Firehouse Spring Production! - 'All in the Timing by David Ives'

Arts and Entertainment

March 19, 2014

From: Firehouse Center For The Arts

5 One Act Plays - 5 Directors!

This collection of one act plays by David Ives are used often as single pieces on the high school and college level. When they are cast by adults and put together in an evening - it becomes GREAT theater!
A Sure Thing Director: Tim Diering

Words, Words, Words
Director: Glenda Donovan

Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread
Director: Suzanne Bryan

The Philadelphia
Director: David Houlden

Variations on the Death of Trotsky
Director: Stephan Haley

About David Ives:

David Ives is a contemporary American playwright is probably best known for his evenings of one-act comedies called All In The Timing and Time Flies. All In The Timing won the Outer Critics Circle Playwriting Award, ran for two years Off-Broadway, and in the 1995-96 season was the most performed play in the country after Shakespeare productions. His full-length plays include Venus In Fur, which recently enjoyed a vast critical and audience success Off-Broadway; New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza, which won the prestigious Hull-Warriner Award; Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain); Irving Berlin's White Christmas; Polish Joke; and Ancient History. A graduate of Yale School of Drama and a former Guggenheim Fellow in play writing, he lives in New York City. NewYorker magazine named him one of the "100 Smartest New Yorkers".

Synopsis of plays:

Sure Thing is a short comic play featuring a chance meeting of two characters, Betty and Bill, whose conversation is continually reset by the use of a ringing bell, starting over when one of them responds negatively to the other.
Words, Words, Words is about Kafka, Milton, and Swift, three intelligent chimpanzees who are put in a cage together under the experimenting eye of a never seen Dr. Rosenbaum, a scientist testing the hypothesis that three apes hitting keys at random on typewriters for an infinite amount of time will almost surely produce Hamlet.

Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread The language of drama takes an unconventional turn in Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread. Ives takes apart - deconstructs - a simple encounter, and recombines the fragments in innumerable repeated variations of voice, tempo, even melody. The words and phrases become abstract elements similar to the work of composer Philip Glass himself. Far from a precious homage, the play lovingly skewers the pretensions of avant-garde art.

The Philadelphia takes place in a coffee shop where the various inhabitants are stuck in different "cities" or states of mind. At a restaurant, a man is informed by a friend that his frustratingly unlucky day is the result of his ensnarement in an anomalous pocket of reality, called a "Philadelphia," in which he will only be fulfilled by asking for the opposites of what he wants.

Variations on the Death of Trotsky fictionalizes the death of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky through a number of distinct variations, though all from the same, historically accurate cause: a wound to the head by an ice ax-referred to in the play as a "mountain-climber's ax", for comic effect, to distinguish it from an icepick.

Date: March 21-22 and 28-29, 2014

Time: Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM

Location: Firehouse Center For The Arts