A NEW PLAY
Other Than We a futuristic, cli-fi play with music is now in development.
When a portion of this play was read at the Segal Theatre on December 12, it received quite wonderful praise. We are excited to workshop this new play in the summer. And to share it with you a soon as is possible. In many ways, this strangely hopeful futuristic drama with music is a sequel to Extreme Whether.
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Today's Drama in Your Living Room
In direct response to the crisis of our democracy, we have created a new version of our 2001 one-person drama, I Will Bear Witness, focused on the early years of the Hitler regime for performances in living rooms. George Bartenieff won an Obie in 2001 for his striking portrayal of Victor Klemperer, a Jewish professor who kept a secret diary and survived the firebombing of Dresden and the war. He toured to London and Berlin, and throughout Germany and Austria.
This new forty-minute theater piece takes place from the time of Hitler’s election through events following Kristallnacht. Klemperer records in minute detail the manifold reactions of Jewish and Christian neighbors and friends, their shock, despair, rage and acts of resistance.
In the intimacy of a living room, Bartenieff’s Klemperer takes on a riveting presence and his words hit home with astonishing power and relevance. There is nothing between the actor, his historical character and story and the audience’s own lived experience of our uniquely troubled times. The lively dialogue that ensues builds community in safe spaces. People feel strengthened and energized.
If you are interested in hosting a performance: George Bartenieff and Karen Malpede, Theater Three Collaborative co-artistic directors, offer the experience of I Will Bear Witness: The Early Years of the Hitler Regime, to those who are willing to invite 15 to 25 friends to their homes and provide simple refreshments. The performance is free. Donations can benefit our theater’s coming season’s work at the Segal Theatre and LaMama or a not-for-profit of your choice. If you would like to receive notice of up-coming performances, please contact us.
A NEW BOOK
Plays in Time by Karen Malpede
Plays in Time has 3 "5 star" reviews on Amazon.
"As an actress, playwright, journalist, activist and award winning environmentalist I want to say that Karen Malpede's plays are works of genius, connecting us to the global nightmares of cruelty, war, greed. Through the very specific conflicts of unique, complex and vivid characters. the stories of our times, such as climate change and the aftermath of 9/11, unfold. These are not dialectics but revelations of the human condition. With influences of Greek classic drama and myth, written with Shakespearean beauty, and wonderfully imaginative stagecraft, she has created a body of work for the ages. This is not the facile, self-referential, emotionally vapid immature drama produced today (with very rare exceptions such as Lynn Nottage's Sweat, or Dominic Orlando's Danny Casolaro Died for You). This is real theater. Get this book, produce these plays laden with dream roles for actors who know their craft. Audiences will revel."--Lee Roscoe
UK Book Launch
October 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm
University of Surrey, with Dr. Patrick Duggan, Alia Butt, and Karen Malpede
US Book Launch
December 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Segal Theater, CUNY-Graduate Center, with Marvin Carlson, Cindy Rosenthal, George Bartenieff, Kathleen Chalfant, Christen Clifford, Karen Malpede, Najla Said. Readings from the four plays and a panel discussion. Music by Arthur Rosen. FREE
Theater Three Collaborative, founded in 1995, creates, develops and produces new poetic-language, character-driven plays on pressing social issues.
We surround our plays with Festivals of Conscience, talks and talk-backs by experts in the field the play addresses.
Telling the Truth One Play at a Time
Our last decade of plays remain newsworthy: Prophecy, 2006-2010 (Berlin, London, New York) about the cost of our wars to veterans and civilians; Another Life, 2011-2013 (Kosovo, Gerald W. Lynch, Irondale, Theater for the New City, NYC; London) the only American play to tell the truth about the U.S. Torture program; and Extreme Whether, 2013-onward, our family drama about Climate Change which needs to be more widely seen. We work on minuscule budgets to deliver productions of the highest quality.
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