Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 26th 2012: Deadline at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

Monday, March 26th, 2012 @ 7:30PM

At The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre,

The Pershing Square Signature Center

480 West 42nd Street - New York, NY 10036


Presented in partnerships with The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

A FREE event. Limited seating.

Reserve your tickets today via email:

or call 212.695.4010.

Please be sure to indicate in your e-mail your name, telephone number and # of tickets. (Up to 2 per individual.)

NOTE: due to the popularity of the event, the reading has been relocated to its current theater venue. Please disregard last month's E-Newsletter!

We ask that you arrive at the theater no later than 7:15PM

or your reservation will be void.

This English-language reading by Mexico's most renowned playwright will be followed by a TalkBack with Ms. Berman, the original play's translator Lisa Dillman,

and Prof. Jean Graham-Jones, CUNY.

DEADLINE. A renowned publisher of a major newspaper has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. He must name his successor to the newspaper's concerned Board. It's Christmas Eve and a blizzard is raging outdoors. He summons to his office one of the two candidates he is considering for the job: Miky, the star editor he trained at the paper twenty years prior. Throughout the course of the night, an inevitable collision of adrenalin and testosterone ensues. Deadline is about what we don't dare admit about sex and gender when faced with the competition for power and control.

Sabina Berman is one of Mexico's most prominent and multifaceted writers whose body of work includes: plays, screenplays, story-telling, essays, journalism, as well as theater and film directing. Her novel ME (diving into the heart of the world) appeared in 2011 in Spanish and has been published in 11 languages. Ms. Berman's award winning plays have been produced in Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil, Canada and the United States. She has won the Mexican National Theater Prize four times and her film Backyard was Mexico´s entrant at the 2010 Oscars. This marks the first reading of Deadline in the U.S.

Jimmy Smits' television credits include his Emmy-nominated guest starring role in Showtime's Dexter and The West Wing, in which he portrayed Presidential candidate Matt Santos. He received six consecutive Emmy nominations for his acting on L.A. Law, winning in 1990, and five more nominations for his role on NYPD Blue, for which he also received a Golden Globe Award. Smits' film career includes blockbusters such as Star Wars: Episode II and III. He was most recently seen in Mother and Child, opposite Annette Bening and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, and Backyard, Mexico's official Oscar submission for Foreign Language Film. His NY theatre credits include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz on Broadway and the Shakespeare in the Park's production of Much Ado about Nothing, among many others. He has appeared in numerous regional productions such as Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden, directed by Robert Egan at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Jimmy Smits was TeatroStageFest 2010's Spokesperson.

Jenn Colella has been a familiar face in the New York theatre scene since her starring role as Sissy in Broadway's Urban Cowboy, for which she received an Outer Critic's Circle Award Nomination. Since then she has appeared in Broadway's High Fidelity, starred in the world premiere of The Times They Are A-Changin' (Old Globe Theatre), and recently performed in Beautiful Girls, a musical tribute to Stephen Sondheim at the World Festival of Theatre in Colorado Springs. She has also acted in numerous Off-Broadway productions such as Lucky Guy and Slut. On television, Jenn was the co-host of "Can You Tell?" (Oxygen Network), and has appeared in ABC's The Cashmere Mafia, FX's Rescue Me, CBS's The Good Wife and, most recently, on PBS's Tribute to Stephen Sondheim with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. Her film credits include Uncertainty, directed by Scott MacGehee & David Siegel.

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at CUNY Graduate Center

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, an independent institute at The Graduate Center, CUNY, bridges the gap between the academic and professional performing arts communities by providing an open environment for the development of educational, community-driven, and professional projects in the performing arts. Through its Internationa/World Theatre Series, the Segal presents public programs on international playwrights, plays, and issues of concern to the international theatre community.

TeatroStageFest 2012:

OUR MANY VOICES: A Staged Reading & TalkBack Series

TeatroStageFest is expanding its traditional two-week festival model in 2012 under the curatorial eye of Susana Tubert, Producing Executive Director. The year-round series of multicultural and multi-generational shows, readings, workshops, and TalkBacks with artists, as well as other services-to-the-field in support of NYC's Latino Scene-Escena Latina, will culminate June 11-18, 2012, with TeatroStageFest's sixth annual celebration of Latino Arts and Culture - Great Theater for All Audiences! OUR MANY VOICES features the most renowned cutting-edge authors in contemporary Iberian-American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Theater.

DEADLINE counts with support from The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council of the Arts, El Diario La Prensa-Principal Media Sponsor, NYC Latin Media & Entertainment Commission-Official Partner, NYC Council Members Rosie Mendez, Ydanis Rodriguez, Joel Rivera, Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the Manhattan Delegation. Additional support provided by the Curtis McGraw Foundation and air travel for Mr. Smits by American Airlines, the Official Airline of TeatroStageFest.

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