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THREE TREES

 


THREE TREES
By Alvin Eng
Directed by Ernest Abuba
March 23-April 14, 2013
Tue-Sat at 7:30
Sat-Sun at 2:30
Additional preview Wed. March 27 at 2:30
No performance Easter Sunday (March 31)

All performances at the West End Theater
263 West 86th Street, 2nd Fl
in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew

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212/352-3101 for Tickets: $45 | $35 (seniors 65+) | $25 students (25 & Under)

All previews have 25 tickets available @ $25! Use code 3T25 online, on the phone or at the box office

Call the Pan Asian office at 212/868-4030 for special events/offers: $75 for Opening Night March 28 at 7:30 includes post-show party $35 for groups (10+)

Paris: 1950’s and 60’s; among the artists and philosophers at the tables of Café Didot are Alberto Giacometti and his muse, the Existentialist, Isaku Yanaihara. Their relationship, along with Giacometti’s wife Annette and brother Diego, unfolds over sculpting sessions in the artist’s studio.

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“Jean-Pierre Stewart is excellent as the needy, bumbling genius Giacometti… The design elements — including re-creations of Giacometti’s studio by the set designer Gian Marco Lo Forte, and of his artworks in various states of completion by Danielle Baskin — are likewise remarkable. In between scenes of posing and portrait making, there is plenty of drama: the love triangle, petty jealousies and rivalries, deceit, fits of loneliness and rebellion…”

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Exquisitely acted, “Three Trees” puts forth beautiful ideas concerning the transformative power of creating and inspiring art, the notion of a portrait as the container of a human spirit, and the confounding intersection of the aesthetic and the mundane in the everyday experience of an artist. Presented by Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, and intelligently directed by Ernest Abuba, the production is entrancing...!

Jean-Pierre Stewart is “Phenomenal”, Marcus Ho is “Irresistible”, Leah Cogan is “Affecting” and Scott Klavan is “Grounding

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Stage Manager: Elis C. Arroyo
Assistant Stage Manager: Miriam Hyfler
Sets: Gian Marco Lo Forte,
Costumes: Carol Pelletier,
Lights: Marie Yokoyama,
Props: Danielle Baskin

Click HERE for more about THREE TREES from the playwright.

Three Trees is a magic wand that wishes the past into the present. I was often with Alberto and company from 1949 to 1961. I had intimate talks with all the actors there. This play moves me in the deepest way by how well it recalls those challenging and so rewarding times.”

HERBERT LUST
Author of “Giacometti: The Complete Graphics”


Three Trees by Alvin Eng is an astonishingly moving play about Alberto Giacometti, his wife Annette, his brother, Diego, and his good friend, Isaku Yanaihara. Eng has perfectly captured the personalities of each as well as the steamy and stormy interactions that wove them into a tight triangle. Eng's deep appreciation for and comprehension of Giacometti's art sheds a brilliant light on the complex human drama that unfolds before our eyes.”

LAURIE WILSON
Author of "Alberto Giacometti: Myth Magic and the Man."

 
About the Playwright:

Alvin Eng is thrilled to be collaborating once again with Pan Asian Rep for the World Premiere production of THREE TREES. Last year, the play had two presentations in Paris—the city where it is set. Moving Parts Theatre presented a staged reading and selected scenes were performed at the Université De La Sorbonne’s international conference, “&Now 2012 New Writing in Paris: Exchanges and Cross-fertilizations.” (The playwright portrayed the philosopher at the institution where Yanaihara met Giacometti.) THREE TREES is the first work of his PORTRAIT PLAYS cycle about artists and portraiture. 33&1/3 CORNELIA STREET, the second Portrait Play, is about Greenwich Village bohemians, painter Alice Neel and poet/oral historian manqué, Joe Gould. In 2011, Alvin was in residence at Hong Kong City University as a Fulbright Specialist scholar in U.S. Studies/Theatre. At CityU, in collaboration with his wife, actress/director Wendy Wasdahl, he conceived and directed OUR TOWN: CHINA/USA, a devised theatre/oral history project. That year he also made his Asian debut performing his memoir monologue play, THE LAST EMPEROR of FLUSHING (LEOF) at XiaoZhou People’s Hall in his family’s ancestral Guangdong Province. Eng first developed LEOF with Pan Asian Rep in 2005. Currently, Eng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at Goucher College in Baltimore. At Goucher he directed a multimedia staging, with original music, of THE WOODSMAN by Steven Fechter. www.alvineng.com 


Alvin Eng
Alvin Eng
Photo Credit: Sonny Wong
 
 
About the Director:

Ernest Abuba is an Obie Recipient, Actor, Director, Playwright, and Performance Artist. Pan Asian Rep productions: SHOGUN MACBETH, by John Briggs, LETTERS TO A STUDENT REVOLUTIONARY, by Elizabeth Wong, PLAYBALL, by Rick Shiomi, ROWHER, by Lionelle Hamanaka, writer/Director of THE DOWAGER.
La Mama E.T.C. productions: 49, by Hanay Geiogamah, writer/Director for NIGHTSTALKER, LEIR REX, PAPA-BOY. THE AMERICAN DREAM, by Edward Albee for NAATCO. New York Performance Works: LE ORCHESTRA, by Jean Anouilh, 27 WAGONS OF COTTON, AUTO-DE-FE, THE LADY OF LARKSPUR LOTION by Tennessee Williams, and LOOK BACK IN ANGER, by John Osborne. BIRDBATH, by Leonard Melfi at Brecht-West Theatre, N.J. SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER, by Ariel Dorfman, MIDDLE CREST, by Angela Santillo, IMPERCETIBLE MUTABILITIES OF THE THIRD KINGDOM, by Suzan-Lori Parks, and CRAZYFACE, by Clive Barker at Sarah Lawrence College. He collaborated with Shigeko Suga and performed Butoh in SPLEEN (Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil) at HT Chen&Dancer’s Mulberry Street Theatre where he also authored the text LEMON MOON for their modern ballet. Most recently co-created and performed in BAUDELAIRE: LA MORT with Shigeko Suga, produced by Pan Asian Rep. For the past 17 years has been a faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College. He can be heard as the voice of His Holiness The Dalai Lama on the audio-book The Art of Happiness, Vol. 1. He is a member of SDC (Stage Directors & Choreographers Society).
 


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