THEATER FORTHE NEW CITY SETS
"PYRATES! THE COURTSHIP CHRONICLES"
A NEW MUSICAL BY AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT
BARBARA KAHN AND COMPOSER JAY KERR
Theater for the New City (TNC), not-for-profit, Pulitzer Prize-winning
center for new American plays, proudly announces the premiere of PYRATES! The CourtShip
Chronicles. Book and lyrics by Barbara Kahn; music and musical direction by Jay Kerr;
directed by Lisa Marjorie Barnes and Barbara Kahn. April 15 - May 9, Thursdays - Saturdays
at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $10 with group rates available. Post-performance party
on Sunday April 18 is $25, including ticket price. Theater for the New City. 155 First Ave
(at 10th St). Res/info: 212-254-1109. www.theaterforthenewcity.net.
Pyrates! The CourtShip Chronicles is based on the exploits of
real-life pirates Anne Bonny, Mary Read and Calico Jack Rackham in 1720 Jamaica. This tale
of love, lust and revenge among non-traditional people is told in the traditional American
musical art form. PYRATES! captures the diversity of the population of Jamaica, including
an escaped slave (Maroon), a Sephardic Jew, a multi-racial tavern owner, a colonial
bureaucrat and a gay male shopkeeper. With Andi Hogan, Nicola Barber, Sean Seibert, Uzo
Aduba, Andrew Fitzgerald Graham, Jesse Liebman, Tony Javed, Jonathan Ross, Iris Blasi,
Janet Huege, Keith Batza, Nate Rubin and Shay Ansari. Set design by Mark Marcante,
lighting design by Stewart Wagner, costumes by Carla Gant.
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) produces 30-40 premieres of new American
plays per year. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found
TNC's Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard,
Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piņero and
Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC produced the Yangtze Repertory
Company's 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, the only play by Gao Xingjian
produced in America before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC productions
have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence.
BARBARA KAHN's plays have been produced in the US, France and Germany.
She has directed in New York, Paris and at the National Theatre in London. TNC has been
the New York City home for her plays since 1994. Barbara was honored with the 1995 Torch
of Hope Award, following past recipients Terrence McNally, John Guare, August Wilson,
Horton Foote and A.R. Gurney. She received an unprecedented three consecutive production
grants from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation in support of gay-positive theater based
in history. www.barbara-kahn.com.
JAY KERR arranges music, works with songwriters on new projects,
instructs singers for stage, cabaret and recording (www.jaykerr.com), and writes songs and
incidental music for the theater. With Robert Duke, Jay was founder and facilitator of a
writers' workshop for the Princeton Triangle Club. His catalogue of cabaret songs written
with the late Arthur Kirson can be accessed through www.milliondreamsmusic.com. WAR BONDS,
written with Barbara Kahn, is available at www.originalcastrecords.com. His musical
adaptations (music and lyrics) for Theater for Young Audiences include ARTHUR! A BOY
BECOMES KING, PINOCCHIO, and LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: A FEMINIST ECOLOGICAL MUSICAL.