September 20 - 23 & September 27 - 30, 2018
The Gasholder Building, Troy, NY (1115 5th Ave. Troy, NY 12180)
Directed by David Baecker, Elizabeth Carlson-Guerin, David Girard, Brenna Geffers & Katie Pedro
Step. Right. UP. One...and ALL. Step into an immersive and interactive Post-Modern Troy Carnivale this September! Join us as we celebrate the unique character of the City of Troy through the celebrated work of award-winning playwright Samuel Beckett and this quintessentially Troy Carnivale. To be performed at the historic Gasholder Building in Troy, NY. Directors for the project include David Baecker (Theatre Institute at Sage) Elizabeth Carlson-Guerin (Saratoga Shakespeare Company), Brenna Geffers (Die-Cast Theatre, Troy Foundry Theatre), Katie Pedro (Troy Foundry Theatre, Exquisite Corpse Company, Dixon Place), and TFT’s own David Girard (Saratoga Shakespeare Company).
September 20, 2018 @8pm *PREVIEW PERFORMANCE
September 21, 2018 @8pm *OPENING NIGHT
September 22, 2018 @8pm
September 23, 2018 @2pm
September 27, 2018 @8pm
September 28, 2018 @8pm
September 29, 2018 @8pm
September 30, 2018 @2pm
**The Prohibition Project is sponsored by Collar Works and Stewart’s Shops.
In a country divided, there is a battle being waged over who gets to be called an American. Workers are striking, immigrants are coming and the Democratic Party has too many candidates for the upcoming convention. It is the end of the Roaring 1920’s and everyone knows the world is about to change. But whose change will win out? Wild women with short hair versus sober men with dark clothes. Irish Democrats versus Jewish Socialists. Dano versus The Golden Kid. And everyone is on the take.
The Prohibition Project mixes the familiar icons of the gangsters and the flappers with the lesser known socialists and politicians to create an immersive mosaic of America's wildest times. Wander a vintage dream of illicit cocktails, smokey torch songs, and political intrigue.
Created using the real history of Troy mixed with the mythos of the American Gangster to craft a one-of-a-kind, choose-your-own-adventure experience, The Prohibition Project invites you to party with us at the end of an era.
Troy Foundry Theatre is proud to commission Die-Cast of Philadelphia for the co-creation of a new site-specific immersive performance piece, unfolding the underground subculture of alcohol and speakeasies in Troy, NY during Prohibition. The company will take residency at Collar Works in Troy for the development and performance of this new work. As usual, your experience will be unusual. Anticipate nothing. All things are possible. Come with an open mind. Directed by Brenna Geffers.
A WORLD PREMIERE
by Richard Dresser
directed by Elizabeth Carlson-Guerin
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Set in the not-too-distant future, this new dark comedy confronts today’s direst global crises with incisive humor and sly wisdom. Stevie and Joan prepare for what will be a transformative experience. But what will it mean for their life as they know it? And what’s going on with the strange couple living next door? Richard Dresser’s (Rounding Third, Gun-Shy, The Pursuit of Happiness) plays have been widely produced on and off Broadway, in the nation’s leading regional theatres, and throughout Europe. A reading of 100 Years was produced as a part of Troy Foundry Theatre’s Dark Day Mondays Free Reading Series in 2017.
About Richard Dresser:
RICHARD DRESSER’S plays have been produced in New York, regional theater, and Europe. Highlights include ROUNDING THIRD (off-Broadway), BELOW THE BELT (off-Broadway), GUN-SHY (Off-Broadway). ROUNDING THIRD was recently made into a film starring John C. McGinley and Garret Dillahunt for release in 2018, and BELOW THE BELT was made into the film “Human Error” directed by Robert M. Young which appeared at Sundance Film Festival. Recent plays include TROUBLE COMETH (San Francisco Playhouse) and CLOSURE (New Jersey Repertory Theatre). Other projects include the book for the musical JOHNNY BASEBALL (lyrics by Willie Reale, music by Robert Reale), which premiered at A.R.T. in Cambridge, and moved on to the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He is a former member of New Dramatists and twice attended the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He currently teaches at Columbia and is President of the Writers Guild Initiative, which does writing workshops all over the country with veterans, caregivers, exonerated death row prisoners, and DREAMERS among other groups.
Troy Foundry Theatre will continue this free series featuring sessions of staged readings of brand new plays in unique venues around Troy, NY. The series is dedicated to the support and development of new playwrights and new work and the expansion of the American theatrical canon. Dates and submission calls will be announced through the year on a session by session basis.
Troy Foundry Theatre's Pop-Up Summer Salons are private events for “friends” of TFT where the Foundry will pop-up in very non-traditional spaces, more intimate; we’ll show up in backyards, living rooms, basements, roofs – even your bathroom - to present extant works, readings, open-mikes, comedy, film and/or music events – the sky's the limit. This is a chance to show smaller art pieces in a casual setting. The hope is to build this into a semi-regular gathering for young artists, storytellers, poets, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, etc. and more to collaborate, debate and connect with one another. We want this to be a safe space where artists can be recognized and understood.