Calendar

Mar
30
Thu
Head Trick Theatre Company Present “She Would If She Could” By George Etheredge
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

She Would If She Could, Head Trick Theatre’s spring show, follows the clever, the lustful, and the oblivious through the houses, public gardens, and restaurants of Restoration London.  Full of verbal wit and physical farce by turns, George Etherege’s comedy gently mocks both human failings and theatrical conventions through the adventures of Ned Courtall (a wily skirt-chaser), Gatty and Ariana (witty women determined to enjoy themselves in London), Sir Oliver and Lady Cockwood (caught between their real wishes and society’s expectations), and their respective wingmen/women.

Friday, March 24: 7:00pm

Saturday, March 25: 7:00pm

Sunday, March 26: 2:00pm

Thursday, March 30: 7:00pm

Friday, March 31: 7:00pm

Saturday, April 1: 7:00pm

Sunday, April 2: 2:00pm

Tickets $15

Mar
31
Fri
Head Trick Theatre Company Present “She Would If She Could” By George Etheredge
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

She Would If She Could, Head Trick Theatre’s spring show, follows the clever, the lustful, and the oblivious through the houses, public gardens, and restaurants of Restoration London.  Full of verbal wit and physical farce by turns, George Etherege’s comedy gently mocks both human failings and theatrical conventions through the adventures of Ned Courtall (a wily skirt-chaser), Gatty and Ariana (witty women determined to enjoy themselves in London), Sir Oliver and Lady Cockwood (caught between their real wishes and society’s expectations), and their respective wingmen/women.

Friday, March 24: 7:00pm

Saturday, March 25: 7:00pm

Sunday, March 26: 2:00pm

Thursday, March 30: 7:00pm

Friday, March 31: 7:00pm

Saturday, April 1: 7:00pm

Sunday, April 2: 2:00pm

Tickets $15

Head Trick Theatre Company Present “She Would If She Could” By George Etheredge
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

She Would If She Could, Head Trick Theatre’s spring show, follows the clever, the lustful, and the oblivious through the houses, public gardens, and restaurants of Restoration London.  Full of verbal wit and physical farce by turns, George Etherege’s comedy gently mocks both human failings and theatrical conventions through the adventures of Ned Courtall (a wily skirt-chaser), Gatty and Ariana (witty women determined to enjoy themselves in London), Sir Oliver and Lady Cockwood (caught between their real wishes and society’s expectations), and their respective wingmen/women.

Friday, March 24: 7:00pm

Saturday, March 25: 7:00pm

Sunday, March 26: 2:00pm

Thursday, March 30: 7:00pm

Friday, March 31: 7:00pm

Saturday, April 1: 7:00pm

Sunday, April 2: 2:00pm

Tickets $15

Apr
1
Sat
Head Trick Theatre Company Present “She Would If She Could” By George Etheredge
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

She Would If She Could, Head Trick Theatre’s spring show, follows the clever, the lustful, and the oblivious through the houses, public gardens, and restaurants of Restoration London.  Full of verbal wit and physical farce by turns, George Etherege’s comedy gently mocks both human failings and theatrical conventions through the adventures of Ned Courtall (a wily skirt-chaser), Gatty and Ariana (witty women determined to enjoy themselves in London), Sir Oliver and Lady Cockwood (caught between their real wishes and society’s expectations), and their respective wingmen/women.

Friday, March 24: 7:00pm

Saturday, March 25: 7:00pm

Sunday, March 26: 2:00pm

Thursday, March 30: 7:00pm

Friday, March 31: 7:00pm

Saturday, April 1: 7:00pm

Sunday, April 2: 2:00pm

Tickets $15

Improv Jones @ AS220 Black Box
Apr 1 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The best improv comedy you can find.
Saturdays at 10:00.
95 Empire
Downtown Providence Rhode Island.
Tickets available at the door for only $5.00.

