repertory Theatre is a company of Brooklyn-based theatre professionals dedicated to creating dynamic productions of classic plays, as well as new works by Brooklyn writers. The company performs in unique and historic Brooklyn venues, reaching out to under-served audiences to promote a love of theatre.
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