The Resident Acting Company, formed four years ago by the actors of the Pearl Theater Company, recently announced its fall lineup for 2022. They will present three Script In Hand performances at the historic Players Club in Gramercy Park in New York, followed by of a benefit event in January.
The Resident Acting Company is known for presenting classics as well as new plays that are somehow rooted in the classics lore. Each evening will feature a cash bar at 6 p.m. with a live pianist, followed by a performance at 7 p.m. The company says the purpose of this series is to raise enough money to mount a full production.
The RAC launched a GoFundMe campaign a few weeks ago and aims to raise $100,000 by March 1, 2023.
Things kick off with William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on September 19.
Art director Bradford Cover, who directs, says, “What could be more fun than this piece? We have beautiful poetry, magic potions, fairies, lovers and an amateur theater group rehearsing a play! I think it’s time to have fun.”
The second night on the program is a performance of Sonnets For An Old Century – Written and Directed by José Rivera on October 17. Rivera is known for being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Motorcycle Diaries in 2005, making him the first Puerto Rican writer nominated for an Academy Award. He co-created and produced “Eerie, Indiana” (NBC) and was a writer on “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” (Showtime). He wrote 16 episodes of the upcoming Netflix series based on One Hundred Years of Solitude. He was a Fulbright Arts Scholar and a recipient of the Rockefeller Fellowship. Rivera is also an accomplished playwright and will give a talk after the performance.
The final show in this series will be William Shakespeare’s Macbeth on November 21. Cover says, “I’ve been reading and working on this piece for many years, and I think it’s time for The RAC to put it back on its feet. The language contains so much power and elegance, while having the ability to startle you.” get up from your seat. Every time I hear the lines spoken, the hairs on my arms stand up a little.
The cast for these shows will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Resident Acting Company will top things off on January 23 with a special benefit evening at The Players Club. It’s called the RAC Poetry Smack Down Party and will celebrate poetry and language. There will be shows, a live band, a raffle and other activities. More details to come. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Although The Players is a private club, it will be open to ticket purchasers for all of these events. The club was founded by Edwin Booth, with the help of Mark Twain and others, in 1888 as a gathering place for actors and art lovers.