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2014


Utterly Changed

Opening:
July 13th 
Theatre:
Dorset Theatre Festival
104 Cheney Rd,
Dorset, VT 05251
Run Time:
July 13th 2014, 7 pm
Length:
Market:
Audition:
Start of Rehearsals:

Production Staff

Playwright:                             Nicole Burdette

Cast

Kathryn Erbe

Plot Synopsis:

The play takes place in Yorkshire, England over three days where an American woman has come to grieve the death of her father, and to hunt. She is orbited by an Irishman and entrepreneur, the owner of the house, and his son who is a doctor returning from South Sudan. 

Review:

Sources:
  • http://www.dorsettheatrefestival.org/development/utterly-changed
  • http://www.broadwayworld.com/vermont/article/LAW-AND-ORDERs-Kathryn-Erbe-to-Appear-in-DTF-New-Play-Reading-713-20140705

Ode to Joy



Opening:
February 27th
Theatre:
Cherry Lane Mainstage
38 Commerce Street
New York, NY 10014
Company:
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
224 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10014
Run Time:
February 12th - April 19th
Length: 2h
Market:
Off-Broadway

Production Staff

Playwright:                             Craig Lucas
Director:                                 Craig Lucas
Set Designer:                          Andrew Boyce
Sound Designer:                    Daniel Kluger            
Lighting Designer:                 Paul Whitaker
Costume Designer:                 Catherine Zuber
Production Manager:             Eugenia Furneaux
Production Stage Manager:   Michael Denis

Cast

Kathryn ErbeAdele
Roxanna Hope...Mala
Arliss Howard...Bill

Plot Synopsis:

Ode to Joy tells the story of love, heartbreak, addiction, and illness through the eyes of Adele, an audacious painter and her destructive relations with Mala and Bill, her two lovers.

Review:
As Adele, Erbe is a magnetic presence, and it's absolutely clear why both Howard and Hope's characters would be drawn to her. It helps that, as a trio, they have terrific chemistry and all are on the same page regarding the just-slightly-heightened style of acting the play needs.

The actors in the play do their job admirably, considering that the material they’re working with is not terribly strong. An occasional snarky, clever line is snuck in between mostly cliché and largely hard-to-swallow dialog; yet, it is delivered expertly. In the hands of lesser actors, the play would be a total disaster. Too much of it feels like the etchings of someone in recovery attempting to work out some rather serious internal, personal issues.
Oddly enough, the standout feature of the play was the various  “accident” choreographies. Co-Fight Directors David Anzuelo and Jesse Geguzis did an admirable job with the many scenes that required actors falling on glass, on each other or simply falling out of chairs. Erbe, Howard and Roxanna Hope (Mala) displayed remarkable skill with their physical performances. It’s a pity they didn’t have a stronger script to prop them up.

Under Lucas’ inventive and careful direction, the ensemble cast delivers powerful performances which delve into the depths of human despair and humanity’s attempts to numb despair’s concomitant searing pain. Mr. Lucas tackles salvation head on and scores.

Kudos to actress Kathryn Erbe for bringing to life one of the most unlikable, annoying, and memorable stage characters in recent memory. Her performance makes playwright Craig Lucas’s latest work, Ode to Joy, worth watching.
As mentioned above, Erbe does a great job with her role, making the rather messed-up Adele alternatively quite attractive and an object of scorn and pity. In fact, one can’t help but hope both Bill and Mala get as far away from Adele as possible.
Howard is fine as Bill, probably the one character who changes the most over the course of the story. It also helps that Howard and Erbe have excellent chemistry together, be their situation intimate, comedic, or hostile.

