Announcing Our New Works Project!

T. Schreiber Studio Presents the 2011 New Works ProjectnnnnMission Statement:nThe T. Schreiber Studio New Works Project is committed to supporting the development of new plays in a safe and nurturing environment-one that serves the playwright and enriches the T. Schreiber Studio community as a whole. The studio provides the playwright access to the expertise of experienced theatre professionals, sophisticated and well trained actors, and a supportive, interactive audience. In the New Works Project, T. Schreiber will develop new theatrical productions through a series of staged readings and collaborative refinement, culminating in a professional workshop production. The goal is to foster and elevate writers’ work to its fullest potential.nnThe winning play will receive two staged readings, in March and May, 2011, performed by T. Schreiber Studio actors. To further develop the play, audience feedback is solicited and the production staff of T. Schreiber will work directly with the playwright to refine the production.  The New Works project culminates in a workshop production of the winning play for a short run in late July.  There will be no cash prize provided for the selected play.  However, the developmental assistance provided for the selected playwright is invaluable.nnThe New Works Project is committed to script development and successful production of new works.  Winning playwrights are expected to participate fully in the development process: working directly with the director and T. Schreiber staff during staged readings; interacting with audiences post-readings; and participating in the workshop production.  While T. Schreiber cannot provide transportation or housing to playwrights submitting works from outside the NYC area, every effort will be made to help selected playwrights find local accommodations.nnGuidelines:n

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  • Submission deadline for the New Works Project is December 16th, 2010.
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  • Submission must be full-length in any genre.
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  • Plays may not have received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission.
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  • Playwrights with past production experience are especially encouraged to submit new work.
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  • Productions should be developed for the stage, not other media: e.g. screenplays or teleplays submitted as theatrical plays.
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  • One script per author.
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  • There is NO submission fee for the New Works Project.
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  • Plays should be between 90 minutes and 2 hours in length.
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  • Do not send more than the materials requested below. No incomplete submissions will be accepted. We do NOT return script or treatment submissions.
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  • Please NO PHONE OR EMAIL inquiries.n
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nSubmission is a two-phase process. nnPhase I: Submit a two page maximum treatment of the play including title, character breakdown (please include age range and gender), and brief story synopsis. Also include 5 pages of consecutive sample dialogue. Playwrights should also include a one page bio and resume including contact information. All abstracts and dialogue samples will be read. From these, selected manuscripts will be solicited for Phase II by January 1st.nnDue to the expected high volume of submissions, no materials will be returned to playwrights. Do not send a manuscript with or instead of the abstract. Unsolicited manuscripts will not be read. Paper copies must be mailed to T. Schreiber studio at the address listed below.nnPhase II: All manuscripts that have been solicited for Phase II will be read and reviewed by the selection committee. Manuscripts should be neatly typed, securely bound and have the playwright’s name, contact address and phone number clearly visible on the front page. No unsolicited manuscripts.nnSend treatment, sample dialogue and resume to:nnT. Schreiber Studionc/o New Works Projectn151 W. 26th Street, 7th FloornNew York, NY 10001

Balm Extends Its Run!

After FIVE sold out weeks we are pleased to announce we will be extending our run of Balm In Gilead

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We will be running an additional 2-weeksnDecember 2nd-December 12thn

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Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.,nSunday matinees at 3 p.m.

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For reservations call 212.352.3101 or visit our website

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“BALM IN GILEAD is one of indie theater’s most important works, a beautiful homage to the 1960’s and the dreams and hopes of a generation, we are thrilled that audiences have embraced our revival with open arms.” -Terry Schreiber

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MTWorks’ Interview With Balm’s Lowell Byers

Check out this fabulous interview with Balm actor Lowell Byers posted on  MTWorks’

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Carrying on the Family Legacy: An Interview with company actor Lowell Byers by Robin Madel

