The Unofficial New York Yale Cabaret, one of NYTheatre.com’s People of the Year, presents its last show of the season, THE TERRORIST, written by award winning playwright and Fulbright Scholar Howard Pflanzer and directed by Dramalogue Award recipient and fellow Fulbright Scholar David Paul Willinger.
THE TERRORIST is a dark comedy about a man who must outwit and outmaneuver a government agent bent on labeling him as a terrorist. In this timely satire, directed by David Paul Willinger who has been called “a master of farce”, playwright Howard Pflanzer imagines a world where the politics of fear threaten to chip away at civil liberties. THE TERRORIST received a world premiere production at the National Center for the Performing Arts, Mumbai, India, which Playwright Pflanzer directed with an all Indian cast during his tenure as a Fulbright Scholar in the spring of 2003.
In New York, Pflanzer’s plays have been performed at La Mama ETC, Playwright’s Horizons (The Cop, The Teacher’s Room, Matt, The Killer), Symphony Space, Medicine Show, Kraine Theater (Cocaine Dreams), and Dixon Place. His work has been published in numerous periodicals including The Quarterly, The Drama Review, and in the poetry anthology Off The Cuffs. In addition to the Fulbright, he was the winner of a 2001 New Play Commission Jewish Theatre from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Playwriting Fellowship, two ASCAP Awards, a Puffin Foundation Award, and an NEA Media Arts Award. He received his MFA in Playwriting and Dramatic Literature from the Yale School of Drama and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Theatre at the City College Center for Worker Education.
Director David Paul Willinger is well known to the downtown theatre community. He most recently directed his own adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Secret Agent at Theater for the New City. Other productions of note include his play about Cherokee Removal, The Trail of Tears: A Play from the Historical Record, his musical The Open Gate, based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's The Manor, a critically acclaimed production of Jean-Claude Van Itallie's adaptation of The Master and Margarita, and Eduardo Machado's Don Juan in NYC. At LaMama ETC he directed his own adaptation of Paul Willems' The Wound, his plays Frida Y Diego, Malcolm’s Time, and Andrea’s Got Two Boyfriends, which earned him a Drama-Logue Award and continues to be performed all over America and this past spring in British Columbia, always to great acclaim. With numerous articles in journals and theatre books around the world, Mr. Willinger is considered a scholar especially in regards to the works of playwrights such as Adrienne Kennedy, Hugo Claus, Michel de Ghelderode, Paul Joostens, and other European playwrights. He is the recipient of two Fulbright Foundation Research Fellowships, two Jerome directing grants, National Endowment for the Humanities grants, the Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship, a Translation Center Award and a Prix de Rayonnement a l'Etranger from the Belgian Ministry of Culture for one of his many published play translations from French and Dutch, and many others. He is professor and chair of the Theatre Department at City College.
The Unofficial New York Yale Cabaret (UNYYC) is a new seasonal theatre
company that provides an artistic home and community for Yale School of Drama graduates and their collaborators. It has been featured nationally and internationally in publications from the The New York Times to The
Star in Malaysia. In their inaugural season, they have produced two US Premieres, one World Premiere and a NY Premiere and were named one of NYTheatre.com’s “People of the Year 2005.” Their shows have appeared on Critic’s Picks’ lists out of everything running in NYC, on or off Broadway. UNYYC's home at the West Bank Cafe has a historical connection. When owner Steve Olsen opened the downstairs Laurie Beechman theatre in 1982, he provided a home for new Yale graduates to showcase their talents, including then unknowns such as Chris Noth and Mark Linn-Baker. A young Yale Drama playwright named Lewis Black, who has since found fame on Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' and the comedy circuit, was the West Bank Café's first playwright-in-residence.
by Howard Pflanzer.
Directed by David Paul Willinger
With: Alice Connorton*
Jonathan Teague Cook*
George Tynan Crowley*
*appears courtesy Actor’s Equity
A dark comedy about a man who must outwit and outmaneuver a government agent bent on labeling him as a terrorist. In this timely satire, directed by David Paul Willinger, who has been called “a master of farce,” playwright Pflanzer imagines a world where the politics of fear threaten to chip away at civil liberties.
Thursday June 8th at 8:00 pm,
Friday June 9th at 8:00 pm (Social Hour to follow),
Friday June 16th at 8:00 pm (post show discussion),
Saturday June 17th at 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm,
Friday June 23rd at 8:00 pm,
Saturday June 24th at 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm.
The Laurie Beechman Theatre below
The WestBank Café, 407 W. 42nd St. at 9th Ave.
$15 tickets can be purchased at www.Theatermania.com or by calling 212-352-3101.
Food (Executive Chef Joe Marcus) and Drink to enjoy during the show with no minimums.
More information can be found at www.unyyc.org or calling 212- 769-7969.