SATIR­I­CAL STAGE DE­BUT

New theatre com­pany set for in­au­gu­ral pro­duc­tion

The Record (Troy, NY) - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Lau­ren Hal­li­gan lhalligan@troyrecord.com

A new lo­cal theatre com­pany is mak­ing its de­but by tak­ing on the works of play­wright Harold Pin­ter.

The Troy Foundry Theatre’s in­au­gu­ral pro­duc­tion of “New World Or­der: Six Short Plays” by Harold Pin­ter will open on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the James L. Meader Lit­tle Theatre at Rus­sell Sage Col­lege, fol­lowed by a sec­ond set of per­for­mances at The Hangar on the Hud­son. All per­for­mances are free of charge. Reser­va­tions are sug­gested.

Troy Foundry Theatre’s New World Or­der rein­ter­prets six short plays by No­bel Prize-win­ning play­wright Harold Pin­ter in a post-truth world. The pro­duc­tion’s can be syn­op­sized in the ques­tion “What if those in power didn’t have your best in­ter­ests at heart?”

From the satir­i­cal to the macabre, each of Pin­ter’s plays de­picts so­ci­ety as a prison with­out walls, where any hope of op­po­si­tional agency is buried within lin­guis­tic men­ace. Pin­ter pre­sciently drafts what was a dis­tant op­pres­sion, but now feels all too fa­mil­iar and real, the com­pany said in a press re­lease.

The short works pre­sented in­clude One for the Road, Moun­tain Lan­guage, The New World Or­der, God’s Dis­trict, Pre­cisely and Press Con­fer­ence.

Co-founder and artis­tic direc­tor David Gi­rard, a Troy res­i­dent and Rus­sell Sage Col­lege theatre pro­gram alum, said he de­cided to start Troy Foundry Theatre be­cause he saw even as the city was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a re­nais­sance, there was no real, true pro­fes­sional the­ater com­pany in the city. “There’s a lot of great stuff hap­pen­ing in Troy but the one thing that Troy does lack is a lot of live the­ater,” Gi­rard said.

The mis­sion of Troy Foundry Theatre is to ex­plore the so­cial is­sues of to­day by col­lab­o­rat­ing with a va­ri­ety of artists from mul­ti­ple dis­ci­plines. The com­pany will pro­duce and per­form new work and rein­ter­preted clas­sics through the means of new writ­ing, de­vis­ing and im­mer­sive per­for­mances.

This group of artists is com­mit­ted to pro­duc­ing John Romeo, left, and Emily Curro act in “New World Or­der: Six Short Plays” by Harold Pin­ter, Troy Foundry Theatre’s in­au­gu­ral pro­duc­tion, which will pre­miere on Oct. 19 in Troy.

ground­break­ing work in and around the Col­lar City, ex­plor­ing pop­u­lar cul­ture and the im­por­tant is­sues in to­day’s so­ci­ety in an in­ter­est­ing, en­ter­tain­ing and in­sight­ful man­ner.

Other goals of the com­pany are to cham­pion new work on the national and lo­cal level, and to pro­vide op­por­tu­nity for the di­verse com­mu­nity of Troy to par­tic­i­pate in and ex­pe­ri­ence the arts in unique ways.

A Saratoga County na­tive, Gi­rard has been a main­stay on Cap­i­tal Re­gion stages for many years with Saratoga Shakespeare Com­pany, the New York State Theatre In­sti­tute, and Cap­i­tal Reper­tory Theatre. He is cur­rently an ad­junct pro­fes­sor with Union Col­lege, Siena Col­lege and Rowan Univer­sity, as well as a teach­ing artist for the Brook­lyn-based Stages on the Sound. This spring he will ap­pear in the world pre­miere of the first full pre­sen­ta­tion of Tony Award-win­ning play­wright John Guare’s ac­claimed Ly­die Breeze Tril­ogy.

Emily Curro, co-founder and the com­pany’s artis­tic as­so­ci­ate, is a Rus­sell Sage Col­lege the­ater grad­u­ate with a master’s de­gree in The­ater Man­age­ment from Florida State Univer­sity. She pre­vi­ously worked for the Tony Award-win­ning Wil­liamstown Theatre Festival and is cur­rently the devel­op­ment and mar­ket­ing man­ager for the Academy of Mu­sic Theatre in Northamp­ton, Mass.

Alexandra Taran­telli, a co-founder and the com­pany’s busi­ness man­ager, is also a Sage the­ater grad­u­ate and a se­nior fund ac­coun­tant at Lev­erPoint Man­age­ment, LLC. She pre­vi­ously worked for Golub Cap­i­tal in New York City and has

worked pro­fes­sion­ally as an ac­tress on regional and of­fBroad­way stages.