nYour play, Balm in Gilead at T. Schreiber Studios, has been selling out almost every performance. Congratulations. Tell me about your role.nnI play Bob. As Lanford [Wilson] puts it, he is a “hood” who will steal anything from anyone just to get one step ahead. The cafe is the center of activity and for a character like Bob he is always working on something new to make more money. Some of my favorite moments are the scenes on stage with the “unspoken dialogue,” or improvisation among the characters. There is wonderful chemistry among the cast and crew every night – we had plenty of time to get to know each other, discuss characters, and most importantly, think about what life was like in 1960’s New York City.nnYou come from a family of actors. What do they think about your decision to be an actor?nnI grew up in Chappaqua, NY. I was a theatre major at Denison University participating in seven main stage productions and was All American for four years on the Varsity Swim Team. My family has been very supportive of my decision. It is reassuring to me that they have seen my work and believe in my talent and drive as an actor. I am proud to say that I have family members who have performed on New York stages. My father, Ralph Byers, was in Big River on Broadway when I was born and the revival of The Music Man when I was in high school. My grandfather, Athan Karras, was in various Broadway productions including Most Happy Fella. He also choreographed some of Julian Beck’s productions at the Living Theatre in the beginnings of Off-Broadway. My great aunt, Margaret Hamilton, started in Off-Broadway venues and eventually played the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz.nnHow does the role of leading man as an archetype in theater apply to you? nnHonestly, I’m up for playing leading man or character parts depending on the material. It is more rewarding to have a supporting part in a quality production than a leading part in something that is weak. That is why I am so proud to be a part of Balm in Gilead. With each part, across the board, every actor in this show is taking their role very seriously, which is a pleasure to be a part of. I understand that this [leading man type] is most common for men in their 30’s or 40’s. I just try to keep adding experience and strong credits to my belt.nnWhat was the hardest role you ever played and how did you prepare for it? nnRight now, I am doing a show called Women and War where I play four different American soldiers. A teenager from Brooklyn during WWII, a young Italian from Philadelphia in Vietnam, a man from Atlanta during the Korean War, and a pilot from Chicago in Vietnam. The first step in preparing each role was creating a back-story for each character. Then came dialects and body language to really make them very different from the play’s standpoint and more specific for my own needs as an actor. I am switching in and out of these men during a one-hour production, sometimes one right behind the other. This has been one of the more challenging feats I’ve had to tackle as an actor, but I was fortunate to have a great director in Peter Zinn.nnWhat would be your dream role?nnI am very fond of the classic pieces. I would love to play Biff in Death of a Salesmen (my father and I have talked about doing this together one day, having him play Willy). I am also a big Tennessee Williams fan so Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is another part that comes to mind. The fact that they were former athletes living a new and very different lifestyle is something I can relate to.

Voice Over Workshop: The Reviews Are In!

HERE’S WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT OUR

*NEW* VOICE-OVER WORKSHOP!

“Jeff Dreisbach is phenomenal! Jeff takes away the ‘mystery’ of a professional voice over career and replaces it with a clear and practical step by step process that empowers the actor.” – D. Rose

“Will help you develop in all aspects of your show biz career” – TSStudent

*Finalizing Enrollment*n*Class Starts Nov. 9th*

Tuesdays 2:00-5:00 pm

November 9 – December 14, 2010

Fee: 6 classes/$375 ($300 w. scene study technique)

Jeffrey Dreisbach uses his 20+ years experience as a voice artist/actor to teach the essential ingredients of getting the voice-over job. The class culminates in a recording session at a professional off-site recording studio. Raw demo reel will be provided. Open to all levels, no audition required.

Balm is Sold Out for the 4th Week in a Row!

“The show is a visceral experience – astonishing in every detail and desperately authentic.” -Karen Tortora-Lee, The Happiest Medium

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“Director Peter Jensen has orchestrated a raucous symphony of a play that draws a capacity crowd to its feet” -Kate Shea Kennon, Stage Mage

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Thursday, Friday and Saturday are SOLD out. There are a limited number of tickets left for Sunday, so make your reservation now. Only 3 weeks left to see the show nytheatre.com called “superlative in every way.”

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For reservations call 212.352.3101 or visit our website

Balm is Chosen Pick of the Week!

We are pleased to announce that Balm in Gilead has been chosen as pick of the week by nytheatre.com!

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We have also been blessed with wonderful feedback on the show from our audience…below are a few comments we’ve received. We’d love to hear from YOU. If you have a comment on the show you’d like to share, email us at theatre@www.tschreiber.org

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“Every theatre person in New York needs to go see “Balm in Gilead” now running at T. Schreiber Studio. Top to bottom, one of the very best productions I’ve seen in NYC in quite some time. From the outstanding acting to the expert direction to the first-class production values, this show is superlative in every aspect… GO SEE THIS PLAY!” –Trey Gibbons

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“Twenty-six years ago I was lucky enough to see an incredible, even legendary, revival of Balm in Gilead. It was a transcendent experience in the theater delivered by the likes of Laurie Metcalf, John Malkovich and Gary Sinise.  It never occurred to me that I’d see a production even more touching, real and accomplished of Lanford Wilson’s extraordinary play – until now.  But, the inspired version Peter Jensen mounted for the T. Schreiber stage features young actors as promising in a production as heart-wrenching and proves to this theater-goer that lightning does indeed strike twice.” -Sam Christensen

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“I’ve seen Balm in Gilead several times-at least three-in the years since it was originally produced. But the other night at Schreiber I really saw it. For the first time.” -Peter Miner

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