Cast Set for Off-Broadway Run of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce

Cast Set for Off-Broadway Run of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce

Fellowship for Performing Arts will present C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce, adapted by Max McLean, December 12–29 at Theatre Three at Theatre Row. A national tour will follow.

The cast features Joel Rainwater (Drunkle Vanya), Jonathan Hadley (Caesar and Cleopatra), Carol Halstead (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man), and Tom Souhrada (Popcorn Falls). Christa Scott-Reed directs.

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A Directing Roundtable with Arpita Mukherjee, Christa Scott Reed, and Colette Robert

A Directing Roundtable with Arpita Mukherjee, Christa Scott Reed, and Colette Robert

Out of the 21 plays currently on Broadway or are upcoming this season, only three (a dismal 14%) are directed by women. However, Off-Broadway, there is a vibrant group of emerging new directors, many of whom are women staging exciting new work. I recently sat down for a roundtable discussion with Colette Robert (director of Behind the Sheet by Charly Evon Simpson at Ensemble Studio Theatre), Arpita Mukherjee (director of Eh Dah? Questions For My Father by Aya Aziz at Next Door at NYTW) and Christa Scott Reed (director of A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt at the Acorn Theatre). The women spoke about their desires to bring diverse stories to the stage; the challenge of balancing directing with their myriad other jobs, including acting, writing, and artistic directing; the importance of building community in the rehearsal room; and more.

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Man for All Seasons

Man for All Seasons

Pictured: Carolyn McCormick, Michael Countryman, Kim Wong

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This current production, sleekly directed by Christa Scott-Reed for Fellowship for Performing Arts, is a stirring piece of theatre…Michael Countryman is superb, leading an excellent cast…riveting.

– The New Yorker

A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons

Pictured: Harry Bouvy

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 Smartly directed by Christa Scott-Reed…strong and sobering

– National Review

A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons

Pictured: Michael Countryman, John Ahlin

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The characters are so strong, the drama so compelling and the language so accessible that you probably won’t notice that some pretty complex concepts will go down pretty easily…smart and complex…compelling…it could not be more timely,

– Newsweek

GOINGS ON ABOUT THE TOWN: A Man for All Seasons

GOINGS ON ABOUT THE TOWN: A Man for All Seasons

Any new mounting of Robert Bolt’s 1960 play about Thomas More has a couple of hurdles to clear. First is the memory of the multiple-Oscar-winning 1966 film, led by Paul Scofield. Then there’s “Wolf Hall,” Hilary Mantel’s historical novel from 2009, in which More’s saintliness takes a serious hit. But this current production, sleekly directed by Christa Scott-Reed for Fellowship for Performing Arts, is a stirring piece of theatre.

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CULTURE – ‘A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS’: THOMAS MORE FIGHTS HENRY VIII ON PRINCIPLE

CULTURE – ‘A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS’: THOMAS MORE FIGHTS HENRY VIII ON PRINCIPLE

Speaking truth to power has never been the secret to a long life, and sticking to your principles can really get you in trouble with the boss. And when your boss is Henry VIII, well you’d have trouble getting long-term life insurance even from Lloyd’s of London. Such is the dilemma of Sir Thomas More, the protagonist of Robert Bolt’s engrossing drama A Man for All Seasons and probably the most principled lawyer ever.

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BROADWAY WORLD: A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS Begins Previews Tonight

BROADWAY WORLD: A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS Begins Previews Tonight

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS Begins Previews Tonight

Fellowship for Performing Arts’ revival of Robert Bolt‘s Tony Award-winning play, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, a Machiavellian political-religious drama ripped from today’s headlines, begins previews tonight, January 11, 2019, at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036). A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS will officially open on January 23 for a limited run through February 24, 2019.

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Shadowlands

Shadowlands

Pictured: Daniel Gerroll, Robin Abramson

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A thoughtful and satisfying revival…Under Christa Scott-Reed’s direction, the exceptional cast catches every nuance of this fine play.

– The New Yorker

Shadowlands

Shadowlands

Pictured: John C. Vennema, Daniel Gerroll, Robin Abramson, Jack McCarthy

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Director Christa Scott-Reed conducts this symphony with a sure and imaginative hand. The scenario feels authentic in every way, moves fluidly, and holds visual interest. Its tone is pitch perfect.

Woman Around Town