Preview by David Roberts
Theatre Reviews Limited
The Amoralists (James Kautz, Artistic Director) announce their 11th season, RICOCHET: An Amoralists Anthology about Surviving an American Epidemic. RICOCHET will feature four boundary-pushing original, intersecting plays that follow a community as it copes with the aftermath of a mass shooting. Written by The Amoralists 2018/2019 ‘WRIGHT CLUB playwrights, Gabriel Jason Dean, Charly Evon Simpson, and James Anthony Tyler, the season will include four complementary original graphic novels created by Danica Novgorodoff.
The Amoralists 2018/2019 ‘WRIGHT CLUB playwrights include three divergent, adventurous, emerging writers that have joined their ensemble of artists, for a no-holds-barred, no-sides-taken dive into the world of collaborative storytelling.
Here’s how ‘WRIGHT CLUB works: One unifying event. Three distinct perspectives. No right answers.
Over the course of one year and in conversation with The Amoralists ensemble of artists, each of their three ‘WRIGHT CLUB authors will craft a play in their unique style that explores one side of the season’s unifying incident and pushes an over-arching narrative forward. Each of these plays will be presented in a limited engagement production. The fourth play, collaboratively written by all three club authors, caps off the year with the final installment of the story, presented in a full production.
PLAY 1 by Gabriel Jason Dean (Terminus at Next Door at NYTW, Princeton Hodder Fellow, Dramatist’s Guild Fellowship) is directed by Kimille Howard and runs August 2 – 5 at Walkerspace (46 Walker St.).
PLAY 2 by Charly Evon Simpson (Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers’ Group member, Jump, Scratching the Surface) is directed by Kate Moore Heaney and runs October 4 – 7 at New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher St.).
PLAY 3 by James Anthony Tyler (Horton Foote Playwriting Award winner, Some Old Black Man at 59E59, Dolphins and Sharks with LAByrinth) is directed by Bianca Laverne Jones and runs December 13 – 16 at Teatro Latea at The Clemente (107 Suffolk St.).
PLAY 4, collaboratively written by Gabriel Jason Dean, Charly Evon Simpson and James Anthony Tyler, will run April – May 2019 (venue TBA).
Performances for PLAYS 1, 2 & 3 are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Saturdays & Sundays at 3pm. Early and exclusive access to pre-sale tickets for all upcoming shows and other insider perks are only available with an Amoralists Membership. Purchase at https://Amoralists.com. Tickets for the general public go on sale one month before each show begins.
The Amoralists are a diverse collective of uncompromising artists. Founded in 2006, they produce original work that confronts the American condition in all its complexity. Their stories are emotionally charged, and character driven, a place where politics and perspectives collide, and no side emerges unscathed. Explosive, vital, raucous and raw, they do theatre, no moral judgement.
Presenting world premiere work from writers including Adam Rapp, Emily Schwend and Ken Urban, The Amoralists bring audiences stories that are incisive, at times outrageous, and always entertaining. Their cadre of artists are known for their raw and visceral performance style.
Photo: Authors Gabriel Jason Dean, James Anthony Tyler, and Charly Evon Simpson. Credit: Russ Rowland.