Thursday, 3 August 2017

Three Tales of Dramaturgy: Brian Long @ Edfringe 2017

Richard Jordan Productions, Brian Long Productions and Assembly Festival present


by Craig Lucas
with Richard Kline and Pamela Shaw.

Directed by Hunter Bird

at Assembly, Edinburgh
3 - 26 August at 15.50 (16.55) (not 6, 9, 15, 22 August)

In the world premiere of Pulitzer/Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas's (Prelude to a KissAn American in ParisAmelie) zany and touching new play, THREE TALES OF LIFE AND DEATH, three stories collide in a world of voyeuristic theatre critics, bartenders with too much spirit and mysterious strangers looking for love in the afternoon.

Three Tales of Life and Death by Craig Lucas - written by producer Brian Long

What was the inspiration for this performance? - Three Tales of Life and Death by Craig Lucas came about as a result of both an actress and a playwright that I produced at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York. Rattlestick produced Ode to Joy by Craig Lucas in 2013 and Pamela Shaw was cast in three Rattlestick shows over a 3 year period from 2013-2015. Pamela was very interested in performing several of Craig’s one act plays and Craig was eager for us to produce them. We have added the talents of Richard Kline, from the American Sitcom Three’s Company, to the cast and we are off and running.

Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas? YES!!!!
How did you become interested in making performance? As an avid fan of theater, I became interested in producing theater at a not for profit level in the off-Broadway scene in New York. This is my 11th year of producing.

Is there any particular approach to the making of the show? Try to keep the production as simple as possible and let the playwright’s words and the actors carry the performance.

Does the show fit with your usual productions? The show is a little more scaled down from a design perspective and the running time is shorter than my usual productions, but that is what is necessary to effectively executive a production at the Fringe.

What do you hope that the audience will experience? I hope that audiences will be entertained and inspired by Craig’s beautiful and intriguing stories and the top notch acting delivered by Richard Kline and Pamela Shaw.

In Phase 1, Love and Life, critics provide live commentary as the a couple make extra-marital love for the first time and the son of an overly anxious woman reflects on his mother and her tendencies to worry....,
In Phase 2, Death, as a bar tender is closing up for the night, a mysterious stranger walks in...

In Phase 3, Afterlife, in two separate scenes, two spirits encounter each other in Limbo and grapple with their former lives and what comes next.
Making their Edinburgh Fringe debuts, US comedy legends Richard Kline (of the US sitcom Three's Company) and Pamela Shaw (Swingers), perform these three one-act plays directed by Manhattan Theater Club's Associate Director Hunter Bird.


Venue:                        Assembly (Front Room), 54 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR
Dates and Times:      3 - 26 August at 15.50 (not 6, 9, 15, 22 August)
Running Time:          65 mins
Tickets:                      £6 on 3 & 4 Aug
                                    £11 (£10) on 5, 6, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24 Aug
                                    £12 (£11) on 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 Aug
Box Office:                0131 220 4348

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