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21Mar/21

THE ACTING COMPANY: IN PROCESS

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT SERIES
The Acting Company
March 23 - May 19, free (donations accepted)
theactingcompany.org
www.youtube.com

Founded in 1972 by John Houseman and Margot Harley, the Tony-winning Acting Company has served as a training ground for hundreds of performers over the years. During the pandemic, they are looking inside artistic creation with “In Process,” a series of online presentations written by and starring alumni. From March 23 to 26, you can stream Luis Quintero’s Hip Hop Therapy, a preview of a concept album in which Nick Bottom from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a therapist for out-of-work actors. That is followed March 26-29 with an untitled piece by Joshua David Robinson and Susanna Stahlmann consisting of poems written in response to the protests of the summer of 2020. And March 29 to April 1 sees Jimonn Cole’s Chickens, in which Megan Bartle, Zo Tipp, and Rich Topol portray fowl creatures living on Michael Potts’s farm. Each short play will also include a Q&A with Tatiana Wechsler. After a break, “In Process” returns April 21-25 with Muse, a new play written and directed by Tom Alan Robbins, starring Dakin Matthews as a painter and Helen Cespedes as an aspiring artist and his inspiration, followed May 24 with a virtual adaptation of Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer-winning Anna in the Tropics, directed by Alejandro Rodriguez. All events can be watched for free on YouTube, although donations will be accepted, to be split between the Acting Company and Jeffrey Wright’s Brooklyn for Life!, a nonprofit that supports Brooklyn health-care workers and small businesses, primarily restaurants.

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