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Musical Theatre Director Ben Randle will direct Hello Again

Hello Again

Book, music, and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa

Directed by Ben Randle

Cast: Lana Gordon*, Angel Reda*, Matthew Christian*, Pablo Torres*

Michael John LaChiusa’s acclaimed musical retelling of Schnitzler’s La Ronde -- in which a circle of intimate encounters weave together across time and space, spanning a century of human experience -- receives a groundbreaking new revival in the hands of director Ben Randle. Just four actors tackle twenty characters in ten decades, exploring new possibilities in the intersections of gender, class, race, sexuality, and history. As the connections multiply and fracture before our eyes, Hello Again maps the chasm between power and intimacy, set to one of the most captivating scores of the modern era.

Ben Randle recently relocated to NYC, after 15 years working in San Francisco, including four seasons as Artistic Associate at New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC). World Premieres include Plover (2018 Samuel French OOB Play Festival); Salome, Dance for Me, Sagittarius Ponderosa by MJ Kaufman; warplay and Into the Clear Blue Sky by JC Lee. Regional premieres include Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet and The Submission by Jeff Talbott; other credits include Sweeney Todd (Ray of Light Theatre) and Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Douglas Morrison Theatre). Ben has worked at Cal Shakes, Aurora Theatre, ZSpace, and West Edge Opera, among others. BA: San Francisco State University. Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow 2017-2018. Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab. 

Hello Again and the Leo Shull Musical Directing Fellowship are supported, in part, with funds from The Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts.


Fri, January 10, 2020 - 7:00 pm

Sat, January 11, 2020 - 2:00 pm*, 7:30 pm

Sun, January 12, 2020 - 2:00 pm

The New Ohio Theatre - 154 Christopher St

$45 Premium Seating  + Meet & Greet  

$25 Regular Admission

$20 Drama League/SDC/AEA/DG Members

*Free Director Conversation following this performance, included with ticket

International Theatre Director Christian Bakalov will direct a play he created, called Pure


Created and Directed by Christian Bakalov

Lead Performers Include: Maria Alvarez, Demir Berisha, Valentina Panova, Tatyana Petrova, Mario Tomchev, Catherine Porter

How does physical sensation transform the way we experience our lives? Enter the jaw-dropping world of Pure, an immersive performance that considers the influence of imagination on our perception of reality. Guided through a walking experience across the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, oscillating between visual art, sound, touch, and performance, audience members will experience a surprising feast for the senses. After rapturous success during its recent European tour, Pure makes its North American debut at DirectorFest, welcoming American collaborators for the first time.

After studying at the Sofia Opera, Christian Bakalov began his career in France, as part of the Young Ballet of France and CCNN of Nantes. Since 2009, he has lived and worked in Brussels, as part of the performance collective Volksroom. As a performer, he has collaborated with Robert Wilson, Jérôme Bel, Ivo Dimchev, Jan Fabre, Miet Warlop, and Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek. In 2014, he began developing and directing BRIGHT, in which the audience plays the main role. Blurring the boundaries between performative action and installation, Bakalov employs a series of immersive methods in his work to introduce the audience to a parallel universe of his own design. The trilogy Eternia, inspired by Spinoza's concept of eternity, has been produced and supported by ArtEast Foundation and Workspacebrussels. The second part of Eternia is Pure, which makes its debut in North America at DirectorFest. It has previously been seen in Belgrade, Brussels, Paris, Sofia, and will soon debut in Santiago, Chile. 

*Please be advised that all patrons will need to check in their belongings prior to entering the performance. This show requires its audience to walk throughout the immersive promenade. There will be moments when the audience is asked to sit or lay. All patrons are required to wear headphones (that will be provided) during the performance. All patrons are required to wear restrictive vision goggles (which will be provided and which fit over eyeglasses) during a portion of the performance. All patrons will be asked to sign a consent to light touch form before entering the performance (for example one’s shoulders, hands, and legs).

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Pure is supported in part through the generous support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and in partnership with the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) and Art Office.


