The Stolen Chair Theatre Company Presents
Sunday, March 02, 2014 through Sunday, May 25, 2014
A Play in 3 Cocktails
Length: 1 hr 20 mins
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.
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NB: All patrons are required to purchase the $20 (plus tax/tip) cocktail flight that is presented alongside the show. This flight will be billed by the venue at the performance's end. Please contact email@example.com before purchasing your tickets to notify house management of allergies or to discuss non-alcoholic options.
In a Lower East Side bar combine…
4 parts downtown theatre
3 parts live music
2 parts love story
1 part farce
3 dashes of opera
Shake vigorously and garnish with cocktails designed by award-winning mixologist Marlo Gamora (head mixologist at Trix in Willamsburg) and you have:
PotionCharley sells potions, handcrafted and custom made. From potions that can make the forgetful remember to potions that will stop a compulsive liar from fibbing, Charley’s concoctions satisfy a diverse clientele. But the one potion Charley hasn’t been able to master is that one she wants for herself: a love potion. Three-time Drama Desk Nominee Stolen Chair presents Potion, a “spoken word opera” that immerses its audience in the giddy world of Charley’s bar and her regular (and irregular) customers, with Gamora’s flight of 3 original “potions” served by the actors as the play unfolds.
A Play in Three Cocktails
To create the uniquely rhythmic text for Potion, Stolen Chair's playwright Kiran Rikhye dug deeply into the Italian libretti of the operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, and more. For each scene of Potion, Rikhye mapped out the meter, rhymes, repetitions, and simultaneity of an aria, duet, trio, or quartet to create a template for her own original text. The result is an intoxicating and incantatory verse play unlike any other, set to a genre-bending original score performed live by multi-instrumentalist Sean Cronin. The ensemble performs this "opera" in spoken voice that is every bit as virtuosic, dizzying, and delightful as operatic song in a site-specific staging by Jon Stancato that explores every nook and cranny of PEOPLE's bar and makes the audience feel they are VIP guests at Charley's magical speakeasy.
The production will be directed by Jon Stancato (The Man Who Laughs; Bachelors’ Tea Party) and will feature Raife Baker* (David Dirry-Moir in The Man Who Laughs), Liz Eckert* (Bessie in Bachelors’ Tea Party), Jon Froehlich* (Ursus in The Man Who Laughs), Natalie Hegg (Elsie Bachelors' Tea Party) in Molly O’Neill* (Dea in The Man Who Laughs), Noah Schultz (Young Gwynplaine in The Man Who Laughs), and David Skeist* (Richard Foreman’s Old Fashioned Prostitutes (A True Romance) at The Public Theater), with live music by multi-instrumentalist Sean Cronin. The creative team will include Costume Design by Beth Goldenberg (Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Nights Dream with Theatre for a New Audience), Props by Aviva Meyer (The Man Who Laughs), Makeup Design by Jaclyn Schaefer (The Man Who Laughs) and Lighting Installation by Daniel Winters (Drama Desk Award nomination for The Man Who Laughs).
*Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.
STOLEN CHAIR Called "Ingenious" by The New York Times, "Innovative" by Time Out NY, and "Captivating" by The Huffington Post, Stolen Chair creates playfully intellectual and exuberantly athletic works of theatre so immersive you don’t need to leave your seat to be completely transported. Aesthetically promiscuous and wickedly irreverent, the company refuses to draw the line between high art and great entertainment or between thinking and feeling. Previous productions, all written by Kiran Rikhye and directed by Jon Stancato, include The Man Who Laughs (Drama Desk “Unique Theatrical Experience”, “Outstanding Music in a Play,” and Outstanding Lighting Design” Award nominations), Bachelors’ Tea Party, Kinderspiel, Theatre is Dead & So Are You, Quantum Poetics, Commedia dell’Artemisia, and Stage Kiss.
Stolen Chair is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York's Nancy Quinn Fund. Potion was developed, in part, through a residency SPACE @ Ryder Farm.