Scott Klavan to Direct, Speak, and Teach
EIL’s theatre writer, Scott Klavan, is directing a new play this summer, to be performed at the New Ohio Theatre, New York, a home for innovative, alternative theatre, in August. My Stubborn Tongue, written and performed by Anna Fishbeyn, is about a woman who tackles the English language as a way to escape being “defined by her origins: Russian in America, Jewish in Russia, poor little immigrant.”
It’s funny and true, and about this little girl, who grew up to be this fine woman, Anna Fishbeyn, actor, playwright, and mother of two, who founded XO Feminist Productions.
My Stubborn Tongue runs August 6 through August 24 at the New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher Street, with show times Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m., Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00, and Sundays at 7:00. Tickets are $30 ($15 for students and seniors).
Klavan also directed the show in March 2014 at the Emerging Artists Theater Festival at TADA! Theater. My Stubborn Tongue is a selection in the United Solo Festival, which celebrates solo performance pieces, and will be performed again on October 28, 2014, Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd Street, New York.
Scott Klavan will share his experience with new plays in the Midwest this July as visiting playwright for the Mike Dobbins Memorial New Plays from the Heartland annual production of staged readings of new one-act plays at Heartland Theatre Company in Normal, Illinois. This year’s theme is Escape, and Klavan will stay at the Escape-Into-Life house! Klavan will speak to the public about the state of writing in the theatre today and will teach a master class to the three winning playwrights in the New Plays from the Heartland competition.
The public talk, a free event, is Thursday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Heartland Theatre Company.
Show times for the Escape plays are Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 20, at 2:00 p.m.
Then it’s back to New York for Scott Klavan to direct My Stubborn Tongue!