NEAT — New English American Theatre

Thursday @ TAO

English Language Entertainment
Theatre – Readings – Poetry – Music – Cinema
6th– 8p.m. The Marx Brothers Radio Show
Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel
13th– 8p.m. Dracula
by Bram Stoker
adapted for Radio by Orson Welles
27th– 8p.m. Animal Farm Premiere
by George Orwell
3rd– 8p.m. Animal Farm
by George Orwell
9th– 8p.m. Animal Farm
by George Orwell
10th– 8p.m. Animal Farm
by George Orwell
17th– 8p.m. Animal Farm
by George Orwell
1st– 8p.m. Hootenanny 1963
with The Greenwich Village Players & Guests
8th– 8p.m. I like a Gershwin Tune
How about You?
15th– 8p.m. I like a Gershwin Tune
How about You?
22th– 8p.m. A Child's Christmas in Wales
& Other Holiday Stories


 

The Marx Brothers Radio Show
Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel


Thursday, October 6th – 8 p.m.

Tickets: €9 / €7

The radio show Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel, starring Groucho Marx and his brother Chico Marx, was produced in 1932-33 and ran for 26 episodes as part of the NBC Five Star Theatre variety show. After their success on vaudeville and their first four films, the zany Marx Brothers were one of Hollywood’s brightest comedy teams. In 1932, they had a regularly broadcast live radio show on NBC and many of the episodes’ plots were drawn from Marx Brothers films. The program depicts the misadventures of a small law firm, with Groucho Marx as attorney Waldorf T. Flywheel, Chico Marx as Flywheel’s assistant, Emmanuel Ravelli and their trusty secretary Miss Dimple involved in a series of hair raising and hilarious exploits. We’ll be presenting several key episodes with period music, sound effects and original era advertising!


Dracula
by Bram Stoker
Adapted for Radio by Orson Welles
Thursday, October 13th – 8 p.m.

Tickets: €9 / €7



The finest radio drama of the 1930's was The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a show featuring the acclaimed New York drama company founded by Orson Welles. DRACULA was first broadcast in 1938 and nearly 80 Years later, is still a scary, sexualized masterpiece. At the time Orson Welles said; “Bram Stoker's "Dracula is the most hair-raising, marvelous book in the world and the best story of its kind ever written and ideally suited for presentation on the radio; that is the THEATRE OF THE MIND.


Premiere
Animal Farm
by George Orwell

Thursday, October 27th – 8 p.m.
November 3rd / 9th / 10th / 17th – 8 p.m.

Tickets: €9 / €7

Animal Farm is tragic tale that happened in a mythical barnyard far away but could happen in our own back yard. This fable with a sting by George Orwell, the farsighted British author of the brilliant and frightening 1984, exposes the idealist's dream, converted by realists into a nightmare. This timely allegory features beasts whose prototypes have dominated news headlines for many fearful years. Opening on a note of joyous triumph for the creatures who have emancipated themselves from the cruel mastery of a human owner, but eventually results in a climax of disillusionment in which the other animals discover themselves now subject to the rule of even more ruthless autocrats: the greedy, cunning pigs. Intermingling humor and drama, Animal Farm wrings the emotions of its listeners, leaving audiences shaken with the tale of a tragedy that happened in a mythical barnyard far away but could happen in our own back yard.


Hootenanny 1963
with The Greenwich Village Players & Guests

Thursday, December 1st – 8 p.m.

Tickets: €9 / €7

Hootenanny is a Scottish word meaning celebration and an Appalachian colloquialism for party. Nowadays the word most commonly refers to a folk music party, at which different performers get up and play in front of an audience. During the early 1960s at the height of the Folk Music era, the club Gerde’s Folk City  in Greenwich Village started the folk music hootenanny tradition every Monday night, that welcomed performers known and unknown, young and old to step up to the microphone. Many musicians, from all over the USA and Canada, who formed contemporary music’s foundation performed there for the first time or very early in their careers; among them Simon & Garfunkel, Doc Watson and Peter, Paul & Mary. Gerde’s was the place where Joan Baez and Bob Dylan met for the first time and where Dylan debuted his song Blowin' in the Wind. Welcome to our folk music party!


I like a Gershwin Tune
How about You?


Thursday, December 8th & 15th – 8 p.m.

Tickets: €9 / €7
An evening of beautiful music; instrumentals, solos, duets and four part harmony featuring the song stylists Jeanne Ragonese, Sara Conway, Anthony King, Joerg Witzsch, pianist Florian Eisentraut, narrator Derrick Jenkins, and a story by Jadi Campbell.
Ira Gershwin is the lyricist to musical composer and younger brother George Gershwin. This brotherly collaboration created some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century. The compositions of George & Ira Gershwin are among the masterpieces of THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK; which is the most popular source of material for singers and musicians today. After George’s untimely death at an early age, Ira went on to work with other composers, such as Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen and Kurt Weill; with whom he continued to write many successful Broadway Musicals.
With this musical project we aim to celebrate the 120th Birthday of Song Lyricist Ira Gershwin; whom many consider to be a Modern American Poet. Heartfelt, high-spirited, sparkling with vernacular eloquence, the lyrics of Ira Gershwin defined the spirit of an era and have lived on as part of the American tradition. Ira distilled ordinary American speech into indelible verse; embodying his wit romance and dazzling virtuosity.


A Child's Christmas in Wales




 


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