The New Victory Theater Presents
the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of
The Old Man and The Old Moon
By PigPenTheatre Co.
In Association with TOMATOM LLC and Writers Theatre
Limited Engagement Marks Final New York Run!
New York, NY (August 20, 2014) – For the final tour of The Old Man and The Old Moon, the endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Co. brings their folk-rock fable to The New Victory Theater from September 26 – October 13, 2014. This three-week, Off-Broadway run will be the last chance to see the company perform this celebrated work in New York.
Fresh off a national concert tour and a run at Williamstown Theatre Festival, PigPen Theatre Co. comes to Times Square to open the New Victory 2014-15 season with The Old Man and The Old Moon, an epic tale about a man who must abandon his duties of filling up the moon with liquid light so he can cross the seas in search of his missing wife. Scaled up to fill the New Vic proscenium stage, this luminously lo-fi spectacle features new puppetry sequences and script changes for a fast-paced single act play with music.
With a rollicking array of ever-changing characters, inventive theatrical effects and infectious contemporary folk music, The Old Man and The Old Moon premiered at the Gym at Judson in New York City in the fall of 2012. After a script/music workshop at Williamstown Theatre Festival in the summer of 2013, PigPen embarked on a collaboration with Chicago-based director Stuart Carden to restage the show and open the 2013 season at Writers Theatre in Chicago, where it sold out and extended its engagement last fall. PigPen is thrilled to return home and perform this fantastical, song-filled play for New York audiences.
“We’re really excited to be on 42nd Street, performing at the New Vic with a show that means so much to us as both a theater company and a band,” says Arya Shahi on behalf of the group. He adds, “We see this as the final leg of a two year journey that started in the basement of Judson church in Washington Square Park, and now we have new projects to begin working on and much to look forward to in the future.” PigPen Theatre Co. is currently under commission to write and develop two new musical plays in their unique style, including an original work for Manhattan Theatre Club and Ars Nova as a part of The Writers Room program.
Touring both as a band and theater company, the young actor/musicians just completed their busiest concert touring schedule to date. After a successful two-month residency at Schubas Tavern in Chicago, they hit the road headlining folk rock concerts in over 30 cities across the United States with their debut album, Bremen, and follow up EP, The Way I’m Running. Notable stops included The Echo, Lincoln Hall, The Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Music Hall of Williamsburg, The Sinclair and at SXSW.
The Old Man and The Old Moon is written, directed, produced by and stars the seven members of the PigPen Theatre Co.: Alex Falberg, Ben Ferguson, Curtis Gillen, Ryan Melia, Matt Nuernberger, Arya Shahi and Dan Weschler. The production’s creative team includes Stuart Carden (Direction), Lydia Fine (Design and Puppetry), Bart Cortright (Design), Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design) and the PigPen Theatre Co. (Direction and Puppetry).
The Old Man and The Old Moon is supported, in part, by a Presenter’s Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation.
Performance Schedule: 15 performances
Friday 9/26 7pm
Saturday 9/27 2pm and 7pm
Sunday 9/28 12pm and 5pm
Saturday 10/4 2pm and 7pm
Sunday 10/5 12pm and 5pm
Friday 10/10 7pm
Saturday 10/11 2pm and 7pm
Sunday 10/12 12pm and 5pm
Monday 10/13 3pm
The Old Man and The Old Moon has a running time of 90 minutes with no intermission, and is recommended for everyone ages 8 and up.
General Ticket Information
Tickets for The Old Man and The Old Moon at The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street) are $10, $13, $18 or $25 for Members based on seat locations, with full price tickets starting at $15. Theatergoers who buy tickets for three or more New Victory shows qualify for free Membership, with benefits including up to 35-percent savings on tickets all season long, invitations to special events and unlimited free ticket exchanges. Purchase tickets online or by phone at 646-223-3010. Beginning September 2, the New Victory box office (209 West 42nd Street) is open Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm. For more information, visit the New Victory website.
About PigPen Theatre Co.
PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of music, film and theater as freshman at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2008. They have since produced their original plays Off-Broadway and at regional theaters around the country – earning them critic’s picks from The New York Times, Time Out New York, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, and many more, ranking them in the top ten theatrical events of 2011, 2012, and 2013. They were also the first group to win the NYC Fringe Festival’s top honor for a play two years in a row in 2010 and 2011. Their plays include The Nightmare Story, The Mountain Song, andThe Old Man and The Old Moon. Their debut indie-folk album, Bremen, was featured by American Songwriterand was named #10 album of the year in The Huffington Post’s 2012 Grammy preview. Their follow up EP,The Way I’m Running, was released on October 8th, 2013, and was premiered by American Songwriter. PigPen is also thrilled to be working with Writers House, one of the world’s leading young adult literary agencies, to develop their debut children’s novel.
About The New Victory Theater
The New Victory Theater introduces extraordinary performing artists from around the world to extraordinary audiences in New York City, bringing kids to the arts and arts to kids. Created in 1995 for young New Yorkers, their families and schoolmates, The New Victory Theater presents a diverse season of international companies at low ticket prices year after year. Through the theater’s award-winning education programs, The New Victory continues to provide access to schools and communities of New York City who seek to experience and engage with the work on our stages, often for the very first time. The Off-Broadway theater’s contributions to the cultural landscape of the city were celebrated by the prestigious New York critics’ organization, The Drama Desk, which presented The New Victory Theater with a 2012 Special Award for “providing enchanting, sophisticated children’s theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people.”
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