The Acting Company Announces 2016-17 Season National Tour

The Acting Company Announces 2016-17 Season National Tour

The Acting Company will kick off its national tour this season with a world premiere of a newly commissioned play by Marcus Gardley (Desire, The House That Will Not Stand) on January 31, 2017.

As part of the company's tour, The Acting Company will perform at the New Victory Theater in NYC March 17-26: the New York premiere of Marcus Gardley’s X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation about the assassination of Malcolm X, to be directed by Artistic Director Ian Belknap, and run in repertory with William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, to be directed by Devin Brain.

Marcus Gardley is a multiple award-winning poet and playwright from West Oakland, California whose short play Desire Quenched by Touch premiered in the Company’s Off-Broadway production of Desire. The New Yorker describes Gardley as “the heir to Garcia Lorca, Pirandello and Tennessee Williams.” When his play The House That Will Not Stand was produced (Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep, Tricycle Theater in London), Gardley received the 2014 Glickman Award and was a finalist for the 2015 Kennedy Prize. He was the 2013 USA James Baldwin Fellow and the 2011 PEN Laura Pels award winner for Mid-Career Playwright. His play The Gospel of Loving Kindness (Victory Gardens Theater) won the 2014 BTAA award for best play/playwright. Every Tongue Confess (Arena Stage starring Phylicia Rashad, directed by Kenny Leon) was the recipient of the Edgerton New Play Award and was nominated for the Steinberg New Play Award, the Charles MacArthur Award for Best Play. On The Levee (musical at Lincoln Center) was nominated for 11 Audelco Awards including outstanding playwright. Gardley has an MFA from the Yale Drama School and is a member of New Dramatists, The Dramatists Guild and the Lark Play Development Center.

Tour locations will include Baltimore and Princes George’s County, MD, Kansas City and Columbia, MO, Phoenix and Flagstaff, AZ as well as Oswego, Syracuse and New York City, NY with more locations soon to be announced. Founded in 1995, New Victory Theater offers multi-national programming aimed at children and families. Tickets are available online at and by telephone at (646) 223-3010.

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Marcus Gardley (Playwright) and Ian Belknap (Artistic Director of The Acting Company) Speak about newly commissioned play X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation based on the life and assassination of Malcolm X.
2 minutes 46 seconds
Created at Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, School of Film, Dance and Theatre

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