FBC & The Drilling Company Theatrical Productions
present

Education

by Brian Dykstra
directed by Margarett Perry

March 9th through April 8th 2018
at 59E59 Theaters

 


Education is a thought-provoking new play about two young people who fight for their right to express themselves in a society hostile to any change in the status quo.

Set in Ohio, the play begins with a high school senior’s attempt to burn a flag for a school art fair and becomes a story about squelching speech and the obstacles we set in the way of young people who might have the talent to become artists.

../Library/Containers/com.apple.mail/Data/Library/Mail%20Downloads/2846884E-CE73-4531-B85B-5A984C97BA90/FreeSpeech.png Ultimately, it’s a play about the birth of an artist and asks what it means to be an artist. An activist? It also addresses the nature of truth and how we can make compromisesthat destroy our principals and our society. The play feels extremely timely as it addresses some of the issues that we fear may be hatching in our democracy, and indeed, have already existed but that may be more fully fed and watered.

The characters in Education live on both sides of the aisle. And although Education is coming from the left, politically, it does provide some insight into the wishes, fears, and needs of characters that we might imagine consistently vote Republican.

 

Development History:

7A118110-FB89-4B0A-9989-38FAF830D28A@earthlink.net.jpgEDUCATION began as a one-act play called Mick Just Shrugs commissioned by The Drilling Company for an evening called HONOR.

It was just the first scene--A kid who sets up an art project to burn an American Flag gets into trouble and is sent to the principal’s office. It was published by The New York Theatre Experience in: Plays and Playwrights 2005.

Brian then developed the idea into a full-length and has developed the play at The Lark Play Development Center. It has received public readings at The Actor’s Studio, NJ Rep and PolitiKos, a political theatre festival in NYC.

 

:166659_1815295508752_1431027205_2001000_3395922_n.jpgBrian Dykstra (playwright) is an actor, playwright and HBO Def Poet. His play CLEAN ALTERNATIVES received its world premiere Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters and went on to win the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It has also seen productions at the Kitchen Theatre and Yellow Taxi Productions (winning the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Original Production).  After producing his play CLEAN ALTERNATIVES, Brian has become a regular at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, seeing productions of his plays THE TWO OF YOU, STRANGERHORSE, THE JESUS FACTOR, A PLAY ON WORDS, his holiday solo show, HO! and most recently, BRIAN DYKSTRA SELLING OUT.  HIDING BEHIND COMETS received its world premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park during its 2004 Tony Award Winning Season and was awarded the National Theatre Conference Playwright Award. It received an extended run Off Broadway at 29th Street Rep and has had productions at World Premiere Theatre (Eureka, CA), Birmingham Theatre (Alabama), Zeitgeist Theatre (Boston) and Nicu's Spoon (NYC). FORSAKING ALL OTHERS received a sold-out extended run in London at Pentameters Theater and has also been produced at the Powerhouse Theatre in Los Angeles (Dramalogue Critics Pick) and Access Theater in NY. A PLAY ON WORDS was produced at 59E59 Theater’s America’s Off Broadway Festival. SILENCE was commissioned and produced by Holy Cross College and has had productions at Stella Adler and At Hand Theatre (NY).  SPILL THE WINE was produced by GayFest NYC and HO! received its NY premiere at The Drilling Company. His plays have also been produced at the Harold Clurman, the West Bank, the Know Theatre, Carnegie Mellon New Play Project, among others. A collection of Brian’s short plays, THAT DAMN DYKSTRA: THE BOXED SET was produced by Access Theater.  Brian’s solo show THE JESUS FACTOR is out on DVD and received a 3-month Off-Broadway run at The Barrow Street Theatre. His first solo show, CORNERED & ALONE, received an extended Off-Broadway run and was hailed by critics, but landed him on several watch-lists including the NRA and Rush Limbaugh. Currently he’s also working on a new play called Education, and an adaption for opera of something by Moliere. His is Core Artist at The Lark Play Development Center where he develops all of his work. As an actor Brian recently played LBJ in ALL THE WAY at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Other recent credits include Johnny “Rooster” Byron in Jerusalem at San Francisco Playhouse, Leonard in SEMINAR at The Kitchen Theatre and Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet at The Folger, Mark Rothko in RED at St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse and B Street Theater and Brian O’Regan in LUCKY GUY on Broadway with Tom Hanks directed by George C. Wollfe. Other favorite credits include Walter in The Price (B Street Theatre), Mike in GOOD PEOPLE (Dorset Theatre Festival), Gus in CALL ME WALDO (Working Theatre), Elyot Chase in PRIVATE LIVES (Kitchen Theatre), Trigorin in THE SEAGULL (American Repertory Theatre), Oscar in LITTLE FOXES (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Claudius in HAMLET (Northern Stage), American Absurdum (Menier Chocolate Factory, London), Heisenberg in Copenhagen (Arizona Theatre Company), Eddie Carbone in A View From The Bridge (Theatre Fest), Gabe in Dinner with Friends (Philadelphia Theatre Company) and Sir Toby in Twelfth Night (Pittsburgh Public Theatre). Notable TV & film credits include: HBO’s “Def Poetry “The Affair”, “Third Watch”, “Law & Order”  “Chappelle’s Show”, Spectropia, Freedomland, Knight & Day and the soon to be released Poor Behavior (written & directed by Theresa Rebeck).He was awarded The Vault's It's the End of the World As We Know It Award for exceptional cutting edge artists who consistently take risks with their art. www.briandykstra.net

