Lincoln Center Theater presents an LCT3 Special Event of Mr. Joy, a 90-minute one-man show written and performed by Daniel Beaty and directed by Sheryl Kaller. The workshop production will be performed April 8, April 9, April 12-15, and April 17-21 at 7:00 pm at the Claire Tow Theater (150 West 65 Street).
At the start of the show, something has happened to Mr. Joy, a Chinese-American who has run a shoe-repair shop in Harlem for decades. Through Beaty's signature style of multi-character storytelling, Mr. Joy's customers and others discover the nature of the incident, and realize the impact he has had on their lives and their changing community.
Mr. Joy, a work in progress, has lighting by Michael Gilliam, original music and sound by Lindsay Jones and projections by Josh Lehrer.
LCT3 Special Events were introduced with the opening of the Claire Tow Theater in the summer of 2012 when Lincoln Center Theater invited Young Jean Lee's Theater Company to perform their Obie Award-winning piece We're Gonna Die. LCT3 will continue to welcome emerging theater companies, workshop productions in various stages of development, and other special event programming to the Claire Tow Theater.
This summer, in addition to its Special Events, LCT3, Lincoln Center Theater's programming initiative devoted to producing the work of new artists and developing new audiences, will produce the world premiere of A Kid Like Jake by Daniel Pearle, to be directed by Evan Cabnet, beginning Sunday, June 2 at the Claire Tow Theater (150 West 65 Street).
Tickets to Mr. Joy, priced at $20, are available at the Lincoln Center Theater box office, at telecharge.com or by visiting www.lct3.org.
Daniel Beaty (Playwright and Actor) is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and composer who has worked throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa performing on programs with artists such as Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Jill Scott, Sonia Sanchez, MC Lyte, Mos Def, Tracy Chapman, Deepak Chopra, Iyanla Vanzant and Phylicia Rashad. Off-Broadway: Mr. Joy (Riverside Theatre), Through the Night (Union Square Theater/Daryl Roth; AUDELCO Award, Ovation Award, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Emergence-See! (The Public Theater; Obie Award, AUDELCO Award). Regional: Emergency (Geffen Playhouse; two NAACP Theater Awards including Best Actor), Resurrection (Arena Stage/Hartford Stage/Philadelphia Theatre Company/ETA Theater; Edgerton Foundation Award). Upcoming: Breath & Imagination: The Story of Roland Hayes (Hartford Stage/Pittsburgh City Theater), The Tallest Tree in the Forest directed by Moises Kaufman, Far But Close (Dance Theater of Harlem). Education: BA with Honors in English & Music, Yale University; MFA in Acting, American Conservatory Theatre. He is a proud member of New Dramatists. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. Both his plays Emergency & Through the Night are published by Samuel French. His first children's book based on his poem Knock Knock is slated to be released by Little Brown Books in 2013. Follow Daniel at www.DanielBeaty.com and on Twitter at Twitter.com/DanielBBeaty.