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2015 Hangar Theatre Drama League Directing Fellows

June 1, 2015

2015 Hangar Theatre Drama League Directing Fellows

 

Ithaca, NY – The Hangar Theatre is proud to present the four directing fellows joining the Hangar Residency Program from the Drama League for the 2015 season. Since 1988 the Drama League and the Hangar Theatre have collaborated to provide a laboratory program for early and mid-career directors to develop new skills through training and professional development.  Joining the Hangar this summer are Paul Bedard, Aneesha Kudtarkar, Austin Regan, and Dan Rogers. These four artistic individuals will be sharing their talents throughout the summer by directing shows in the Hangar’s KIDDSTUFF and Wedge Series.

Paul Bedard is a New York City–based director and activist, and he is the founder and artistic director of Theater in Asylum. Aneesha Kudtarkar is a Dallas native now living and working in New York City where she works primarily as a developer of new work. Austin Regan is a Flea Theater resident director, a founding member of the Musical Theatre Factory, and a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. Assistant/associate work includes Broadway and the Metropolitan Opera. He lives and works in New York City. Dan Rogers is the co-founder of the Brooklyn-based AntiMatter Collective and former general manager of the Obie Award-winning Vampire Cowboys Theater Company. He is a graduate of the Brown/Trinity MFA Directing program.

Throughout the summer these directors work closely with the Hangar Lab Company, teaching and directing them in and out of the classroom. The Lab Company make up the cast of four of the five KIDDSTUFF shows as well as the four shows in the Hangar’s experimental late night Wedge series. The Wedge gives the Drama League Directing Fellows a safe space to create and explore their craft with thought-provoking and exciting plays selected by the Fellows.

The Wedge series will open with the world premiere of Alexandra Silber’s reimagining of Greek tragedy The Trojan Women. Director Austin Regan notes, “Alexandra Silber's harrowing adaptation of Euripides's The Trojan Women seems to me a perfect vessel to look with clear eyes at the disintegrating and shattering effects that perpetual war has had on our communities, our culture, and ourselves” The Trojan Women will take place June 18 & 19 under the Hangar tent after God of Carnage.

The second show of the Wedge series will be Maria Irene Fornes's Mud, directed by Aneesha Kudtarkar. Mud tells the story of Lloyd, Mae, and Henry all of whom are desperately poor and trapped by their poverty. Kudtarkar notes the exciting challenge of doing this play under the Hangar tent, "One of the most exciting things about The Wedge is the outdoor space. I wanted to find a play that was challenging, but also very much about people who are of the earth--a play that dealt with really primal issues: desire, resentment, willfulness. I was interested in a play that dealt with the ugly, human things we all grapple with." Mud will take place July 2 & 3 under the Hangar tent after Spring Awakening.

Paul Bedard has decided to adapt and direct The Infernal Machine by Jean Cocteau. This play is a unique retelling of the Oedipus myth and Bedard writes that “Now is the time for this strange and hilarious play. It's a hard look at the machine we all submit to: the capitalism machine, the political machine, the entertainment machine. Now that we've made this machine, can we break it?” The Infernal Machine will take place July 9 & 10 under the Hangar tent after Spring Awakening.

The Wedge series will close with Dan Rogers' production of The Crazy Locomotive, an absurdist futurist play by the Polish painter Witkacy about two supervillains who hijack a locomotive and turn the throttle all the way up. “It's about the way we use technology to live on the edge, to book ourselves ever tighter, to keep everyone updated about everything that we do, the way that we need to take pictures of everything eat, instead of actually experiencing it for ourselves.”

Jen Waldman, the Hangar Theatre’s artistic director has worked closely with the Drama League to select these participants and will be mentoring them throughout the summer. “These four directors truly represent the future of the American theatre. They are smart. They are inventive. And they care deeply about what theatre has to say about the world we live in. This Wedge season is nothing shortly of exhilarating. And it is FREE!” Wedge performances start fifteen minutes after the end of Hangar Mainstage shows. Each performance is free to attend, but seating is limited. To guarantee entrance, please reserve a seat by emailing Wedge@hangartheatre.org or calling 607.273.8588 x42.

The Hangar Theatre is dedicated to providing exceptional theatre experiences of high professional quality to enrich, enlighten, educate, and entertain the diverse audience in the Finger Lakes region and beyond. Strong educational and training programs are central parts of our commitment to the local and national artistic communities.  Visit our website at www.HangarTheatre.org to learn more about the Wedge and all things happening at the Hangar.

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