[CHATHAM, NY] – PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century announces their Spring 2018 Program of dance and live theater. Marking the inauguration of the new state-of-the-art black box theater will be a festive opening and dance performance by Caleb Teicher and Nic Gareiss. Other season highlights include three live theater productions: a staged reading of Erma Bombeck’s “At Wit’s End;” and two plays presented by The Actors’ Ensemble: “The Gun Show” and “The Chairs.” The spring season will also include dance performances by Jamal Jackson Dance Company and Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott.
“We are now able to offer programming year-round, and we’re excited about this first season of programming in our new theater,” explained PS21 Board President Judy Grunberg. “We want PS21 to bring people together and for the arts to become a part of their lives.”
The new theater, which replaces the tent that served as the main venue for twelve years, has an elegant, flexible design and includes state of the art sound and lighting. The black box is a flexible 40’x60’ performance space that is enclosed in the winter and seats up to 99. In warmer months, the east wall slides open and the black box transforms into the stage for the 300-seat open-air pavilion theater.
PS21 is located at 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the village of Chatham. Visit ps21chatham.org or call 518.392.6121 for more information. To order tickets, please visit ps21chatham.org or call 1-800-838-3006.
DETAILS OF THE 2018 SPRING SEASON:
Caleb Teicher & Co presents: Caleb Teicher & Nic Gareiss
Festive Opening of PS21 Black Box Theater
Saturday, April 14, 8:00 pm and Sunday, April 15, 2:00 pm
Opening weekend features two of America’s most elegant interpreters of traditional American dance forms, including tap, clogging, flatfooting, Irish step, and contemporary hybrids. The Boston Herald called Nic Gareiss “the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene. The nimble Gareiss called forth visions of Fred Astaire.” ArtsAmerica declared that “with his calm and collected cool, Caleb Teicher is ‘suave with a groove’ incarnate.” Saturdaytickets $45 general admission, $40 PS21 members. Sunday $25 general admission, $20 PS21 members
The Actors’ Ensemble presents “The Gun Show” – a play by E.M. Lewis
Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 8:00 pm and Sunday, April 22, 2:00 pm
Through the prism of her own personal experiences, award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis tells the story of America’s relationship with guns. Leaning neither right nor left, this critically-acclaimed play jumps into the middle of the gun control debate and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?” The performance, starring Christopher Smith and directed by Robert Consenza, explores the role that firearms play in our lives. Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 PS21 members
Jamal Jackson Dance Company: “Rob Day”
Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, 8:00 pm
This evening-length production of “Rob Day” explores gun culture and our connections to it. In this performance that merges contemporary dance forms with traditional West African dance movement, Rob is a 9mm pistol. The relationships formed on his travels reveal a charisma and influence that is undeniable. Tickets: $35 general admission, $30 PS21 members
“Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End”
A staged reading with Nancy Rothman
Saturday, May 12, 8:00 pm and Sunday, May 13, 2:00 pm
This one-woman play by Alison and Margaret Engel is a tribute to the columnist and humorist who lovingly satirized the plight of the suburban housewife. One of Columbia County’s favorite comic actors Nancy Rothman brings Bombeck’s humor home for modern audiences in celebration of Mother’s Day weekend. Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 PS21 members
Larry Keigwin & Nicole Wolcott in “Places Please”
Saturday June 2, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
This zany trip backstage looks into the final moments before the curtain goes up. The cabaret-style piece celebrates the creative relationship between these co-founders of the acclaimed KEIGWIN + COMPANY. Andrew Boynton wrote in The New Yorker, Keigwin seeks “to capture audiences with wit, theatrical sensibility, and, mostly, terrific dancing.” Tickets: $35 general admission, $30 PS21 members
The Actors’ Ensemble presents a staged reading of Ionesco’s “The Chairs”
Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, 8:00 pm and Sunday June 10, 2:00 pm
Veteran actors Fern Sloan and Ted Pugh bring us a fresh interpretation of Ionesco’s delightfully absurdist tragic farce about the imaginary world of two old people alone in a house on an island. One of the great innovators of modern theater, Ionesco wrote “The Chairs” in 1952 but it is as intriguing today as it was when first produced 65 years ago. Tickets: $25/$20
PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit organization in Chatham, NY, dedicated to the performing arts and to serving a diverse community with concerts, programs and residencies by professional artists and ensembles, youth and children’s programming and cultural education opportunities for all ages.
PS21’s dance and theater programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the generous PS21 members.