Invisible City Theater Company
Invisible City Theater Company was founded on D-Day 2002. The goal of our group was and is to raise the standards of the theatrical experience in New York, starting at the Off-Off Broadway level. A lofty goal (to say the least).
Remarkably, Invisible City has not only lived up to its expectations, but we have also exceeded some them:
In 2003, ICTC won the Best Production Award at the OOBR Awards; in 2004, ICTC was named one of the "People of the Year" by Martin Denton of NYTheatre.com; in 2006, ICTC's guest artist, Dennis Lehane (author of Mystic River), was nominated for an Independent Theater Award after hiring ICTC to produce his first-time stage effort, Coronado. Coronado opened to a red-carpet audience and an army of media. The show became a New York Times Critic's Pick.
ICTC introduced the US Premiere of Vaclav Havel's political masterpiece, The Beggar's Opera, and brought four World Premieres to the stages of New York -- all of the original plays produced by ICTC have gone onto publication by major booksellers:
Coronado, by Dennis Lehane, is published globally by Harper Collins (giving a nod to ICTC and the cast)
Midnight, by David Epstein, is published in New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2003 (produced by ICTC in 2002 and 2005)
Drinking and Diving, by Epstein, is published alongside work by Mamet, Henley and Durang, in 60 Seconds to Shine: 221 One Minute Monologues for Women
Excerpts from Strange Attractions, by Epstein, are published in The Best Short Plays of 2007
Excerpts from Top Floor, by Epstein, are published in The Best Short Plays of 2006 (to be produced this year by ICTC)
Excerpts from the play Airport Hilton, by screenwriter Tony Jaswinski, have appeared in Film Magazine
ICTC was also the first theater company to attempt Stoppard's Arcadia under an Equity Showcase Contract. That production was our first bonafide "hit", and is what brought major writers (like Lehane) to our doorstep. We have also tackled The Cherry Orchard, The Memory of Water and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.
In five year, ICTC has been reviewed and given feature articles* in:
The New York Times
The New York Daily News*
The Boston Globe*
Time Out New York*
Show Business Weekly*
Crime Spree Magazine*
ICTC has, in its 3 year Residency Program (sponsored by Manhattan Theatre Source), made some pretty amazing strides across all elements of our theatrical endeavors. We believe our company is now mature enough to move to more professional venues and are in negotiations to bring the new play Purple Hearts to one of the main-stages at 59E59.
Purple Hearts, produced previosuly out-of-state, is a wonderful metaphor for the war we are stuck in now. In Purple hearts, it is 1941, the attack on Pearl Harbor has happened within the week, and three US soldiers are trapped in a sealed compartment in one of the very battleships that was sunk. Based on true events, the only communication these soldiers have with the outside world are the scuba divers on the other side of the wall, banging on the steel to see if anyone is trapped inside. These men are going to die. The memories of their lives begin to cloud their vision, and the audience is visited by the women who knew them best. Purple Hearts is a scary and edgy play, and it is the right material for ICTC to be producing now.
ICTC is also in negotiations with David Evanier, Author of The Bobby Darin Story (which sold into a movie with Kevin Spacey), in order to bring his first play to the stage. The Big One is the story of a father who is a crazy, and a son who thinks the man can do no wrong. The Big One is one of those Brooklyn family dramas that reminds us of the meaning behind sayings like, "The Golden Era".
The bulk of ICTC's expenses are not for props, sets, costumes, etc. Most of that is provided to us as gifts-in-kind from friends and local organizations. Invisible City works with some pretty amazing guest artists: Kate Kiley (2 time Helen Hayes Award Nominee), Tony Jaswinski,(recipient of the Nichols Fellowship in Screenwriting), to name a few. In order to maintain these relationships, we negotiate payment with them. Most of our expenses, beyond the basics like rent and insurance, are checks made out to the guest artist who work with our company.
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