Apr
2
Sun
A Furtive Movement: The Use of Farce by Vatic Kuumba
Apr 2 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
A Furtive Movement: The Use of Farce by Vatic Kuumba

Furtive Movement is a term used to justify the use of force

          We are using farce to brainstorm a way out of the shadows.  A Furtive Movement Act 1: The Use of Farce is set in an alternate future that parallels our present. 1000+  people killed by police every year.  The story is told from the perspective of one of the counted victims of the state. The death of the narrator inspired protest riots and the formation of  a  black billionaire Super PAC that funnels dark money to radical community building organizations of color.

         The first project grants to be awarded go to a West African self help guru, a girl scout troop that gives belts to thugs, the manufacturer of bulletproof hoodies, a documentarian obsessed with showing the life and death of a victim of police violence.

The strain of an oppressive state threatens The union of one dark and lonesome soul to another jeopardizing those rare bonds in the years where your self is found.

They love each other but she is a blooming professional and he is a traumatized shut in. Using a spell from a celebrity sorceress, the woman attempts to heal the man.

Is there a therapy for society. Can the infrastructure stand and be repurposed or does is all need to burned and be rebuilt with altered intention?

April 17-18 and April 24-25, 7 PM

April 19 and 26th, 2 PM

$20 tickets, $10 student and low income tickets.  Free for Brown and RISD Students with ID.

CREATIVE TEAM:

Vatic Kuumba  (Playwright/Producer)

Ron Lewis (Director)

DS Kinsel (Set Design)

Funmilayo Aileru (Video and Graphic Artist)

Ryan Alves  (Illustration/Projections)

Alex Ruiz (Lights)

 

CAST

Yemi Owojori- Omisore

Esteban Coronado

Muggs fogarty

Marshal Gilson

Pheonyx williams

Christopher Johnson

Becky Bass

Delbert Collins

Elyssa Perez

King Lyric


A Stranger Sound, by Darling Fitch
Apr 2 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Arising from Berlin’s queer party scene, A Stranger Sound is a dark yet affirming transgender coming-of-age story. Through music and poetry, the show leads audiences to journey through “gender dysphoria and chemical ecstasy // chemical dysphoria and gender ecstasy… And glamour as a survival strategy.” It gives an honest account of queer space: community, self-discovery, safety… But also addiction, escapism, narcissism, abuse, and self-harm.
With performances throughout Fitch’s first year of testosterone therapy, accumulating changes become evident, particularly through the juxtaposition of live/pre-recorded vocals. A Stranger Sound tells an ongoing story, physically and thematically revealing the ever-shifting nature of life.

Bio:
Darling Fitch (formerly Brigid Fitch) is an American-born, Berlin-based writer, musician and performance artist. They have presented work internationally, including at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK), Dixon Place HOT! Fest (NYC) and the Month of Performance Art-Berlin (DE). Fitch’s current project, A Stranger Sound, will be presented at least once a month until spring 2016, spanning the first year of Fitch’s testosterone therapy (Fitch is non-binary transgender and uses they/them pronouns). In addition to performing regularly in galleries and venues in Berlin, Fitch runs a monthly series of performance art entitled Yes/No/Other/All: Performance on the Boundaries of Identity.

website: www.darlingfitch.com

Apr
6
Thu
The Light Show: By R.K Lewis and the Low Mountaintop Collective (part of AS220’s Modern Movements Dance Festival)
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Light Show: By R.K Lewis and the Low Mountaintop Collective (part of AS220's Modern Movements Dance Festival)

The Light Show a new work by The Low Mountain Top Collective is an exploration of narratives surrounding what it means to be alive and wounded, to exist in shadow and light, to move from a place that is a merger of the personal,political and spiritual. Our investigations will take us from infra red beginnings, through the visible spectrum of light to ultra violet light and beyond. As we journey through these waves of light we carry with us our stories full of life, and full of wounds. The prime questions of our journey are what roles do our wounds play in our physical and meta-physical transformation?

