Vineyard Theatre updated schedule
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Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:54 pm EDT 10/14/20

Schedule change for
Vineyard Theatre's
Lessons In Survival
Directed by Tyler Thomas
A multigenerational group of
more than 40 theatre artists
Performed by The Commissary
Conceived by Marin Ireland, Peter Mark Kendall,
Tyler Thomas, Reggie D. White

With Kyle Beltran, Dan Butler,
Helen Cespedes, Adam Chanler-Berat,
Kalyne Coleman, Crystal Dickinson,
Brandon J. Dirden, Ricardy Fabre,
Yonatan Gebeyehu, Peter Gerety,
Marin Ireland, Bill Irwin,
Peter Mark Kendall, Nicole Lewis,
Sevrin Anne Mason, April Matthis,
Nana Mensah, Joe Morton,
Deirdre O'Connell,
Keith Randolph Smith,
Ryan Spahn, Chris Stack,
Myra Lucretia Taylor, TL Thompson,
Nicole Villamil, Victoria Villier
and Reggie D. White

Membership, all-access passes
and single tickets now on sale

Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern announce a schedule change for Lessons In Survival. To provide more time for single ticket buyers to view performances and to better connect Sunday Community Conversation events and performances, the schedule for the remaining three weeks of programming has been adjusted slightly.

The episodes originally scheduled to air on Wednesdays (Episode 4, Episode 6 and Episode 8) will be moved to the following Sundays at 8:30 pm: October 18 and 25, and November 1.

The remaining Episodes and Open Rehearsals will air on their original dates and All Access Passes can still be purchased to view all content on the Extended Viewing page through November 15. You can also revisit this past Sunday's Community Conversation here.

Fueled by the urgency of our present moment, The Commissary, a multigenerational collective of more than 40 theatre artists, have come together to reinvestigate the words of trailblazing artists and activists who survived and created in times of revolution in our country. Baldwin. Giovanni. Davis. Lorde. Hansberry. Rustin. Hamer. In Lessons In Survival, a cohort of actors channel historic conversations, interviews and speeches, listening to original broadcasts on an in-ear feed and speaking exactly what they hear. In bringing these words to new life in the present, they ask what these voices can teach us about our country now and the opportunity for true change that stands before us. How might they propel us to look courageously at the effects of systemic racism, to imagine ourselves outside of its prescriptions, and to create, together, a shared future of collective liberation

Conceived by Marin Ireland, Peter Mark Kendall, Tyler Thomas, Reggie D. White and directed by Thomas, Lessons In Survival will continue to develop throughout the season, with The Commissary as an artistic-collective-in-residence at The Vineyard, and will be shared with audiences at different stages over the coming months.

Lessons In Survival features video design and editing by Josiah Davis; music by Daniel Kluger; production design by You-Shin Chen; production coordinator Clarissa Marie Ligon; and performed by The Commissary, with Kyle Beltran, Adam Chanler-Berat, Dan Butler, Helen Cespedes, Kalyne Coleman, Crystal Dickinson, Brandon J. Dirden, Ricardy Fabre, Yonatan Gebeyehu, Peter Gerety, Marin Ireland, Bill Irwin, Peter Mark Kendall, Nicole Lewis, Sevrin Anne Mason, April Matthis, Nana Mensah, Joe Morton, Deirdre O'Connell, Keith Randolph Smith, Ryan Spahn, Chris Stack, Myra Lucretia Taylor, TL Thompson, Nicole Villamil, Victoria Villier and Reggie D. White.

Week 2
October 13 at 8:30 pm
EP 3: "When You Say Revolution... What Do You Mean"
Angela Davis/Tony Brown (1972); Angela Davis (2008); Georgia Gilmore (1979); Fannie Lou Hamer (1968)
Featuring: Nicole Lewis, Ricardy Fabre, Crystal Dickinson, Helen Cespedes

October 15 at 8:30 pm
Live Open Rehearsal: Bobby Seale (1968), Bobby Seale/Bob Costas (1992), Ericka Huggins/Angela Davis/JoNina Abron/Barbara Rogers (1989)
Featuring: April Matthis, Reggie D. White, Sevrin Anne Mason, Adam Chanler-Berat, Brandon J. Dirden, Kristolyn Lloyd, Clarissa Marie Ligon, Nicole Lewis

October 18 at 5:30 pm
Live Community Conversation
Tune into the Vineyard Theatre YouTube page!
Guests TBA

October 18 at 8:30 pm
EP 4: "The Old Leadership is Dead"
Bayard Rustin (1967)
Featuring: Kyle Beltran, Yonatan Gebeyehu, TL Thompson

