Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"Gifts": A New Holiday Play By Letter Of Marque Theatre Company

Letter of Marque, a new non-for profit Gowanus-based ensemble theatre group, has committed itself to giving "live performance back to the people by providing free shows at bars and other un-conventional spaces."  The group will be performing its first fully staged play on December 15th and December 16th at the The First Estate in Park Slope.  The play is entitled "Gifts" and is based on O'Henry's "The Gift Of The Magi"
And yes, the performances are free.
Read on:
Emerging company Letter of Marque Theater Co. will be joined by Terry Kinney (co-founder of the Steppenwolf Theater Company) in LOM’s premiere of their new holiday play, Gifts. Kinney, best known for his Tony winning revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, has agreed to collaborate directorially with the young LOM crew, lending his vision to the production which is set for a limited run at the Fifth Estate Bar in Park Slope. 
Based on the well-loved Christmas story “The Gift of the Magi,” Letter of Marque’s Gifts continues where O. Henry’s heartwarming tale of sacrifice leaves off. Gifts follows the lives of a young couple from Christmas to Christmas as they learn and re-learn what it means to give, receive, give up, give over, to love and to be loved. It is a tender glance at the line between giving for the sake of someone else’s happiness and giving for one’s own. 
“Gifts takes O. Henry’s characters 10 years forward, every Christmas eve. And we get to see the characters grow and change,” says writer/director Nolan Kennedy. “It’s about two real people leading real lives. And some great Christmas music, some classic, some we wrote!" 
Letter of Marque is a new non-profit theater company in Gowanus whose mission partially includes presenting high-quality, professional works in un-conventional spaces at little or no cost to its audiences. 
“Theater is a way for people to commune, to be reminded they aren’t alone in this life,” says Kennedy. “It has to be accessible. What could more accessible than a free show in the back of our favorite zebra-themed bar?”
To read more about Letter of Marque Theatre Company, click here .  To get information about upcoming events, follow them on Facebook here.

December 15th and 16th at 7:30PM
506 5th Ave (b/tween 12th and 13th)

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