The Guest at Central Park West

I’m writing to make you aware of aware of a compelling new play, THE GUEST AT CENTRAL PARK WEST, which was originally developed at the WORKSHOP THEATER COMPANY.  The play went on to be produced by the H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players where it was nominated by the AUDELCO committee alongside August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING (Signature Theatre Company) and Tanya Barfield’s BLUE DOOR (Playwrights Horizons) and garnered three 2007 AUDELCO Awards including Best Playwright, LEVY LEE SIMON, Best Lead Actor, JOHN MARSHALL JONES and a tied with BLACK MAN RISING for best production of the year.

 

The WORKSHOP THEATER COMPANY is now presenting an all-new staging of this award-winning play.

 

In THE GUEST AT CENTRAL PARK WEST, African-American professor Charles Watts is no longer safe in his own home.  Every phone call is a potential death threat; every stranger, a potential enemy.  Still, tonight he is celebrating.  After receiving the Nobel Prize for his pacifist book, The Eyes of Peace, Charles and his wife Nina are going forward with a dinner party in honor of Charles' achievement.  The guests include white professors Eric and Jennifer Engles, whose marital tensions threaten to eclipse the already politically charged evening.  Then, an unexpected guest arrives at this Central Park West address -- Terrence Barlow, a homeless drifter with a scintillating mind and a violent disposition.  Still, Charles welcomes him with open arms to the dismay of his fearful wife and friends.  When Nina’s bi-racial daughter Lisa and her white, dreadlocked, thug-rapper boyfriend Seth arrive, the rage in Terrence leads to life or death proportions.  Terrence exposes a different side of the peace-loving Charles, and the future of all the guests will be forever altered by the man who was left behind.

 

Reprising his AUDELCO award-winning role of Terrence Barlow is  JOHN MARSHALL JONES,  best known as Floyd Henderson on Family Channel's "Smart Guy."  

 

Playwright LEVY LEE SIMON developed THE GUEST AT CENTRAL PARK WEST with the WorkShop Theater prior to the H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players’ 2007 AUDELCO award-wining production.  His most recent New Federal Theatre production of THE STUTTERING PREACHER directed by Woodie King Jr., was hailed as a brash and ribald romantic comedy,” by THE NEW YORK TIMES.

 

Levy Lee’s play, THE BOW-WOW CLUB, winner of the 1998/1999 Lorraine Hansberry Award for ‘Best Full Length Play’ awarded by ACTF and the Kennedy Center was produced by the WorkShop Theater in the fall of 2004 as was his play CASELOAD in 2006.

 

The GUEST AT CENTRAL PARK WEST is a play of merit being produced by a company committed to developing and producing compelling new works of theatre.  In addition to Mr. Lee the the Workshop Theater Company had developed and produced original works by MURRAY SCHISGAL , TOM DULACK  and ALLEN KNEE whose play “THE MAN WHO WAS PETER PAN,” went on to become the award-winning feature film, “Finding Neverland.”

 

I hope this is of interest and that you can find the time to attend a performance.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly to arrange for your complimentary tickets.

 

Best regards.

 

 

Stephen Sunderlin

Sun Productions

212.799.3753

 

 

Sun Productions

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For Immediate Release, Please
Contact:      Stephen Sunderlin  (212) 799-3753
January 31, 2008  
stephen.sunderlin@verizon.net
     

The WorkShop Theater Company Presents

LEVY LEE SIMON’S
“THE GUEST AT CENTRAL PARK WEST”

WINNER OF THE 2007 AUDELCO AWARD FOR BEST PLAYWRIGHT

featuring

JOHN MARSHALL JONES

STAR OF FAMILY CHANNEL’S “SMART GUY”

AND WINNER OF THE 2007 AUDELCO AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR

 

WHEN A HOMELESS DRIFTER WITH A SCINTILLATING MIND AND A VIOLENT DISPOSITION ARRIVES AT HIS DOORSTEP, AFRICAN-AMERICAN PROFESSOR CHARLES WATTS IS NO LONGER SAFE IN HIS OWN HOME

To Be Presented February 20th – March 15th at


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http://www.sun-productions.com/cpwphotos.html

The WorkShop Theater Company, Artistic Director TIMOTHY SCOTT HARRIS and Managing Director DAVID PINCUS are pleased to announce THE GUEST AT CENTRAL PARK WEST, the 2007 AUDELCO award winning play, written by LEVY LEE SIMON, starring JOHN MARSHALL JONES and directed by THOMAS COTE as its next main stage production

The production begins previews Wednesday, February 20th at 8:00 pm and opens Monday, February 25th at 8:00 pm.  Performances continue Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm through March 15th. Tickets are $18.00 for general admission and $15.00 with current student ID.  TDF accepted.  For reservations please call 212-695-4173 or visit TheaterMania.com to purchase tickets online.  The WorkShop Theater is located at 312 West 36th Street, on the Fourth floor, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.

