The Dreamscape Theatre
The Improbable Fall, Rise & Fall of John Law (part1) a new play about money
March 9-26 2016
IN RESIDENCE: March 1-28 2016
Matt Herzfeld’s new play, The Improbable Fall, Rise & Fall Of John Law (part 1) is an epic tale of early modern finance that spans decades and continents, and features a cast of some of 18th century Europe’s most famous (and controversial) movers and shakers. At its center is John Law, whom historians have alternately described as a financial genius or a treacherous con-man. The play, which takes the form of a bawdy and irreverent historical comedy, follows John from his early days as a notorious London gambler forced into exile by a duel gone wrong through his greatest insight – the invention of paper currency – to his reign as France’s minister of finance, where he oversaw one of history’s first boom-and-bust cycles in a stunning display of incompetence that both rivals recent Wall Street panics and sheds light on the frightening and darkly comic resemblances between our modern financial system and the rigged tavern games of chance where John Law gained and lost his first fortune. A diverse 8-actor ensemble will play more than 33 characters, bringing the turbulent world of John Law vibrantly to life with healthy doses of wit, absurdity and inventive theatricality.
Previews March 9th & 10th at 8pm
Opens March 11th at 8pm
March 12th at 8pm
March 13th at 5pm
March 14th & 16th at 7:30pm
March 17th, 18th & 19th at 8pm
March 20th at 5pm
March 21st & 23rd at 7:30pm
March 24th, 25th & 26th at 8pm
LENGTH OF SHOW: 2.5 hours/1 intermission
At IRT:154 Christopher st. NYC #3B (third floor)
Matt Herzfeld (Playwright) grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. After an early interest in film, he drifted over to playwriting, eventually graduating with an MFA from the New School for Drama, where he was a recipient of the Ted Snowdon Playwriting Fellowship. He has had readings and workshops with Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, The Actors Company Theatre, Ugly Rhino Productions, Naked Angels, and Wide Eyed Productions. Matt’s other plays include Material For Malcolm Porter (Staged Reading, newTACTics Festival), Crown Heights, Beardsley’s Mentor (Semi-Finalist, National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Center), and What We Lost (produced at The Muse Brooklyn). Matt wrote the screenplay for the short film Isolation, an official selection of the Chicago REEL Shorts Film Festival and the Phoenix Film Festival. Matt also co-hosts a bi-monthly variety show, ‘Peculiar Streams.’ He is a member of the Dramatists Guild. His work can be read on the New Play Exchange (https://newplayexchange.org) and at http://www.mattherzfeld.com.
Brad Raimondo (Director) Brad is the co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Dreamscape Theatre, a NYC-based indie theater company dedicated to telling epic stories on a human scale. Brad’s recent directing work with Dreamscape includes Ricardo Pérez González’ World War I Christmas Truce drama In Fields Where They Lay (The New Ohio Theater, 2014) and with the world premiere of Claire Kiechel’s plays Whale Song or Learning to Live With Mobyphobia (FringeNYC, 2011). Other recent directing credits include Edwin Sanchez’ Icarus (Yale University Dramat), The Tale of Jamie Freel (NY Children’s Theater Festival, 2013) and Some Dark Places of the Earth by Claire Kiechel (New School for Drama). Brad has served as an assistant director Off-Broadway (with director Michael Barakiva on Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement at Primary Stages and with director Davis McCallum on Samuel D Hunter’s The Few at Rattlestick) and regionally (with director Daniela Varon on the first U.S. production of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet at Shakespeare & Company). Brad holds a BFA in Theater from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, an MA in Educational Theater from NYU’s Steinhardt School, and an MFA in Directing from the New School for Drama. Brad is a Drama League Classical Directing Fellow (2015). He is a proud member of The New Victory Theater’s Teaching Artist Ensemble and also teaches with the Literature to Life Program and the Shakespeare Society’s Hunt’s Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble. www.bradraimondo.com
The Dreamscape Theatre‘s mission is to produce ensemble-based productions that tell epic stories on a human scale. Dreamscape crafts productions that call upon the audience’s imaginations so that the special effects happen within their hearts and minds rather than in front of their eyes.
Since its foundation in 2003, The Dreamscape Theatre has collaborated with over 150 artists and produced 18 full productions (including 6 world premieres) and 14 staged readings and/or workshop productions in New York City. Significant world premieres presented by Dreamscape include The Burning Cities Project at FringeNYC 2006 (“a phenomenal tour-de-force” wrote blogger Aaron Riccio), Whale Song Or Learning To Live With Mobyphobia by Claire Kiechel (directed by Brad Raimondo) at FringeNYC 2011 (“moving and artful… the perfect meeting of script and direction” writes NYTheatre.com) and the WWI Christmas Truce drama In Fields Where They Lay by Ricardo Pérez González in 2009 (“Gripping drama… smart and effective direction… a first-rate cast” wrote the NY Times).
Dreamscape’s greatest success to date was its 2014 production of In Fields Where They Lay, directed by Brad Raimondo, which played 16 performances (selling out 12 times) at The New Ohio Theater in December 2014. That production was hailed as “One of the most extraordinary things I’ve seen on stage in a long time… a beautiful, beautiful production” by theater critic Michael Portantiere of Broadway Radio and “Intimate, perfectly staged and beautifully acted” by blogger Joel Benjamin of Theaterpizzazz.com. www.dreamscapetheatre.org
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, Office of Council Member Corey Johnson and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of ART-NY.