NEXT UP:

THE WOMAN’S PRIZE

May 21, 2018
Doors @ 7pm
Donate @ the Door

or Reserve Advance Seats for $15

Tatoheads Public House
1297 Parsons Ave.

ATC’s new project, The Shakespeare Underground, is an exuberant, fun, unpredictable take on classic plays from Shakespeare and a variety of authors. The concept of the project is a combination of guerrilla street theater and traditional Elizabethan staging methods. What’s more “underground” than that? Please join us to hear something that you’ve probably never heard before.

The 2018 Shakespeare Underground season is presented by PNC Arts Alive.

Upcoming (through 2018):

May 21, 2018: THE WOMAN'S PRIZE

THE WOMAN’S PRIZE by John Fletcher

June 18, 2018: ELECTRA

ELECTRA by Benito Perez Galdos

July 16, 2018: THE RECRUITING OFFICER

THE RECRUITING OFFICER by George Farquhar

August 20, 2018: RAM-ALLEY: OR MERRY TRICKS

RAM-ALLEY: OR MERRY TRICKS by Lording Barry

September 17, 2018: MINE EYES HAVE SEEN

MINE EYES HAVE SEEN by Alice Dunbar Nelson

October 15, 2018: THE VAMPIRE

THE VAMPIRE by James Robinson Planche’

November 19, 2018: MYSTERY BOUFFE

MYSTERY BOUFFE by Vladimir Mayakovsky

December 17, 2018: EXILES

EXILES by James Joyce

Previously:

April 28, 2018: TSU:24

The challenge: Learn an entire Shakespeare play in 24 hours. The payoff: an unpredictable and likely memorable performance for the actors and their audience. 24 hours before showtime, ATC will gather together actors, a director, and a stage manager. The actors will be assigned roles by a live-streamed random drawing. They will receive their lines only (and maybe a phrase to cue them). 24 hours later, the doors will open, the lights will go up, and anything could happen. Oh yeah, and the play is secret this time, so join us and find out! Admission is $15 in advance, or “Pay What You Will” at the door. Complimentary reserved seating is available for ATC members (members must RSVP for reserved seating).

April 16, 2018: UBU ROI
UBU ROI by Alfred Jarry – RESCHEDULED!

 

Come celebrate the absurdities of politics by seeing our rendition of Ubu Roi this spring! Alfred Jarry’s 1896 satirical farce was originally performed as a puppet show and pilloried contemporary politics, literature, and stage convention. Nominally about a selfish, cowardly, gluttonous, vulgar, hot-tempered dotard compelled to violently overtake Poland by his ambitious wife, the play’s free-form nature guarantees a zany evening.

Viewer discretion advised: This reading might not be suitable for children under the age of 13 or adults with any sense of decency or civility.

Director- David Harewood

March 19, 2018: MACHINAL
MACHINAL by Sophie Treadwell Machinal is a 1928 play by American playwright and journalist Sophie Treadwell, inspired by the real-life case of convicted and executed murderer Ruth Snyder. Its Broadway premiere, directed by Arthur Hopkins, is considered one of the highpoints of Expressionist theatre on the American stage. Director- Jennifer Feather Youngblood
February 19, 2018: R.U.R.
R. U. R. by Karel Capek R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Capek is the influential 1920 science fiction play that introduced the word “robot” to the English lexicon in its sense of “artificial intelligence.” The comic-tragic script deals with issues of growing automation, oppression of the working class, the future, and what it means to be a person. Producer- Adam Simon Director- Philip J. Hickman Stage Manager- Megan Lear House Manager- Jordan Estose Harry Domin- Scott Douglas Wilson Sulla & Other Robots- Christina Yoho Marius & Radius- Ben Sostrom Helena Glory- Beth Josephsen Dr. Gall & Primus- Jordan Fehr Dr. Fabry- Jason Speicher Dr. Hallemeier & Other Robots- Samuel Bowen Partridge Mr. Alquist- Chris Austin Counsul Busman- Ken Erney Nana- Cat Erney
November 20, 2017: THE WITCH OF EDMONTON
THE WITCH OF EDMONTON by William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford: This 1621 play was inspired by the true story of the trial and execution of Elizabeth Sawyer, accused of practicing witchcraft in the town of Edmonton, England. Persecuted by the repressive Puritan community in which she lives, Elizabeth Sawyer summons the Devil in the guise of a dog to seek revenge on her tormentors.

 

Produced with Tipping Point Theatre Company

Director- Sonda Staley Stage Manager- Ellie Allen

Cast- Anne Ratcliffe- Michelle Weiser Cuddy Banks- Stephen Hanna Elizabeth Sawyer- Josie Merkle Frank Thorney- Scott Douglas Wilson Winnifred- Nikki Davis Kate Carter- Michelle Sandler Master Carter- Greg Hoffman Master Ratcliffe- Bob Stein Master Thorney- Ken Erney Sir Arthur- Scott Wilson Sommerton- Philip J. Hickman Susan Carter- Ella Palardi The Devil Dog- Ben Sostrom Warbeck- Adam Simon

October 16, 2017: VOTES FOR WOMEN!
VOTES FOR WOMEN! by Elizabeth Robins: The first suffragette play, Votes for Women! was Elizabeth Robins’ most famous work for the stage.  Set in England in 1907 the protagonist, Jean, is engaged to an older politician, Stoner, who is up for election.  At a society gathering Jean meets the mysterious Miss Levering, who shocks Jean by telling her about the plight of poor and homeless women in England.  This leads Jean to attend a suffragette rally and experience the politics of her day up close and personal for the first time. The rally wakes Jean to more than just politics, though, as Miss Levering’s past is revealed.