Performances are for two individuals at a time, every 10 minutes:

Wed, January 15, 2020 - 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thu, January 16, 2020 - 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

31-10 Thomson St, Long Island City

$25 Regular Admission 

$20 Drama League/SDC/AEA/DG Members

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Directors Chika Ike and Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly will direct a double bill of plays


The Sporting Life of Icarus Jones      The Drowning Girls

By Marcus Gardley                                  By Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson, and Daniela Vlaskalic

Directed by Chika Ike                            Directed by Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly

Cast: Martin Fisher, Eric Lockley*,      Cast: Rachel Claire*, Lisa Helmi Johanson*, Jessie Datino*

          Cherrye J. Davis*

This evening of short plays probing the complexity of relationships begin with director Chika Ike’s staging of The Sporting Life of Icarus Jones by Marcus Gardley, whose work - including The House That Will Not Stand (NYTW) and On The Levee (LCT) has made him “the heir to Garcia Lorca, Pirandello, and Tennessee Williams” (New Yorker). The Drowning Girls by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic, directed by Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly, weaves fact and fantasy through London’s infamous “Brides in the Bath” murder case, where the killer’s victims - his three newlywed wives - finally get a chance to tell their side of the story.

Chika Ike is originally from Chicago, transitioning to New York. Recent productions include Kentucky, A Swell in the Ground, Franklinland, In the Blood, No Child, and Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea, as well as assisting Rachel Chavkin on the world premiere of Dave Malloy’s Moby Dick at A.R.T. She has worked with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Playmakers Rep, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, About Face, Chicago Inclusion Initiative, and Chicago Dramatists. Drama League New York Fellow, former SDCF Gielgud Directing Fellow, Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow, and member of Victory Garden’s Directors Initiative. She is an ensemble member of the Gift Theatre, where she serves as the director of the 4802 New Play Residency.

Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly is originally from Vermont and Brooklyn-based. In her Drama League Fellowship, she assisted Laura Kepley at the Cleveland Play House, and will be assisting Mike Donahue at Baltimore Center Stage. Her work has been seen at BAM (Fisher), The Public Theater, PS122, BRIC House, and The Bushwick Starr. Upcoming: Radium Girls at Skidmore College, where she’s also directed Who Will Carry the Word and Let the Right One In. She was a directing observer on Hadestown with Rachel Chavkin. Three-time Leadership U(niversity) Serving the Field grant recipient with TCG and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Training:

Williamstown Theatre Festival, SITI Company, SDCF Observership Class, and Skidmore College. Member, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. 

The Sporting Life of Icarus Jones and The Drowning Girls play as a double bill for each performance.


Fri, January 24, 2020 - 7:30 pm

Sat, January 25, 2020 - 2:00pm* & 7:30 pm


The New Ohio Theatre - 154 Christopher St

$45 Premium Seating  + Meet & Greet  

$25 Regular Admission 

$20 Drama League/SDC/AEA/DG Members

*Free Director Conversation following this performance, included with ticket 

Lindsey Hope Pearlman & NJ Agwuna direct a double bill of plays by Tina Howe & Harold Pinter

The Lover & Appearances

The Lover                                                                 Appearances

By Harold Pinter                                                      By Tina Howe

Directed by NJ Agwuna                                         Directed by Lindsey Hope Pearlman

Cast: Maribel Martinez*, Greg Brostrom*,        Cast: LaVon Fisher-Wilson*, Kerry Ipema

          Charlie Spillers*

Nothing is as it seems in this double-bill evening! The Lover, Harold Pinter’s playful and provocative exploration of modern marriage, is directed by NJ Agwuna, twisting the boundaries of temptation, fidelity, and judgement. Lindsey Hope Pearlman stages Tina Howe’s Appearances, a comic meditation on women and self-image in which the search for the perfect dress is eternal...and sometimes, a job for two! As a customer and a sales clerk form an uneasy alliance, they share their hopes, dreams, and a secret plan for a very important occasion.

NJ Agwuna is a theatre and film director. She has worked on a national and international scale exploring classic text, developing new plays, devising, and investigating new ways to explore trauma and mental illness through theatre. Some of NJ's credits include immersive work with Third Rail Projects and Punchdrunk, Harold Pinter's One for the Road as part of the Segal Center's Re-Reading Oppression, Till: A Musical (2019 NYMF Award, Outstanding Direction), Julius Caesar, Theatreworks USA's Freedom Train National Tour, Endangered: the ECO Musical (AD), and What She Found (won Best Drama at FRIGID). She is currently a teaching artist with Tectonic. Directing MFA: Columbia University. SDC Associate.

