The vivid and breathtaking Threesome began life at the PCS JAW festival two years ago. It is alternately a secular, gender, geo-political Arab-themed play, and personal relationships are deeply intertwined into the story. Laugh-out-loud funny, shocking and physical. A true triple threat now goes on the road to New York City!
49E59 Theaters offer three different spaces. It’s an amazing space in Manhattan’s Eastside. The Theater offers music on Thursdays, before and after shows. E-Bar is open pre-show. Expect to see works from emerging and established non-profit theaters offering challenging and innovative plays to a New York audience.
Portland Center Stage’s world premiere production of Yussef El Guindi’s Threesome will open in New York in its Off-Broadway premiere at 59E59 Theaters on July 22 with performances through August 23. Directed by PCS Artistic Director Chris Coleman, Threesome was selected to kick off 59E59 Theater’s 5A Season, as the first of five new plays presented from celebrated theater makers across the United States. Threesome is a co-production with ACT-Seattle that opened in PCS’s Ellyn Bye Studio in January 2015 and ran in Seattle in June 2015. Celebrated playwright Yussef El Guindi originally developed the script at PCS’s JAW: A Playwrights Festival in 2013.
“After seeing audiences in both Portland and Seattle respond so vividly to Threesome, I’m eager to experience this play again with New York theatergoers,” said PCS Artistic Director Chris Coleman. “Our journey with Threesome now spans two years, from the workshop at our new works festival, JAW, to full production runs in what will now be three cities. It’s what you dream of when you produce a world premiere from an exciting writer like Yussef.”
Chris and I spoke recently as he was setting the show onto a different kind of stage and getting ready for previews. Review is out July 23 from The New York Times.
JAW IN PORTLAND
Threesome was originally developed at PCS’s annual JAW festival and just closed performances at ACT-Seattle to much acclaim (with a new cast member, Karan Oberoi, in the role of Rashid). The production will open in New York the same week that JAW takes over the Armory in Portland with a new batch of fresh scripts in development. JAW public readings are FREE and open to the public July 23-25.
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