Spotlight On: The Navigator & FRIGID New York 2012 

Christopher Borg 


Workshop Theatre's The Navigator

We LOVE it when awesome, innovative theatre lives beyond its initial run.  Especially when it is a show that made an impact our own community like The Navigator, produced by the acclaimed Workshop Theatre Company.

The Navigator, with only a $300 budget received nominations for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Original Full-Length Script (for playwright Eddie Antar), Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role (for Nicole Taylor), Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role (for Kelly Anne Burns), Outstanding Set Design (for Duane Pagano) and received the 2011 IT Awards for Outstanding Direction (Leslie Kincaid Burby) and Outstanding Lighting Design (Duane Pagano).

It is currently enjoying another run through March 3rd at the Workshop Theatre Company's Main Stage Theatre by most of the original creative team, including the director, Burby, as well as  and features Burns, Taylor, Franchini and Michael Gnat as well as sound design by Chiappetta and lighting by Duane Pagano.  Jen Varbalow designed the set.

In The Navagator, the hero "Dave" has fallen on hard times. He's out of work,
drowning in debt, and his wife is threatening to leave him. Then suddenly his car's navigation system starts giving him answers to questions beyond just the fastest way to get to the interstate.

The Navigator received a developmental Play in Process production in the Jewel Box Theater in 2010.

Director Leslie Kincaid Burby says about the show:  "Returning to work on The Navigator script, I am even more impressed by the tightness of the story and the humanity of the characters...I'm tremendously excited to be able to move The Navigator onto the mainstage this is wonderful to have an actual budget this time around!"

On working in Indie Theatre:  "I love indie theatre because anything is possible in this world.  It's a place to play, without that
terrible need to take the safe, well-trodden roads in order to recreate predicable commercial success. It's a place were disturbing, juicy, inspiring work occurs, that I often find much more thought provoking and moving than the slickly predictable shows I see on Broadway and Off-Broadway."

The production is presented by the WorkShop Theater Company in their
Main Stage Theater (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues,
4th Floor) through March 3rd.  For more information and tickets please click here


FRIGID New York 2012!

That's right, it's that time of year again, the hottest Off-Off-Broadway theatre festival at the coldest time of the year!  The Horse Trade Theater Group brings us the FRIGID Festival from February 22 through March 4th at the Kraine Theatre, the Red Room and Under St. Marks.

Founded in 2007, FRIGID NYC is centered in the heart of the East Village, in the heart of indie theatre, on the Fourth Street Arts Block, across from Indie Theatre Icon LaMama, Etc. at the Kraine Theatre, home of many of the most celebrated new and experimental theatre productions in New York.

This year, FRIGID New York, one of our cities most open, uncensored and diverse theater festival (completely uncurated), features 30 productions by a diverse array of artists and companies and goes well beyond solo performances.  It is interesting to note that 100% of the box office revenue is returned to the participating companies, which means that audiences enjoy new theatre and simultaneously support the theater community. With performances inspired by classic literature to burlesque, puppetry and musicals, there will be something for everyone. And with tickets from $10 - $16, you can't beat the price.

See a full schedule and calendar.



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