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Tomorrow In The Battle

August 15 — Sept 2, 2012reviewsphotos

For Immediate Release

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STAGEWORKS/HUDSON PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
TOMORROW IN THE BATTLE
BY AWARD WINNING DRAMATIST, KIERON BARRY
August 15 to September 2, 2012

TOMORROW IN THE BATTLE
By Kieron Barry
Directed by Laura Margolis
Previews: August 15 and 16
Opens: August 17
Closes: September 2

July 8, 2010 — Stageworks/Hudson will open the new play, Tomorrow in the Battle by Kieron Barry on Friday, August 17. Preview performances are August 15 and 16. Tomorrow in the Battle runs Wednesdays through Sundays through September 2 at Stageworks' Max and Lillian Katzman Theater, 41 Cross Street, Hudson, New York. Tomorrow in the Battle is directed by Laura Margolis, artistic director of Stageworks.

Stageworks' 18th season continues from August 15 through September 2 with award winning playwright Kieron Barry's exciting new play, Tomorrow in the Battle. The production features veteran film, television and stage actors Danielle Skraastad, Timothy Deenihan and Celia Schaefer.

"We are honored to be the first theater to produce this profound new play, Tomorrow in the Battle," comments Laura Margolis. "Kieron Barry is one of the most gifted writers in the American and British theater. Though his imagination comes a riveting mystery of obsession and betrayal."

Tomorrow in the Battle finds Simon, a heart surgeon, in a heated affair with Jennifer who is a successful a young investor that he met at an opera. Though oblivious to her husband's betrayal, Simon's wife Anna has contrived a romantic seduction of her own.

Simon, Jennifer and Anna are also facing professional dilemmas which mirror their personal crises. Simon prepares to perform a transplant on the heart of a young boy even as he takes an increasingly devil-may-care approach to his work. Anna, a civil servant at the Ministry of Defense, is coaxed into giving false evidence to Parliament to conceal an error in the program to renew the country's nuclear weapons system. Meanwhile, a trip to the New York Stock Exchange reveals to Jennifer that deception is not limited to the domains of the heart.

With their secrets deepening in risk and intensity, the past and present intertwine, thrusting them toward a desperate moment that changes their lives forever. Immediate, exquisite and often humorous, Tomorrow In The Battle is a sensual yet terrifying exposure of contemporary mores.

Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Kieron Barry is the recipient of three Peggy Ramsay Foundation awards and a Norman Mailer Fellowship. He was also nominated for a London Evening Standard Theatre Award for his play Stockwell, which enjoyed two sell-out runs in London and was described by Time Out as 'gripping', The Daily Telegraph as 'superlative' as The Daily Express as 'one of the most important plays of the year.' His other plays include Mahler & Rachmaninov, Cumquats – developed with the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain – and A Bollocking From Tom Watson.

Stageworks/Hudson is pleased to welcome back actor Danielle Skraastad who was raised in Greene County, New York and has gone on to a distinguished acting career. She is an award winning actor (Barrymore, Ovation) who appeared on Broadway in Simon McBurney's production of All My Sons with John Lithgow, Diane Wiest and Katie Holmes. She originated the role of Laurie in Lisa Kron's In The Wake directed by Leigh Silverman (Chinglish, Well) at The Public Theatre. Also at the Public, she played Maeve in the NY premiere of Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexuals Guide To Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures directed by Michael Greif (of Rent fame). At Playwrights Horizons, she appeared in The Pain and the Itch written by Bruce Norris (Clyborne Park). Her film and television credits include several episodes of "Law and Order" and "Law and Order: SVU," "Mercy," "Fringe," "As the World Turns," "All My Children," "Unforgettable," "27 Dresses," "Michael Clayton" and "The Business of Story." Danielle has appeared at StageWorks/Hudson in Lebensraum, The Countess, Brutal Imagination and How I Learned to Drive.