Sources:
  • http://www.rattlestick.org/ode-joy/
  • http://www.playbill.com/news/article/186490-Kathryn-Erbe-to-Star-in-Rattlestick-World-Premiere-of-Craig-Lucas-Ode-to-Joy
  • http://m.playbill.com/news/article/186490-Kathryn-Erbe-to-Star-in-Rattlestick-World-Premiere-of-Craig-Lucas-Ode-to-Joy
  • http://www.nycgo.com/deals/member-deal-rattlestick-playwrights-theater-30-off-tickets-to-ode-to-joy
  • http://www.broadwaybox.com/shows/ode-joy/
  • https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/930402/1391302800000
  • http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/Kathryn-Erbe-Arliss-Howard-to-Star-in-Craig-Lucas-ODE-TO-JOY-at-Rattlestick-Begin-212-20140115
  • http://adf.ly/c9MNG
  • http://www.broadway.com/buzz/174141/tickets-now-on-sale-for-world-premiere-of-ode-to-joy-starring-tony-nominee-kathryn-erbe/
  • http://www.broadway.com/buzz/174512/craig-lucas-ode-to-joy-starring-tony-nominee-kathryn-erbe-begins-performances-off-broadway/
  • http://www.playbill.com/news/article/187535-World-Premiere-of-Craig-Lucas-Ode-to-Joy-Starring-Kathryn-Erbe-Begins-Feb-12-at-Cherry-Lane-Theatre?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
  • http://www.broadway.com/buzz/174709/craig-lucas-ode-to-joy-starring-tony-nominee-kathryn-erbe-opens-off-broadway/
  • http://www.playbill.com/news/article/188103-World-Premiere-of-Craig-Lucas-Ode-to-Joy-Starring-Kathryn-Erbe-Opens-Feb-27-at-Cherry-Lane-Theatre
  • http://www.gossipgorilla.com/2014/02/27/aisle-view-a-muddled-new-play-and-an-engaging-forgotten-one/
  • http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/reviews/02-2014/ode-to-joy_67677.html?cid=rssfeed
  • http://nytheaternow.com/2014/02/27/ode-to-joy/
  • http://nypost.com/2014/02/27/craig-lucas-ode-to-joy-is-more-12-step-program-than-play/
  • http://www.theaterpizzazz.com/ode-joy-painful-struggle/
  • http://www.theatrereviews.com/reviews/offbdwy-OdeToJoy.htm
  • http://www.playbill.com/multimedia/gallery/6236/Debra-Winger-Amy-Irving-Mare-Winningham-Jay-O-Sanders-and-More-Celebrate-Craig-Lucas-Ode-to-Joy/?pnum=39
  • http://www.wireimage.de/search/?cc=DEU&language=de#events?q=Kathryn%20Erbe/[475781353]&ep=1/60/1&s=3
  • http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/02-2014/ode-to-joy-with-kathryn-erbe-arliss-howard-and-rox_67690.html?cid=rssfeed
  • http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/Rattlesticks-ODE-TO-JOY-Extends-Through-April-19-20140310
  • http://www.broadway.com/buzz/174919/craig-lucas-ode-to-joy-starring-tony-nominee-kathryn-erbe-extends-off-broadway/
  • http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/569224-theater-review-ode-to-joy/?photo=3
  • http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/BWW-Reviews-Lucas-Tackles-Addiction-in-ODE-TO-JOY-20140302#

2013

Natural Affection


Opening:
September 26th
Theatre:
The Beckett Theatre
Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street
(between 9th and 10th Aves.)
Run Time:
September 17th -October 26th 2013
Length:
Market:
Off-Broadway
Audition:
Start of Rehearsals:

Production Staff

Playwright:                               William Inge
Director:                                  Jenn Thompson
Sound Designer:                      Toby Algya                 
Lighting Designer:                    Aaron Spivey
Scenic Designer:                      John McDermott         
Costume Designer:                   David Toser    

Cast

Kathryn Erbe
Alec Beard
Eve Bianco
Victoria Mack
Tobi Aremu
Chris Bert
John Pankow

Plot Synopsis:

In Natural Affection, a troubled young man, who, abandoned early in life by his single mother (Erbe), returns from reform school to find her now living with a lover. As the tension between them mounts, their fight for forgiveness and connection gives way to desperation, setting this insecure family on a collision course of reckless, heartbreaking and almost inevitable violence.

Sources:
  • http://www.theatrerow.org/thebeckett.htm
  • http://www.tactnyc.org/
  • http://www.newyorktheatreguide.com/news/jl13/naturalaffection558093.htm
  • http://www.broadway.com/buzz/170807/john-pankow-kathryn-erbe-to-lead-william-inges-natural-affection-off-broadway/
  • http://www.playbill.com/news/article/180435-Kathryn-Erbe-John-Pankow-Victoria-Mack-and-More-Cast-in-TACTs-Natural-Affection
  • https://www.telecharge.com/home.aspx

The Mask of the Jaguar King

 

Opening:
May 20th, 2013
Theatre:
Harbor Theatre
P.W. F. S.
P.O. Box 20934
New York, N.Y. 10025
Run Time:
May 20th, 2013 – 3 pm + 7 pm
Length:
Market:
Off-Broadway
Audition:
Start of Rehearsals:

Production Staff

Playwright:                               Stuart Warmflash
Director:                                  Bram Lewis
Original Music:                        Peter Calo
Lighting Designer:                    Dennis Parichy

Cast

Kathryn Erbe
Ricardo Chaviera

Plot Synopsis:

The Mask of The Jaguar King is a religious mystery pitting the politics of imperialism against the desires of the heart. In 1933, a battle of the sexes breaks out when an American archaeologist finds herself stranded at the site of a Mayan Temple with a dangerous Hispanic revolutionary intent on stealing priceless ancient artifacts. As they slowly unmask each other's dark personal secrets it remains unclear, who is the real outlaw? To whom does history belong? And does the value of preserving the past justify the injustices of the present?

Sources:

http://www.harbortheater.org/jaguar-king/
offbroadway.broadwayworld.com/article/Kathryn-Erbe-Ricardo-Chavira-Lead-Harbor-Theatres-THE-MASK-OF-THE-JAGUAR-KING-Reading-20130507
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/177660-Katherine-Erbe-and-Ricardo-Chavira-Set-For-The-Mask-of-The-Jaguar-King-Reading

Nikolai and the Others


Opening:
April 04th, 2013
Theatres:
Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
Lincoln Center
150 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
Run Time:
April 04th – June 16th
Length: 2,5 h
Market:
Off-Broadway
Audition:
October, 2nd 2012
Start of Rehearsals:
February, 28th 2013

Production Staff

Playwright:                               Richard Nelson
Director:                                  David Cromer
Set Design:                              Marsha Ginsberg
Costume Designer:                   Jane Greenwood
Lighting Designer:                    Ken Billington
Sound Design:                         Daniel Kluger
Choreography:                         George Balanchine
Ballet Staging:                          Rosemary Dunleavy
Ballet Master:                          Jeff Edwards

