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2008-09 Performance Season

One of the best ways to understand the kind of training we offer, is to see our shows. To confirm specific dates and times and to make  reservations, please check the Graduate Acting calendar and call the box office.





by Ronald Ribman
Directed by Michael Sexton

A two-act play based, in part, on the story “Diary of a Superfluous Man” by Ivan Turgenev. Mr. Zoditch, a timid, frustrated book publisher in 19th Century Moscow is tormented by the uselessness of his existence—until he comes across a manuscript by an author whose life seems even more superfluous than his own.  This 1965 Obie-winner is a clever, moving play-within-a-play in which art holds a very cracked mirror up to one man’s ill-nature.

October 1st – October 3rd, 2008 at 8pm and Saturday, October 4th, 2008 at 2pm and 8pm
The Fifth Floor Theatre 111 2nd Ave., 5th Floor

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by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

This sly, antic comedy tells the story of a Brazilian maid in search of the perfect joke who single-handedly changes the alchemy of an upper-crust home in “metaphysical Connecticut.”  This play was the break-out hit for Sarah Ruhl, the most acclaimed playwright of her generation (and the first of her plays we have produced), and is a beautiful representation of her unique blend of whimsy, dislocation, theatricality, and surprise.

September 30th – October 4th, 2008 at 8pm, Sunday, October 5th at 2pm
Atlas Theatre 111 2nd Ave., 3rd Floor

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by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Victor Pappas

One of the greatest ensemble pieces of all time, Chekhov’s play is a wistful romance of missed chances and wasted opportunities.  The Prozorov sisters, carrying the torch for enlightened society in a provincial backwater town, entertain a visiting army garrison, all the while losing their hearts to the dashing soldiers, their quixotic ideals, and a world of what-might- have-been.

November 25th, 26th, 29th at 8pm, Sunday, November 30th at 2pm and December 1st – 3rd, 2008 at 8pm
Atlas Theatre 111 2nd Ave., 3rd Floor

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by Athol Fugard
Directed by Kenneth Washington

Our first production in more than a decade of the acclaimed South African playwright for whom all politics is local.  Two women—one white, one black—attempt to reconcile with each other after the funeral of the man whose life they both shared, a writer whose reputation as a freedom fighter may have existed only within his own egotism; a poignant memory play that examines the nature of commitment—with a few twists and turns.

November 25th, 26th, 29th at 8pm, Sunday, November 30th at 7pm and December 1st - 3rd, 2008 at 8pm
Shubert Theatre 721 Broadway, 5th Floor

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by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Sam Gold

February 3rd – 7th, 2009 at 8pm and Sunday, February 8th at 2:00pm
Atlas Theatre 111 2nd Ave., 3rd Floor

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by John Guare
Directed by Pamela Berlin

In one of the great modern comedies of manners, Guare masterfully dissects a society riven in two by its own liberal impulses and its inability to honor them.  A young poised black man ingratiates himself into the Central Park West home of a High Society couple; what he wants from them—and what they need from him—sets off the sparks for a shocking, fast-paced, incisive portrait of America at the end of the 20th Century.

February 4th, 5th, 6th, 2009 at 8pm, Saturday, February 7th at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday, February 8th at 7pm.
The Fifth Floor Theatre 111 2nd Ave., 5th Floor

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A week-long play festival comprised of adapted and original work produced and performed by the Graduate Acting Class of 2009.

March 3rd – March 8th, 2009
Performances throughout the day
Walker Theatre and Shubert Theatre 721 Broadway, 5th Floor
Free to the public



by William Shakespeare
Directed by Davis McCallum

The greatest romantic fantasy ever written—a world in which the eternal psychic split between men and women is made manifest by warfare in the temporal world of Ancient Greece and the fairy kingdom of Shakespeare’s imagination.  Into the woods, indeed...

April 16th -18th at 8pm, Sunday, April 19th at 2pm and April 22nd – 24th at 8pm, Saturday, April 25th at 2pm and 8pm
Atlas Theatre 111 2nd Ave., 3rd Floor

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