Theater for the New City presents stories inspired by the making of Gone with the Wind in the premiere of Women of the Wind by award-winning playwright Barbara Kahn
Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director, proudly announces the world premiere production of Women of the Wind, written by Barbara Kahn. February 5 - 22, 2015, Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 P.M., Sundays at 3 P.M. Tickets are $15.
Directed by Barbara Kahn and Robert Gonzales Jr. Set design by Mark Marcante. Costume design by Everett Clark. Sound design by Joy Linscheid. Stage Manager Bill Bradford Poster design Virginia Asman, illuminage studio Photo and video services Joe Bly
Featuring Zoe Anastassiou, Reanna Armellino, Ben W. Davis, Robert Gonzales Jr., Rose-Emma Lunderman, Adrienne Powell, Steph Van Vlack, Brian F. Waite and Jonathan Weirich.
Women of the Wind explores the lives of two secondary cast members of the movie Gone with the Wind and the fading star hired to coach some of the screen tests. African-American Butterfly McQueen, Prissy in Gone with the Wind, appeared in the production of Barbara Kahn's first play Gravediggers (co-authored with Ray Hagen and presented by Ellen Stewart at LaMaMa E.T.C.). " She was a professional, " Barbara recalls, " gracious and generous to us 'youngsters,' and I witnessed the talent she had that was never fully utilized in Hollywood. Prissy defined her career, obscuring her years as a dancer and Broadway actor. " Ona Munson, brothel owner Belle Watling in Gone with the Wind, had three career-protecting heterosexual marriages that she hoped would deflect attention from her intimate relationships with other women. Alla Nazimova, born in Crimea, studied with Stanislavski until it was discovered that she was Jewish. (Jews were banned in the Moscow Art Theatre.) Emigrating to the U.S., she introduced Ibsen to American audiences and had great success as actor and director. She was eventually sidelined from major roles and saw both her fame and income suffer. Women of the Wind will (re)discover the lives of these women and reveal the racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia that defined both their professional and private lives.
Barbara Kahn (Playwright, Director) Barbara's plays have been produced in the U.S., France and Germany. She has directed in New York, Paris, and at the National Theatre in London. TNC has been the primary New York City home for Barbara's plays since 1994. Among her many awards, she was honored with the Torch of Hope Award for lifetime achievement in non-profit theatre, following past recipients Terrence McNally, John Guare, August Wilson, Horton Foote and A.R. Gurney. She received the joint 2011 Robert Chesley Playwriting Award/ Wurlitzer Foundation Residency in Taos, NM. With Jackie S. Freeman, she co- authored the lyrics to " Actions are the Music of the Free, " music by Jennifer Giering, performed at the United Nations Tribute to Dame Nita Barrow. A " short list of prominent post-1970's playwrights who identify as Jewish and who have written about Jews includes Jon Robin Baitz, Richard Greenburg, Alan Havis, Barbara Kahn, Tony Kushner, Barbara Lebow, Jennifer Maisel, Karen Malpede, David Mamet, Emily Mann, Donald Margulies, Elizabeth Swados, Jeffrey Sweet, Alfred Uhry, and Wendy Wasserstein. " (You Should See Yourself: Jewish Identity in Postmodern American Culture. Vincent Brook. Rutgers Univ. Press.) Member of The Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Assoc., SAG/AFTRA. www.barbara-kahn.com
ROBERT GONZALES JR. (Co-director, Actor) is a native Texan, a singer (trained in musical theater, legit and opera), actor, dancer, director, choreographer and music director. He performed Off-Broadway in Fools in Love, Tempest Tossed Fools, Kennedy’s Children, KNB-The Musical and Tempest Toss'd.Robert has also originated roles in six productions written by Barbara Kahn that were performed at Theater for the New City. This is his fourth production as Co-Director with Barbara Kahn. Robert has also appeared in numerous Off-Off-Broadway, workshops, staged readings and regional productions and has directed numerous regional productions. www.RobertGonzalesJr.com.
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street)
February 5-22, 2015
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Theater for the New City