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TBTB’s 2018 Season Roars In Mightily

TBTB Hosts Third Playmakers' Intensive Workshop

From November 4 - 13, 2017, TBTB hosted our Third Playmaker's Intensive Workshop. We invited all company members as well as prospective members, to join us for a week of creativity. Actors, writers, and directors formed random teams on November 4th and worked over the week to write and rehearse brand new short plays that were be presented as staged readings to a sold out crowd at ART/NY's Spaces at 520 studios.

It is our intention to develop a cache of new plays while providing an opportunity for our amazing artists to hone their talents. This event also offers an opportunity for our community to see our work as a special “sneak preview" for future short play festivals. It is truly one of our most exciting programs and helps us lay the necessary groundwork for future work. We hope you will join us for our upcoming Intensives in the new year!


(L to R) Ann Marie Morelli, Richard M. Rose, Nicholas Viselli, Satoshi Haga
Rie Fukuzawaand Melanie Boland

 

TBTB Completes Second Landmark Tour Through Japan

For the second time since 2014,TBTB traveled to Japan from September 20 through October 8 to attend the 10th BIRD International Theatre Festival in Tottori and to tour through 3 other Japanese cities. During our 3 week visit, TBTB traveled to Tottori, Nara, Niigata and Tokyo to present, The Other Plays: Drama + Dance = Inclusion. We crafted a unique and groundbreaking production by combining four short plays from our short play festival series with two original modern dance pieces.

TBTB collaborated and toured with binbinFactory, a New York City-based modern dance troupe, created by dancer/choreographers,Satoshi Haga and Rie Fukuzawa. Satoshi and Rie worked with our artists, combining disability and dance to create original works to complement the plays. This was TBTB’s second appearance at the BIRD Festival, having been a part of BIRD 7 in 2014, and our first foray into modern dance. TBTB would especially like to thank both the BIRD Theatre Company and the Japan-United States Friendship Commission for their generous support and hospitality, enabling us to share our work.


(L to R) Ann Marie Morelli, Richard M. Rose, Nicholas Viselli, Satoshi Haga
Rie Fukuzawa and Melanie Boland


In Memorium: Melanie Boland-Davis


Photo by Carol Rosegg

MELANIE BOLAND-DAVIS: 1/28/49 - 10/22/17

TBTB experienced one of our most painful and devastating losses early in our 2018 season, when Melanie Boland-Davis, one of our company’s longest and most beloved core company members, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Melanie was 68 years old.

It’s nearly impossible to imagine TBTB without Melanie. She joined our troupe in 1989 and quickly became a key artist in our company, performing in over 25 productions and tours. Her artistic contributions to our organization elevated our work and helped us grow into a professional Off-Broadway institution.

Melanie was a consummate professional, a generous artist and one of the kindest and gentlest souls we will ever havethe pleasure of knowing. On October 4, 2017, just 18 days before her passing, Melanie gave her final performance with us in Japan. In spite of her illness, she demonstrated her warrior spirit, proving her ability to reach through pain and physical frailty to find strength and achieve grace onstage; Her art was truly her life and there are no words powerful enough to express how much we shall miss her.


 

We wish to give our deepest thanks to the

Japan - United States Friendship Commission and the BIRD Theatre Company TOTTORI
for their incredible support of TBTB’s work and mission.

We are incredibly grateful and honored to be working with you! Your support will allow us to accomplish great things. Thank You!