Rajiv Joseph’s DESCRIBE THE NIGHT in Previews at Atlantic Theater Company

Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Lia Chang

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is presenting the New York premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist and Lortel and Obie Award winner Rajiv Joseph’s (Guards at the Taj) play Describe the Night, directed by Giovanna Sardelli (Animals Out of Paper).

Rajiv Joseph and Giovanna Sardelli. Photo by Lia Chang
Rajiv Joseph and Giovanna Sardelli. Photo by Lia Chang

Describe the Night will begin previews on Friday, November 10, officially open Tuesday, December 5 and play a limited engagement through Sunday, December 24, 2017, Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street). Click here for tickets.

Describe the Night will feature Tina Benko (The Crucible), Nadia Bowers (The Farnsworth Invention), six-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein (Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Significant Other, Marie and Rosetta), Max Gordon Moore (Indecent) and Stephen Stocking (Off-Broadway debut).

In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel (Burstein) wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry. Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk.

Set in Russia over the course of 90 years, this thrilling and epic new play traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth and conspiracy theories.

Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Lia Chang
Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Lia Chang

Rajiv Joseph returns to Atlantic following the critically acclaimed production of his Lortel and Obie Award-winning play Guards at the Taj. His plays include Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Pulitzer Prize finalist), The North Pool, Gruesome Playground Injuries and Animals Out of Paper. He has been awarded artistic grants from the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, United States Artists and The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

Director Giovanna Sardelli has staged Rajiv Joseph’s Off-Broadway world premieres of Huck & Holden, Animals Out of Paper, All This Intimacy and The Leopard and The Fox, as well as the world premiere of Archduke at The Mark Taper Forum and the West Coast premiere of Guards at the Taj at The Geffen Playhouse, which received the 2017 Ovation Award for Best Production of a Play.

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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Gregg Henry, John Douglas Thompson, Elizabeth Marvel, Edward James Hyland, Nikki M. James, Teagle F. Bougere, Eisa Davis, Corey Stoll and More in JULIUS CAESAR at Shakespeare in the Park through June 18

Corey Stoll (above) and the company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar, directed by Oskar Eustis, is in performances now and runs through Sunday, June 18 at with an official press opening on Monday, June 12.

Tina Benko, Gregg Henry, and Eisa Davis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus 
Tina Benko, Gregg Henry, and Eisa Davis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The Public Theater’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis directs Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s play of politics and power, last seen in the Park 17 years ago. Rome’s leader, Julius Caesar, is a force unlike any the city has seen. Magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary.

Corey Stoll and John Douglas Thompson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Corey Stoll and John Douglas Thompson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The complete cast of Julius Caesar will feature Tina Benko (Calpurnia); Teagle F. Bougere (Casca); Yusef Bulos (Cinna the Poet); Eisa Davis (Decius Brutus); RoBert Gilbert (Octavius); Gregg Henry (Caesar); Edward James Hyland (Lepidus, Popilius); Nikki M. James (Portia); Christopher Livingston (Titinius, Cinna); Elizabeth Marvel (Antony); Chris Myers (Flavius, Messala, Ligarius); Marjan Neshat (Metullus Cimber); Corey Stoll (Marcus Brutus); John Douglas Thompson (Caius Cassius); and Natalie Woolams-Torres (Marullus). The non-equity company will include Isabel Arraiza (Publius Clitus); Erick Betancourt; Mayaa Boateng (Soothsayer); Motell Foster (Trebonius); Dash King; Tyler La Marr (Lucillius); Gideon McCarty; Nick Selting (Lucius, Strato); Alexander Shaw (Octavius’ Servant); Michael Thatcher (Cobbler); and Justin Walker White (Pindarus).