Cast

Betsy Aidem…Lisa Sokoloff
Blair Brown…Vera Stravinsky
Michael Cerveris…George Balanchine
Anthony Cochrane…Aleksi Karpov
Lauren Culpepper…Anna
Alvin Epstein…Sergey Sudeikin
Kathryn Erbe…Natasha Nabokov
John Glover…Igor Stravinsky
Jennifer B. Grace…Natalia
Katie Kreisler…Evgenia
Stephen Kunken…Nikolai Nabokov
Haviland Morris…Lucia Ianova
Dale PlaceSerge Koussevitsky
John Procaccino…Vladimir Sokoloff
Gareth Saxe…Charles Bohlen
Alan Schmuckler…Kolya Sudeikin

Plot Synopsis:
In Nikolai and the Others playwright Richard Nelson (Some Americans Abroad, Two Shakespearean Actors) imagines the relationships between Balanchine and Stravinsky, their friends, lovers, wives and ex-wives, partners, supporters and dancers (including Maria Tallchief and Nicholas Magallanes), at the time of their historic collaboration on the ballet Orpheus.

Later that year, Orpheus would be the spectacular inaugural production of the newly formed New York City Ballet. With this in mind, the play also explores the controversial ways American art and artistic institutions were funded at the outset of the Cold War -- including the subtle hand of the State Department in the post-war cultural scene.

Review:

Haviland Morris, Best Aidem, Katie Erbe all very good, but a lot of book reporting with other than being concerned about serving food and monitoring the elderly Alvin Epstein in the show.

Sources:

http://m.playbill.com/news/article/174880-LCTs-Nikolai-and-The-Others-Will-Star-Blair-Brown-Michael-Cerveris-John-Glover-Stephen-Kunken-and-More
http://broadwayworld.com/article/Erbe-Glover-Cerveris-More-to-Star-in-Lincoln-Centers-NIKOLAI-AND-THE-OTHERS-Full-Cast-Announced-20130210
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/174880-LCTs-Nikolai-and-The-Others-Will-Star-Blair-Brown-Michael-Cerveris-John-Glover-Stephen-Kunken-and-More
http://www.lct.org/showMain.htm?id=216
http://broadwayworld.com/equity-audition/NIKOLAI-AND-THE-OTHERS-Lincoln-Center-Theatre-2012-4914
http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/mitzienewhousetheater/theater.php
2012
http://broadwayworld.com/board/readmessage.php?thread=1058390&dt=1&mobile=on
http://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/Nikolai-and-the-Others/Overview
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/170390-David-Cromer-to-Stage-Richard-Nelsons-Nikolai-And-The-Others-for-Lincoln-Center-Theater

2012
Checkers


Opening:
October 12th, 2012
Theatre:
VINEYARD THEATRE
108 East 15th Street
New York, NY 10003
(between 4th Ave & Irving Place))
Run Time:
October 12th – December 2nd
Length: 90 minutes
Market:
Off-Broadway
Audition:
July, 10th
Start of Rehearsals:
September, 10th

Production Staff

Playwright:                               Douglas McGrath
Director:                                  Terry Kinney
Scenic Designer:                      Neil Patel
Costume Designer:                   Sarah Holden
Lighting Designer:                    David Weiner
Sound Design:                         Milburn/Bodeen Music
Production Design:                   Darrel Maloney

Cast

Antony LaPaglia...Richard Nixon
Kathryn Erbe…Pat Nixon
Joel Marsh Garland
Kevin O'Rourke
John Ottovino
Kelly Coffield Park
Mark Shanahan
Lewis J. Stadlen
Robert Stanton

Plot Synopsis:

It’s 1952. A young Richard Nixon is campaigning as his party’s candidate for Vice-President, his wife Pat proudly at his side, when an accusation of financial impropriety almost ends his promising career. In a momentous speech, he takes charge of his fate, and changes the character of American politics forever. CHECKERS is a revelatory look at Nixon’s drive, history and most surprisingly, his marriage to Pat – all of which are explored with insight, blistering wit and unexpected tenderness. A gripping new play from Douglas McGrath, author of such noted films as INFAMOUS and EMMA. Directed by Terry Kinney (REASONS TO BE PRETTY, AFTER ASHLEY).

