Posts tagged play
Posts tagged play
The chicas of Ladies Night decided to go undercover as their characters, 3 business women, for some Gramercy happy hour! As I am told, after having buckets of vino they spoke with some men playing darts claiming to be from an advertising firm. Everyone bought it! Even the bartenders! Camille, never being shy, snuck some photos with some fresh meat. Amazing…
Whoa, theater in the real world!~ WE WILL PREVAIL opens 3/9.
Check out this video promo for Eclipsed, a play we hosted last year by Patricia Burke Brogan about the Magdalene Laundries.
Infinite Variety Productions, is an all female not for profit theatre company based in NYC. Our mission is to produce plays based on events throughout women’s history; events not as known to the public. This was our second production, “Eclipsed”.
Alyson Calder thinking hard… then posing for a picture… then being cute.
Here’s a few pictures of friends, cast, and crew from the world premiere of Hard to Please, a collection of short plays by Larry Bao presented by the lovely Tank Theater! We are returning once again to The Tank Theater with the world premiere of WE WILL PREVAIL!
Brent Rose and Alyson Calder are returning actors from Hard to Please that will join us in WE WILL PREVAIL.
Larry Bao returns to our hearts…er, we mean..The Tank! His new play WE WILL PREVAIL opens 3/9.
We are so thrilled that Lucy Alibar’s original screenplay for Juicy and Delicious was turned into the Oscar nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild! Tank alum represent!
Check out her interview with Barnes and Noble Review:
BNR: Beasts of the Southern Wild has been a breakthrough hit on the screen. What does the film’s success mean for Juicy and Delicious? Any future stagings in the works? Any favorite productions?
LA: I just got the rights back, so no productions set yet. I’m still teary when I think about the production we did at The Tank. It was wild and funny and those actors just tore it up.
Terezin, Children of the Holocaust (running weekends at The Tank until 10/28) is a play based on the Nazi concentration camp in the Czech Republic. It was named after Empress Maria Theresa, who unsurprisingly ruled in opposition of religious tolerance.
Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina was the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions and the last of the House of Habsburg. She was the sovereign of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia,Mantua, Milan, Lodomeria and Galicia, the Austrian Netherlands and Parma. By marriage, she was Duchess of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and Holy Roman Empress.
Maria Theresa and her husband, Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor, had sixteen children, including Queen Marie Antoinette of France, Queen Maria Carolina of Naples, Duchess Maria Amalia of Parma and two Holy Roman Emperors, Joseph II and Leopold II. Though she was expected to cede power to Francis and Joseph, both of whom were officially her co-rulers in Austria and Bohemia, Maria Theresa was the absolute sovereign who ruled by the counsel of her advisers. She criticised and disapproved of many of Joseph’s actions. Although she is considered to have been intellectually inferior to both Joseph and Leopold, Maria Theresa understood the importance of her public persona and was able to simultaneously evoke both esteem and affection from her subjects.
Maria Theresa promulgated financial and educational reforms, with the assistance of Count Friedrich Wilhelm von Haugwitz andGottfried van Swieten, promoted commerce and the development of agriculture, and reorganised Austria’s ramshackle military, all of which strengthened Austria’s international standing. However, she refused to allow religious toleration and contemporary travellers thought her regime was bigoted and superstitious.
Though she eventually gave up trying to convert her non-Catholic subjects to Roman Catholicism, Maria Theresa regarded both the Jews and Protestants as dangerous to the state and actively tried to suppress them. The empress was probably the most anti-Semitic monarch of her time, having inherited the traditional prejudices of her ancestors and acquired new ones. This was a product of deep religious devotion and was not kept secret in her time. In 1777, she wrote of the Jews: “I know of no greater plague than this race, which on account of its deceit, usury and avarice is driving my subjects into beggary. Therefore as far as possible, the Jews are to be kept away and avoided.” Via Wikipedia
Upon initial research about the Magdalene Laundries, you’d think that they took place in the 1700’s or 1800’s. On the contrary, the last laundry closed in 1996 and even housed a troubled Sinead O’Connor in 1979. Yes, THAT Sinead O’Connor.
She was known to sing Barbara Steisand’s “Evergreen” at the asylum.
At the age of 15, Sinead O’Connor’s shoplifting and truancy led to her being placed in a Magdalene Asylum, the Grianán Training Centre run by the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity. In some ways, she thrived there, especially in the development of her writing and music, but she also chafed under the imposed conformity. Unruly students there were sometimes sent to sleep in the adjoining nursing home, an experience of which she later commented, “I have never — and probably will never — experience such panic and terror and agony over anything.”
See Eclipsed, Patrick Burke Brogan’s play about The Magdalene Laundries. Weekends at The Tank until 10/14.
Trivia time! Joni Mitchell wrote a song called “The Magdalene Laundries.” See the play Eclipsed by Patricia Burke Brogan weekends at The Tank until 10/14.
A little history lesson about the Magdalene Laundries, the source material for the play Eclipsed (weekends at The Tank until 10/14).
Magdalene asylums were institutions from the 18th to the late-20th centuries ostensibly for “fallen women”, a term used to imply sexual promiscuity. Asylums for these girls and women (and others believed to be of poor moral character, such as prostitutes) operated throughout Europe, Britain, Ireland, Canada and the United States for much of the 19th and well into the 20th century. The first asylum in Ireland opened on Leeson Street in Dublin in 1765, founded by Lady Arabella Denny.
In Belfast there was a Church of Ireland run Ulster Magdalene Asylum (founded in 1839) on Donegall Pass, while parallel institutions were run by Catholics on Ormeau Road and by Presbyterians on Whitehall Parade.
Initially the mission of the asylums was often to rehabilitate women back into society, but by the early 20th century the homes had become increasingly punitive and prison-like. In most of these asylums, the inmates were required to undertake hard physical labour, including laundry and needle work. They also endured a daily regime that included long periods of prayer and enforced silence. In Ireland, such asylums were known as Magdalene laundries. It has been estimated that up to 30,000 women passed through such laundries in Ireland. The last Magdalene asylum, inWaterford, Ireland, closed on September 25, 1996.