Top (From Left): Tina Benko, Teagle F. Bougere, Yusef Bulos, Eisa Davis, Robert Gilbert Middle (From Left): Gregg Henry, Edward James Hyland, Nikki M. James, Christopher Livingston, Elizabeth Marvel Bottom (From Left): Chris Myers ,Corey Stoll, John Douglas Thompson, Natalie Woolams-Torres
Top (From Left): Tina Benko, Teagle F. Bougere, Yusef Bulos, Eisa Davis, Robert Gilbert
Middle (From Left): Gregg Henry, Edward James Hyland, Nikki M. James, Christopher Livingston, Elizabeth Marvel
Bottom (From Left): Chris Myers ,Corey Stoll, John Douglas Thompson, Natalie Woolams-Torres

Julius Caesar will feature scenic design by David Rockwell; costume design by Paul Tazewell; lighting design by Kenneth Posner; sound design by Jessica Paz; original music and soundscapes by Bray Poor; and hair, wig, and makeup design by Leah J. Loukas.

Nikki M. James and Corey Stoll. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus 
Nikki M. James and Corey Stoll. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

On Monday, June 5, The Public’s Annual Gala at the Delacorte will present Hair to Hamilton, a star-studded one-night-only event celebrating 50 years of revolutionary musicals from The Public Theater.

Elizabeth Marvel, Gregg Henry, and the company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus 
Elizabeth Marvel, Gregg Henry, and the company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Since 1962, over five million people have enjoyed more than 150 free productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals at the Delacorte Theater. Conceived by founder Joe Papp as a way to make great theater accessible to all, The Public’s Free Shakespeare in the Park continues to be the bedrock of the Company’s mission to increase access and engage the community.

Tina Benko, Gregg Henry, Teagle F. Bougere, and Elizabeth Marvel. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus 
Tina Benko, Gregg Henry, Teagle F. Bougere, and Elizabeth Marvel. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

FREE tickets to JULIUS CAESAR are distributed, two per person (age 5+), at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the day of each public performance. In order to allow as many different people as possible to attend Free Shakespeare in the Park this summer, visitors will be limited to receiving free tickets to two performances only of each production. There will continue to be a separate line for accessible tickets for senior citizens (65+) and patrons with disabilities. For more ticket information, visit www.publictheater.org.

Gregg Henry (center) and the company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Gregg Henry (center) and the company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The Public continues its partnership with TodayTix, who will be offering the exclusive Mobile Ticket Lottery for Free Shakespeare in the Park. Tickets will be distributed by random mobile lottery on the TodayTix app each date that there is a public performance at the Delacorte Theater. The Delacorte Theater is accessible by entering at 81st Street and Central Park West, or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Elizabeth Marvel (center) and the company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus 
Elizabeth Marvel (center) and the company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

PUBLIC SUPPORTERS will be available for those who want to support Free Shakespeare in the Park by making a tax-deduction contribution (starting at $500) and receiving a reserved seat for one production during the summer. The Partners Program also offers insider access through invitations to private backstage events, talks with artists, priority reserved seating at the Delacorte, and complimentary tickets to the downtown season at The Public and Joe’s Pub. To learn more, or to make a contribution call 212-967-7555, or visit www.publictheater.org.

Corey Stoll (above) and the company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Corey Stoll (above) and the company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

In addition to the ticket line at the Delacorte Theater and the TodayTix online distribution, a limited number of vouchers for specific performances will be distributed, while supplies last, at locations throughout New York’s five boroughs. This year’s distributions will have more locations throughout the five boroughs and dates to provide New Yorkers more opportunities to obtain tickets. Each person in line is allowed two vouchers and each voucher is good for one ticket for that evening’s performance. Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the Delacorte Theater Box Office that day from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Marvel and the company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Elizabeth Marvel and the company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

For JULIUS CAESAR, ticket vouchers will be distributed, while supplies last, on Wednesday, May 24 in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (145 Brooklyn Ave); Thursday, May 25 in Staten Island at Snug Harbor (1000 Richmond Terrace); Friday, May 26 in the Bronx at The Point (940 Garrison Avenue); on Saturday, May 27 in Queens at the New York Hall of Science (47-01 111th Street); and Thursday, June 15in the Bronx at DreamYard (1085 Washington Avenue).

To allow as many New Yorkers the opportunity to experience Free Shakespeare in the Park, there will be an open caption performance on Saturday, June 3; a Hands On performance on Sunday, June 11; and an ADA audio described performance on Saturday, June 17 for JULIUS CAESAR.  More information about these performances can be found at www.publictheater.org.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com