In celebration of writer/director Neil LaBute, CINEMAPOLIS and THE READERS’ THEATRE OF ITHACA (RTI) jointly present the his debut IN THE COMPANY OF MEN, two weeks prior to the RTI production of the LaBute's one-man play WRECKS (running November 21-23 only). There will be an introduction to the film by Brett Bossard, Director of Cinemapolis, and Anne Marie Cummings, Artistic Director of RTI. Cummings will answer questions following the film.
RTI regularly produces LaBute’s work. Said Cummings: “He is one of the best playwrights on the planet. By showing IN THE COMPANY OF MEN prior to WRECKS, audiences have an opportunity to better understand LaBute as a writer in the mediums of film and stage.”
IN THE COMPANY OF MEN (first a play) received the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, the Filmmaker's Trophy at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and The New York Film Critics Award for Best First Feature. Its controversy is rooted in the misogyny of its two main characters.
is a film about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Shining a spotlight on Albie’s story provides a prism through which to view the challenges faced by those unable to tolerate a society founded on principles of slavery and disempowerment of South Africa’s majority black population.
The Readersí Theatre of Ithaca (RTI) is proud to announce their 2014-2015 season, their fifth season and first full season at their new location in the heart of downtown Ithaca Ė CINEMAPOLIS.
The selected new, modern, and edgy works for 2014-2015 are†PHOTOGRAPH 51
, by Anna Ziegler; WRECKS, by Neil LaBute; CHATROOM, by Enda Walsh; and H20, by Jane Martin. A history play, a romance with a twist, a dark comedy about bullying, and a theatre love story said to be Martinís best yet. RTIís second annual fundraiser benefit performance reading will be SINKHOLE, by Anne Marie Cummings (RTIís Founder and Artistic Director), a play about the lengths we go to in order to feel safe in America. The season begins with three performances of PHOTOGRAPH 51, from September 26th through the 28th. Dates for upcoming performances can be found at the†RTI WEBSITE
New to the performance readings will be ON SCREEN TALK-BACKS. RTI will conduct and film 10-minute Skype interviews with all four playwrights. Following each performance reading, the curtain will come down and the interviews will be shown on screen in Theatre #1, the 96-seat movie theatre which RTI transforms into an intimate theatre for live performances.
PRE-SHOW TALKS by directors will continue to be posted on RTIís BLOG at least one week prior to performances, and in an effort to be green, all programs for plays will continue to be downloadable from iPhones, smartphones, and computers from RTIís homepage.
Another new feature to RTIís season of performance readings are plays performed OFF-BOOK, plays that are FILMED & SCREENED (mixing the mediums of film and theatre Ė done exceedingly well by a supporter of RTI, writer/director Neil LaBute), and a performance reading thatís ACTOR-DIRECTED.
LaButeís WRECKS will be performed off-book and Walshís CHATROOM will be filmed and screened. The Irish-born playwright, Walsh, and his agent in the UK, Curtis Brown, gave RTI full permission to film his new play which was first seen as part of the Shell Connections series at the National Theatre in London in 2005. The 2013 new play H20 will be directed by the two actors starring in the production.
In addition to a full season of performance readings, Cummings created a new initiative that will be spearheaded by Tim Mollen (Binghamton director, writer, and actor):†THE WRITERíS CAFE
, a podcast of new and unproduced works by New York State playwrights that will be recorded in the lobby of CINEMAPOLIS. A select number of readings each year will be recorded and aired on RTIís website.†
Tickets for PHOTOGRAPH 51 are now ON SALE BELOW. †Stay tuned for more information about a special one-night-only screening of†EASY PREY
†at Cinemapolis one week following PHOTOGRAPH 51. This screening will be free and open to the public. EASY PREY is about five fictional characters who tell their side of the story regarding one tragic bullying incident. To learn more about EASY PREY and its important anti-bully message, visit†RTIís BLOG
†for an audio recording by director Cummings. Talk-backs will be held at the one-night screening with the cast and writers. EASY PREY is supported by Cornell University, Mighty Yoga, and Silk Oak.
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