MIDDLEBURY, VT and NEW YORK, NY – PTP/NYC in association with Middlebury College, presents its 30th repertory season, its 10th consecutive in New York City, running from July 5-August 7 in a limited 5-week Off-Broadway engagement at The Atlantic Stage 2, located at 330 West 16th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.
This season’s line-up includes a revival of Howard Barker’s No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming, directed by PTP’s Co-Artistic Director Richard Romagnoli (a NYIT Award nominee), and a revival of C.P. Taylor’s Good, directed by PTP’s Co-Artistic Director Jim Petosa. Previews begin on July 5 and openings on July 12.
“It’s incredible to have reached our 30th season and an honor to do work of this calibre with Middlebury trained artists,” said Professor of Theatre and PTP co-founder Cheryl Faraone. “Every season students are exposed to provocative contemporary texts and challenged by working with professional actors who are deeply committed to mentoring.”
Since its founding in 1987 as Potomac Theatre Project in Washington, D.C., and Maryland, more than 300 Middlebury students have worked on and off-stage for the company’s 79 productions. In 2007, the company relocated to New York and became PTP/NYC. This season 10 students will work with the company–two as assistants to the directors and stage managers and the rest as actors. All will assist with sets, costumes, lighting, front of house, and backstage work.
“PTP gives us the opportunity to perform on an Off-Broadway stage alongside professionals actors before we’ve even graduated college,” said Caitlin Duffy ’15.5, who returns for her third season this summer. “It teaches us to respect every aspect of the theatre and forces us to develop strong work ethic, since we are responsible for all that goes on backstage.”
The 2016 season opens with C.P. Taylor’s Good, which begins previews July 6 for a July 12 opening and runs through August 6.
How did it happen? How did a nation go mad? How were normal people transformed into brutes, devoid of ordinary humanity? How were the Nazis made? Hitler’s own anti-Semitism is clinically explicable. But after he had ordered the mass extermination of Jews, how did he get apparently normal Germans to carry those orders out? Set partly inside the mind of a ‘good’ man, Professor John Halder, Good watches a normal German slowly succumb to the rising madness, slipping the bonds of family and friendship.
Howard Barker’s No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming begins previews July 5 for a July 13 opening and runs through August 7.
The play explores the role of the artist in society and the struggle for freedom of expression. Starting with a harrowing depiction of war with an attempted rape and a near execution in the Carpathian Mountains during WWI, the protagonist is the brilliant Hungarian political cartoonist Bela Veracek (loosely based on the celebrated German cartoonist Victor Weisz). Running from Hungary at the end of the First World War to the newly emergent Soviet Union and then to a pre-WWII Britain, Bela is constantly at odds with the governments he lampoons, and the newspapers that admire his talent, but expect conformity and absolute submission. No End of Blame is a provocative play of ideas and a scathing commentary about the censorship of art.
Performances are Tuesdays-Sundays at 7 p.m., and Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. The schedule varies - for exact days and times visit PTPNYC.org. Tickets are $35, $20 for students and seniors, $17.50 for previews, and can be purchased online at PTPNYC.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Middlebury alumni are eligible for a special discount – two tickets for the price of one – by entering the code MC16 when purchasing tickets online at ptpnyc.org. For info visit ptpnyc.org, follow on Twitter at @ptpnyc, and like them on Facebook.