If you are in NYC Monday, Oct 18 - why not come down to the East Village and check out some new plays? - including one by me. -- kato
ARIADNE on the ISLAND, a new award-winning play by Connecticut-based playwright Kato McNickle, will be presented as a concert reading by the Between the Seas pre-fest Festival of new Mediterranean inspired work Monday, October 18 at 8:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Donations to the Between the Seas Festival are always welcome - Solas Bar 232 East 9th Street, NYC.
ARIADNE on the ISLAND is a riff on the myth of the sister of the Minotaur, who falls in love with a foreign hero and betrays her father in order to ...save this man’s life. After the pair escape they find themselves on the island of Naxos, where the hero will abandon the girl, and she will find love with the god of wine. That’s the myth. This play begins on that island of refuge, updates the scenario to a mechanized war zone, and tells the story of a hard fought conflict from four perspectives: Peter, the hero; Via, the comrade in arms; Dante, former leader of the resistance; and Ana, daughter of an enemy commandant. ARIADNE on the ISLAND was one of three plays presented at the Little Festival of the Unexpected in Portland, Maine this May and recipient of a Clauder Award, as well as a 2009 O’Neill Playwrights Conference finalist.
Featuring: Jason Bell, Kate Downie, Wheaton Simis, and Mary Tuomanen, written and directed by Kato McNickle.
ARIADNE on the ISLAND has been selected as one of a collection of works inspired by Mediterranean identity and heritage being presented October 18 & 19 in NYC.
The schedule for the entire event: Monday, October 18th
6:00-8:00: Aziza by Damon Chua
8:00-10:00: ARIADNE on the ISLAND by Kato McNickle
Tuesday, October 19th
6:00-7:00: Monologue by Anthoula Katsimatides
7:00-8:00: Mama Butterfly by Eyad Houssami
8:00-10:00: Ruth and the Great Gust of Wind by Noelle Ghoussaini
All performed at Solas Bar upstairs, 232 East 9th Street. Manhattan
This reading will mark the first time I'll get to hear both of the women for whom I wrote the roles they'll be playing speak the work. It should be fun -- and we're above a bar -- which is perfect for a play that features lots of beer and wine.
The reading went very well. We had excellent actors -- and this was the first time that he two women for whom I had written it have been able to perform it together. The play has had several rounds of workshops and rewrites over the summer -- so the text is nearing a form that is lean and theatrical. I was very happy with the process and the performance.