Timothy Deenihan is known for his role in the long-running British C4 series "Brookside," which earned him a Best Actor nomination. Other film and television credits include "Hornblower," "Doctors," "Law & Order: CI," "Batman Begins," and "Zwartboek" (Black Book). UK stage credits include Absolution (TimeOut: London Critic's Choice), Anna Karenina, True West, and Betrayal. In the US he appeared in Susan and God (NY Times Pick-Of-The-Week), Scenes From An Execution, Doubt, The Seafarer, and Betrayal.

Celia Schaefer is a veteran of the New York stage, having performed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, LAByrinth and Chicago City Limits Improv. In February 2012, she reprised her roles in an Off-Broadway remounting of Chekhovek formerly performed with Walking the Dog in Hudson in 2009 under the title Virtue, Desire, Death and Foolishness. Celia's television work includes CBS Daytime's "As the World Turns" and NBC's "Conviction" opposite Eric Balfour. Recent film appearances include "Detachment" (starring Adrien Brody) and Robert McCaskill's "Heterosexuals."

Talk-backs with the cast, director and playwright will occur directly after the performances on August 23 and 30. For ticket information and purchase, call 518-822-9667, or visit www.stageworkshudson.org.

Stageworks' 2012 season is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Ernest O'Reaugh Fund and the Shubert Foundation.

FACT SHEET

Playwright, Cast and Director:

KIERON BARRY (Playwright) Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Kieron Barry is the recipient of three Peggy Ramsay Foundation awards and a Norman Mailer Fellowship. He was also nominated for a London Evening Standard Theatre Award for his play Stockwell, which enjoyed two sell-out runs in London and was described by Time Out as 'gripping', The Daily Telegraph as 'superlative' as The Daily Express as 'one of the most important plays of the year.' His other plays include Mahler & Rachmaninov, Cumquats – developed with the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain – and A Bollocking From Tom Watson.

TIMOTHY DEENIHAN (Simon) is known his role in the long-running British C4 series "Brookside," which earned him a Best Actor nomination. Other film and television credits include "Hornblower," "Doctors," "Law & Order: CI," "Batman Begins," and "Zwartboek" (Black Book). UK stage credits include Absolution (TimeOut: London Critic's Choice), Anna Karenina, True West, and Betrayal. In the US: Susan and God (NY Times Pick-Of-The-Week), Scenes From An Execution, Doubt, The Seafarer, and Betrayal. Tim has been commissioned to write for the BBC's hour-long flagship hospital drama, "Holby City," in addition to original work in development with Tiger Aspect.

CELIA SCHAEFER (Anna) is a veteran of the New York stage, having performed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, LAByrinth and Chicago City Limits Improv. In February 2012, she reprised her roles in an Off-Broadway remounting of Chekhovek formerly performed with Walking the Dog in Hudson in 2009 under the title Virtue, Desire, Death and Foolishness. Celia's television work includes CBS Daytime's "As the World Turns" and NBC's "Conviction" opposite Eric Balfour. Recent film appearances include "Detachment" (starring Adrien Brody) and Robert McCaskill's "Heterosexuals." She is an alumna of The North Carolina School of the Arts.

DANIELLE SKRAASTAD (Jennifer) has appeared at StageWorks/Hudson in Lebensraum, The Countess, Brutal Imagination and How I Learned to Drive. Broadway: All My Sons. NY: The Intelligent Homosexuals Guide...(The Public), In The Wake (The Public); The Pain and the Itch (Playwrights Horizons); Lidless (Page 73); Anon (The Atlantic); Big Times (WET); Cressida Among the Greeks (The Ohio); Red Haired Thomas (The Ohio); Lascivious Something (Cherry Lane Theater Mentor Project); Fugue (Cherry Lane); Carrie (Theater Couture PS 122). Regional: Two River Theater Co, Actor's Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Hartford Stage, The Wilma Theater, Berkeley Rep, The Kirk Douglas Theater, The Lantern, Cap Rep Albany, ACT/Seattle, Portland Stage Co. TV: "Law and Order," "Law and Order: SVU," "Mercy," "Fringe," "As the World Turns," "All My Children," "Unforgettable." Film: "27 Dresses," "Michael Clayton" and "The Business of Story."

