Time: June 2, 2011 at 6pm to June 11, 2011 at 9:30pm
Location: Railroad Playhouse
Street: 27 South Water Street
City/Town: Newburgh, NY
Website or Map: http://www.rrplayhouse.org
Phone: 845 565-3791
Event Type: performing, arts/theater
Organized By: Jen
Latest Activity: Jun 2, 2011
cabot | andcompany in association with
The Railroad Playhouse Present
June 2-11, Thu/Fri-8pm, Sat- 3pm & 8pm
Back by popular demand after their smash success with “Christie in Love” in January, Beacon theater group cabot | andcompany will present “CRAZY LADIES” an evening featuring Arthur Kopit’s one act dark comedy about celebrity and insanity “Chamber Music,” paired with a “Crazy Cabaret” second half with musical theater and pop songs about feeling, literally or figuratively, insane. The production will run June 2 – 11, with performances on Thursday and Friday evenings at 8 and on Saturdays at both 3 and 8, at the Railroad Playhouse, 27 Water Street in Newburgh. Tickets are $20, and are available here or at the door. Group discounts are available.
Arthur Kopit’s play “Chamber Music” is about eight women in an insane asylum who plot the destruction of their arch enemies, the men’s ward. The only hitch? They all think they are a famous woman from history! Joan of Arc, Gertrude Stein, Amelia Earhart, Queen Isabella of Spain, Susan B. Anthony, Mrs. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and others collude, cajole and attack each other with wit, verve and venom, during the disastrous downward spiral of their “Improvement (and someday governing) Committee” meeting. Contemporary audience members who have ever sat through any type of committee or business meeting will definitely recognize with laughter the various “types” around this table. Things only get worse when it comes to life that while all the women think they’re somebody famous, ONE of them might actually be telling the truth!
Rounding out the evening, the “Crazy Cabaret” will celebrate the role that insanity, real or imagined, has played out in our culture through popular song. From Patsy Cline and Stephen Sondheim to Lady Gaga, songwriters often turn to thoughts of feeling, well, just a little, you know….
This production at the Railroad Playhouse, along with another in August called “Identity Crisis,” two plays about finding out you are not who you think you are, continue cabot | andcompany’s young company project, a performance mentoring program that pairs older more established artists (actors, directors, writers and designers) with local young adult artists. Says Cabot Parsons, Artistic Director, “We specifically chose Kopit’s play because of the wide variety of roles for women in the show, so that our young performers can gain a surplus of experience from the different voices of our older performers. That and it gives all our women a chance to be funny in this truly hilarious play. Comedy is a special technical skill, and these young women are getting a master class from some of the best comediennes in the region.”
cabot | andcompany is a 12 year old performance group based in Beacon, NY. This past year their production of Howard Brenton’s sinister look at serial killers “Christie in Love,” called “striking visual theater” by Free Scene magazine, successfully toured the valley with performances in Beacon, Kingston and Newburgh.
“We’re excited to have this group back at the playhouse,” says Railroad Playhouse Artistic Director Seth Soloway. “Their last show here is still one of our top success stories; they’ve proved that people will support strong, bold and original performance, exactly what the playhouse is about.”