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Crime and Punishment in America
Cops by Terry Curtis Fox and
Hello Out There by William Saroyan

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Crime and Punishment in America: Two Intense One-Act Dramas

January 9-31, 2015
Gunston Theatre Two (directions)

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Cops by Terry Curtis Fox
Hello Out There by William Saroyan


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The American Century Theater begins the new year and its final season with two tense one-act plays in an evening that echoes the explosive issues emanating from Ferguson, Missouri, New York, Oakland and beyond. In Cops by Terry Curtis Fox, police find themselves in a shoot-out with a young African-American male, and in William Saroyan’s classic Hello Out There, a wrongly imprisoned young black man tries to find the best of humanity while trying to survive in a small Texas town. Both are encore productions: Hello Out There garnered the company’s first Helen Hayes nomination in its second season, and Cops was among the company’s best-received shows, placing the audience in the middle of violent action as only a black box theater can.

From a story and dialogue originally roughed out by David Mamet, Cops is a real-time portrayal of a bloody hostage showdown between police and a fugitive in a gritty diner. Stephen Jarrett, who directed the first production for TACT, returns with a cast that includes Dan Alexander, Nello DeBlasio, Ann De Michele, Rob Heckart, Chaz Pando, Bruce Alan Rauscher, and Anthony van Eyck.

Cops is followed by the poetic and thoughtful Hello Out There, William Saroyan’s most produced play. The “Punishment” chapter of the evening, Hello Out There is the tale of a lonely, jailed hero and an unlikely romance that evokes both hope and hopelessness. Ellen Dempsey returns to TACT to direct a cast with Bru Ajueyitsi, Ric Andersen, Rachel Caywood, and Madelyn Farris.

The show’s production manager and sound designer is Ed Moser, with set design by Trena M. Weiss, and lighting design by Peter Caress. The technical team is rounded out by Stage Manager Lindsey E. Moore, costume design by Marilyn Johnson with the assistance of Catherine Casino, properties design by Kevin Laughon, and master carpentry by Michael Salmi.

Please join us following the performance on Sunday afternoon, January 18, when Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger joins Artistic Director Jack Marshall and the cast of Cops to discuss the drama's evocation of some of the controversial police practices that have stoked protests and racial controversy in recent months.

Note: This performance contains loud noises, smoke effects, and coarse language.

Running time: Approximately two hours, including one 15-minute intermission.










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Calendar of Performances for
Crime and Punishment in America

January 2015

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          8:00 PM 8:00 PM
TALKBACK
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2:30 PM     8:00 PM
PWYC
8:00 PM
TALKBACK
8:00 PM 2:30 PM
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2:30 PM
TALKBACK
      8:00 PM 8:00 PM 2:30 PM
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2:30 PM       8:00 PM 8:00 PM 2:30 PM
8:00 PM

PWYC indicates "pay what you can" - no advance reservations are accepted.

OPEN REHEARSAL A full-scale rehearsal with costumes, sets and lights. The director may stop and start the performance at any time. No Charge. No advance reservations accepted.

PREVIEW performances are "pay what you can" - see previous line.

TALKBACK indicates a post-show discussion following the performance.

PRE-SHOW DISCUSSION indicates a discussion beginning one hour prior to the performance.



To order free tickets for children under 18, click here.

For group sales, contact boxoffice@americancentury.org.

 


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