Apr
7
Fri
The Light Show: By R.K Lewis and the Low Mountaintop Collective (part of AS220’s Modern Movements Dance Festival)
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Light Show: By R.K Lewis and the Low Mountaintop Collective (part of AS220's Modern Movements Dance Festival)

The Light Show a new work by The Low Mountain Top Collective is an exploration of narratives surrounding what it means to be alive and wounded, to exist in shadow and light, to move from a place that is a merger of the personal,political and spiritual. Our investigations will take us from infra red beginnings, through the visible spectrum of light to ultra violet light and beyond. As we journey through these waves of light we carry with us our stories full of life, and full of wounds. The prime questions of our journey are what roles do our wounds play in our physical and meta-physical transformation?

Live Bait: Tatoo @ 95 Empire Black Box
Apr 7 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

 

Tattoo

Time for show and tell. Or just tell… What’s your story?

If you have a true story that in any way, shape or form fits March’s theme, TATTOO, you absolutely must come to Live Bait, put your name in the fishbowl and, when your name is called, come up and tell it. Remember: no notes, no rants, no stand-up routines, and there is a six-minute time limit. Of course, all are more than welcome to simply sit back and listen. 

Please note that March’s Live Bait will be back at 10:00pm! Take a nap if you have to. You’ll not want to miss this show!

Live Bait is hosted by Phil Goldman, with banter, musical accompaniment and monthly theme song by Jerry “The Professor” Gregoire.

 

LIVE BAIT: TRUE STORIES FROM REAL PEOPLE

10:00pm Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Tickets $7.00 – no reservations taken

95 Empire Black Box,

95 Empire Street,

Providence, RI

(401) 489-2555 for more information

Apr
8
Sat
The Light Show: By R.K Lewis and the Low Mountaintop Collective (part of AS220’s Modern Movements Dance Festival)
Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Light Show: By R.K Lewis and the Low Mountaintop Collective (part of AS220's Modern Movements Dance Festival)

The Light Show a new work by The Low Mountain Top Collective is an exploration of narratives surrounding what it means to be alive and wounded, to exist in shadow and light, to move from a place that is a merger of the personal,political and spiritual. Our investigations will take us from infra red beginnings, through the visible spectrum of light to ultra violet light and beyond. As we journey through these waves of light we carry with us our stories full of life, and full of wounds. The prime questions of our journey are what roles do our wounds play in our physical and meta-physical transformation?

Apr
9
Sun
BILL EVANS 77TH BIRTHDAY TAP DANCE SHOW! (part of AS220’s Modern Movements Dance Festival)
Apr 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
BILL EVANS 77TH BIRTHDAY TAP DANCE SHOW! (part of AS220's Modern Movements Dance Festival)

BILL EVANS 77TH BIRTHDAY TAP DANCE SHOW!
Sunday, April 9, 4:00 pm; Monday, April 10, 7:00 pm
AS220, 95 Empire Street, Providence, Rhode Island

Bill Evans Rhythm Tap Ensemble—Bill Evans, Kristen Socci, Courtney World,
and Jazz Keyboard Artist Greg Woodsbie

For the third consecutive year, dance icon Bill Evans will celebrate his birthday by doing what he loves most at the AS220 Black Box Theatre. He will be joined by tap artists Kristen Socci and Courtney World, and jazz pianist Greg Woodsbie, all of whom performed with him  at AS220 last April. Also, Mark Yonally, one of the rising tap stars on the world stage, and a former Evans student and company member, will be dancing with him again—for the first time in a decade.

Mark Yonally is choreographer and artistic director of Chicago Tap Theatre, one of the most critically well-regarded companies in the country. Mark has developed a national and international reputation as a performer, with solo performances in Chicago, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Amsterdam and Paris. He has been blessed to have Sarah Petronio, Dianne Walker, Bill Evans and Billy Siegenfeld as mentors.

Evans was named one of the world’s three favorite tap artists in the first Dance Magazine Readers’ Poll.