 

In THE GUEST AT CENTRAL PARK WEST, African-American professor Charles Watts is no longer safe in his own home.  Every phone call is a potential death threat; every stranger, a potential enemy.  Still, tonight he is celebrating.  After receiving the Nobel Prize for his pacifist book, The Eyes of Peace, Charles and his wife Nina are going forward with a dinner party in honor of Charles' achievement.  The guests include white professors Eric and Jennifer Engles, whose marital tensions threaten to eclipse the already politically charged evening.  Then, an unexpected guest arrives at this Central Park West address -- Terrence Barlow, a homeless drifter with a scintillating mind and a violent disposition.  Still, Charles welcomes him with open arms to the dismay of his fearful wife and friends.  When Nina’s bi-racial daughter Lisa and her white, dreadlocked, thug-rapper boyfriend Seth arrive, the rage in Terrence leads to life or death proportions.  Terrence exposes a different side of the peace-loving Charles, and the future of all the guests will be forever altered by the man who was left behind.

 

Playwright LEVY LEE SIMON’s developed THE GUEST AT CENTRAL PARK WEST with the WorkShop Theater before the play went on to be produced for a brief and very successful run with the Hadley Players in 2007.  Levy’s most recent New Federal Theatre production of THE STUTTERING PREACHER directed by Woodie King Jr., at the Abrams Arts Center was hailed as a brash and ribald romantic comedy,” by the New York Times. Mr. Simon is an award-winning actor, screenwriter and playwright, and the author of over 20 plays that have been produced and read in theatres around the country. He is the author of the “For the Love of Freedom” trilogy co-produced by Danny Glover’s Robey Theatre and the Greenway Arts Alliance in Los Angeles.  Part Three in the trilogy, “Christophe – the Spirit – Passion and Glory” was recently nominated for six 2006 NAACP Awards, including a nomination for ‘Best Playwright.’ Part Two, “Dessalines – the Heart – Blood and Liberation” garnered Levy Lee an Ovation Award nomination for ‘Best New Play’ in 2003.  Part One, “Toussaint – the Soul – Rise and Revolution” was nominated for 10 NAACP Awards in 2001, including a nomination for “Best Playwright.’  Levy Lee’s play, “The Bow-Wow Club” was the winner of the 1998/1999 Lorraine Hansberry Award for ‘Best Full Length Play’ awarded by ACTF and the Kennedy Center. “The Bow-Wow Club” received a workshop production at the WorkShop Theater in the fall of 2004 to sold-out houses and standing ovations. He wrote the critically acclaimed, “God, the Crackhouse and the Devilproduced by the Circle East Theatre Company and LaMama in 1998, directed by Mary Beth Easley.  A graduate of Cheyney State College and the University of Iowa’s Playwright’s Workshop where he received his MFA in playwriting in 1999 where he was a visiting Professor of Theatre from 1999-2001.

 

THE GUEST AT CENTRAL PARK WEST stars JOHN MARSHALL JONES who is best known as the loving father, Floyd Henderson on Family Channel's "Smart Guy" (and also FOX network's "John Doe" shot in Vancouver last year). He has compiled an impressive list of credits since coming to Hollywood from Chicago's "Second City Theatre" in 1987. Two months after he arrived, he booked "Good Morning, Vietnam." Since then, he has starred in four television series, nine recurring characters (presently on CBS's "Still Standing", "Navy N.C.I.S." and "Joan of Arcadia"), over 100 television episodic (both sitcom and one hour), 20 A-list feature films and 10 MOW's. 

Rounding out the company are HARVY BLANKS, CURT BOURIL, JED DICKSON, ERINN HOLMES, TRISH MCCALL and TRACY NEWIRTHThe design team includes sets by CRAIG NAPOLIELLO, lighting by EVAN PURCELL and costume design is by JOANIE SCHUMACHERMICHAEL PALMER is the Stage Manager.

 

Director THOMAS COTÉ helmed The WorkShop Theater's production of THE DEVIL AND BILLY MARKHAM ("…breathtaking, captivating…"  Trigger Magazine) which later continued a run through Algonquin Productions.  Other WorkShop productions include the premieres of THE JAZZ AGE by Allen Knee, RAISINS NOT VIRGINS (“skillfully directed” Town & Village), WHEN IT RAINS (“…engrossing character study… fluid direction…The acting is impeccable.” Back Stage) and CERTAIN SOULS (“… Thomas Cote’s direction brings each of the characters to life.” New York Times) For Algonquin Productions, Thomas has directed MANLY MEN and SAFE. Regional productions include Tony Sportiello’s NATIONAL PASTIME at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Entering its 14th season, the WorkShop Theater Company specializes in the development of new plays.  The company also nurtures the talents of actors, playwrights and directors with the presentation of readings and workshops as well as fully staged plays, musicals and multi-media productions.  The company’s two-theater complex on 36th Street includes the 65-seat Main Stage Theater and the 35-seat Jewel Box Theater.  The award-winning film, “FINDING NEVERLAND,” began as the stage play THE MAN WHO WAS PETER PAN by ALLEN KNEE presented by the WORKSHOP THEATER COMPANY in 1998. The WorkShop has also presented premiere productions of the plays ANGEL WINGS by MURRAY SCHISGAL (who is best known for LUV and the screenplay of “TOOTSIE”) and 1348 by TOM DULACK (author of the Off-Broadway hit BREAKING LEGS).  For more information on the WORKSHOP THEATER COMPANY, please visit www.workshoptheater.org

 

 

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