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THE HARD PROBLEM
by Tom Stoppard
It has been a dozen years since Tom Stoppard lit up the Beaumont stage with his brilliant play, The Coast of Utopia. That extraordinary trilogy thrilled New York audiences over the course of a whole season and won 7 Tony Awards including Best Play. Lincoln Center Theater also presented Stoppard's Arcadia, The Invention of Love, Hapgood and Rock ‘N’ Roll, now he's back at LCT with his first new play in ten years. THE HARD PROBLEM is a powerful take on a contemporary dilemma, filled with provocative discourse and quick wit.
THE HARD PROBLEM introduces a young woman, Hilary (Adelaide Clemens), a psychology student who is newly employed as a research assistant at a neuroscience think-tank financed by a hedge-fund billionaire. He believes the brain and the ability to map and understand it are the key to predicting financial patterns, human behavior and more. But as Hilary’s career advances she and her colleagues struggle with what scientists call ‘the hard problem’ which asks: if the brain is made of nothing but facts, what is consciousness? For Hilary the possibility of genuine altruism, without a hidden Darwinian self-interest, depends on the answer. Meanwhile she is nursing a private sorrow. She needs a miracle and prays for one every day.
BY ELIZA BENT
New York, New York: Adjusted Realists, a company devoted to telling theatrical stories about slightly unhinged worlds, in association with Weber State University, is thrilled to present THE BEYONCÉ, written by Eliza Bent and directed by Stephen Kaliski.
Nodding to Queen Bey but based on an Anton Chekhov story of a similar name, THE BEYONCÉ is a razor sharp and deeply personal coming-of-age conundrum acclaimed playwright Eliza Bent (Toilet Fire, Aloha Aloha), who was called this generation's answer to Amy Sedaris: frank, weird and immensely likable by Time Out New York.
With her wedding approaching, Nadia discovers that her heart doesnt want what it obviously should want: a decent husband and a stable family life. She instead fantasizes about running off to the bright lights of the big city, to the counterculture of self-discovery. Is this a silly daydream or a full-body call to adventure that must be answered?
The cast features Rolls Andre (Beardo), Andrea Aranguren, Maggie Low* (The Blacklist), Jeremiah Maestas* (Broadways Macbeth, dir. Jack OBrien), Roger Manix (True Blood), Rachel McPhee* (Vieux Carre at The Pearl Theatre), and Regan Sims (Sam Wanamaker Festival @ Shakespeares Globe).
*Appears Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. AEA APPROVED SHOWCASE.
The design team includes Sam Transleau (scenic design); Jessica Greenberg (lighting design); William Mellette (costume design); and Andrew Lynch (sound design and composer).
Eliza Bent (playwright) is a Brooklyn-based playwright and performer. Bents plays have been developed and presented in productions, readings, and workshops at the Abrons Arts Center, JACK, the Atlantic, and the Bushwick Starr. Residencies: Berkeley Reps Ground Floor, SPACE on Ryder Farm, New Georges Audrey alum, Target Margin Institute Fellow, MacDowell Colony Fellow, the Abingdon Theatre. The Beyoncé won the 2014 Payne Award for Outstanding Theatrical Event. MFA in playwriting Brooklyn College.
Stephen Kaliski (director) is a director, playwright, and educator. He was recently the Resident Director of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway. He is a co-founder of Adjusted Realists, where credits include the 59E59 productions of Gluten! (writer/director) and The Briefly Dead (writer). He was the SDC Traube Fellow on Evita (Broadway) and Assistant Director of Three Sisters (Classic Stage Company). He is a Visiting Professor of Theatre at Davidson College.
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ADJUSTED REALISTS presents
BY PAUL KRUSE
JUNE 28 – JULY16, 2017
JACK - BROOKLYN , NY
Award-winning theater company Adjusted Realists is proud to announce the New York premiere of Chickens in the Yard this summer at Brooklyn’s JACK, located in the heart of Clinton Hill.
In a rural home outside of Pittsburgh, a gay couple feels its future tugged in opposing directions by career prospects and family tensions. But Chickens in the Yard , Paul Kruse’s lyrical play that premiered at Quantum Theatre in 2015, is no conventional domestic drama. Echoing every emotional beat in this gently expansive work are the lives of the farm’s chickens, intense, inscrutable, and sneakily as human as their human counterparts. As the spotlight shifts between man and fowl, Chickens in the Yardscratches at the thin skin of contemporary relationships, with parallel creatures yearning for love and normalcy in a deeply abnormal world.
Starring Maggie Low, Roger Manix, and Jeremiah Maestas and directed by Will Taylor, Chickens in the Yardpromises to be one of Clinton Hill’s top cultural attractions this summer.
MEMORIAM opens August 14, 2016
FringeNYC Shows Already Selling Out
Memoriam: After Euripides' Alcestis is a timely and singular odyssey through the politics of identity, feminism, and isolation. This lyrical #herstory promises to be one of the most haunting entries of this year's New York International Fringe Festival.
It's one of our eternally futile longings: to bring the love of your life back from the dead. But what if the impossible were actually possible? What if the ultimate miracle happened? What if, laws of the cosmos be damned, she really came back?
Such is the case in Memoriam, an inventive, multidisciplinary snapshot of the aftermath of a miracle. Inspired by an ancient Greek myth and millennia of wishful thinking, playwright Stephen Kaliski (West Lethargy, Gluten!) reunites a dead queen with her grieving king and then asks, "Is she really back?" What follows is a whirling journey through the looking glass of loss, memory, and the uncertain ownership we have over our own lives.
Memoriam is directed by Elizabeth Ostler and co-produced by Hypnic Theatre Company and Adjusted Realists, recipients of a 2016 Off Broadway Angels grant and creators of Gluten! at 59E59 Theaters and the acclaimed revival of Nicky Silver's Pterodactyls at Teatro Circulo.
Hypnic Theatre Co.
In Association With
After Euripides' Alcestis
By Stephen Kaliski
Directed by Elizabeth Ostler
Starring Fito Alvarado, Benjamin Bercot, Bryce Crumlish, Katherine Farrell, Jeremiah Maestas*, Matthew Mastromatteo, Lizzie Thompson, Kenny Wang, & Ioanna Zafiropoulos
Sunday, August 14, 5:30 pm
Friday, August 19, 2:00pm
Saturday, August 20, 9:45pm
Tuesday, August 23, 7:00pm
Saturday, August 27, 4:15pm
VENUE #1: Teatro SEA at the Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street
*Member Actors' Equity Association. AEA Approved Showcase.
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NOV 19, 2015 - DEC 5, 2015
Adjusted Realists presents
By STEPHEN KALISKI
Directed by STEPHEN KALISKI and AMANDA HOLSTON
In Stephen Kaliski's jubilantly foul, gently futuristic Gluten!, newlyweds Copious Fairchild and Hibiscus Van der Waal are doing everything they can to conceive a child. They've moved into a new abode. They're seeing the best doctors. They're even trying sex the new way, to no avail. When Copious' estranged mother pays a visit with a radically new-age proposition, the couple must confront all the demonic glutens they'd tried so hard to eliminate.
Following up on their critically acclaimed revival of Nicky Silver's Pterodactyls, The Adjusted Realists deliver a crackling new comedy about the latest threat to an America desperate for spiritual (and digestive) freedom.
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