The Vineyard Theatre has announced an extension of the world premiere of Jordan Harrison's The Amateurs. It will now run through Thursday, March 29.
The company also announced two additional postshow discussions and special-guest moderators. After the 8pm performance on Saturday, March 10, James Gleick, author and essayist about science and technology, will be joined by the production's director, Oliver Butler, for a discussion on the spread of disease and information throughout history. And after the 3pm performance on Saturday, March 17, Dr. Nicole R. Rice, English professor at St. John's University, will lead a discussion on medieval drama and modern performance.
In The Amateurs, an intrepid troupe of pageant players races across medieval Europe, struggling to outrun the Black Death. The arrival of a mysterious outsider sends Hollis, the leading lady, in search of answers that can only be found off-script...and soon the 14th-century plague begins to look like another, more recent one. The play examines the evolution of human creativity in a dark age: When does a crisis destroy us, and when does it open new frontiers?
The company includes Kyle Beltran, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Michael Cyril Creighton, Greg Keller, Jennifer Kim, and Thomas Jay Ryan. The show will feature scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Jen Schriever, and sound design by Bray Poor.
The Amateurs was originally commissioned by South Coast Repertory and received a staged reading as part of the Goodman Theatre's New Stages Festival.
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