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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

In Previews: T. Schreiber Studio Presents 'Twelfth Night' Steampunk style...

The Fab Marquee News Desk.

T. SCHREIBER STUDIO is pleased to announce their production of TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL, directed by Cat Parker. TWELFTH NIGHT plays a seven-week limited engagement at the Gloria Maddox Theater at T. Schreiber Studio (151 West 26th Street, 7th Floor). Performances begin Thursday, October 9th and continue through Sunday, November, 23rd.

Press are invited starting Friday, October 17th at 8 p.m.

T. Schreiber Studio's Gloria Maddox Theatre will be transformed into the mythological world of Illyria using the visual style of "steampunk," an aesthetic characterized by a feeling of Victorian era romance, coupled with a modern twist, meant to enhance the magical world of Shakespeare's timeless play, Twelfth Night, or What You Will.

This gender-bending classic of a woman in a man's world runs the gamut from laughter to tears. Enhancing the emotional rollercoaster will be the music of the whimisical indie rock band, Cloud Cult.

The production features scenic design by George Allison (IT Award Recipient for his work on T. Schreiber's Picasso at the Lapin Agile), costume design by Karen Ann Ledger, sound design by Chris Rummel and lighting design by Paul Hackenmueller. Page Clements is the dramaturge, Matt McKennon is the technical director and Liz Richards is the stage manager. Ben Paganelli will be providing video content and Arela Rivas is assistant directing.

TWELFTH NIGHT plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, November 23th:
Thursdays at 8 p.m. Fridays at 8 p.m. Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 3 p.m.

Press are invited to attend as of Friday, October 17th.

A suggested donation of $25.00 (Senior $20; General Student $22) is requested, and advance tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 212-352-3101.

Tickets may also be purchased in person one hour prior to the show at The Gloria Maddox Theatre.

CAT PARKER (Director) Cat Parker is a freelance director, as well as the Producing Director at TSS. She has worked regionally at Dallas Theater Center, Dorset Theatre Festival, and Oklahoma City Rep. Recently, she assisted Jerry Zaks on the Broadway debut of A Bronx Tale, featuring Chazz Palmenteri. In New York, Cat has directed at The WorkShop Theater Company, Creative Place NYC, Mid-Town International Theatre Festival, Abingdon Theatre, Irish Repertory Theatre, and UrbanStages. She has worked on productions such as Picasso at the Lapin Agile (NYIT Award Winner), Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Towards Zero and, a personal favorite, A Doll's House. Working on new and developing plays is a special love of Cat's, and she recently directed the New York premiere of "Sister Cities" for TSS. She has directed and shaped many original works, including En Passant, Riders of the Golden Sphinx, Echoes of Radioland (a theatrical radio show) Lovers of Verona (an original commedia del'arte piece), Lilith, Blind Study, Safekeeping, Switch, Gone Astray, Shadow Pier, Beachwood Drive, The Chekhov Dreams, Native Stone, Underpass, Rapture, and most recently, Sister Cities.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Playwright) is one of the most renowned playwrights in history. His illustrious plays have been performed all over the world. Shakespeare's work transcends time with familiar themes such as romance, jealousy, and ambition.

CLOUD CULT (Music) have crafted sprawling, cathartic albums that have won them the attention of the New York Times, MTV, Spin, Billboard, and a devoted following of fans, since 1995. During that time, the band has grown from the solo project of singer/songwriter Craig Minowa to include cellist Sarah Young, violinist Shannon Frid, painters Connie Minowa and Scott West (who create paintings live at the band's performances), and recent addition bassist Shawn Neary (formerly of Tapes 'n' Tapes), and Arlen Peiffer. Despite offers from major labels, Cloud Cult has chosen to remain independent, recording and releasing their albums through Earthology Records, a not-for-profit environmental record label established by Minowa in 1998.

T. Schreiber Studio - Offering the best in professional training since 1969, TSS is acknowledged as one of the foremost professional theatre studios in New York City. Established in 1969, the Studio has been the training ground for more than 300 actors each year, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in theatre, film and television. The award-winning productions continue to reinforce a reputation for excellence among audiences and the theatrical community.

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