LAURA MARGOLIS (Director) is the founder and Artistic Director of Stageworks/Hudson. Her directing credits for Stageworks include: Tennis In Nablus (East Coast Premiere), Nowhere On The Border (World Premiere), Car Talk (World Premiere), Falling: A Wake (American premiere), A Wedding Story (American premiere), Dog Stories (World premiere) and many regional premieres such as Omnium Gatherum, Lebensraum, Gutenberg! The Musical!, Brutal Imagination and Wit. Highlighting her career are the plays she has directed for Stageworks' annual Play By Play Festival of New One-Acts. Regionally, she has directed at Capital Rep, Proctors, SUNY/Albany, among others. Laura has received the Certificate of Recognition from the Columbia County Board of Supervisors for providing original and creative opportunities to the community and the Columbia County Arts Award for Artist "for excellence in developing and fostering the arts in Columbia County." She currently serves on the NYSCA Theater Panel. Laura attended Brooklyn College's MFA in Arts Administration program and has taught as an adjunct professor of theater at SUNY/Albany.

Design Team:
The design team includes: Randall Parsons (Set Design), Jeffrey Lependorf (Sound Design), Deena Pewtherer, (Lighting Design), Moe Schell (Costume Design) and Phil Elman (Technical Director). The Stage Manager is Jennifer Schilansky.

About Stageworks/Hudson
Stageworks has established a reputation for its ambitious programming and adventurous productions. The company is especially known for producing the bold, risk-taking work of new dramatic voices. Central to its vision is Futures, an integrative program designed to move Stageworks to the forefront of new play development. Stageworks is both the experiment and the resource to infuse the whole life of the theater with a creative process that produces new ways of expressing, interpreting and sharing the human experience.

Stageworks is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Perform Columbia. It is the recipient of a Proctors Regional Arts Award inaugurated by Proctors Theatre in 2008 to honor the outstanding work of performing arts organizations. For four consecutive years, Stageworks was distinguished in Metroland Magazine as "Best Theater Company." Stageworks is recipient of the Crystal Apple Award from the Chamber of Commerce for providing a positive effect both culturally and economically on the quality of life in our community.

Plays are for everyone, whether written by students, established authors or emerging dramatists. Theater illuminates, expresses and interprets the human experience and profoundly serves as a global stage for social exchange and enrichment. Stageworks complements its main season with a series of programs to encourage and engage young people, traditional theatergoers and new audiences. Stageworks continues to actively take a leadership role in establishing the Hudson Valley as a cultural destination by exploring and expanding its reputation for developing new theatrical works, forms and programs.

Calendar of Events
Previews: August 15 and 16
Opening: Friday, August 17
Closing: Sunday, September 2

Performance Calendar
TOMORROW IN THE BATTLE at Stageworks/Hudson
Wednesday at 7:30 pm: August 15, August 22, August 29
Thursday at 7:30 pm: August 16, August 23, August 30
Friday at 8:00 pm: August 17, August 24, August 31
Saturday at 8:00 pm: August 18, August 25, September 1
Saturday Matinee at 2:00 pm: September 1
Sunday Matinee at 2:00 pm: August 19, August 26, September 2

Talk Back with the cast and directors post-performance: August 23 and August 30

Cast:
Timothy Deenihan, Celia Schaefer and Danielle Skraastad

Playwright:
Kieron Barry

Production Team
Laura Margolis, Director
Randall Parsons (Set Design), Jeffrey Lependorf (Sound Design), Deena Pewtherer (Lighting Design), Moe Schell (Costume Design), Phil Elman (Technical Director), Stage Manager is Jennifer Schilansky, Assistant Stage Manager/Understudy is Jessica Cermak.

Tickets
For tickets or information, contact Stageworks by mail at 41-A Cross Street, Hudson, NY 12534 or call the box office at (518) 822-9667. For further information, visit the website at www.stageworkshudson.org.

Single ticket prices are:
$18 for preview performances
$24 for Weekdays, Matinees and Sundays
$29 for Friday and Saturday evening performances.
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more and there are special rates for students and seniors.

Visit Stageworks' home page for more details at www.stageworkshudson.org.

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