“…modern-rhythmic dance barrier-breaker Bill Evans is an experience of intimate and symphonic proportions”.  His breadth of experience in ballet, modern and tap dance has molded Evans into a uniquely lyrical-percussive artist. And while fusion might be an easy buzzword to slap onto his merging of styles, he more accurately melds each discipline into the other so that only movement-with no titles attached-remains. –Lucia Mauro, Chicago Tribune

“…brilliant choreography of the show’s leading man and CTT Artistic Director. Each individual dance…is a jewel on its own and a shiny puzzle piece in the interlocking world.” –Lauren Whalen, Chicago Theatre Beat 

The entertaining and thought-provoking program will include choreographed and improvised rhythm tap works, both reconstructed classics created by the African American masters who originated this art form and new cutting-edge works by Evans and Yonally that are moving tap forward through fusion with theatre and other dance styles.

Also joining the celebration will be emerging tap artists from Brown University, performing Evans “Yes, Indeed,” and Providence College, performing the “Shim-Sham,” the tap dancer’s national anthem.

 

From Scratch: A Works in Process Night @ AS220's Blackbox
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Get Ready For Scratch Spring 2017 Edition!

Apr
10
Mon
BILL EVANS 77TH BIRTHDAY TAP DANCE SHOW! (part of AS220’s Modern Movements Dance Festival)
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
BILL EVANS 77TH BIRTHDAY TAP DANCE SHOW! (part of AS220's Modern Movements Dance Festival)

BILL EVANS 77TH BIRTHDAY TAP DANCE SHOW!
Sunday, April 9, 4:00 pm; Monday, April 10, 7:00 pm
AS220, 95 Empire Street, Providence, Rhode Island

Bill Evans Rhythm Tap Ensemble—Bill Evans, Kristen Socci, Courtney World,
and Jazz Keyboard Artist Greg Woodsbie

For the third consecutive year, dance icon Bill Evans will celebrate his birthday by doing what he loves most at the AS220 Black Box Theatre. He will be joined by tap artists Kristen Socci and Courtney World, and jazz pianist Greg Woodsbie, all of whom performed with him  at AS220 last April. Also, Mark Yonally, one of the rising tap stars on the world stage, and a former Evans student and company member, will be dancing with him again—for the first time in a decade.

Mark Yonally is choreographer and artistic director of Chicago Tap Theatre, one of the most critically well-regarded companies in the country. Mark has developed a national and international reputation as a performer, with solo performances in Chicago, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Amsterdam and Paris. He has been blessed to have Sarah Petronio, Dianne Walker, Bill Evans and Billy Siegenfeld as mentors.

Evans was named one of the world’s three favorite tap artists in the first Dance Magazine Readers’ Poll.

“…modern-rhythmic dance barrier-breaker Bill Evans is an experience of intimate and symphonic proportions”.  His breadth of experience in ballet, modern and tap dance has molded Evans into a uniquely lyrical-percussive artist. And while fusion might be an easy buzzword to slap onto his merging of styles, he more accurately melds each discipline into the other so that only movement-with no titles attached-remains. –Lucia Mauro, Chicago Tribune

“…brilliant choreography of the show’s leading man and CTT Artistic Director. Each individual dance…is a jewel on its own and a shiny puzzle piece in the interlocking world.” –Lauren Whalen, Chicago Theatre Beat 

The entertaining and thought-provoking program will include choreographed and improvised rhythm tap works, both reconstructed classics created by the African American masters who originated this art form and new cutting-edge works by Evans and Yonally that are moving tap forward through fusion with theatre and other dance styles.

Also joining the celebration will be emerging tap artists from Brown University, performing Evans “Yes, Indeed,” and Providence College, performing the “Shim-Sham,” the tap dancer’s national anthem.

