My student, Mike Aguirre, has a play (Almost a Fantasy) in rehearsal for this summer's Fringe Festival. He developed the play in my advanced playwriting class. The press release follows.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Patrick Avella at 646-691-0576
Chelsea Rep LAB Presents
ALMOST A FANTASY
The New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC
A production of The Present Company
August 10th – 26th
Tickets: $15-$18. For tickets visit www.FringeNYC.org
Chelsea Rep LAB is proud to present Almost a Fantasy as part of the
16th annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC. A new
play written by Mike Aguirre, and directed by John Grabowski, Almost a
Fantasy is a two-person play, which will debut at this year’s New York
International Fringe Festival in August.
Almost a Fantasy
maps the sometimes ardent and often turbulent relationship of an
immigrant piano teacher (Dolores) with her young student (Youthney) over
a ten-year period of piano lessons. Their time together forces them to
cope with their past and learn to survive the present. The piano on
which Dolores and Youthney play out their fantasies is an important
element in the production, which should make this a must-see for
classical music lovers as well as for lovers of new plays.
show is being produced by Chelsea Rep LAB spearheaded by LAB members
Patrick Avella and Greg Cohan, along with other members of Chelsea Rep
Michael Aguirre (playwright) is a graduate from Indiana
University with a B.A. in Theatre and English. He is a suburban
Chicago native, and has worked with the Windy City Players, First Folio,
Steppenwolf, The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia), and the Hexagon Theatre
(South Africa). Since arriving in New York, he's worked with the Pearl
Theatre (City Centre), Wide Eyed Productions, Chelsea Rep and Lab,
Coffee Black, ReniGraef, and he is a company member of Rising Sun.
John Grabowski (director) is the associate director of The Acting
Studio, Inc. and has directed numerous productions including Stage Door
(Ferber and Kaufman) Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare); One Flea Spare
(Wallace); Getting Out (Norman); Moonchildren (Weller). He also wrote
and directed Knoxville, 1915, adapted from James Agee's novel A Death in
the Family, and The Loves of A, based on Arthur Schnitzler's The
Anatole Plays for Chelsea Rep.
Chelsea Rep LAB is an on-going
workshop environment intended to encourage experimentation in the
creation of theatre and the formulation of a non-traditional methodology
to help actors realize their potential. The LAB is comprised in large
part of graduates of The Acting Studio, Inc. headed by director, James
Price (http://actingstudio.com/). The LAB sponsors a developmental writing workshop under the tutelage of Anne Phelan (http://www.annephelan.com/).
Besides the Fringe Festival production of Almost a Fantasy, the LAB
is currently at work on a series of one-act plays based on news accounts
and stories about NYC’s Stop and Frisk policy.
Fantasy was featured in the LAB’s Emerging Artist Festival in the summer
of 2011. The LAB’s work has been previously seen at the Fringe in 2010
in a co-production with Brava Company of By Hands Unknown, for which
director Kym Gomes won a FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for
direction. The original material that comes from the LAB’s playwriting
seminars reflects sensibilities not often heard from in the established
venues of New York Off-Off Broadway theatres, perhaps because the LAB
makes a concerted effort to draw its writers from outside the usual mix
of university MFA program and established regional theatre playwrights.
This results in the presentation of unique and diverse voices in our
staged readings and festival productions.
Find out more about the production at: http://www.almostafantasy.net/.