Sources:
http://www.vineyardtheatre.org/show-checkers.html
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/meet-the-nixons-anthony-lapaglia-kathryn-erbe-will-star-in-checkers/?ref=arts
http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/09-2012/kathryn-erbe-anthony-lapaglia-set-for-checkers-at-_61163.html
http://broadwayworld.com/equity-audition/CHECKERS-Vineyard-Theatre-2012-4453
http://www.facebook.com/vineyardtheatrenyc
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/169498-OFF-BROADWAY-FALL-PREVIEW-Stephen-Sondheim-Michael-John-LaChiusa-Terrence-McNally-Daisy-Foote-Get-Spotlight/pg2
http://www.vineyardtheatre.org/Checkers%20Group%20Sales.pdf
http://www.newyorker.com/arts/events/theatre/checkers-vineyard-theatre?mbid=social_retweet
http://offbroadway.broadwayworld.com/article/Vineyard-Theatres-CHECKERS-Begins-Performances-Tomorrow-20121011
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/171016-Anthony-LaPaglia-Is-Dick-Nixon-in-New-Off-Broadway-Play-Checkers-Oct-12-Nov-18
wp.tdf.org/index.php/2012/10/we-know-richard-nixon-but-do-we-understand-him/
http://vincentandthemysticpizzabox7-22-2010.blogspot.de/search?updated-max=2012-10-18T06:13:00-04:00&max-results=7
http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2012/12/checkers-richard-nixon-theater
http://offbroadway.broadwayworld.com/article/The-Vineyard-Announces-CHECKERS-Extension-Through-122-20121026
http://offbroadway.broadwayworld.com/article/Vineyard-Theatre-Resumes-Performances-of-CHECKERS-Tomorrow-114-20121103
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/checkers-theater-review-387832
http://www.backstage.com/review/ny-theater/off-broadway/anthony-lapaglia-kathryn-erbe-checkers-richard-nixon-vineyard-theatre/
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/165420/anthony-lapaglia-kathryn-erbe-celebrate-opening-night-as-richard-and-pat-nixon-in-checkers/

Ode to Joy

Opening: May 8th, 2012
Theatre:
Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street
New York, NY 10014
Company:
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
224 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10014
Run Time: May 8th, 2012
Length: 2h and 40 min (with two 5-minutes pauses)
2 hour, 10 min
Market:
Off-Broadway
Open Reading:
May, 8th
Audition:
Start of Rehearsals:

Production Staff

Playwright:                               Craig Lucas
Director:                                  Craig Lucas
  
Reading-Cast

Kathryn Erbe…Adele
Arliss HowardBill
Joanne Tucker...Mala
Diana Stahl...Stage Directions

Plot Synopsis:
Setting: NCY, between 1998 and sometimes in the aughts.
See Blanca’s review: http://vincentandthemysticpizzabox7-22-2010.blogspot.de/2012/05/ode-to-joy-reading-5-8-2012.html

Sources:
http://vincentandthemysticpizzabox7-22-2010.blogspot.de/2012/05/ode-to-joy-reading-5-8-2012.html
http://www.cherrylanetheatre.org/programs/tongues-reading-series/
http://www.rattlestick.org/news/news/266
http://www.facebook.com/events/258749764222808/

Yosemite


Opening:
January 18th, 2012
Theatres:
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
224 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10014
Run Time:
January 18th – February 26th
Length:
1 hour, 20 min
Market:
Off-Broadway
Audition:
August, 15th
Start of Rehearsals:
December 2011

Seth Numrich: Yosemite is Daniel Talbott's new play that deals with a very dark moment in the life of a family who live in a trailer park near in the foothills of the Sierra mountains in northern California.  I am in love with this play and am so happy to be involved in it.  I think it is a bold and daring piece of theatre and I'm very excited about sharing it with audiences at Rattlestick.  The rehearsal process has been pretty short and very intense.  We've found that since the subject of the matter is very heavy we all need to keep the rehearsal room light while we're working.  There is a lot of silliness. But when it comes to the work everyone has been extremely committed and I am so proud of what we are creating together.”

Production Staff

Playwright:                               Daniel Talbott
Director:                                  Pedro Pascal
Scenic Designer:                      Raul Abrego
Costume Designer:                   Tristan Raines
Lighting Designer:                    Joel Moritz
Sound Designer:                      Janie Bullard
Properties:                               Andrew Diaz
Production Stage Manager:      Michael Denis
Assistant Stage Manager:         Sam Horwith

Cast

Kathryn Erbe…Julie
Noah GalvinJer
Seth NumrichJake
Libby WoodbridgeRuby

Plot Synopsis:

Yosemite tells the story of three siblings who are sent out into the snow-silent woods in the Sierra Nevada foothills to dig a hole that will be deep enough to bury a family secret. As they dig, they search for a way to escape or be rescued from their lives as the snow continues to fall and the world sinks in around them. A world premiere of Daniel Talbott's new play.

The play concerns a family in crisis: an older brother, a middle sister and a younger brother. They've been sent out to the woods by their mother to bury their infant sibling, who has stopped breathing in its crib and been dead about three days.

Theater:

Located in the Village, this is an intimate 94-seat theater with a proscenium stage. The resident company here, Rattlestick Productions, presents new writers in conjunction with preeminent playwrights.

Sources:
http://www.rattlestick.org/news/news/231
http://www.theatermania.com/off-off-broadway/shows/yosemite_184024/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rattlestick-Playwrights-Theater/129210492043
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/157680-Daniel-Talbotts-Yosemite-to-Feature-Kathryn-Erbe-and-Seth-Numrich-Off-Broadway
http://broadwayworld.com/article/Kathryn-Erbe-Seth-Numrich-et-al-to-Lead-Rattlestick-Playwrights-Theaters-YOSEMITE-20111215
http://www.theatermania.com/off-off-broadway/news/12-2011/kathryn-erbe-seth-numrich-et-al-set-for-rattlestic_46748.html
http://zackcalhoon.blogspot.com/2012/01/people-you-should-know-seth-numrich.html#!/2012/01/people-you-should-know-seth-numrich.html
http://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/news/01-2012/pedro-pascal-takes-a-direct-approach_47987.html

2011

Playwrights Horizons STORIES ON 5 STORIES: Dirty Laundry – Chat


Opening:
October 17th, 2011
Theatres:
Playwrights Horizons
416 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Run Time:
October 17th, 2011
Length:
1 hour

Production Staff to Chat

Playwright:       Tanya Barfield
Director:          May Adrales

Performers:

Daniel Breaker
Kathryn Erbe

Josh Hamilton
Nina Hellman
Dana Ivey
Cristin Milioti
Parker Posey
Jeremy Shamos
and MORE!