 

Apr
15
Sat
AS220’s Modern Movements Dance Festival Mixed Bill Featuring Ali Kenner Brodsky + Andy Russ, Amorphous Dance Collective, Denizen Arts (Yon Tande + Jude Sandy) & Orlando Hernandez
Apr 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
AS220's Modern Movements Dance Festival Mixed Bill Featuring Ali Kenner Brodsky + Andy Russ, Amorphous Dance Collective, Denizen Arts (Yon Tande + Jude Sandy) & Orlando Hernandez

Join us at AS220 for the 2nd Annual Modern Movements Dance Festival Mixed Bill featuring four sets of emerging and mid-career artists pushing the form of dance to its’ extreme!  Please note this show is not handicap accessible and will take place on all three floors of the AS220 95 Empire Theatre/Dance Complex.   Get ready for some real Modern Movements!  Performances include:

 

Walk the (pink) Elephant, by Denizen Arts (Yon Tande + Jude Sandy)  is an exploration of absence and a ritual of reckoning and regeneration in the face of cataclysmic loss. It memorializes and opens ground in the wake of multiple generations of (often queer) artists of color decimated by HIV/AIDS due to lack of resources (health, familial, social and others).

In“Instructions for the Safe Delivery of the Royal Knee,” Orlando Hernandez continues a series of performances that I’ve been developing through tap dance and text. I’m interested in exploring and complicating Spanish and US histories and histories of the Caribbean diaspora, and I believe that percussive dance can help generate environments of resistance against persistent colonialism and racial violence. This piece draws mainly from two texts, “El Requerimiento,” a legal and religious contract that Spaniards were required to read to native peoples before attacking them; and The Indian Militia, by Captain Bernardo de Vargas Machuca, an anti-guerilla warfare manual written to help Spanish generals in their wars against Indians.

 

In Kaliede, Amorphous Dance Collective delves into concepts of weakness and strength. Inspired by natural sounds, images, and spoken-words, each dancer constructs a personal vignette that becomes woven into a larger narrative of potency and vulnerability. Created in a spirit of true collaboration, Kaliede’s dancers are also its creators. The dancers have varying backgrounds of technique, composition, and movement experience, which they draw from throughout the creative process.

Under the Shiny is the latest collaboration between Ali Kenner Brodsky and Andy Russ. Incorporating the work of ceramic artist Anna Highsmith, the piece is a playful dance-theater duet that may or may not know where it is going.

Apr
16
Sun
A Furtive Movement: The Use of Farce by Vatic Kuumba
Apr 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
A Furtive Movement: The Use of Farce by Vatic Kuumba

Furtive Movement is a term used to justify the use of force

          We are using farce to brainstorm a way out of the shadows.  A Furtive Movement Act 1: The Use of Farce is set in an alternate future that parallels our present. 1000+  people killed by police every year.  The story is told from the perspective of one of the counted victims of the state. The death of the narrator inspired protest riots and the formation of  a  black billionaire Super PAC that funnels dark money to radical community building organizations of color.

         The first project grants to be awarded go to a West African self help guru, a girl scout troop that gives belts to thugs, the manufacturer of bulletproof hoodies, a documentarian obsessed with showing the life and death of a victim of police violence.

The strain of an oppressive state threatens The union of one dark and lonesome soul to another jeopardizing those rare bonds in the years where your self is found.

They love each other but she is a blooming professional and he is a traumatized shut in. Using a spell from a celebrity sorceress, the woman attempts to heal the man.

Is there a therapy for society. Can the infrastructure stand and be repurposed or does is all need to burned and be rebuilt with altered intention?

April 17-18 and April 24-25, 7 PM

April 19 and 26th, 2 PM

$20 tickets, $10 student and low income tickets.  Free for Brown and RISD Students with ID.

