LCT3 to Hold Workshop for Daniel Beaty's MR. JOY, 4/9-21
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by BWW News Desk
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.
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.
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.
Sheryl Kaller (Director) was nominated for a 2010 Tony Award as best director for Geoffrey Nauffts' award-winning play, Next Fall. She has directed at many theaters including The New Group, Primary Stages, Williamstown Theatre Festival, A.C.T., New York Stage and Film, The Geffen, Philadelphia Theater Company, American Music Theater Project, the York, EST, Rubicon, National Theater of the Deaf and Naked Angels. She co-founded Two Island Productions (Artistic Director), a New York and Bermuda-based theater company devoted to developing and producing original plays, playwright retreats/workshops, screenplays, concerts and youth arts and education programs. She has directed and developed a plethora of new plays and musicals with writers including Christopher Durang, Geoffrey Nauffts, Daniel Beaty, ReGina Taylor, Dick Beebe, Nick Blaemire and Alan Menken.