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The Post Theatre Company Presents the Virgil J. Lee 2016 New Play Festival, Featuring The West By Alum Ryan Hudak and The Harmony Project, An Original Musical

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Brookville, N.Y., December 28, 2015 – The Post Theatre Company, the not-for-profit resident theatre company of the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance on the LIU Post campus and five-time winner of the Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival Awards, is proud to present two new works as part of the New Play Festival. The West by Ryan Hudak, and The Harmony Project, directed by Kerry Prep will be staged on the Little Theatre Mainstage, as part of Post Theatre Company’s 2015-16 Season.  Performances are January 29 & 30 at 8pm & January 31 at 3pm.

THE WEST is three stories separated by time and joined by the human condition. It is the story of Meredith and Joaquin in present day New York City, two people who find each on the worst night of their lives. It is the story of Hannah and Adam in 1945 Germany, as they search for answers in the aftermath of World War Two. It is the story of Corin and Bobby in 1963 America, where a professor seeks solace in a former student on the day of JFK’s assassination. Presiding over all of these stories is the ghost of Virginia Woolf, a lost woman who seems to wander the Earth looking to bring people out of darkness. A sweeping epic on love, human spirit and history, THE WEST examines the way our lives are radically shifted by even the smallest of decisions and the courage it takes to start over. 

THE HARMONY PROJECT is an original, devised musical piece created by the director and cast, which examines the issue of bullying in a high school setting. It was commissioned by LIU Post and is designed to tour to local high schools. 

RYAN HUDAK (Playwright-The West) is a NY based actor and playwright. His plays include The West, Homecoming, The Sugar Waves, Ride to Glory and Woman of Black Night And Walking Stick.  His plays have been developed at various studios in New York City and PlayPenn: New Play Development in Philadelphia.  As an actor, he has worked with Atlantic Theater Company and Primary Stages in New York, as well as toured with Re-Membering Antigone at Les Fetes Internationales Du Theatre in Montreal. He is an Associate Editor for New York Theatre Review and has worked on the administrative side of PlayPenn: New Play Development, Keen Company and MCC Theater. He is a graduate of C.W. Post, Long Island University with a B.F.A in Acting.

JASON JACOBS (Director-The West) is thrilled to direct another big show with Post Theatre Company. He also directed Big Love, Marat/Sade, As You Like It and BatBoy: The Musical! for Post. He recently won an award for his direction of David Koteles’ After The Chairs at the 2013 Fresh Fruit Festival. He was a NYTheatre.com 2007 “Person of the Year.” As the former co-AD of Theatre Askew, he directed the GLAAD-nominated Bald Diva!, i google myself, The Tempest, and co-adapted/ co-directed I Claudius, Live! He directed Lost in Staten Island and Post Modern

Living (La MaMa), Lavender Songs (TOSOS II; Bistro Award), East Side Stories: Ghosts and My First Lady (Metropolitan Playhouse), Mario and the Magician (Center for Contempo- rary Opera), The Boycott (Vermont Stage and Arclight Theatre). He has directed for Hunter College’s MFA Playwriting Program, Vermont Stage Company, the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, and the Celebration in Los Angeles. Teaching Artist for Roundabout Theatre Company and graduate of Yale and Columbia. www.Jason-Jacobs.com

KERRY PREP (Director-Harmony Project) Adjunct professor at LIU Post in Musical Theatre for Performance and Linklater Voice. Director: Te Deum For Young Comedians (original musical), Metamorphoses, 1001 Arabian Nights, The Odyssey, Imagine Oz,, The White Devil, Oh What a Lovely War, WMDs (Women of Mixed Demeanors). Music Director: Bum Phillips, An American Opera (Luke Leonard, Dir. @ La Mama), Into The Woods (Ashley Tata, dir.), Side Show (Jeremy Kronenberg, dir.), Little Shop of Horrors (Mer- edith Van Scoy, dir.), Urinetown (Ted Sod/Adelphi, dir., Victor Maog/LIU Post, dir., Ilona Pierce/Hofstra, dir.), Rent (David Glenn Armstrong, dir.), Bat Boy (Ilona Pierce, dir.) 13, Thoroughly Modern Millie. Musical composer: Lysistrata—the Musical, Myth America (No Gurlz Allowed), Friday the 31st (A Dyslexic Halloween), The Castratos (True or Falsetto). Actor: A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Jacques Brel Is..., All My Children, Don’t Drink The Water (Woody Allen, dir). Singer: If You Can Find Me, I’m Here (cabaret). Seeking a creative outlet to supplement his acting career, Kerry founded Preppygrams, a singing telegram company, which specializes in custom-written songs serving the New York. www.Preppygrams.com. Proud member AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

LIU Post College of Arts, Communications and Design is committed to the education of artists who engage and inspire audiences through performance, visual art, design, and the written word. LIU provides the tools for self-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives on growth and change. The College of Arts, Communications and Design houses the School of Visual Arts, Communications and Digital Technologies and the School of Performing Arts. LIU Post is also home to the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Long Island's premier performing arts venue. More than 70 internationally acclaimed artists perform on the Tilles Center stage every season, including Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Kristin Chenoweth, and Savion Glover. LIU Post arts students have the opportunity to study in master classes with many of these world-renowned artists.

Tickets for performances of THE VRGIL J. LEE 2016 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL are $10 for the general public, and $5 for students and seniors, general admission seating.  For more information on the performances, or to purchase tickets, call the Post Theatre Company Box Office at (516) 299-2356 or email us at Post-PTC@liu.edu. LIU Post is located on Northern Boulevard (Route 25A) between Glen Cove Road and Route 107.  Parking is free. Visit us at: www.liu.edu/post/ptc.

Posted 01/04/2016

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