New british invasion


Four Plays, Three Readings, Lots to Talk About

During its 2013-2014 Season, Studio Theatre showcased the work of some of the most accomplished and innovative plays by British writers under 40 in its New British Invasion Festival. Anchored by four full productions—the Olivier and Drama Desk Award-winning Tribes by Nina Raine and the Olivier Award-winning play Cock by Mike Bartlett in Studio’s Subscription Series, the Gate Theatre (London)’s production of George Brant’s play Grounded, and the US premiere of Edgar & Annabel in 2ndStage—the Festival included readings of other plays alongside conversations with artists, scholars, and critics to place the work of these writers in a wider theatrical and cultural context.

Events included:

Tribes

by Nina Raine
directed by David Muse
2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play

Billy was born deaf into a garrulous academic family who raised him to lip read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia—who’s going deaf herself—Billy decides it’s time to speak on his own terms, sending shock waves through the family. Playing out in sign language, argument, music, and mesmerizing silence, this sophisticated drama examines family, belonging, and the limitations of language.  A moving and surprising play from a rising star of the British theatre.

Conversations

Language, Code-Switching, and Communication
Saturday, January 25, after the 2pm  matinee, Studio Theatre
Join specialists in sociolinguistics as they reflect on the play and discuss how we communicate and the many ways that social and cultural factors shift language use and change. This conversation will be sign-language interpreted.
Panelists: Dr. Christopher Stone, Gallaudet University and Natalie Schilling, Georgetown University

Tribes and the d/Deaf Perspective
Tuesday, February 4th, after the 8pm performance, Studio Theatre
Join members of the Deaf community as they discuss the ways that the characters of Nina Raine’s play reflect and differ from their experience. This discussion is part of Studio's Plays in Context Series and presented in partnership with Gallaudet University and Fourth Wall Gone, an outreach initiative of No Rules Theatre Company. The conversation will be sign interpreted.
Panelists: Sherrette Estes, Monique Holt, Don Miller, and Michelle Banks

Deaf Culture and Linguistics
Sunday, February 23rd, after the 7pm performance, Studio Theatre
Join members of Gallaudet University's Linguistics and ASL & Deaf Studies faculties as they discuss Tribes. This discussion is part of Studio's Plays in Context Series and presented in partnership with Gallaudet University and Fourth Wall Gone, an outreach initiative of No Rules Theatre Company. The conversation will be sign interpreted.
Panelists: Dr. Gaurav Mathur, Dr. Gene Mirus, and Janis Cole

Tribes PostScript
February 23, 2014, after the 7pm performance, Studio Theatre
PostScript is a series of candid and invigorating conversations about our Season Subscription plays, like a book club for plays. Concessions available. This conversation will be sign-language interpreted.

Play Reading Series

Jumpers for Goalposts, by Tom Wells
directed by Johanna Gruenhut

Monday, April 28 at 7pm, Studio Theatre
Cast: Michael Glenn (Joe), Danny Gavigan (Danny), Kim Gilbert (Viv), Andy Grotelueschen (Geoff), Chris Dinolfo (Luke), Caitlin Cromblehome (Stage Directions)
Hope springs eternal in the post-game locker room of Barely Athletic, an amateur soccer team competing for a trophy in Hull, a small fishing city that’s seen better days. A sweet and funny play about romance, resilience, taking chances, and moving on by the winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright 2012. Reserve your space online.

The Witness, by Vivienne Franzmann
directed by Jamila Reddy

Monday, May 12 at 7pm, Studio Theatre
Cast: Lilian Oben (Alex), Michael Tolaydo (Joseph), Jude Sandy (Simon)​
A piercing play from Studio-commissioned writer Vivienne Franzmann. A war photojournalist captures a heartbreaking image of a Rwandan orphan, then rescues and adopts her—but there’s a devastating secret lurking just beyond the frame. A father and daughter grapple with identity, ethics, and the power of witnessing. Reserve your space online.

Bull, by Mike Bartlett
directed by Elizabeth Dinkova

Monday, June 2 at 7pm, Studio Theatre
Cast: Matthew Amendt (Thomas), Kelley Curran (Isobel), Tim Getman (Tony), Bruce Dow (Carter)
No one likes a loser. This companion piece to Cock examines the cutthroat world of office rivalry, as three colleagues wait to learn which will be fired when their boss comes in. A razor-sharp look at politicking—or is that bullying?—in the workplace. Reserve your space online.

Cock

by Mike Bartlett
directed by David Muse
2010 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement
May 14, 2014-June 22, 2014
John breaks up with his long-term boyfriend. Two weeks later, he’s grateful to be accepted back—and haunted by a passionate and unshakable encounter with a woman. In a world with so many ways to be happy, how do you know the right thing when you have it? Cock detonates the love triangle in this investigation of attraction, ambivalence, and commitment from one of Britain’s most provocative young playwrights.

Reading of Bull, Mike Bartlett
Monday, June 2, 7pm, Studio Theatre

After-Show Discussions with the Cast of Cock
May 25, 2014, after the 2pm matinee, Studio Theatre
June 7, 2014, after the 2pm matinee, Studio Theatre 
Join actors from Cock for a lively conversation about rehearsing and performing the play.

Cock PostScript
June 22, 2014, after the 2pm matinee, Studio Theatre
PostScript is a series of candid and invigorating conversations about our Season Subscription plays, like a book club for plays. Concessions available.

Grounded

by George Brant
directed by Christopher Haydon
presented in association with Gate Theatre, London
2013 Fringe First Award
When a hot-shot fighter pilot’s unexpected pregnancy grounds her, she ends up flying drones in Afghanistan from a trailer outside Vegas. This gripping solo show explores the screened in, greyed-out, hyped-up world of remote warfare in an acclaimed production from London’s Gate Theatre.

Conversations

Remote Warfare and Mental Health
Thursday, June 12, after the 8pm performance, Studio Theatre
According to a 2009 report from the Department of Defense Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, drone pilots suffer depression and PTSD at the same rate as pilots on manned aircraft. Join Angela Vredeveld, PsyD, Clinical Specialist with Give an Hour and David Wood, Pulitzer-Prize winning senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post as they discuss the unique pressures of drone pilots and the effect of remote warfare on active and veteran pilots. Part of the New British Invasion Festival and Studio's Plays in Context Series. In partnership with the British Council.

George Brant and Lucy Ellinson in Conversation
Saturday, June 14, after the 8pm performance, Studio Theatre

The Gate Theatre’s production of Grounded was a smash hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, winning a Fringe First award and landing on the Top Ten of 2013 lists for The Guardian and the London Standard. The play won the 212 Smith Prize for Best Play on American political themes, and was recently long-listed for the James Tait Black Prize for Drama in the UK. Join playwright George Brant and actor Lucy Ellinson as they discuss the process of writing and performing Grounded with Studio Artistic Director David Muse. Part of the New British Invasion Festival and Studio's Artists in Conversation Series. In partnership with the British Council.

Drone Warfare and US Policy
Thursday, June 26, 2014; after the 8pm performance of Grounded
Join Peter Singer, Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings Institution and Andrea J Prasow, Senior National Security Council and Advocate at Human Rights Watch as they explore the strategic, humanitarian, technological, and civil liberties implications of United States’ use of unmanned aerial vehicles in a conversation moderated by Derek Goldman, co-director of the Laboratory for Global Performance at Georgetown University. Part of the New British Invasion Festival and Studio's Plays in Context Series. In partnership with the British Council.

 

 

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