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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

Summertime, and the theatre is busy…

Published on July 1, 2007

As I mentioned in my last blog entry a few weeks ago, this summer will see the next big step in the campaign we began last year at Symphony Space to establish summer stock on Broadway and 95th Street as a regular part of the city’s summer cultural landscape, along with Shakespeare in the Park, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Summerstage, and all the rest.

And now it’s all happening, David Epstein’s powerful and meaningful anti-war drama, SURFACE TO AIR, is deep in rehearsal, the set is being built in a scehe shop and will be loaded in tomorrow night, July 2nd. James Naughton is directing a powerful cast headed by Larry Bryggman, Lois Smith, James Colby, and Cady Huffman, and the rehearsals are very moving as the drama of an American family 30 years after Vietnam takes shape. Perhaps you’ve seen our beautiful and expensive newspaper ads.

Friends, the future of live drama at Symphony Space depends on whether you buy tickets to SURFACE TO AIR, which begins performances on Wednesday, July 11, and has a limited engagement until Sunday, August 5th. This is the riskiest financial undertaking Symphony Space has ever attempted, and we need you on this one. You won’t be sorry, it’s a superb and entertaining, and important play, and you’ll be able to say you were in on its birth.

FREE INVITATION!! MY OWN NEW PLAY!! As part of this summer theatre program, we’re also presenting downstairs in the Leonard Nimoy Thalia a series of three Monday evening play readings of new works. This will begin on MONDAY, July 16, with a reading by a fine cast directed by Eduardo Machado of a new play that I’ve written (in my spare time!). It’s an original comedy about a guy with a project which he tries to make happen. He knows he can’t do it alone, he needs help. The play is entitled HELPERS and has a cast of six. The hero tells us about his project, and then we see him meet with a marketing consultant. In the next scene the marketing consultant meets with her therapist. Following that, the therapist is seen meeting with someone facilitating a rival project. Then we see that facilitator seeking help from her personal trainer, who in turn seeks help from . . . And so it continues, since everyone needs a little help from their friends. The one reading will happen on Monday, July 16, at 7:30pm, and tickets are free. Call the Symphony Space box office at 212-864-5400 to reserve a place for yourself that evening. See you there!

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