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Thursday, July 07, 2005  

Come to My Show!

The sales reports I get from my publisher indicate that maybe some of you haven't bought your copies of The Sisters' Tragedy yet (please see above right). Perhaps you're holding out for a movie version, in which case I fear that you may wait a long time. Or perhaps, more realistically, you're waiting for a production or even a staged reading to be mounted somewhere so you can have a chance to see it performed. Well, friends, that chance is at hand.

On July 24 and 25, Annie Coburn directs a staged reading of The Sisters' Tragedy at The Tank in New York City. If you live in New York, plan to be in New York, or have just now decided to drop everything to get to New York, everything you need to know to go is in the following e-mail notice sent by Journeyman Productions. Please note that space and other restrictions mean that you need to make reservations to attend.

So call! E-mail! Make reservations! Go! And then you can buy your copy.

Since I'm not as comfortable with pimping myself as you might suspect, I'll let the kind folks at Journeyman Productions take it from here.

Dear friends:

Journeyman Productions is delighted to invite you to a benefit staged reading of its latest work, a new production of the revenge drama "The Sisters' Tragedy: An Anachronism in Five Acts" by Jeff Alexander, formerly of Prairie Home Companion and currently of the popular website televisionwithoutpity.com. Journeyman is delighted to return to the New York stage with this funny, suspenseful, intelligent new work. The staged reading is a benefit for Journeyman Productions and will be held at the Tank @ Chashama. They can be found at 208 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018, or you can reach them at www.thetanknyc.org. The suggested donation is $10, but anything you can give is appreciated. If you wish to make a donation at the door beyond $10, it will be tax-deductible! As space is limited, please make a reservation by emailing journeymantickets@gmail.com or calling 212-928-0446 with the number of tickets you wish to reserve and the date on which you wish to come.

The Sisters' Tragedy is a blank-verse takeoff of popular Restoration bloodbaths, with an homage to everything from Shakespeare to Laurel and Hardy: Four sisters are informed that their father, far from dying a hero's death in battle, was betrayed into ambush by the man who now leads the armed forces of Renaissance Siena. Three of them resolve to avenge their father's death and disguise themselves as nuns in order to gain entrance to the court, where several factions are scheming separately to gain the throne. From the lowest courtesan to the highest noble, not one character is immune from the struggle that follows.

Alexander's deft touch with both comedy and blank verse ensures that the action pops along until the dramatic finale. The wordplay and swordplay will be handled by an exciting young cast including Tatiana Gomberg, Jo Williamson, and Morganne Davies as the sisters and Brian Hotaling as the heir to the throne of Siena. Veterans of the New York scene, this energetic cast are experts of the high-octane verse style that this farcical drama demands. Annie Coburn, a graduate of the William Esper Studios in New York and Oberlin College in Ohio, directs; her previous production, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, enjoyed a packed house at the Red Room last fall.

Journeyman Productions' website can be found at www.keyfitz.org/journeyman. Please visit us there for more information.

posted by M. Giant 9:28 PM 3 comments


That's really cool, M. Giant. Congrats to everyone involved -- I wish I lived on the east coast so I could come see the show. Will there be other shows in the future?

By Anonymous Erin, at July 8, 2005 at 5:48 AM  

Congrats! I wish I could make this, and in general NYC is not out of the question, but the one fun thing I get to do for weeks on either side is already inked in... on the 23rd... in Boston. Then there's class on the morning of the 25th. I'll be rooting for you though.

By Blogger Febrifuge, at July 10, 2005 at 6:04 PM  

And and and...in addition to the brave new world of New York City theater--Journeyman Productions is ALSO presenting Sisters' Tragedy at the Philly Fringe Festival at Christ Church, on the weekends of their September 2nd-17th run. At 2. SO EXCITING!

The sound design is punk-rock music. There are blood, guts, and poetry. It shall be a blast. The (really huge--damn you, M. Giant!) cast is really loving the script, too--we keep on finding these really fantastic lines.

By Anonymous Annie Coburn, at July 11, 2005 at 7:30 PM  

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