James Edward Becton
Dress of Fire: Anais Nin Goes to Hell: Clover
The Fall always seems to be the most lucrative for me with regards to artistic expression. I have been quite busy in working on three projects, simultaneously.
Below, you'll find all the information for these three very different events. I am rather proud of each piece and cannot wait to share these projects with you.
Austin Pendleton appears in a special presentation of Nina Kethevan's timely drama,
DRESS OF FIRE. Troy's Twilight of Empire as a cautionary tale for our own modern machinations. I'll be reprising my role as The King of Ethiopia
Performing: Theatre 54. 244 W.54th st, 12th flr. NYC
Thursday, October 13th at 2pm and 6pm. Friday , Oct. 14th at 2pm.
These three performances are Producer/Backer readings.
In Dress of Fire, The Trojan War is seen through the eyes of the women forced to endure man's need for power, Queen Hecuba, clairvoyant Cassandra, and she whose face launched a thousand ships, Helen of Troy.
As the conflict rages around the walls of the city (whose dilemma strangely resembles that of a modern superpower), each passionate character is as much preoccupied by her own personal drama as by the impending disaster that will sweep it all away. All their fates weave together as Helen of Troy weaves her loom.
"The twilight of this distant empire does not need a change of names for us to recognize the play is all about us," says Ms. Kethevan; she concluded by saying "I'm reminded of Native-American leader, Chief Si'ahl (for whom Seattle was named) and his powerful speech: "Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. All things are bound together. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves." Mr. Pendleton added "[this is a] passionately beautiful play ... so full of beautiful, magical, and unexpected things."
Negotiations are underway for a more substantial run.
Anais Nin Goes to Hell
With direction by Antonio Minino
Performances are October 14-29 at The Theater at the 14th Street Y.
Tickets are $18-$25 and can be purchased online by visiting 14streety.org/anaisnin or by calling (646) 395-4310.
Manhattan Theatre Works and Goode Productions, in association with The Theater at the 14th Street Y, will present the return of Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell by David Stallings. The existential comedy received a workshop production as part of the New York International Fringe Festival in 2008.
The characters in Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell are some of the most powerful women in history—Queen Victoria, Cleopatra, Andromeda, Heloise and Joan of Arc—gathered together on an island in the afterlife. Their worlds are suddenly turned upside down by the arrival of writer Anaïs Nin.
The show stars James Edward Becton, Mel House, Amanda Jones, Richard Lindenfelzer, Nylda Mark, Madalyn McKay, Hannah Seusy and Stephanie Willing.
The production will feature scenic design by Blair Mielnik, lighting design by Dan Gallagher, costume design by Izzy Fields and sound design by Martha Goode (executive producer). The production’s line producer is Collin Bradley, and the production stage manager is Rachel Denise April.
World Premiere of Clover
Written by Erik Ehn
Directed by Glory Kadigan
December 01 - December 16, 2016
Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30PM; Sunday at 2PM
First Floor Theatre | 74a East 4th Street
$18 Adults; $13 Students/Seniors
A killer walks in a circle, finds a killer, circles the killed. Experimental writer Erik Ehn’s latest play about the violent and universal cycle of life follows the tragedy of Emmett Till and his mother that helped spur the Civil Rights Movement as well as three other stories, illustrating America’s history of violence towards those most vulnerable. Society cannot hide from any of this, from losing, moving, seeing, longing. This poetic and lyrical play creates a unique world where the victims are allowed to show the killer himself again, and again, despite…
In this stunning piece, I'll be portraying the role of Emmett Tills' father, Louis along side JoAnna Rhinehart who will once again play my wife.