Week 3
October 20 at 8:30 pm
EP 5: "Something is Beginning to Crack"
Maya Angelou/Mavis Nicholson (1987); James Baldwin/Mavis Nicholson (1987)
Featuring: Myra Lucretia Taylor, Marin Ireland, Joe Morton, Deirdre O'Connell

October 22 at 8:30 pm
Live Open Rehearsal: Miles Davis (1988), Muhammed Ali/Nikki Giovanni (1971), Joan Baez (1984), Pete Seeger (2006)
Featuring: TL Thompson, Jennifer Ikeda, Crystal Dickinson, Nicole Villamil, Peter Mark Kendall, Peter Gerety, and others

October 25 at 5:30 pm
Live Community Conversation
Tune into the Vineyard Theatre YouTube page!
Guests TBA

October 25 at 8:30 pm
EP 6: "This Country's My Problem and Your Problem"
Toni Morrison/Charlie Rose (1993); James Baldwin and R.H. Darden (1968)
Featuring: Dan Butler, Yonatan Gebeyehu, Nana Mensah, Ryan Spahn

Week 4
October 27 at 8:30 pm
EP 7: "Lie To Me"
James Baldwin/Nikki Giovanni (Parts 1 & 2 of 4)(1971)
Featuring: Kalyne Coleman, Crystal Dickinson, Reggie White

October 29 at 8:30 pm
Live Open Rehearsal: Lucille Clifton/Sonia Sanchez (2001), Sarah Keys Evans (2019), John Lewis (1963), Paul Robeson (1960)
Featuring: Keith Randolph Smith, others TBA

November 1 at 5:30 pm
Live Community Conversation
Tune into The Vineyard Theatre YouTube page!
Guest TBA

November 1 at 8:30 pm
EP 8: "To Teach is a Revolutionary Act"
James Baldwin/Nikki Giovanni (Part 3 & 4 of 4)(1971)
Featuring: Kyle Beltran, Nana Mensah, Kalyne Coleman, Joe Morton

Single tickets are based on the size of the viewing household and range from $9-$24. Viewing access for single ticket holders is now available for 42 hours beginning at the scheduled start date and time. All Access Passes are available for $60. All Access Passholders can watch all eight episodes and four open rehearsals on their own schedule through a private link available through November 15.

*Open Rehearsals are ticketed events that provide an inside look into The Commissary's process of rehearsing and creating Lessons In Survival. Each week, a group of actors and director Tyler Thomas will explore material not seen in other episodes, working on it and talking candidly about the content and the process.

**Community Conversations are free and open to the public and can be viewed on The Vineyard's YouTube and Facebook pages.

"The VT Show," a monthly online series featuring Vineyard artists will next air Tuesday, October 27 at 5:30 pm ET and November 24 at 5:30 pm ET with special guests to be announced.

"The VT Show" programming is free and open to the public, and can be accessed by visiting Vineyard's Theatre's YouTube page or Facebook page. Recordings of the live shows will also be available on both platforms for later viewing, as well as on The Vineyard's website, www.vineyardtheatre.org.

About Vineyard Theatre
Vineyard Theatre is an Off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to nurturing the voices of daring artists, and developing and producing work that pushes the boundaries of what theatre can be and do. One of the country's preeminent centers for the creation of new plays and musicals, our work seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to see ourselves and our world from different perspectives.

Notable premieres include David Cale's Harry Clarke (2018 Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel Awards); Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman's Indecent (two 2017 Tony Awards); two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, Paula Vogel's How I Learned To Drive and Edward Albee's Three Tall Women; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Gloria; Nicky Silver's The Lyons; Marx, Lopez and Whitty's Avenue Q (Tony Award, Best Musical); Kander, Ebb, and Thompson's The Scottsboro Boys; Bell and Bowen's [title of show]; Lanie Robertson's Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill; Polly Pen's Goblin Market; Tarell Alvin McCraney's Wig Out!; Jenny Schwartz' God's Ear; Will Eno's Middletown; Becky Mode's Fully Committed; Colman Domingo's Dot; Ngozi Anyanwu's Good Grief; Jeremy O. Harris'"Daddy" ; Mara Nelson-Greenberg's Do You Feel Anger; Tina Satter's Is This A Room, named "Best Theater of 2019" by The New York Times and New York Magazine and nominated for four Lortel Awards with Emily Davis winning for Outstanding Actress in a Play; and most recently Lucas Hnath's Dana H., a 2020 New York Times Critic's Pick which was nominated for three Lortel Awards, winning Outstanding Solo Show and Outstanding Sound Design.