Benefit Event
Stories on 5 Stories is an annual fundraising event at Playwrights Horizons (PH), which helps fund the non-profit organization’s developmental programs and productions.

Description:

Come see NYC’s finest writers and actors air their Dirty Laundry. Seven of Playwrights Horizons’ favorite writers will hang it out on the line for everyone to see. Be one of only 200 guests to watch the drama unfold as we present new short plays in unique settings throughout our building. Maybe a quarrelling couple will iron things out in the costume shop. Or you’ll see who has a laundry list of issues in the ladies room. One thing’s for sure: It’ll all come out in the wash. A special “Spin Cycle” ticket includes an intimate dinner with the artists at Chez Josephine before the show.

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Sources:
http://www.facebook.com/PlaywrightsHorizons
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150416923836206.414158.8788681205&type=1
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150416927006206&set=a.10150416923836206.414158.8788681205&type=3

2008

Song of Extinction

Opening:
January 26th, 2008
Theatres:
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
Festival:
hotINK 2008 An International Festival of FREE Play [1/26/2008 – 2/3/2008]
Run Time:
January 26th, 2008

Production Staff

Playwright:       E.M. (Ellen) Lewis

Cast

Francis Jue…Khim Phan
Kathryn Erbe…Lily
Frank Wood…Ellery
Jade Hawk…Max

Synopsis

It's not an easy play, dealing as it does with the extinction of species (including man), loss, longing, the passage of time, and obsession. The central figure is Max, a 15-year-old boy isolated, troubled, and neglected, who is obsessed with the music he has been composing in his head since he was a young child. His only companion is his viola, which he carries with him everywhere like a cumbersome security blanket.

His father, Ellery, is a biologist who has discovered a species of beetle unique to Bolivia and is obsessed with keeping its forest habitat from being destroyed by an American businessman who only sees the money in the trees. Ellery's passion for his research has made him indifferent to his family, whom he sees as a distraction rather than as a source of comfort and support.

Meanwhile, Lily, Ellery's wife and Max's mother, lies dying in a hospital bed, bitter, angry, and frightened. The two men in her life, on their infrequent visits, stand at a distance, helpless and inarticulate, afraid to approach her, as if she were dying of leprosy rather than cancer.

Finally, there is Khim Phan, Max's biology teacher, who struggles to reach the boy and shake him out of his self-imposed stupor. Phan, who escaped at 15 from the Khmer Rouge-inflicted genocide in his native Cambodia, still longs for his lost homeland after 40 years in America. He talks about the extinction of species—- some 30,000 every year—-and acknowledges that "there are things I know about extinction I don't know how to tell to my students. . . I teach them about Cambodia without saying its name."

Phan is the lyrical center of this exquisitely written play. He speaks in poetic images; for example, his memory of standing in a field of sunlit, glimmering golden butterflies that "settled on me like whispers." It is he who helps Lily return in fantasy to Bolivia, to a time in her life when there was love, and beauty, and a future full of possibility and hope.


Sources:
http://blindsquirrels.blogspot.com/2008/01/gorgeous-song-of-extinction-at-hotink.html
http://www.hotink.org/
http://africanamericanplaywrightsexchange.blogspot.com/2008/01/hotink-2008-international-festival-of.html
http://www.nyu.edu/tisch/drama/hotink/2008.html

2006

Fame Becomes Me

Opening:
December 20th, 2006
Theatres:
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
242 W. 45th St.
New York, NY 10036
Length:
2 hrs 00 mins
Run Time:
One day guest - celebrity-interview portion
Market:
Broadway

Production Staff:

Musical Director:         Charlie Alterman
Make-Up Designer:     Angelina Avallone
Orchestrator:               Larry Blank
Choreographer:            Christopher Gattelli
Costume Designer:       Jess Goldstein
Prosthetics Designer:    Kevin Haney
Sound Designer:           Peter Hylenski
Flying Effects:  ZFX, Inc.
Wig Designer:              Charles G. LaPointe
Lighting Designer:        Chris Lee
Orchestrator:               Peter Myers
Scenic Designer:          Scott Pask
Director:                      Scott Wittman

Cast


Plot Synopsis
:
In the grand American traditions of musical theater, sketch comedy and shameless self-promotion comes Fame Becomes Me, Martin Short's uproarious comedy. Martin Short and his superb cast sing, dance and mercilessly mock others as they race through a whirlwind revue that's part variety show, part celebrity send-up. Featuring original music from the composer and lyricist of Hairspray and South Park, its Broadway's most riotous party. And you're invited!

Review

Bless her heart. She is such a good sport and I am sure VERY embarrassed. She was wearing a brown shirt, denim skirt, fishnet stockings and what I think were almost knee high Ugg Boots.

