Hudson Guild Theatre Company Presents: A Five Mile Radius
Scotti Rhodes Publicityscotti@scottirhodespublicity.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A FIVE MILE RADIUS Dramatically Captures Current Political/Social Divide Presented by Hudson Guild Theatre Company October 23rd thru 25th Hudson Guild Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Tasha Partee's A Five Mile Radius; a virtual production with performances on October 23rd, 24th and 25th. Jim Furlong and Devin Klos direct a twelve actor cast. The play will be imaginatively filmed using zoom technique. Set in a Staten Island apartment complex on the evening of July 4th, A Five Mile Radius revolves around Edie Pfeiffer, a local middle aged woman from a working class background who's developed a successful career as a food blogger. Edie's life is suddenly upended when a neighbor's seven year old son is shot. With his life hanging in the balance, she insists that her assistant use twitter to post a controversial picture of the boy, asking for prayers that he survive and to find the culprit who fired the gun. This sets off a flurry of comments, both supportive and hostile, while it is simultaneously revealed that Edie's deceased husband belonged to the NRA. All at once she is forced to come to terms with her past while preparing for the possibility of losing a coveted opportunity for her future. Using Staten Island as a prototype, A Five Mile Radius addresses the current divisive social and political landscape with issues of class, race, guns, and social media. Playwright Tasha Partee is multifaceted theater artist whose credits also include acting, dance, choreography, directing and teaching. Other playwright credits include Out There, In Here at Primary Stages, ESPA Detention #50, In a Vision, or in None at New York New Works Festival and Mrs. Schrodinger's Cat at Manhattan Repertory Theatre and the New York International Fringe Festival. As an actor she's portrayed Cora in The Iceman Cometh, Anna Karenina in Emma, Anna...Onward and Bonnie Wright in the world premiere of Frank D. Gilroy's Lake for Hudson Guild Theatre Company. A former NFL cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens, she has danced in New York productions of Romeo and Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty also for Hudson Guild Theatre Company and choreographed A Midsummer Night's Dream for Onomatopoeia Theatre Company. Last year she received The Inspiring Teacher Award from The Broadway League. She is a member of Dramatists Guild of America. Jim Furlong has staged revivals of La Boheme and Rigoletto at New York City Opera as well as having worked on the directing staffs of major opera houses around the country. Since 1994 he's served as Director of Arts for Hudson Guild where he's produced over 60 productions and 380 Dance and Music performances by guest companies, Some of his directing credits for Hudson Guild Theatre Company include Stage Door, The Cherry Orchard, The Three Sisters, Ghosts, and The Death of Bessie Smith along with his own adaptations of Dr. Jekyll/ Mr. Hyde, Hamlet and Don Quixote. Devin Klos is a writer, actor and director and co-founder of Beards Up Productions. He has screened and published work in film festivals around the country winning numerous awards. Recent films include Idol Worship now streaming on Amazon and BnB streaming in Reveel Films Online. He is a longtime collaborator and supporter of the Hudson Guild Theatre Company. A Five Mile Radius will be broadcast on Hudson Guild's You Tube Channel at:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0BZGvI9nx3OJWyYTDodAFA . The play will debut on Friday Oct. 23 at 7:30PM and run through 5pm on Sunday Oct. 25. ABOUT HUDSON GUILD Founded in 1895, Hudson Guild currently provides services to more than 14,000 people each year in six main programmatic areas: Adult Services, Early Childhood Education, Arts, Children and Youth Services, Mental Health Services and Community Building. Program participants come from a variety of cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. For more information visit www.hudsonguild.org and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. ABOUT HUDSON GUILD THEATRE COMPANY Hudson Guild Theatre Company was formed in 1994 to provide opportunities for people of all ages in the Guild’s community – especially those in economic need -- to explore the special joys of live theatre, both as active participants and new audience members. The Company has presented an intentionally eclectic range of over 65 productions during the past 25 years, including streamlined adaptations of works by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen, Euripides and Dickens, as well as contemporary plays by August Wilson, James Baldwin, Ntozake Shange and Tennessee Williams. Additionally it serves a community of more than 4000 low income residents of diverse cultural backgrounds and their youth in neighborhood schools. The Company is committed to theatre as a timeless art form which educates and bridges ages, ethnicities and religions -- stirring everyone to empathy, or laughter, and hope. Led by professional theatre artists, the Company includes local residents in many aspects of production. HGTC’s outreach programs empower children and youth to explore role options and positive life choices.