Margarett Perry (Director) is an award-winning director of new plays and is a frequent collaborator with Brian Dykstra having directed over a dozen world premieres of his work. She directed the critically acclaimed production of his play, CLEAN ALTERNATIVES, at 59E59 Theaters that went on to win the Fringe First Award in Edinburgh.  Other collaborations with Dykstra include A PLAY ON WORDS (59E59 Theatres & Kitchen Theatre), THE TWO OF YOU (Kitchen), STRANGERHORSE (Kitchen Theatre, Access Theatre, Carnegie Mellon Summer New Play Project), Spill The Wine (TBG Theatre, GayFest NYC), Forsaking All Others (Access Theater), Slience (College of the Holy Cross/Commission) and his 3 solo shows Cornered & Alone (The Triad), The Jesus Factor (Barrow Street Theatre, Kitchen Theatre, Comix, Whitefire, among others)  and his latest SELLING OUT which was named one of the Top Ten Los Angeles Theatre Productions by the Huffington Post (Barrow Street, Whitefire & Kitchen). Most Recently she directed the critically acclaimed world premiere of Seared by Theresa Rebeck at San Francisco Playhouse and Shrek The Musical at Connecticut Rep. Recent Off-Broadway premieres include HALF MOON BAY by John Jiler (Nylon Fusion/New Ohio Theatre), CALL ME WALDO by Rob Ackerman (The Working Theatre), FIRST PRIZE by Israela Margalit (Arclight), MOTHER TONGUE by FJ Hartland (Abingdon) and EVERY DAY A VISITOR by Richard Abrons (Clurman). Margarett is the Resident Director at The Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY having directed more than 15 productions including Seminar, Cock, The Motherfucker with the Hat, Call Me WaldoPrivate Lives, Old Times, Mrs. Mannerly, A Marriage Minuet and several Dykstra premieres. Perry is a regular at the Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, Ohio where she has directed HAIL MARY, ONE SLIGHT HITCH, Other Desert Cities, God of Carnage, Painting ChurchesThe Retreat From Moscow and the world premiere of Michael Slade’s Under A Red Moon. Her HRTC productions have won DayTony Awards for Best Overall Production and Best Ensemble, among others. Perry was the Producing Artistic Director of Access Theater in NYC for six years where she directed and produced numerous plays and world premieres.  She is an Artistic Fellow at The Lark Play Development Center where she has worked with a variety of writers developing their work. www.margarettperry.com

Bruce Faulk is a native of Chelsea, New York. Since graduating the original High School of Performing Arts and Carnegie Mellon, he has been an actor, director, writer and producer. Through FBC, which he founded with partner Caroline Ceniza-Levine, they produced multiple award winning films and theatre including: Wally and the Chosen Few, Best Ensemble Cast-Downtown NY Short Film Festival, Tai Tai-Accepted Cannes Film Festival, Memorable Minorites—Critical Selection, Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival and Scenes from a Newark Boogie – Ice Factory Festival, Ohio Theatre NYC.
FBC is a Theater & Film production company dedicated to bringing diverse, multicultural perspectives to light.  FBC is a joint venture between award-winning actor/writer/director Bruce Faulk and serial entrepreneur, Caroline Ceniza-Levine. http://fbcfilms.com/


