Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company Produces The Reality Plays
The Reality Plays
produced by Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company
Directors: Garrett Allen/Dana Greenfield/Scott F. Davis
Designers: Tanner Simpson/John Erickson/ Marc Stuart Jablonski
Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company will produce THE REALITY PLAYS at The Flamboyan Theater on May 16-17. In this new work series, three emerging directors will trace the political and social impact of reality television by reinterpreting America's Next Top Model, The Jersey Shore, and The Real Housewives of New York City. They will collaborate with an ensemble of emerging designers to push the boundaries of form and dissect an American phenomenon.
"Mentoring and developing young artists is a key part of PCTC's mission," explains Producing Artistic Director Joseph W. Rodriguez. "In an era of shrinking funding for non-profit theatre, it's important to send the ladder back down to creators in the early stages of their careers. We're especially proud of our sustained collaboration with students from Pace University since 2015."
Previously for PCTC, Pace graduate Scott F. Davis directed several staged readings, assistant directed TW 1982 and One Flea Spare, and served as festival director for the 2017 Tennessee Williams Festival. Fellow Pace alum Dana Greenfield directed a piece for that festival and served as associate director for TW 1982.
"The ongoing support of an established theater company is a significant boost for young artists," says Davis. "We're grateful to PCTC for lending its resources and giving us the chance to explore and stretch our capabilities and visions in this laboratory format."
WE WERE ROOTING FOR YOU created by Garrett Allen
This piece is a meditation on the iconic Tyra tirade at Tiffany from Cycle 4 from America's Next Top Model. It will take this, now meme-ified, moment of reality television and continually ruminate on it, exploring the modern and unnoted realities of how society perceives, creates, and manipulates the voices and relationships of black women.
THE RISE AND FALL OF COUNTESS LUANN DE LESSEPS created by Scott F. Davis
This piece is an inside look at the rise and fall of Countess LuAnn De Lesseps within the world of The Real Housewives of New York City. In this bourgeois world, Countess LuAnn reigns on top. However, when her power is taken away from her via divorce from the Count, a new age dawns of complete debaucherous behavior and mayhem.
BACK TO THE SHORE (A Jersey Short Opera) conceived by Dana Greenfield, Music by Tj Rubin, Book and Lyrics by Nina Kauffman
In 2007, MTV almost produced a reality TV program about young people running for political office. It was set to be the defining show of the network and a huge success. Instead, they made The Jersey Shore. Set in the dystopian future, BACK TO THE SHORE reflects on this event through the medium the Jersey Shore was meant to be told: Opera. Did the Situation cause the situation we are in now?