CREATIVE TEAM:

Vatic Kuumba  (Playwright/Producer)

Ron Lewis (Director)

DS Kinsel (Set Design)

Funmilayo Aileru (Video and Graphic Artist)

Ryan Alves  (Illustration/Projections)

Alex Ruiz (Lights)

 

CAST

Yemi Owojori- Omisore

Esteban Coronado

Muggs fogarty

Marshal Gilson

Pheonyx williams

Christopher Johnson

Becky Bass

Delbert Collins

Elyssa Perez

King Lyric


Apr
19
Wed
Artist Discussion: De-Mystifying Dance “Making” Featuring artists from the AS220 Modern Movements Festival
Apr 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Artist Discussion: De-Mystifying Dance "Making"  Featuring artists from the AS220 Modern Movements Festival
Artist Discussion: De-Mystifying Dance “Making”

Featuring with artists from the AS220 Modern Movements Festival

While conventional pre or post-show artist discussions tend to emphasize the onstage dance “work,” “De-Mystifying Dance Making” stages a curated conversation inviting artist-producers from AS220’s Modern Movements festival to link their current choreography to its broader circumstances of production. Artists from a range of backgrounds and career trajectories will share insights about how they organize creative and non-artistic labor, the models of production that influence their work, their participation in dance economies and networks, and the diverse ways that they value what they do in a highly compromised cultural economy. Facilitator: Sarah Wilbur, Brown University Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Participants: Ali Kenner Brodsky, Orlando Hernandez, Doppleganger Dance, Bill Evans, Meghan Carmichael, and yon Tande and Jude Sandy.
Facilitator: Sarah Wilbur, choreographer/dance scholar, Brown University Postdoctoral fellow in dance studies

Artist Discussion: De-Mystifying Dance “Making”

Featuring with artists from the AS220 Modern Movements Festival

 

 

AS220’s Modern Movements Dance Festival Mixed Bill Featuring Ali Kenner Brodsky + Andy Russ, Amorphous Dance Collective, Denizen Arts (Yon Tande + Jude Sandy) & Orlando Hernandez
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
AS220's Modern Movements Dance Festival Mixed Bill Featuring Ali Kenner Brodsky + Andy Russ, Amorphous Dance Collective, Denizen Arts (Yon Tande + Jude Sandy) & Orlando Hernandez

Join us at AS220 for the 2nd Annual Modern Movements Dance Festival Mixed Bill featuring four sets of emerging and mid-career artists pushing the form of dance to its’ extreme!  Please note this show is not handicap accessible and will take place on all three floors of the AS220 95 Empire Theatre/Dance Complex.   Get ready for some real Modern Movements!  Performances include:

 

Walk the (pink) Elephant, by Denizen Arts (Yon Tande + Jude Sandy)  is an exploration of absence and a ritual of reckoning and regeneration in the face of cataclysmic loss. It memorializes and opens ground in the wake of multiple generations of (often queer) artists of color decimated by HIV/AIDS due to lack of resources (health, familial, social and others).

In“Instructions for the Safe Delivery of the Royal Knee,” Orlando Hernandez continues a series of performances that I’ve been developing through tap dance and text. I’m interested in exploring and complicating Spanish and US histories and histories of the Caribbean diaspora, and I believe that percussive dance can help generate environments of resistance against persistent colonialism and racial violence. This piece draws mainly from two texts, “El Requerimiento,” a legal and religious contract that Spaniards were required to read to native peoples before attacking them; and The Indian Militia, by Captain Bernardo de Vargas Machuca, an anti-guerilla warfare manual written to help Spanish generals in their wars against Indians.

 

In Kaliede, Amorphous Dance Collective delves into concepts of weakness and strength. Inspired by natural sounds, images, and spoken-words, each dancer constructs a personal vignette that becomes woven into a larger narrative of potency and vulnerability. Created in a spirit of true collaboration, Kaliede’s dancers are also its creators. The dancers have varying backgrounds of technique, composition, and movement experience, which they draw from throughout the creative process.

Under the Shiny is the latest collaboration between Ali Kenner Brodsky and Andy Russ. Incorporating the work of ceramic artist Anna Highsmith, the piece is a playful dance-theater duet that may or may not know where it is going.

Apr
28
Fri
Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents “Lonely Planet” by Steven Dietz @ As220's Blackbox
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Counter-Productions Theatre Company presents Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz

Counter-Productions Theatre Company wraps up their tenth season with Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet, an absurdist exploration of friendship and fear at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Directed by Michael Ducharme, who directed last season’s Frost/Nixon, the play features Jim O’Brien as Jody and Chris Plonka as Carl.