Director- Beth Josephsen Stage Manager- Rebecca Sharrer

Cast- Myia Eren Amanda Cawthorne Short Cate Blair-Wilhelm Vicky Welsh Bragg McLane Nagy Micah Logsdon Ross Shirley Andrew Trimmer Robert “Mac” McDannold Samuel Bowen Partridge

September 18, 2017: OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD
OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD by Timberlake Wertenbaker: This Tony-nominated play is the true story of the first convicts transported to Australia – and their production of The Recruiting Officer, the hit comedy of the 1780s. It is a profound story on the nature of justice and class, and is deeply invested in how the “theater can be a humanizing force.” Director- Philip J. Hickman Stage Manager- Ellie Allen House Manager- Grace Reinhart Cast- Capt. Arthur Phillip/John Wisehammer- Shaun Brown Maj. Robbie Ross/Ketch Freeman- Casey Merkey Capt. David Collins/Robert Sideway- Adam Simon Capt. Watkin Tench/Black Caesar/Aborigine- Chris Casanova Jones Capt. Jeremy Campbell/Harry Brewer/John Arscott- David Harewood Rev. Johnson/Liz Morden- Colleen Nerney Lt. George Johnston/Mary Brenham- Alison Brogan Lt. Will Dawes/Meg Long/ Duckling Smith- Beth Josephsen 2nd Lt. Ralph Clark- Samuel Bowen Partridge 2nd Lt. William Faddy/Dabby Bryan- Ayla Stirnaman
August 21, 2017: FASHION, OR, LIFE IN NEW YORK
FASHION, OR LIFE IN NEW YORK by Anna Cora Mowatt (1845): A social satire on a young country and the follies that can befall a nation trying to find its identity. Fashion features social-climbing New Yorkers trying to imitate European manners, scoundrels trying to escape their misdeeds by fleeing to America, and a scattering of honest men and women chipping away at the affected pretensions of their countrymen. Although this play was written over 170 years ago, its ideas still hold true—all that glitters is not gold, sometimes what seems like coal is truly a diamond in the rough, and what’s in fashion can’t always be trusted. Director- Andy Falter Stage Management- Rebecca Sharrer House Management- Keely Heyl Cast- Adam Trueman- Robert “Mac” McDannold Count Jolimaitre- Stefan Langer Colonel Howard- John Vincent Quigley Mr. Tiffany- Victor Little T. Tennyson Twinkle- Stefan Farrenkopf Augustus Fogg- Jeb Bigelow Snobson- Justin Nawman Zeke- David Harewood Mrs. Tiffany- Alycia Yates Prudence- Emily Turner Millinette- Natalia White Gertrude- Chloe Beck Seraphina Tiffany- McLane Nagy
July 17, 2017: A BOLD STROKE FOR A WIFE
A BOLD STROKE FOR A WIFE by Susanna Centlivre (1717): In this comedy, Centlivre evaluates the social obstacles that come with money, power, and love. Four guardians, each possessing contradictory opinions and attitudes, hold Anne Lovely under their protection and refuse her to wed until they each approve of the same man. A spirited military officer is determined to outwit them all. Lovely joins his pursuit, and together they form a plan to manipulate the men. Centlivre writes with satirical, bold strokes. She critiques political and social systems in eighteenth-century England and reimagines the role of marriage in A Bold Stroke for a Wife. Director- Allison Brogan Stage Management- Alexa Raasch House Management- Grace Rinehart Cast- Freeman/Simon Pure- Shane Egan Mrs. Prim- Beth Josephsen Periwinkle- Stewart Bender Tradelove- Colton Weiss Col. Fainwell- Justin King Anne Lovely- Aileen Targett Obediah Prim- Trenton Weaver Betty- Karlie Kaizer Sir Phillip Modelove- Shaun Brown Sackbut- Jason Speicher
June 19, 2017: A MAN'S WORLD
A MAN’S WORLD by Rachel Crothers (1910): A great lead-in to this series, A Man’s World is the story of Frank Ware, a female author in Greenwich Village in 1910, who publishes under a man’s name in order to get ahead. Director- Adam Simon Stage Management- Alexa Raasch House Management- Ayla Stirnaman and Grace Rinehart Cast- Frank Ware- Susan Wismar Lione Brune- Aileen Targett Clara Oakes- Allison Brogan Kiddie- Gretchen Reed Malcolm Gaskell- Ross Shirley Fritz Bahn- Philip J. Hickman Wells Trevor- David Harewood Emile Grimeaux- Ben Sostrom