Edward Einhorn’s Alma Baya to premiere at A.R.T./New York, August 13-28

Playwright/Director Edward Einhorn Photo credit: Christian Smith 

Untitled Theater Company No. 61 will present the World Premiere of Alma Baya, a new science fiction drama written and directed by Edward Einhorn (The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein at HERE, NY Times Critic’s Pick), at A.R.T./New York’s Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre (502 West 53rd Street at 10th Avenue), August 13-28. Performances will be

– Friday, August 13 at 7pm
– Saturday, August 14 at 6pm
– Saturday, August 14 at 9pm
– Sunday, August 15 at 2pm
– Sunday, August 15 at 7pm
– Tuesday, August 17 at 7pm
– Wednesday, August 18 at 7pm
– Thursday, August 19 at 7pm
– Friday, August 20 at 7pm
– Saturday, August 21 at 6pm
– Saturday, August 21 at 9pm
– Sunday, August 22 at 2pm
– Tuesday, August 24 at 7pm
– Wednesday, August 25 at 7pm
– Thursday, August 26 at 7pm
– Friday, August 27 at 7pm
– Saturday, August 28 at 6pm
– Saturday, August 28 at 9pm

The show will also be livestreamed on Saturday, August 14 at 6pm, Saturday, August 14 at 9pm, Sunday, August 15 at 2pm, and Sunday, August 15 at 7pm and will be available on-demand through September 19. Tickets ($25-$30) are available for advance purchase at www.untitledtheater.com. All live audience members must be vaccinated and bring their vax card or excelsior pass. The performance will run approximately 70 minutes, with no intermission. 

Alma and Baya live on a hostile planet inside a pod designed to sustain them both. When a refugee arrives from another pod that has broken down, they have to weigh compassion versus survival. An original absurdist sci fi drama.

The show will be double cast as a Covid precaution and will feature Maggie Cino (The Hollow at The Brick), Nina Mann (It Pays to Advertise with Metropolitan Playhouse), and JaneAnne Halter (Somewhere I Can Scream at The Players Theatre) as Cast A with Ann Marie Yoo (Doctors Jane and Alexander at HERE), Rivera Reese (Matt & Ben at The Kraine), and Sheleah Harris (for colored girls who have considered suicide with 4th Wall Theatre) as Cast B. The design team will include Costumes by Ramona Ponce (The Mystery of Irma Vep with Red Bull Theater), Lighting by Federico Restrepo (Don Quixote Takes New York at La MaMa), Set by Mike Mroch (Unsex Me Here: The Tragedy of Macbeth at The Brick), Sound by Mark Bruckner (The God Projekt at La MaMa), Livestream Design by Iben Cenholt, and Fight Choreography by Dan Zisson

Edward Einhorn (Playwright/Director) is a playwright, director, opera librettist, and children’s book novelist. Other work includes The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein (HERE; New York Times Critic’s Pick from Jesse Green), planned this season for an Off-West End run at the Jermyn Street Theatre; The Last Cyclist (La MaMa), soon to be broadcast by WNET, the New York PBS affiliate, as part of their Theater Close Up program; A stage adaptation of Jack London’s dystopian socialist novel The Iron Heel (Judson Church and elsewhere), also made into an audio drama podcast; and an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel,  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (3LD). The New York Times has called his work “exquisitely ingenious”, “dramatically shrewd,” and “almost unbearably funny”; Time Out has called it “challenging, thought-provoking,” “mesmerizing,” and “startlingly intense”; and The Village Voice has called it “hilarious, provocative,” and “inspired absurdist comedy.”  

Untitled Theater Company No. 61 (UTC61)is a Theater of Ideas: scientific, political, philosophical, and above all theatrical. UTC61 has been performing independent theater in New York for over 25 years, collaborating with venues such as HERE, The New Ohio, 3LD, La MaMa, The Brick, and other downtown spaces. UTC61 has also maintained a durable partnership with the Czech Republic, originally established through the work with former President Vaclav Havel during the 2006 Havel Festival.  Recent UTC61 work has been Critics’ Picks in The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York. For more information visit www.untitledtheater.com.  

Published by malinism

Malini is a native New Yorker who has been involved in the arts for her entire life. She's served the theatre in many aspects of which she's very proud – actress, director, producer, stage manager, costume designer, prop designer, theatre reviewer, publicist and most recently writer/monologist. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Baruch College and her MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School. In 2003, Malini and her husband, Ian, created Black Henna Productions with a handful of innovative artists. Every member of the company collaborates on every piece, either writing, acting, directing, designing, or filling any other role that fit their own personal skills with a commitment to bring new, exciting, and challenging theatre to the world. She is an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Malini received the Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution to Media, Arts and Culture from the City of New York in 2008. She is also a Person of Godspell which ran at Circle in the Square on Broadway from 2011-2012.

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