Anywho, one part of the show Martin's character "Jiminy Glick (sp?)" interviews a celebrity. I've seen the show during the preview of it and I know that that entire part of the show is completely improvised. She was really great and funny. VERY flustered by some of the questions ("If President Lincoln was alive, would he like his tunnel?" "The toilets that flush themselves...they know when you're done or are they just guessing?"

Then my poor shipper heart was a flutter when they mentioned Vincent. He asked what VeeDoh was like and she said jokingly "Tall...unstable" and then GG (Martin) asked about all that sexual tension. She got a little flustered and said that they were too tired for that. Hmmm, no denying the ST though.

Also she and Martin danced a little on the stage. It was really great. Bless her heart. After the show was over I wanted to see if I could get to talk to her. She was sitting 3 rows behind my friend Brian. I wish I had traded with him. I was 4 rows behind Bruce Springstein and I'm not really a fan so I couldve cared less. He said she was coming out right behind him but some woman stopped her and said that she taught her daughter. So we waited and waited but she never came out the door she was supposed to. I think she went out a few doors over. That was kind of depressing, but I am happy I at least got to go to the show and see her.

It was really funny at one part…by JennCho; December 21, 2006 [http://criminalmaster.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=Erbe&action=display&thread=419]

Sources:
http://broadwayworld.com/shows/index.php?showid=11227
http://wn.com/Fame_Becomes_Me
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/104265-Bernadette-Peters-Ben-Stiller-and-More-to-Guest-at-Fame-Becomes-Me
http://nashville.broadwayworld.com/printcolumn.cfm?id=14426
http://www.theatermania.com/broadway/news/12-2006/erbe-garber-hargitay-peters-stiller-to-guest-at-fa_9698.html
https://www.audiencerewards.com/rewarddetail.cfm?id=181
http://criminalmaster.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=Erbe&action=display&thread=419

The Vagina Monologues – A Celebration of the Feminine!


Opening:
April 01st, 2006
Theatres:
All Souls Unitarian Church
1157 Lexington Avenue at the corner of 80th Street
New York, NY 10075
Run Time:
April 01st – 02nd 2006 [2 days]

Production Staff

Playwright:       Eve Ensler
Presenter:         Fiona McKinney

Celebrity cast

Kathryn Erbe
Ally Sheedy
Danielle Egnew
Jenny Sherwin (a.k.a. "Sheena Metal")
Senator Liz Krueger
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

Benefit Event
This is a benefit event to stop violence towards women and girls. Our "spotlight" focus is on "The Comfort Women" - women who were kidnapped and raped by the Japanese Government during World War II. They represent all women raped/abused during war-time. We are here to support them and raise funds and awareness for these women. Other beneficiaries include women who have been abused and end up in prison. Net profits will be donated towards V-Day, Th e Comfort Women and The Lotus Project, our beneficiaries to stop violence towards women and girls. For more information go to www.vdaynyc.org.

Sources:
http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=VAG2

2005

The 24 Hour Plays – In the Dark


Opening:
October 24th, 2005
Theatres:
American Airlines Theatre
227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

(Seventh and Eighth Avenues)
Run Time:
October 24th, 2005 [24 hours]
Length:
2 hrs 00 mins
Market:
Broadway

Production Staff

Writer:             Warren Leight
Director:          Indhu Rubasingham
Producer:         The 24 Hour Plays, Planet Impact, Glamour Magazine and Lycra in association with Moxie Pictures

Cast

Ashlie Atkinson…Winnie
Charlotte d'Amboise…Diana
Kathryn Erbe…Jackie
Adam Pascal…Roger

Benefit Event
My Path: this November, with support from The 24 Hour Plays, Working Playground intends to respond to the crisis created by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA. By employing local New Orleans artists, My Path will offer intensive workshops for children and their families that will focus on documenting their experience with Katrina using the mediums of digital photography and poetry while envisioning a path forward.

Description:

A one-of-a-kind theatre experience in which 6 short plays are written, rehearsed, directed, and performed in 24 hours.

Plot Synopsis:

"In the Dark" is about four siblings who get together at their parents' home during a hurricane.

Sources:
http://www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=407333
http://www.adam-pascal.com/information/the24hourplays.php
https://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=24H1

1995

A Month in the Country


Opening:
April 04th, 1995
Theatres:
Roundabout Theatre Company
Criterion Center Stage Right
1530 Broadway
New York, NY
Run Time:
April 04th – June 10th 1995 [79 performances]
Acts:
5
Market:
Broadway

Production Staff

Playwright:                   Ivan Sergeyevitch Turgenev
Translator:                   Richard Freeborn
Director:                      Scott Ellis
Scenic Design:  Santo Loquasto
Costume Design:          Jane Greenwood
Lighting Design:            Brian Nason
Sound Design:              Tony Meola

Cast

F. Murray Abraham…Ignaty Illyich Shpichelsky
Helen Mirren…Natalia Petrovna
Ron Rifkin…Rakitin
Patricia T. A. Ageheim…Katia
Kathryn Erbe…Verochka
Gail Grate…Lizaveta Bogdanovna
Byron Jennings…Yslaev
John Christopher Jones…Bolshintsov
Dan Moran…Matvei
Alessandro Nivola…Beliaev
Rocco Sisto…Shaaf
Helen Stenborg…Anna Semyenovna Yslaeva
Benjamin N. Ungar…Kolia

Full cast and staff [http://broadwayworld.com/shows/full.php?showid=311791]

Playbill June 1995, Vol 95, No 6:

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Plot Synopsis:

The action takes place on the Islaev Estate in Russia in the 1840's.