The Vineyard's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and Susan Stroman Directing Award residencies recognize and provide resources to gifted early-career artists, and our education programs serve over 700 NYC public high school students annually, culminating in the Rebel Verses Youth Arts Festival in collaboration with Developing Artists. Works developed and premiered at our home in Union Square have gone on to be seen around the world, and The Vineyard is proud to be the recipient of special Drama Desk, Obie, and Lucille Lortel awards for artistic excellence.

The Vineyard's 2020-2021 Artists-in-Residence include The Commissary, Michael R. Jackson, Charly Evon Simpson, York Walker, Whitney White and more to be announced this fall.

Vineyard Theatre's leadership includes Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern and Managing Director Suzanne Appel.

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Lessons In Survival

Tyler Thomas (she/hers), director and co-conceiver, is a director and choreographer, currently based in NYC. Her work has most recently been shown at The New Ohio, Signature Theatre, The Flea, HERE Arts Center, NYMF, Paradise Factory, and NYU Tisch. As an associate and assistant, she has worked with directors such as Lear deBessonet, Taibi Magar, Whitney White, Young Jean Lee, Lee Sunday Evans, Niegel Smith and Jo Bonney, as well as with the Builders Association as Associate Dramaturg. Tyler is a former SDCF Observer, member of the Lincoln Center Directors' Lab, Visiting Artist at the Athens Conservatoire in Greece, Resident Director at The Flea, current 2050 NYTW Fellow and Foeller Fellow at Williamstown Theatre Festival. She holds a BFA in Drama and MA in Arts & Politics from the Tisch School of the Arts.

Marin Ireland (she/hers), co-conceiver. Theatre credits include Reasons to be Pretty, for which she won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Tony. Her other New York credits include The Big Knife and After Miss Julie (Broadway), Ironbound at Rattlestick, Kill Floor at Lincoln Center, Blasted and Marie Antoinette, both at Soho Rep, Three Sisters at Classic Stage, Cyclone at Studio Dante (Obie Award), and In The Wake at the Public Theatre. Some of her TV and film work includes the second season of the "Umbrella Academy," "Girls," "Homeland," "Masters of Sex," The Divide, "The Slap," "Sneaky Pete," Glass Chin (Independent Spirit nomination 2016), Sparrows Dance, The Family Fang, 28 Hotel Rooms, The Irishman , Hell or High Water and the Lifetime movie Flint, about the Flint water crisis, playing activist Melissa Mays. She co-founded the website hrforthearts.org with civil rights and liberties lawyer Norman Siegel, which aims to be a resource to help address harassment and bullying within the arts community.

Reggie D. White (he/him), co-conceiver. Broadway: The Inheritance (Drama Desk Award for Best Play). International: Flood In The Valley (China). Off-Broadway: Hundred Days, I & You, For The Last Time. Regional: The Luckiest (La Jolla Playhouse), The Bluest Eye (Arden Theatre), And She Would Stand Like This (The Movement Theatre Company), Frontieres Sans Frontieres (Bushwick Starr), The Last Tiger in Haiti (Berkeley Rep/La Jolla Playhouse), Party People (Berkeley Rep). Film & TV: "Gotham," "Blindspot," "The Parent 'Hood," Buzzer , Medias Res, Stranger In Blood. Training: Atlantic Theater School, Cal State Hayward. Reggie is a Company Member of The Williams Project - a living wage theatre company. Reggie is also a recipient of the TBA Titan Award and the TCG Fox Fellowship. www.reggiedwhite.net

Peter Mark Kendall (he/him), co-conceiver. Broadway: Six Degrees of Separation (Tony nomination for Best Revival), The Rose Tattoo (The Acting Company: with Patti LuPone & Bobby Cannavale). Off-Broadway: Blue Ridge (Atlantic), The Harvest (LCT3), Mercury Fur (The New Group), Joe's Pub (with Whitney White), Judson, Partial Comfort. Regional: Lake Lucille Chekhov, Bay Street, Baltimore Center Stage, Trinity Rep., Chautauqua, Gloucester Stage, Baltimore Shakespeare, Studio Theatre (DC), Rep Stage, Kennedy Center. Film: Entangled, Time Out of Mind, Louder Than Bombs, The Ticket (TriBeCa), The Rest of Us, Seven Lovers. Television: "Strange Angel," "Outpost" (series regular), "Girls," "The Americans," "Chicago Med," "Eye Candy" (recurring), "Awkwafina...from Queens," "The Good Fight," "Gotham," "Law and Order: SVU," "The Leftovers," "Blue Bloods," "Public Morals." Upcoming TV: "The President is Missing" on Showtime (recurring); Upcoming films: The Scottish Play, Top Gun: Maverick. Education: M.F.A., Brown/Trinity Rep. Peter is also a musician, and creates music with the band Hickory.
Link http://www.vineyardtheatre.org

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