Set in “a small map store on the oldest street in an American city,” Lonely Planet is the story of two unlikely friends attempting to deal with an ever increasing number of AIDS related deaths within their circle of friends. Shop owner Jody becomes increasingly fearful of the world outside and the dangers it poses, refusing to leave his shop, even reluctant to open for business. Carl, his manic friend who claims to have a multitude of different occupations, begins filling the shop with a variety of chairs, each one from the home of one of their lost friends.   

Jim O’Brien is a resident actor at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. Past Gamm roles include Mick Down in A Skull in Connemara, Ray in Blackbird, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, Salter in A Number, Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn, Max in Rock N Roll, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon, Coleman Connor in The Lonesome West, Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, and Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar. Other acting credits include The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie with Portland Stage Company and Arthur Pape in Love! Valour! Compassion! with SpeakEasy Theater. Jim is a graduate of Trinity Repertory Conservatory.


Chris Plonka has appeared previously with Counter-Productions as Captain Thorson and Cassidy in The Final Voyage of X Minus One and David Frost in Frost/Nixon. Other roles include Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace with Priscilla Beach Theatre Company; Nathaniel in Unsafe with Boston Public Works and Cotuit Center for the Arts; Leonard in Seminar, and Branwell, Brontë, and Heathcliff in Brontë with Stonehill Theatre Company; and Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter with Caron Productions. Chris has also worked as a director on such productions as Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson, The Zoo Story, Seussical, and Urinetown. Chris holds a BA in Arts Administration from Stonehill College.


AS220’s Black Box Theatre

95 Empire Street, Providence, RI

April 28th, 29th, May 5th, 6th at 7:00pm

April 30th, May 7th at 2:00pm

Admission $20

WWW.CPTCRI.COM
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Apr
29
Sat
Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents “Lonely Planet” by Steven Dietz @ As220's Blackbox
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Counter-Productions Theatre Company presents Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz

Counter-Productions Theatre Company wraps up their tenth season with Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet, an absurdist exploration of friendship and fear at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Directed by Michael Ducharme, who directed last season’s Frost/Nixon, the play features Jim O’Brien as Jody and Chris Plonka as Carl.

Set in “a small map store on the oldest street in an American city,” Lonely Planet is the story of two unlikely friends attempting to deal with an ever increasing number of AIDS related deaths within their circle of friends. Shop owner Jody becomes increasingly fearful of the world outside and the dangers it poses, refusing to leave his shop, even reluctant to open for business. Carl, his manic friend who claims to have a multitude of different occupations, begins filling the shop with a variety of chairs, each one from the home of one of their lost friends.   

Jim O’Brien is a resident actor at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. Past Gamm roles include Mick Down in A Skull in Connemara, Ray in Blackbird, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, Salter in A Number, Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn, Max in Rock N Roll, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon, Coleman Connor in The Lonesome West, Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, and Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar. Other acting credits include The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie with Portland Stage Company and Arthur Pape in Love! Valour! Compassion! with SpeakEasy Theater. Jim is a graduate of Trinity Repertory Conservatory.


Chris Plonka has appeared previously with Counter-Productions as Captain Thorson and Cassidy in The Final Voyage of X Minus One and David Frost in Frost/Nixon. Other roles include Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace with Priscilla Beach Theatre Company; Nathaniel in Unsafe with Boston Public Works and Cotuit Center for the Arts; Leonard in Seminar, and Branwell, Brontë, and Heathcliff in Brontë with Stonehill Theatre Company; and Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter with Caron Productions. Chris has also worked as a director on such productions as Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson, The Zoo Story, Seussical, and Urinetown. Chris holds a BA in Arts Administration from Stonehill College.


AS220’s Black Box Theatre

95 Empire Street, Providence, RI

April 28th, 29th, May 5th, 6th at 7:00pm

April 30th, May 7th at 2:00pm

Admission $20

WWW.CPTCRI.COM
Jim BWChristopher BW