Third Time’s a Charm!!
We’ve been so lucky to still be around, and given the most tremendous opportunities. This season has us discussing race relations in Boston, and fantasizing about magic, intrigue and love. We have been honored to be be invited to the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival with our production of Gift of an Orange, by Charlene Donaghy. Please visit the Gift of an Orange link on the festival website for more information. Boston Playwrights Theatre again serves as a venue for our newest production, It’s a Love Thang.
We’re kicking off the season with a reading Hurrah for the Revolution by John Stenson of Boston’s 57 Readers. The play surrounds the still sensitive and undiscussed subject of busing in Boston in the 70’s. The play takes place in South Boston and follows two families…. the Crowlies, Irish immigrants and the Wainwrights, Roxbury residents. We follow the story through the eyes of Dan Crowley, leader of Save Our Schools (SOS), an organization strongly resistant to the the integration of “Southie High”.
5 Directors, 10 Actors, and a baker’s half-dozen of 10-minute plays equals this year’s NUTLab 5 & 10. In collaboration with Boston’s Proscenium Playwrights, the NUTLab Five & Dime will feature works by Mary Conroy, Robbi D’Allessandro, Chris Davis, Charlene Donaghy, Terrence Kidd, and Angel Nunez on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Boston Playwright’s Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Avenute, Boston, at 3:00pm. Tickets: $10.00. Local Boston actors and Directors will join in on the fun.
And last but by no way LEAST, September 2012 we present “…It’s a LOVE thang” featuring the winning play of our Love Experiment, Gift of an orange by Charlene Donaghy. Also on the bill is Cliff Odle’s The Delicate Art of Customer Service.
Our production, It’s a Love Thang features two one acts, written by Cliff Odle and Charlene Donaghy, respectively.
THE DELICATE ART OF CUSTOMER SERVICE, By Cliff Odle
Love is on the line and the barrier between the professional and the personal is blurred when two “Customer Service” Reps are forced to make a decision once they realize how complicated their jobs can truly be. Featuring James Bockock and Jenny Gutbezahl.
GIFT OF AN ORANGE, By Charlene Donaghy
In the moist heat of the bayou, where few people linger, Oshun brings lovers to her bed with the enchantments she conjures from her lush oranges “The only thing growing out here.” Taurean wanders into her life: young, hungry, dry from the road, lonely from the tragedies life has thrust upon him. Work is what he hopes to find but Oshun, eyeing him with lust, has different desires. As she weaves her spell, their connection will alter her beliefs, and perhaps her entire way of life.
You can also see Gift of an Orange in the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. For more information press here.
More about the cast…
James Bocock (JAKE) is really excited to be working with New Urban Theatre Lab and with the casts and crews of “The Delicate Art of Customer Service” and “Gift of an Orange”. Some recent credits include “The Pillowman” with Flat Earth Theatre (Ariel); “Murph” with Argos Productions (Gary) and “Photograph 51” with The Nora Theatre Company (Francis Crick).
Dayenne C. Byron Walters (OSHUN) is a Boston-based artist. Recent feature roles include Winkie Linehart in the original play, “Just Deserts”, by R. D. Murphy, part of the Boston Actor’s Theatre Summer Play Festival, Mrs. Bennet in the Theatre@First (Somerville Theatre) adaption of Pride and Prejudice, Gammy, in “Giddy in Love”, an independent film, Mrs. Muller in the TCAN Players’ production of “Doubt”, the Actor’s Shakespeare Project’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and readings of “The Oldest Profession” by Paula Vogel, for Theatre@First, Barebones Production, “Our Girl from Trenton” by Cliff Odle (New Urban Theatre Lab), and “A to Z” by Monica Raymond, at the Boston Playwright’s Theatre. Her dance training is in Afro-Jazz, Haitian, and West African –traditional and contemporary. She is a member of Benkadi Drum and Dance, a Cambridge-based Malian dance company. Her choreography for various groups has been staged at Boston City Hall, the Somerville Theatre and the Dance Complex in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Richard Caines, (TAUREAN) was born Richard B. Caines III and raised in Medford Massachusetts. He has been acting since he was in grade school and continued through high school and onto Emerson College where he studied Theatre, Writing and radio and received a B.F.A. in Theatre Along with acting he is also a writer, producer and director of both theatre and film. He also enjoys teaching and coaching acting at various levels. He has worked on numerous projects and stays busy between Boston and Los Angeles California. His latest film and television credits include Ben Affleck’s The Town as a member of the SWAT team alongside Jon Hamm. The role of Private Detective Darren Blue in the pilot he wrote and helped produce entitled Little Boy Blue(www.littleboybluepilot.com) and Safe Haven a short film (safehavenfilm.com, safehavenfilm on YouTube) for which he received a nomination for best actor in a short by the Action On Film Festival in Los Angeles California. He is excited to be part of this production and looks forward to working such a talented group of artists!
Jenny Gutbezahl (WOMAN) is a carbon-based life form who is very excited about working with New Urban Theatre Laboratory for the first time. She has been doing theater in the Boston area for about 8 years; some of her favorite roles have been Casey in Anton in Show Business (with Apollinaire Theatre), Alexa in As Bees in Honey Drown (with Flat Earth Theater), Martina Dysart in Durang Durang (with Bad Habit Productions), Mrs. Pascal in The House of Yes (with Counter Productions), Nursie in Blackadder II (with Theatre on Fire), Leda Leaper in The Big Broadcasts of 1938, 1946, and 1954 (all with the Post-Meridian Players) and Lady Macbeth in Godzilla vs. Macbeth (with Theatre at First). You can find her on-line as various characters in PMRP’s The Mask of Innana, Lois in Unreliable Narrator’s The Way of the Warrior-Bunny, and Mrs. Mightoffski in the upcoming pilot for Rhinocrate’s Super Life. When not performing, she can be found brewing beer, constructing crossword puzzles, herding winners at the Ig Nobel awards, or putting together playlists for mixcloud. Although she doesn’t have her own page on Wikipedia, the asteroid named after her does…No, really look her up!
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Reading of John Stenson’s Hurrah for the Revolution : $0.00
The NUTLab 5&10 in Collaboration with the Proscenium Playwrights: Suggested Donation: $10.00 (but feel free to pay more!)
“…it’s a LOVE thang” featuring Gift of an Orange and The Delicate Art of Customer Service: $25.00