Natalya discovers that she is passionately in love with her son’s tutor while spending a month on a country estate in Ivan Turgenev’s 1872 play.

Review

… Two performances stand out. Kathryn Erbe is exceptionally fine as the young, sweetly bewildered Vera, whom the jealous Natalya Petrovna drives into a loveless marriage. Though John Christopher Jones is onstage only for a couple of scenes, he effectively steals the play as "the fat, stupid, pompous" landowner who wins Vera's hand by default. He's the play's burlesque element, briefly hilarious and welcome. This also says something about the imperfect balance within the production…by Vincent Canby;

The most exciting performances are by Kathryn Erbe, as Natalya's ward Verochka, and Alessandro Nivola, as Verochka's tutor, with whom the aging Natalya falls heedlessly in love. Erbe and Nivla make the innocence of the two heartbreakingly believable…by Howard Kissel; April 26, 1995 [http://articles.nydailynews.com/1995-04-26/entertainment/17960873_1_natalya-petrovna-helen-mirren-kathryn-erbe]

Mirren flips over the youthful tutor (Alessandro Nivola), thus becoming a rival to her ward, played with pubescent heartbreak by Kathryn Erbe…by Jack Zink; May 23, 1995 [http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1995-05-23/lifestyle/9505220331_1_hamlet-broadway-lincoln-center]

Sources:
http://www.playbillvault.com/Person/Detail/Gallery/36722/3054/Kathryn-Erbe
http://www.strangevisitor.org/Misc/KE_AMITC.html
http://theater.nytimes.com/mem/theater/treview.html?res=990CE6D81F3DF935A15757C0A963958260
http://bombsite.com/issues/52/articles/1883
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1995-05-23/lifestyle/9505220331_1_hamlet-broadway-lincoln-center
http://theater.nytimes.com/mem/theater/treview.html?res=990CE6D81F3DF935A15757C0A963958260

1993

Down the Shore

Opening:
February, 1993
Theatres:
Atlantic Theatre Company
Linda Gross Theater
336 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
Acts:
1
Market:
Off-Broadway

Production Staff

Playwright:                               Tom Donaghy
Director:                                  William H. Macy
Setting:                        James Wolk
Lighting;                                  Howard Werner
Costumes:                               Sarah Edwards
Music and arrangements:          Ari Frankel
Fights choreograph                  Rick Sordelet
Production stage manager        Matt Silver
Stage manager                         Chris DeCamillis
Artistic director                        Neil Pepe
Managing director                    Jeffrey Solis

Cast

Kathryn Erbe…Luke (formerly Lucy)
Peter Maloney…Stan Mann
Matt McGrath
Neil Pepe…MJ
Todd Weeks…Phippsey

Review

The play is ingrained in the argot of a teen-age subculture, as represented by an acid-tongued urchin (Kathryn Erbe). She has perfected her survival tactics. As wary as a cat, she is careful about not getting too close to anyone, including her boyfriend (Todd Weeks), who delivers pizza. He passes for normal in this depressed Philadelphia suburb, though anywhere else he might be considered an outsider.
While waiting for the pizza man to whisk her away to the shore, Ms. Erbe is suddenly accosted by her prodigal older brother (Neil Pepe), who is returning after a long absence with a backpack of troubles. If the ensuing details of the family's strife sound monstrous, theatergoers should keep in mind the early plays of Albert Innaurato (which also took place in Philadelphia). With both playwrights, black comedy emerges from domestic tragedy. Despite the traumas that hound his characters, Mr. Donaghy never loses his sense of comic contradiction…
William H. Macy, an expert player of Mamet (he is currently acting in "Oleanna"), approaches Mr. Donaghy with a directorial exactitude. Led by Mr. Macy, the actors are nimbly in touch with the nerve ends of their characters. There is especially potent work from Ms. Erbe as the tough-talking but vulnerable gamine.

Sources:
http://theater.nytimes.com/mem/theater/treview.html?pagewanted=print&res=9F0CE7D8163FF933A25751C0A965958260

1992

My Thing of Love


Opening:
July 01st, 1992
Theatres:
Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Run Time:
July 01st – August 30th 1992
Market:
Chicago
Start of Rehearsals:
December 1991

Production Staff

Author:                        Alexandra Gersten
Director:                                  ensemble member Terry Kinney
Scenic Designer:                      Michael Merritt
Costume Designer:                   Erin Quigley
Lighting Desigern:                    Kevin Rigdon
Original Music:             Michael Bodeen, Rob Milburn
Sound Designer:                      Rob Milburn
Stage Manager:                       Laura D. Glenn, Doug Thompson
Associate Set designer:            Kurt Sharp

Cast

Kathryn Erbe…Kelly
Tim Hopper…Garn
Tom Irwin…Jack
Laurie Metcalf…Elly

also with…
Elizabeth Armstrong
Kira Spencer Hesser
Logan Hutt
Zoe Perry

Plot Synopsis:

My Thing of Love is a darkly comic and insightful drama about infidelity and its effect on a family. The story follows the personal journeys of a suburban husband, wife and mistress as each fight to hold on to what they most cherish while struggling to accept what they may have lost.


