By Byrne Harrison
You're currently producing an adaptation of Edith Wharton's novella "Summer." What's the play about.
Martin Zuckerman is the playwright, and I believe you've worked with him in the past. What draws you to his writing?
Mark Zuckerman is involved in the Turtle Shell Playwrights Platform which is a writers' development program. I am an artist who loves to explore new works and tell their stories. To date I have produced and directed hundreds of plays written by writers from all over the world. Mr. Zuckerman's adaptations explore not only the original authors' stories, but raise the question as to how can we best capture the people, the places and times in which the stories are set.
What was it about this play that you thought would resonate with a New York audience?
We are blessed to live and work in New York and to be able to present work to a broad and diverse audience base. I can only go with a work that I feel has potential, do my best to realize that potential and hope that it resonates with people who come to see it.
Tell me a little about your cast.
What's next for Turtle Shell Productions?
We are continuing our effort in the development and presentation of new works. We have two short play festivals coming up. The first is a festival title the 3 Minute Play Express and our annual event Summer Shorties Summ....ar Not Playwrights festival. We produce about 26 Plays from playwrights, nationally and internationally. I would like to add that for the last 9 years we have been one of the very few remaining theatre companies that provides opportunities for playwrights, directors and actors to present their work in a well-produced, well-rehearsed production, in a midtown theatre, with multiple performances - up to 14 - without any cost to the artist and without any outside funding for our operation, which is pretty miraculous.
By Martin M. Zuckerman
From the novella by Pulitzer Prize winner Edith Wharton
Directed by John Cooper
Continues through May 15th
Friday, May 13 @ 8PM
Saturday, May 14 @ 3PM
Saturday, May 14 @ 8PM
Sunday, May 15 @ 2PM