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TDC was established in 1999 to nurture, develop, and produce American playwrights with a socially conscious voice. Early projects were Short Play Projects around common themes chosen for their social relevance: THEFT, HONOR, REVENGE, FREEDOM, FAITH, SERVICE, and DEBT were among the 22 projects produced and  curated  by TDC. Early writers included Will Eno, Brian Dykstra, P. Seth Bauer, Trish Harnetiaux, Andrea Moon, Stephen Bittrich, Edward Manning (MacDonald), Vern Theissen, Kate McCamy and C.Denby Swanson, among  many others. TDC plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Applause and the New York Theatre Experience. TDC short plays have received numerous awards and been developed into numerous full length works. Notably, Brian Dykstra’s Clean AlternativesEducation, Employee of the Month, Vincent Delaney’s Kuwait, Will Eno’s Thom Pain (based on nothing), P.Seth Bauer’s  Over the Line  and  The Karma Cookie, Stephen Bittrich’s Home of the Great Pecan and Edward Manning’s Mutant Sex Party.  TDC World premieres of full length plays were added in 2002. In 2008 the company assumed management of the former 78th Street Theatre Lab- renamed The Drilling Company Theatre for New Plays - where the company produced work until it’s untimely closing in 2015.

In 2013, In 2013, TDC’s world premiere production of The Norwegians was cited as one of the best surprises of the 2013 Off-Broadway season by the NY Times. The Norwegians continued for 168 performances until the end of April 2014. The publication of the play Dramatists Play Service has resulted over 25 productions   nationwide. In 2006, after co-producing   for 5 years, the company was invited to take stewardship of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. The company recognized free Shakespeare in a parking lot on the Lower East Side was naturally attracting the audience of racial and socio-economic diversity they had sought to develop in earlier projects.  In 2015 the company began work with The Clemente Center as Shakespeare in the Parking Lot moved to the parking lot space at the Clemente while uptown the company inaugurated Shakespeare in Bryant Park. The company welcomed a total of 35,000 guests to their FREE Shakespeare programs in 2015 and 2016 and have been recognized as the second largest producer of free Shakespeare in New York City.

Hamilton Clancy (producer) current/founding Artistic Director of The Drilling Company Theatrical Productions home of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot and Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare, where Mr. Clancy serves as artistic director of Shakespeare programming. With TDC Mr. Clancy has commissioned and developed over 350 new short plays, producing 21 projects since 1999 celebrating playwrights of social conscience. Brian Dykstra, P Seth Bauer, Eric Henry Sanders, C. Denby Swanson, Trish Harnetiaux, Will Eno, and Vern Theissen are a few of the outstanding writers Mr. Clancy has commissioned, produced and directed. From 2008-14 produced and managed The Drilling Company Theatre for New Plays. NY/World Premiere Directing credits include: OVER THE LINE (P. Seth Bauer), Ed MacDonald MUTANT SEX PARTY (Ed MacDonald), RESERVOIR (Eric Henry Sanders), EL VIAJE DE BEATRICE (Andrea Moon), BIRD BRAIN (Vern Theissen) and WILD CHILDREN (Vincent Pastore) (Sopranos). Mr. Clancy produced and starred in the world premiere, 2013 NY Times Critic’s Pick, The Norwegians, which enjoyed a 168-performance run Off Broadway.  Producer and director of The Drilling Company’s FREE Shakespeare in the Parking Lot and institution for over 20 years in Lower ManhattanDirecting  credits  include HAMLET, RICHARD  III , AS YOU LIKE, CORIOLANUS, CYMBELINE, TWELFTH NIGHT, MEASURE FOR MEASURE  ,TWO  GENTLEMEN OF  VERONA and  MUCH ADO  ABOUT  NOTHINGFeature  film and  television  credits include Spielberg’s  WIZARD  OF  LIES (2017), MINDHUNTER (2017), BILLIONS ,BRIDGE OF  SPIES , THE BETTER  ANGELS, Coen Brothers’ BURN AFTER  READING, AMERICAN GANGSTER,   and EXTREMELY  LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE Hamilton can be seen  as  Kowalski in ORANGE IS THE NEW  BLACK on Netflix. His television credits include GOTHAM, ALPHA HOUSE, THE LEFTOVERS, CROSSBONES, LAW AND ORDER CRIMINAL INTENT, THIRD WATCH, LIFE ON MARS, THE UNUSUALS, DAYS OF OUR LIVES  and  ALL MY  CHILDREN. Off -Broadway:  THE RETRIBUTIONISTS (Playwrights Horizons), DOG LOGIC w/Lois Smith (The  American Place Theatre) C. Denby  Swanson’s  THE  NORWEGIANS (The Drilling Company Theatre) , ATOMIC FARMGIRL (The Drilling Company).He  has directed as  well as  played  several roles  including Hamlet, Iago,  Henry the  Fifth and Benedick .Last  seen: Jacques in AS YOU LIKE  IT for BPS.