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WORLD PREMIERE OF EVER SO HUMBLE OPENS AT THE HANGAR THEATRE

July 7, 2011

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WORLD PREMIERE OF EVER SO HUMBLE OPENS AT THE HANGAR THEATRE

 

ANDRÉA BURNS, PHILIP HOFFMAN AND ERIC T. MILLER STAR IN NEW TIM PINCKNEY COMEDY

DIRECTED BY PETER FLYNN 

PERFORMANCES BEGIN JULY 14TH

 

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Ithaca, NY (06/30/2011) – The surprising and hilarious search for a place to call home is at the heart of Ever So Humble, a new comedy by Tim Pinckney (Message to Michael) receiving its world premiere at the Hangar Theatre under the direction of Artistic Director Peter Flynn.  The cast of seven features Andréa Burns (In the Heights), Philip Hoffman (Falsettos, Into the Woods) and Eric T. Miller (LAByrinth Theatre’s Sweet Storm). Poignant, smart, sassy, Ever So Humble is a touching reminder that our home and our family are what we make them.  Performances begin July 14th, running through July 23rd.

An expired New York City sublet leaves Nick and his two best friends, Bobby and Dana, with no place to live.  Enter Howard - a loveable, but lonely man with his own personal troubles as well as a beautiful house in Brooklyn.  Friendship blossoms between this unlikely quartet and complications quickly arise, as Howard's house becomes the source of a sticky dilemma between his assumed heirs and his new friends.

Inspired by E.M. Forster's novel Howards End, Ever So Humble was workshopped at the Hangar as well as Rattlestick Playwrights theatre and further developed in the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s playwright’s unit.  The play is the product of a happy collaboration between long time friends Pinckney and Flynn. The cast also includes Greg Bostwick, Jesse Bush, Karl Gregory and Erica Steinhagen.

"Tim Pinckney has penned a whip smart, charming play that resonates with anyone who has created a family with those they love. The cast is a great combination of some of Broadway's brightest and Ithaca's celebrated favorites. With its hilarious characters & enormous heart, Ever So Humble reminds us all there really is no place like home." states Director Peter Flynn.  Playwright Pinckney adds, “I am so happy and proud to premiere Ever So Humble at the Hangar.  They have given us a wonderful home as well as an extraordinary cast and creative team.  I’m living a playwright’s dream.”

Tickets for Ever So Humble range from $18 t0 $45.  Tickets can be purchased at: www.hangartheatre.org or by phone at (607) 273-4497.  The recently renovated theatre is located at 801 Taughanock Blvd.  Ithaca, NY 14850.  The Hangar business office is 171 East State Street, Suite 230 in Center Ithaca.  Ithaca, NY 14851

The Hangar Theatre is committed 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 education and training programs are central parts of our commitment to the local and national artistic communities.  Visit our website at www.hangartheatre.org

Biographies

ANDREA BURNS (Daisy) recently delighted Broadway audiences as  “Daniela”, the saucy hairdresser, from  In The Heights (Drama Desk Award). More Broadway: Beauty and the Beast (Belle), The Full Monty (Vicki) and The Ritz (standby for Googie Gomez). Off-Broadway: Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night and Songs for A New World.  Other roles: Lucille Frank in Parade, Eva Peron in Evita, and  Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, for which she recently received rave reviews. Television: The New Electric Company, Law & Order: SVU, Rescue Me, and NBC’s new drama, Smash.

PHILIP HOFFMAN (Howard) appeared in the original casts of nine Broadway productions, including Into The Woods (1987), Falsettos, Fiddler On The Roof (2004), Is There Life After High School?, The Scarlet Pimpernel and A Catered Affair. Off-Broadway credits range from All In The Timing to Yiddle With A Fiddle.  Elsewhere: Speed-the-Plow (Charlie Fox), Angels In America: Perestroika (Roy Cohn), The Winter’s Tale (Autolycus),  Bat Boy (Dr. Parker). National tours of Jekyll & Hyde and Titanic. A member of Actors’ Equity since 1979, he can be heard on several cast recordings, and seen in half a dozen Law & Order reruns. [www.1philiphoffman.com]

ERIC T. MILLER (Nick) Theater credits include Paper Cranes (Packawallop Productions), Judgement Day (Bard Summerscape 2010), Safe Home and Nobody Suspects a Butterfly (both with Royal Family Productions), Sweet Storm (LAByrinth/Alchemy Theatre Co.) and Betrayed (The Culture Project).  Television credits include The Unusuals (ABC), Kings (NBC) and Law & Order (NBC).  You can see Eric in Steve McQueen’s upcoming film Shame, with Michael Fassbender. Thanks to his family and friends for their love and support.

