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Summer 2009
 

PLAY!  The Akron International Festival of Alternative Theatre coming in August

 

New World Performance Laboratory to present a festival of exciting theatre on The University of Akron campus


AKRON, OH –The Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (CATAC) and New World Performance Laboratory (NWPL) have organized PLAY!  Akron’s own International Festival of Alternative Theatre from August 13 through August 30, 2009, on the campus of The University of Akron.  PLAY! includes six exciting theatre events:   NWPL’s acclaimed production of
Frankenstein; a cabaret performance, Stairway to Paradise:  Songs of Sin and Redemption, featuring NWPL company member Megan Elk and saxophonist Bobby Selvaggio; two family-oriented productions (NWPL’s Looking for Alice and Theater Ninjas’ The Beetlebug and the Bad Worm); an open rehearsal of NWPL’s new performance Gilgamesh; and a film and panel discussion with NWPL artistic directors James Slowiak and Jairo Cuesta in celebration of UNESCO’s Year of Grotowski.  Tickets for PLAY!, individual events and festival passes, are available online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com or by phone at 1-800-838-3006

 

Schedule of Events for PLAY! 

 

Frankenstein    August 13, 14, 15, 27, 28, 29 at 8PM in Sandefur Theatre, Guzzetta Hall, ($15, $10 under 18 and UA Students)

Stairway to Paradise     August 21, 22 at 8PM in Sandefur Theatre, Guzzetta Hall, ($15, $10 under 18 and UA Students)

Looking for Alice         August 15 at 10AM and August 16 at 2PM in Daum Theatre, Kolbe Hall ($10, $5 under 18 and UA Students)

The Beetlebug and the Bad Worm        August 22 at 6PM and August 23 at 2PM in Daum Theatre, Kolbe Hall, ($10, $5 under 18 and UA students)

Gilgamesh:  An open rehearsal            August 24 at 7:30PM in Studio 194, Guzzetta Hall ($5, UA students free)

Year of Grotowski:  A Discussion and Film       August 26 at 7PM in Studio 194, Guzzetta Hall ($5, UA students free)

 

CATAC/NWPL will host an opening night reception on August 13 (tickets $20) and a festival closing “friendraiser” to celebrate Mary Shelley’s birthday on August 30.  For more information on these events call 330-867-3299. 

 

PLAY! is funded in part by the Pittman Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.  New World Performance Laboratory works in residence at The University of Akron.

 

NWPL Performance Ecology Workshops in Italy 2009

Workshops:

I.      Performance Ecology XX:  Personal Technique and the Work of the Actor  May 20-24. Laboratorium Teatro.  Roma.    For more information:  www.laboratoriumteatro.it

II.   Performance Ecology:  Time and Presence. The environment as creative stimulus to the actor. Cenci Casa Laboratorio.  (Residential).  Umbria. May 29-June 2.  For more information:  www.cencicasalab.it   

For more information visit www.nwplab.org or call 330-867-3299.

Watch for information about performances of Frankenstein, the premiere of NWPL's new performance of Gilgamesh, and the First Akron International Festival of Alternative Theatre "PLAY"--coming in August 2009!!!!
Fall 2008

 

NEW WORLD PERFORMANCE LABORATORY’S FRANKENSTEIN

 

NEW WORLD PERFORMANCE LABORATORY’S FRANKENSTEIN at E.J. Thomas’s Stage Door

AKRON, OH –New World Performance Laboratory’s production of
Frankenstein will be presented as part of E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall’s exciting Stage Door series on November 8, 2008, at 8 PM.  E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall is located on The University of Akron campus.  Tickets are $10, $5 for students.  Tickets are available at the Thomas Hall Ticket Office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or charge-by-phone at (330) 945-9400 (Akron) or (216) 241-5555 (Cleveland).  For further information call the Thomas Hall ticket office at (330) 972-7570 or visit the website at www.ejthomashall.com 

 

New World Performance Laboratory's investigation of the classic story of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley incorporates images from the novel and scenes from Shelley’s own life. This company creation depicts the epic battle between body, mind, and soul fought on a landscape of solitude and horror. The characters of Frankenstein mingle with Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, her husband Percy Shelley, and their friends in a gothic nightmare that displays the deeply detailed physical style of NWPL’s actors and a haunting vocal score exploring 19th century romantic motifs with new music composed by Megan Elk. NWPL’s Frankenstein, which premiered as part of The Cleveland Playhouse’s Fusion Fest, has been called “mesmerizing,”  “amazing,” and “provocative.”

NWPL presents this Northeast Ohio encore performance of
Frankenstein
following a successful summer tour to Poland where the production was performed in June and July as part of several international festivals including the Malta Festival in Poznan and the Openings Festival in Wroclaw. Co- Artistic Directors Jairo Cuesta and James Slowiak (who recently published a book, Jerzy Grotowski,, Routledge 2007) also conducted a series of workshops while in Poland and then traveled to Italy where they conducted workshops throughout the month of July in Rome, Chieti, and at several locations in Umbria. In August, the group traveled to the Catskills to participate in North American Cultural Laboratory’s Catskill Festival of New Theatre.

