Random Access Theatre
Miranda from Stormville
March 14-24 2019
IN RESIDENCE: February 26 – March 25, 2019
“I have to believe we can be our best people in the wake of a storm.”
In small town New Jersey, young men, stranded by car trouble, who cause a shift in the fabric of the family’s life. But is their random arrival actually random at all? A modern re-telling of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest from Adam Bertocci (Two Gentlemen of young men, stranded by car trouble, who cause a shift in the fabric of the family’s life. But is their random arrival actually random at all? A modern re-telling of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest from Adam Bertocci (Two Gentlemen of Lebowski: A Most Excellent Comedie and Tragical Romance), Miranda from Stormville asks: how do we escape circumstances we can’t avoid? How do we continue on when hope is lost? Just miles outside New York City, Miranda’s rural America may as well be a stranded island: is she destined to only experience life through the books she constantly devours? Or does her ailing father, with his self-professed powers, and a caretaker with a flair for the dramatic have bigger plans in store?
PERFORMANCES: March 14,15,16,17,21,22,23,24
LENGTH OF SHOW: 2 hours, including a 10 minute intermission
At IRT:154 Christopher st. NYC #3B (third floor)
Adam Bertocci (Playwright): Adam Bertocci is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. His work has been praised by Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, The New Republic, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Back Stage, Broadway World, E!, Maxim, IGN, Wired, Film Threat and more. His first play was the worldwide viral sensation “Two Gentlemen of Lebowski”, now published by Simon & Schuster, which received acclaim from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Folger Shakespeare Library; AOL Pop Eater hailed Bertocci as “a Shakespeare adaptation expert”. “Miranda from Stormville” marks his debut as a dramatic playwright and his long-awaited return to the work of the Bard.
Jennifer Sandella (Director/Artistic Director for Random Access Theatre): A Brooklyn based theatre artist with a foundation in classical text and performance, Jennifer holds a BFA in Theatre Performance (Shakespeare focus) from Hofstra University and a MA from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (MA – Text and Performance/Directing Pathway). Since returning to the States she has been working as the Artistic Director for Random Access Theatre and directing independent projects, including new works and musicals, in New York City. Recent directing projects include: Hoppla! We’re Alive, (Davenport Theatre), Pinwheel a new Musical (NYITA Nominee: Outstanding Musical), Rosmersholm (The Old Stone House/Random Access Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Brooklyn Bridge Park: Shakespeare at Sunset), Save the Robots (West Village Musical Theatre Festival/NYMF), Friends Scream for 2 Days (2014 NYC DADA Festival) Reach (DreamUp Festival, Theater for the New City), Anthem, (Directed/Adapted, Random Access Theatre, NYC), The Shape of Things (Estrana Theatre Co., NYC), Subway Savant, A New Musical (Dramatists Guild, NYC) Highway Blue – A New Play with Music, (world premiere – Manhattan Shakespeare Project, NYC), Nesting, (world premiere – Token Collective, WalkerSpace, NYC). Jennifer is an associate member of the SDC, a 2015 resident artist the The Drama League, an assistant director on the 24 Hour Plays (Broadway and Musicals, NYC) and a member of the Director’s Lab West (’14).
Random Access Theatre reclaims and re-imagines works of the past as a way to engage in modern issues, while simultaneously nurturing the development of new pieces from emerging New York City artists. Their drunken reading series, Drunk Restoration Comedy, brings classical texts and texts made classical to sold out crowds in the West Village every month. They return to IRT for a second time after performing herSTORY, a series of programming examining the women who changed the face of theatre, last fall.
IRT Theater is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village, IRT’s mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work. Some of the artists we have supported include Young Jean Lee, Reggie Watts and Mike Daisey.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of ART-NY.
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***IRT is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility.***