TIM PINCKNEY (Author) Tim Pinckney started writing plays after ten years as a working actor.  His first play, Message to Michael, was produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in New York City and has enjoyed several subsequent regional productions.  Other plays include A Perfect Blendship, First Refusal, Ever So Humble and Benefit.  Tim has adapted four classic musicals for The Actors Fund’s concert series - Hair, On the Twentieth Century*, Chess* and Funny Girl * (*directed by Peter Flynn).  Tim is a contributing writer for Passport Magazine and was asked by Fred Ebb to write the liner notes for the triple platinum Special Limited Edition CD/DVD soundtrack recording of the 2003 Oscar®-winning motion picture Chicago.  Tim proudly serves on the advisory board of The Fred Ebb Foundation. Originally from Auburn, New York, Tim is a member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Playwrights unit, Actors’ Equity as well as The Dramatists Guild.

PETER FLYNN (Director) Peter is delighted to return to the Hangar for his third season as Artistic Director.  Directing credits at the Hangar include Dirty Blonde starring Tony nominee Emily Skinner, David Mamet’s November starring Broadway veteran Wally Dunn, Penelope of Ithaca with local luminary Susannah Berryman, and Man of La Mancha starring Richard Adams & Natascia Diaz.  Recent credits include Guys & Dolls starring Andréa Burns, Shine! starring Hangar alum Bill Ryall, and Barrio Grrrl! for the Kennedy Center. Broadway credits: Actors’ Fund concerts of On the 20th Century, Chess with Josh Groban, and Funny Girl with Whoopi Goldberg. Off-Broadway credits: Lee Blessing’s Two Rooms at Lion Theatre; Henry & Mudge, and Junie B. Jones, nominated for Lucille Lortel Award - Best Musical, and Rhapsody in Seth at Actors’ Playhouse starring Seth Rudetsky. Regional credits: Sleuth and Man of La Mancha, Carbonell Award, best director, at the Maltz-Jupiter Theatre; Gypsy at St. Louis MUNY; The Piano Lesson and The Crucible at Tampa PAC; The Santaland Diaries at Pittsburgh City Theatre; A Child’s Christmas in Wales at the National Theatre of the Deaf. As a writer, commission: Huntington Theatre with writing partner, composer/lyricist Brooks Ashmanskas. Graduate: Northwestern University.

GREG BOSTWICK (Carl) has performed in scores of plays at the Hangar Theatre since 1977—most recently in November. He also directed the “Starring Role Celebration” donor recognition event last July. He was the recipient of the 2001 Tom Niederkorn award. He holds the rank of Professor in the Ithaca College Department of Theatre Arts where he directs (most recently Chicago) and teaches acting. Mr. Bostwick’s appearance is made possible in part by the generous and ongoing support of his wife, the great Julia C. Bonney. 

JESSE BUSH (Holden) Previous roles at the Hangar include: Archer- November, Verbeek/Buisson-The Overwhelming, Gaston -Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Lt. Kaffee -A Few Good Men,  Lt Cable -South Pacific and Anthony -Sweeney Todd (a role he later played at the Goodspeed Opera House). Other favorite roles include Jim O’Connor-The Glass Menagerie, Frederick- Precious Nonsense, Vinny -Tony & the Soprano, Bernie -Unidentified Human Remains (KTC) ; all the guys- The Angle of the Sun (KTC , NY Musical Theatre Festival); Claudius- Hamlet-a-thon(Chashama); John- Isolated Incidents(Expanded Arts). TV-All My Children, One Life to Live. This performance, as always, is made possible by my Girls, Jesse is a proud member of Actors Equity. 

KARL GREGORY (Bobby) Last seen on the Hangar stage in The 39 Steps, Karl is thrilled to be back in Ithaca. He was a company member with the Kitchen Theatre Company for five incredible seasons; Gutenberg! The Musical!, SantaLand Diaries, After Ashley, Fully Committed, Swimming In The Shallows, The Cripple of Inishmaan, A Perfect Ganesh, and many more. A graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program, he just finished a run of The Taming of the Shrew at the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis. In 2010 Karl was named Best Local Actor in the Ithaca Times.   www.karlgregory.com

ERICA STEINHAGEN (Dana) is thrilled to be back on the Hangar stage. Previous shows here include Beauty and the Beast, Cats, My Fair Lady, and The Sound of Music. She was most recently seen in The Drowsy Chaperone at the Human Race Theatre in Dayton, OH, and in Bed & Sofa at the KTC here in Ithaca where she has been in more than a dozen productions, and several world premieres. Her short film, Poker Face, is currently making the festival rounds and her web series Uncorked! can be viewed at fingerlakesuncorked.com. Ithaca College alum, proud mama to stunning Aram.

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