“We’d have late night con­ver­sa­tions talk­ing about ‘Wouldn’t it be great to start a theatre com­pany,’” Gi­rard said, and they par­tic­u­larly wanted it to be in Troy, be­cause they loved the city.

Now, it’s ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing with the birth of Troy Foundry Theatre.

Troy Foundry Theatre is a par­tic­i­pant in the Theatre In­sti­tute at Sage In­cu­ba­tor Pro­gram. Es­tab­lished in 2016, this pro­gram pro­vides re­hearsal and per­for­mance space for Rus­sell Sage Col­lege alums who are cre­at­ing new work or are at the be­gin­ning a new artis­tic en­deavor.

Start­ing this new ven­ture has been a lot of hard work, but “ab­so­lutely, re­ally joy­ful,” Gi­rard said.

Di­rected by Gi­rard, the com­pany’s first pro­duc­tion New World Or­der fea­tures Cap­i­tal Re­gion fa­vorite John Romeo (Lon­don-West End, Off-Broad­way, New York Stage Theatre In­sti­tute, Saratoga Shakespeare Com­pany). Romeo has also ap­peared in many in­de­pen­dent films and has re­cently ap­peared in “Fight­ing For Free­dom” with Bruce Dern and Kris­tanna Lo­ken.

The en­sem­ble of the cast in­cludes Ethan Botwick (Julius Cae­sar, The Pub­lic The­ater; Romeo and Juliet, Saratoga Shakespeare Com­pany) Shayne David Cameris (The Birth­day Party, Theatre Voices; The Blue Sky Boys, Cap­i­tal Reper­tory Theatre), Emily Curro (Pri­vate Lives, Shang­hai Reper­tory; The Full Monty, C-R Pro­duc­tions) and Alex Taran­telli (Drac­ula, Jenny Wi­ley Theatre;To Kill a Mock­ing­bird, Cap­i­tal Reper­tory Theatre).

In pre­sent­ing Pin­ter’s works, “The the­atri­cal­ity of it is in the am­bi­gu­ity,” Gi­rard said. “As an au­di­ence mem­ber, you’re sort of thrown into a sit­u­a­tion, al­most in the mid­dle of the sit­u­a­tion and it’s up to you to kind of put it to­gether. And I think ev­ery au­di­ence mem­ber kind of puts it to­gether in their own way.”

He con­tin­ued, “It makes the au­di­ence do a lit­tle bit of work, which I think is kind of the best the­ater in a lot of ways, when the au­di­ence is left to fill in a lot of the blanks in a way that is the­atri­cal.”

Later this year, Troy Foundry Theatre plans to present a se­ries of read­ings of new work called Theatre of Re­volt: A Festival of Re­sis­tance, with de­tails to be an­nounced, along with a sea­son full of events. Next year, Gi­rard hopes to present a Shakespeare on the Roof pro­duc­tion, and is cur­rently seek­ing a rooftop lo­ca­tion.

In choos­ing what type of pro­duc­tions Troy Foundry Theatre pur­sues in the fu­ture, “It has to con­nect to what’s going on in our world right now,” Gi­rard said. “I don’t want to be pro­duc­ing work that isn’t com­ment­ing on what’s going on in the world.”

“New World Or­der: Six Short Plays” by Harold Pin­ter will be pre­sented at 8 p.m. on Oct. 19, 20 and 21 at the James L. Meader Lit­tle Theatre at 65 First St. in Troy as well as 8 p.m. on Oct. 26 and 27 at The Hangar on the Hud­son at 675 River St. in Troy. Seat­ing is lim­ited at the sec­ond venue.

Free tick­ets to “New World Or­der: Six Short Plays” by Harold Pin­ter can be ob­tained on­line at http:// www.troy­foundrynwo.bpt. me.

More in­for­ma­tion about Troy Foundry Theatre and its up­com­ing events is avail­able on­line at www.troy­foundrythe­atre.com. Troy Foundry Theatre can also be found on Twit­ter at twit­ter.com/TroyFoundry and Face­book at face­book.com/ Troy­FoundryThe­atre.

Sup­port­ers can do­nate to Troy Foundry Theatre at w w w.you­car­ing.com/troy­foundrythe­atreinc-915093.

PHO­TOS PRO­VIDED

John Romeo, left, and Ethan Botwick act in “New World Or­der: Six Short Plays” by Harold Pin­ter,.

Troy Foundry Theatre artis­tic direc­tor David Gi­rard

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