Kieron Barry World Premiere Gets Stageworks/Hudson Revival

Danielle Skraastad, Christopher Kelly and Olivia Gilliatt in 'Tomorrow in the Battle' (photo Rob Shannon)

Danielle Skraastad, Christopher Kelly and Olivia Gilliatt in ‘Tomorrow in the Battle’ (photo Rob Shannon)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “Tomorrow in the Battle” by English playwright Kieron Barry returns to Stageworks/Hudson – where it had its world premiere in August 2012 – running Wednesdays through Sundays, August 13- August 31, 2014.

Starring Danielle Skraastad, Christopher Kelly and Olivia Gilliatt, under the direction of Laura Margolis, “Tomorrow in the Battle” finds Simon, a heart surgeon, in a heated affair with Jennifer who is a successful 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.

“Stageworks is excited to revisit this beautiful play and share it with theater-goers who wanted to see it again or who missed it the first time around. We are honored to be the first theater to produce this profound new play.” comments Laura Margolis. “Kieron Barry is one of the most gifted writers in the American and British theater. Through his imagination comes a riveting mystery of obsession and betrayal.”

Olivia Gilliatt  and Christopher Kelly in 'Tomorrow in the Battle' (photo Rob Shannon)

Olivia Gilliatt and Christopher Kelly in ‘Tomorrow in the Battle’ (photo Rob Shannon)

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 at the Landor and Tricycle theaters and was described by the London Times as “more gripping than anything else to be seen in the London theatre.” His other plays include “Mahler & Rachmaninov,” “Cumquats” – developed with the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and “A Bollocking From Tom Watson.”

Danielle Skraastad who was raised in Greene County, N.Y., and has gone on to a distinguished acting career, originated the role of Jennifer in Stageworks’ world premiere of “Tomorrow in the Battle,” directed by Laura Margolis. She will now take on the role of Anna, a wife with an erotic imagination and high-pressured job, in the revival.

Christopher Kelly has performed in Tony Award-winning theaters across the United States for the past twelve years, including part of seven seasons with the Denver Center Theatre Company, where his credits include Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, the world premiere of Great Wall Story, the acclaimed world premiere of Grace and the Art of Climbing and the title roles in The Cripple of Inishmaan and the world premiere of Pierre (adapted by Jeffery Hatcher from the novel by Herman Melville.)

Olivia Gilliatt in 'Tomorrow in the Battle' (photo Rob Shannon)

Olivia Gilliatt in ‘Tomorrow in the Battle’ (photo Rob Shannon)

Olivia Gilliat is a recent graduate of NYU’s prestigious Graduate Acting Program. While there, she originated the roles of Lina in the world premiere of The Other Side by Sathya Sridharan, directed by Anne Troup (CSC’s Ivanov), and Alex in the world premiere of Girl on Girl by Lucas Hnath (The Christians, Death Tax, Red Speedo). Ms. Gilliatt has made her mark on the downtown NYC theater scene in such productions as The Tutor and Venus for the NYC Fringe Festival, and The Country Wife, directed by Bradford Cover (a Backstage Critic’s Pick). Regionally, she has performed all over the tri-state area, and has spent multiple seasons at the New London Barn Playhouse.

Talk-backs with the cast, director will occur directly after the performances on August 21 and 28. For ticket information and purchase, call 518-822-9667, or visit 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 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 the 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.

Production Calendar

Previews: August 13 and 14

Opening: Friday, August 15

Closing: Sunday, August 31

 

Performance Calendar

TOMORROW IN THE BATTLE at Stageworks/Hudson

Wednesday at 7:30 pm: August 13, August 20, August 27

Thursday at 7:30 pm: August 14, August 21, August 28

Friday at 8:00 pm: August 15, August 22, August 29

Saturday at 8:00 pm: August 16, August 23, August 30

Saturday Matinee at 2:00 pm: August 30

Sunday Matinee at 2:00 pm: August 17, August 24, August 31

 

Talk Back with the cast and director post-performance: August 21 and August 28

 

Cast:

Olivia Gilliatt, Christopher Kelly 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 Paul Carter, Assistant Stage Manager/Understudy is Michael Bradford.

 

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 Stageworks/Hudson.

 

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.

 

Stageworks’ Max and Lillian Katzman Theater, 41 Cross Street, Hudson, N.Y.

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