Lindsey Hope Pearlman is a Brooklyn-based director and writer. As part of her Drama League Fellowship, she served as Assistant Director for On That Day in Amsterdam at Primary Stages. Her directing work has been seen at The O’Neill Theatre Center, The Flea, Connelly Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Delaware Theatre Company, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, The Adobe Rose Theatre, Dixon Place, and Barn Arts Collective. Original plays include Lucy (EST/Sloan Commission) and Viv is for Vengeance (Honorable Mention, American Playwriting Foundation’s Relentless Award). Assistant Director: Bandstand on Broadway. SDC Associate Member and 2-time SDC Observer. Co-Artistic Director: Up & Down Theatre Company. Member, BREAD Arts Collective. London International School of Performing Arts Graduate (LISPA). BA: Hamilton College. Up next: MacGyver the Musical.

The Lover and Appearances play as a double bill for each performance.


Fri, January 31, 2020 - 7:30 pm

Sat, February 1, 2020 - 2:00pm* & 7:30 pm 


The New Ohio Theatre - 154 Christopher St

$45 Premium Seating  + Meet & Greet  

$25 Regular Admission 

$20 Drama League/SDC/AEA/DG Members

*Free Director Conversation following this performance, included with ticket 

Director Hannah Ryan will direct a new musical about the LGBTQ community in the 90s

Riot Song: The Concert

Book & Lyrics by Oscar Lopez 

Music & Lyrics by Matthew Dean Marsh

Directed by Hannah Ryan

Cast:  Sarah Dacey Charles, Deon'te Goodman, Robert Hager, L Morgan Lee, Barrie Lobo McLain, William Mulligan, Niya Norwood, Ronald Peet, Scott Robertson, Maya Sharpe, Tatiana Wechsler 

Musicians: Matthew Dean Marsh, Patrick Swoboda, Bernice "Boom Boom" Brooks, Bobbie Crow

Creative Team: Emma Wilk (Sound Design), Charlie Sutton (Choreography), Matthew Dean Marsh (Music Director), Kelly Martindale (Stage Manager), Jessica Levin (Assistant Director)

Directed by Hannah Ryan (Resident Director, Hamilton), Riot Song is a thrilling new docu-play with music, recounting the tragedies and triumphs of New York’s LGBTQ community through the voices of those who witnessed them first-hand. Riot Song blends hours of interviews with real-life figures from Greenwich Village’s queer movement, interwoven with thrilling new gospel and R&B-infused songs by Matthew Dean Marsh (We’re Only Alive for a Short Period of Time at the Public Theater) and award-winning journalist/playwright Oscar Lopez.

Hannah Ryan is a founding collaborator of Nettelworks: a creative collective. Director: Confidence and The Speech (Charlotte’s Off-Broadway), All Dressed Up (Redhouse Arts Center), Every Path (La Jolla Playhouse, Moxie Theatre), Still Life (Keller Gallery), The Guys (Davenport Theatre), Ascended (Zoetic Stage), New York Theatre Workshop Gala (Plaza Hotel), The Big Announcement (Drama League), Let’s Misbehave (Mr. Finn’s Cabaret), Cendrillon and Gianni Schicchi (Point Loma Opera), Twelfth Night, Midsummer, The Forced Marriage (Point Loma Playhouse). Broadway Resident Director: Hamilton, An American in Paris. Associate Director: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway), Circus in Winter (Goodspeed), The Golem of Havana (Barrington Stage Company, Miami New Drama). Assistant Director: Doctor Zhivago, 700 Sundays (HBO), Christopher Plummer’s A Word or Two (CTG), Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW), Sideways and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse). Member of SDC, Drama League Fellow, SDC Foundation Denham Fellow.


Tue, February 4, 2020 - 7:00 pm

Joe’s Pub - 425 Lafayette Street


$25 Regular Admission

*There is a 2 drink or $12 food minimum,   

  per person, at Joe’s Pub.


 DirectorFest 2020 portraits taken by Tom Kubik Photography. 

All above shows are Equity Approved Showcases.