Directed by NWPL co-artistic director and University of Akron theatre professor James Slowiak,
Frankenstein
features NWPL co-artistic director Jairo Cuesta and company members Debora Totti, Christopher Buck, Megan Elk, Justin Hale, and Jamie G. Hale. Costume and set design is by Inda Blatch-Geib, lighting design by Chris Hariasz, dramaturgy by Mike Geither, company and technical management by Danny J Durst, and photographs by Andrew McAllister.

NWPL works in residence at The University of Akron and under the auspices of the Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (CATAC). For information on the company’s performances, educational programs, and workshops call 330-867-3299 or visit the website at www.nwplab.org

 
SPRING 2008

PREMIERE OF NEW WORLD PERFORMANCE LABORATORY’S FRANKENSTEIN

AKRON, OH –New World Performance Laboratory’s production of Frankenstein will premiere as part of the Cleveland Playhouse’s Fusion Fest with performances May 5 and 6 at 7:30 pm on the Bolton stage.  The company will continue performances in Akron, May 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 at 7:30 pm in Sandefur Theatre, Guzzetta Hall, on The University of Akron campus. New World Performance Laboratory's investigation of the classic story of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley incorporates images from the novel and scenes from Shelley’s own life.  This company creation depicts the epic battle between body, mind, and soul fought on a landscape of solitude and horror.  The characters of Frankenstein mingle with Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, her husband, the poet Percy Shelley, and their friends in a gothic nightmare that displays the deeply detailed physical style of NWPL’s

actors and a haunting vocal score exploring 19th century romantic motifs

 

with new music composed by Megan Elk.

 

NWPL presents these Northeast Ohio performances of Frankenstein prior to embarking on a tour to Poland where the production will be performed in June and July as part of several international festivals including the Malta Festival in Poznan and the Atelier Festival in Wroclaw.  Co- Artistic Directors Jairo Cuesta and James Slowiak (who recently published a book, Jerzy Grotowski,, Routledge 2007) will conduct a series of workshops while in Poland and then travel to  Italy where they will conduct workshops throughout the month of July in Rome, Chieti, and at several locations in Umbria.  When the company returns to the USA, the group will travel to the Catskills to participate in North American Cultural Laboratory’s summer festival in mid-August. 

Directed by NWPL co-artistic director and University of Akron theatre professor James Slowiak, Frankenstein features NWPL co-artistic director Jairo Cuesta and company members Debora Totti, Christopher Buck, Megan Elk, Justin Hale, and Jamie G. Hale.  Costume and set design is by Inda Blatch-Geib, lighting design by Chris Hariasz dramaturgy by Mike Geither, company and technical management by Danny J Durst, and photographs by Andrew McAllister.

NWPL works in residence at The University of Akron and under the auspices of the Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (CATAC).  For information on the company’s performances, educational programs, and workshops call 330-867-3299 or visit the website at www.nwplab.org 


For information about Summer 2008

 

Workshops in Italy and Ohio go to

 

Workshops page.

 
WINTER 2008
New World Performance Laboratory premiered Alice...Down the Rabbit Hole, a performance for children, at the Akron-Summit County Public Library on February 9, 2008, as part of the This City Reads Festival.  Company members Jairo Cuesta, Jamie G. Hale, Alex White, and Debora Totti conducted a workshop in physical theatre techniques before the performance.  Alice...Down the Rabbit Hole is a 40 minute journey through Lewis Carroll's classic tale.  Alice meets the Chesire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, the Mock Turtle and other memorable characters on her adventure.  NWPL will tour Alice...Down the Rabbit Hole to schools, libraries, and community centers.  Contact the company at nwpl@lycos.com
 
For pictures and more information click here!
 
Don't miss the premiere of NWPL's Frankenstein!
Spring 2008!!!!  Time and place to be announced.
 
 
SPRING/SUMMER/FALL 2007
 
NWPL is working on a new adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.  A work demonstration of the work-in-process was presented April 30, 2007 at 7:30 pm in Guzzetta Hall, Studio 194, on The University of Akron campus. Open rehearsals/workshop performances are scheduled for October 25, 26 and November 1, 2, 3, 2007 in Sandefur Theatre, Guzzetta Hall on The University of Akron campus at 8pm.  More information will follow soon.
 
For photos of the work-in-process click here! 
 
A mini-workshop with NWPL is scheduled for August 19, 20, 2007.  For information call:  330-867-3299. 
 
Workshops in Performance Ecology were conducted this summer in Poland, Italy and France.  Click here for more information.

Winter 2006
 
NWPL is in residence this winter at Ashland University where they are engaged in a collaboration with San Francisco-based circus/clown artists and AU students to create a new performance piece entitled Angry Gods and Lost Marbles.  The play premieres in Ashland on March 16.  Follow this link for performance information!

Summer/Fall 2006
 
NWPL conducted workshops at Cenci Casa-laboratorio in Umbria, Italy, at Las Teouleres in southwestern France and in Naples and Chieti, Italy, in May-June 2006.  The company performed Action by Sam Shepard in July and November.  Jairo Cuesta and Jim Slowiak also attended the NET Gathering in Asheville, North Carolina, in August and conducted a two-week workshop in Bogota, Colombia in December 2006.
 
 

For more information contact NWPL at:
 
nwpl@lycos.com