Review

While the comedy is all about one family and a matter of sexual infidelity, Kinney, for instance, is overly zealous in safeguarding that aspect of the plot. “I just want the audience, from the moment they take their seats, to be in a realm of total surprise,” he says.
About that, he needn`t worry. Gersten`s unusual, offbeat touch has a way of surprising line after line, scene after scene. Her couple, Elly (Metcalf) and Jack (Irwin), only seem suburban-they`re genuine originals. Erbe (sensational in Steppenwolf`s recent “Curse of the Starving Class” revival) completes the menage a trois as a character whose intrusion into a marriage partly stems from deep personal tragedy.
A fourth character in the drama is a hapless guidance counselor (Hopper), who wanders into the fireworks while paying a professional visit to a parent whose child is in difficulties at school.

Sources:

http://www.steppenwolf.org/ensemble/history/productions/index.aspx?id=107
http://www.abouttheartists.com/productions/27839
http://www.theatermania.com/chicago/shows/my-thing-of-love_118939/
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1992-07-12/features/9203030050_1_new-plays-trump-card-big-apple
http://books.google.de/books?id=SOMCAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA74&lpg=PA74&dq=my+thing+of+love+kelly&source=bl&ots=3GJDDlRE-L&sig=eX5wtKl7sWDCEq2dbY9roGt9a68&hl=de&sa=X&ei=jNwOT7iVI8LSswaX1ZEM&sqi=2&ved=0CCMQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=my%20thing%20of%20love%20kelly&f=false
http://www.amazon.com/My-thing-love-comic-drama/dp/0573695679

 1991

Curse of the Starving Class

Opening:
June 01st, 1991
Theatres:
Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Run Time:
June 01st – July 30th, 1991
Acts:
3
Market:
Chicago
Awards:
Nomination: Jeff Awards – Actress in a supporting role, play

Production Staff

Author:            Sam Shepard
Director:                      Randall Arney
Scenic Designer:          Kevin Rigdon
Costume Designer:       Erin Quigley
Lighting Designer:         Kevin Rigdon
Sound Designer:           Richard Woodbury
Stage Manager:            Laura D. Glenn

Cast

Robert Breuler…Weston Tate
Kathryn Erbe…Emma Tate
Moira Harris…Ella Tate
Rick Snyder…Ellis
Jim True-Frost…Wesley Tate
Alan Wilder…Taylor
Afram Bill Williams
Ron Matz…Randell Arney

Review

… The parents' hostility and fear also infest the children. Emma, an earsplittingly loud tomboy, wants to run off and become a mechanic in some far-off town. The other alternative is to embark on a life of crime. Whichever comes first…
… Like John Malkovich as Wesley in Goodman Theatre's 1979 production of Curse, like Larry Figliulo in Mary-Arrchie's 1986 version, Jim True fully exposes himself as the son, whether pissing onstage or messily devouring the contents of the refrigerator. Strangely, despite the energy, his famished Wesley seems withdrawn and distracted, as if he'd left the family long ago. Pushing Emma's bratty excesses over the top, Kathryn Erbe drowns out her character's yearnings and pain with an irritating whining…by Lawrence Bommer; June 13, 1991 [http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/curse-of-the-starving-class/Content?oid=877766]
Robert Breuler, as the father Weston, makes his overnight transformation from staggering drunk to born-again head of the house a believable experience. And Kathryn Erbe, new to Chicago, gets right into the swing of things with her screeching, hilariously bratty daughter Emma…by Richard Christiansen; June 10, 1991 [http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1991-06-10/news/9102210547_1_true-west-randall-arney-play]
Sources:

http://www.steppenwolf.org/ensemble/history/productions/index.aspx?id=99
http://www.abouttheartists.com/productions/27832
http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/curse-of-the-starving-class/Content?oid=877766
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1991-06-10/news/9102210547_1_true-west-randall-arney-play
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1991-09-26/features/9103130519_1_secret-rapture-iceman-nominated

The My House Play

Opening:
January 17th, 1991
Theatres:
WPA Theatre
519 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
Run Time:
January 17th - ??? (at least until week of Feb. 11th  , 1991
Length:
Less than 4 hrs
Market:
Off-Broadway

Production Staff

Playwright:                               Wendy MacLeod
Director:                                 Rob Greenberg
Artistic Director:                      Kyle Renick
Managing Director:                  Donna Lieberman
Production Stage Manager:      Denise Laffer
Costume Designer:                  Candice Donnelly
Lighting Designer:                    Craig Evans
Sound Designer:                      John Huntington
Scenic/Set Designer:                James Schuette
Press Representative:               Jilliana Devine, David LeShay, Jeffery Richards

Cast

Jayce Bartok…Sid
David Eigenberg…Buzz
Kathryn Erbe…Fiona Battaglia
Leslie Lyles…Frances Battaglia
Lewis J. Stadlen…Ernie Battaglia
Welker White…Charisse Battaglia

Plot Synopsis:

Wendy MacLeod’s prize-winning comedy about family members who sound the battle cry when authorities plan to build a highway through their living room.

Sources:
http://broadwayworld.com/shows/backstage.php?showid=325838


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