HISTORY & PAST WORK

Founded in 1980 by Artistic Director John Gould Rubin, The Private Theatre has been committed to the production of both new and classical theatrical works throughout its history. The company has a tradition of employing non-traditional theatrical conventions and of staging productions in unexpected venues.

Past Productions


TURN ME LOOSE: A PLAY ABOUT COMIC GENIUS DICK GREGORY

DIRECTED BY JOHN GOULD RUBIN

WRITTEN BY GRETCHEN LAW

A comedic drama about the extraordinary and explosive life of Dick Gregory - starring Scandal’s Joe Morton - that shines a light on the first Black comedian to expose white audiences to racial comedy.  Presented by John Legend and Get Lifted Film Co. 

Gregory confronted bigotry with shockingly disarming humor, deeply influenced other comics like Chris Rock and Richard Pryor, is a favorite of President Obama, marched with Martin Luther King Jr, has also been a prolific writer, muckraker, provocateur, candidate for mayor of Chicago and for President of the United States. 

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PLAYING WITH FIRE: BASED ON THE PLAY BY AUGUST STRINDBERG (2012):

BASED ON A NEW ADAPTATION OF STRINDBERG’S 1893 PLAY, THIS PRODUCTION WAS STAGED IN A TWO-STORY BURLESQUE HOUSE ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE. TO ENHANCE THE EXPERIENCE, PRE-RECORDED AND LIVE VIDEO FEEDS WERE INTERSPERSED WITH THE LIVE ACTION, ALLOWING THE AUDIENCE TO EXPERIENCE THE STORY AND CHARACTERS FROM MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES. OUR GOAL FOR THIS PRODUCTION WAS TO CREATE AN IMAGISTIC WORLD THAT SUPPORTED THE DREAM WORLD OF THE PLAY, AN UNUSUAL TRAGICOMIC ONE ACT BY STRINDBERG THAT DEALS WITH THE LIMITS OF THE CONVENTION OF MARRIAGE. THEFOLLOWING REEL BY PRODUCTION VIDEOGRAPHER RAJ KOTTAMASU INCLUDES FOOTAGE THAT HE AND COLLABORATOR IAN BROWNELL SHOT TO INCLUDE IN THE LIVE PERFORMANCE. ORIGINAL MUSIC IS PART OF THE PRODUCTION SCORE BY KWAN-FAI LAM. CHOREOGRAPHY IS BY BRONWEN CARSON.

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HEDDA GABLER BY HENRIK IBSEN (2010):

STAGED IN THE DRAWING ROOM OF AN EAST VILLAGE TOWNHOUSE, THIS PRODUCTION WAS FILLED TO CAPACITY NIGHTLY DURING ITS FOUR-WEEK RUN. MAINTAINING THE TRADITION OF PROVIDING UNCONVENTIONAL EXPERIENCES, THE VENUE WAS REVEALED ONLY UPON CONFIRMATION OF RESERVATIONS. DURING THE PERFORMANCES, AUDIENCE MEMBERS WERE SEATED THROUGHOUT THE DRAWING ROOM, WHICH ALLOWED THEM TO WITNESS THE UNFOLDING TRAGEDY OF THE PROTAGONISTS IN A VERY INTIMATE WAY.

 

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Photo credits: Hunter Canning

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THE FARTISTE BY CHARLIE SCHULMAN AND MICHAEL ROBERTS (2006):

THE PRIVATE THEATRE PRODUCED THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THIS MUSICAL AT NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL. THE SHOW WAS DIRECTED BY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JOHN GOULD RUBIN AND WON THE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING MUSICAL.


JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN BY STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS (2000):

THE PRIVATE THEATRE PRODUCED THE EUROPEAN TOUR, INCLUDING A RUN AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL.