3.4/ Guild Hall: British Comedy — Angry Young Man, June 3 / June 18

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Guild Hall in association with Urban Stages Present

The American Premiere of the Critically Acclaimed British Comedy


Written by Ben Woolf; Directed by Stephen Hamilton

Opens on March 23, 2017 in NYC & June 3 in East Hampton

Outstanding… Unfaltering… Painstakingly crafted, visually stunning and full of mirth… A beacon of a brave, new and unashamedly entertaining theatre.”– METRO

Guild Hall of East Hampton, in association with New York: Urban Stages present the American Premiere of the award-winning drama Angry Young Man by award-winning playwright Ben Woolf, directed by Stephen Hamilton. The cast features Christopher Daftsios, Rami Margron, Max Samuels, and Nazli Sarpkaya in this fast-paced ensemble piece about a brilliant Middle Eastern surgeon named Yuri who arrives in London in search of work and a new life. Instead he meets Patrick, a young man offering help, friendship, and a trip to the heart of the English countryside. But what they find there reveals some unexpected truths about England. And what Yuri discovers about Patrick forces him to choose between a life in Britain and his honor. 

This limited engagement begins at Urban Stages (259 West 30th Street) with previews on March 17, opens on March 23, and runs in NY through April 9, 2017. The show then moves to Guild Hall in East Hampton where it will be performed with the audience seated on stage. The Guild Hall production previews May 31, opens June 3, and runs through June 18. Tickets for Urban Stages are $40 ($25 during previews) and may be purchased via OvationTix at www.urbanstages.org or by phone at 1.866.811.4111. Tickets for the Guild Hall East Hampton performances are $35 and available at www.GuildHall.org as well as theatermania.com.

Angry Young Man premiered in the UK at Trafalgar Studios, Adelaide Festival in 2012 and received 4 and 5 star reviews. It has been called “Brisk, funny and slicker than an oil spill in a tuxedo is this charming comedy from writer-director Ben Woolf.”– Evening Standard; “For one delirious hour, [they] extract mighty, guilty guffaws of laughter from the flashpoint subject of immigration… Angry Young Man deserves a longer West End life at a later date.”- Daily Telegraph

The design and production team for Angry Young Man includes Sebastian Paczynski (Lighting Design), Frank Oliva (Set Design), Yuka Silvera (Costume Design), David M. Lawson (Sound Design), Doug Mills (Technical Director), Taylor Alyessa Marun (Production Stage Manager),  Brian Clemente (Assistant Stage Manager), Stephanie Klapper (Casting), Joe Trentacosta (Public Relations/Publicity), Peter Napolitano (Associate Producer), Antoinette Mullins (Development & Literary Director) and Olga Devyatisilnaya (Company Manager/Financial Administrator). 

BEN WOOLF (playwright) is an award-winning writer and director. Ben trained with directors Peter Gill, Peter Hall, Michael Grandage, Paul Miller and Rob Ashford.  Working for companies including the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Bush Theatre, Watermill Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, Old Vic, Ambassador Theatre Group and Dreamworks. He was Associate Director of Ivanov with Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hiddleston, Andrea Risborough and Gina McKee and Serenading Louie (both Donmar); Elling with John Simm; Sunset Boulevard (West End); Shrek the Musical (West End); and Staff Director of The History Boys (NT West End).As writer and director plays include: Angry Young Man (Trafalgar Studios, Adelaide Festival) – Critics Pick in The Times, Evening Standard and METRO; Western (Wimbledon Theatre, Prague Festival, Edinburgh); Monologue for an Ensemble (Edinburgh Festival, Oman – British Council).  As director shows include The Billie Holiday Story (Charing Cross Theatre), Mojo (Underground Theatre), Festival of the Spoken Nerd (Edinburgh, Bloomsbury, Vaudeville), Twelfth Night (Alma Tavern).As a filmmaker he has directed documentaries for broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4 and MTV. He has made commercials for clients including McDonalds, Nokia, Burton Snowboards, lastminute.com and Yahoo.Awards include Best Short Film and Young Director Award (Cannes Lions Festival); the Best International New Director (Kinsale Sharks); Best Short Film (Kinsale Sharks); Best Play and Best Show Overall (Adelaide Fringe Festival).  He is the Artistic Director of the Fringe First winning MahWaff Theatre Company.

STEPHEN HAMILTON (Director) producer, actor, director, and teacher, Stephen Hamilton currently serves as Director of The Southampton Theatre Conference, a program of Southampton Graduate Arts at Stony Brook Southampton. In 1991, Steve co-founded Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY, with his wife, Emma Walton Hamilton, and Sybil Christopher. In his seventeen years as Executive Director of Bay Street, Steve oversaw more than 50 productions, including Jon Robin Baitz’ adaptation of Hedda Gabler (Tony nomination, Kate Burton), Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend (Julie Andrews’ directorial debut and National Tour). Other new plays under his tenure included work from Jon Robin Baitz, Paula Vogel, Lanford Wilson, Cynthia Ozick, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Chris Durang, and Rick Dresser, and Diane Paulus. In 2015, Steve directed Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, starring Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf, at the John Drew Theatre. He directed the world premiere of Ira Lewis’ Gross Points, also starring Alec Baldwin, at Bay Street Theatre, in 2001. Other directing credits include Neil LaBute’s The Furies at 59 E.59th Street, Yasmina Reza’s Art at the John Drew Theatre in 2006, and Quack Theatrics production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West at the Stephen Talkhouse in 2001. Also: Uncle Vanya , The Cripple of Inishmaan, and Red, all at the John Drew Theatre. Prior to Bay Street, Steve performed extensively as an actor in film, television, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country, including: Lincoln Center Theatre, Circle in the Square, Soho Rep, The Actor’s Studio, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Capitol Rep, Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, and the Arizona Theatre Company. Steve has taught acting for over 20 years, for Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, at Bay Street, and now as a faculty member of Southampton Graduate Arts. In addition, Steve maintains a private coaching practice for actors at his studio in Sag Harbor. Steve is married to author/educator and Bay Street co-founder Emma Walton Hamilton, and the couple live year-round in Sag Harbor, NY. They have two children, Sam and Hope.

(Producer) is an award-winning, not-for-profit, Off-Broadway Theatre Company founded in 1984 by current Artistic Director Frances Hill. For over 30 years, Urban Stages has produced dozens of world, American and NYC premieres including Pulitzer Prize Finalist Bulrusher (2007) by Eisa Davis. We have been honored with awards, nominations and recognition from the Drama Desk, Obie Awards, Audelco, Outer Critics Circle and much more. For instance, our world premiere of the musical Langston In Harlem by Walter Marks (music and book) and Kent Gash (book and direction) garnered a Drama Desk Nomination, a Joe A. Calloway award and 4 Audelco awards including Best Musical Production of 2010. More recently, Unseamly by Oren Safdie (2015) was a NY Times Critics Pick, Jim Brochu Character Man (2014) was nominated for a Drama Desk and an Outer Critics Circle award for Best Solo performance and Honky (2013) by Greg Kalleres saw a regional run at San Diego Rep and was televised nationally on PBS in late 2015. After production, most plays move on to larger venues. Men On The Verge Of A Hispanic Breakdown by Guillermo Reyes and Minor Demons by Bruce Graham both moved to commercial theatres. Chili Queen, a play by newscaster Jim Lehrer, transferred to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (1989). My Occasion Of Sin (2012) by Monica Bauer won critical acclaim when it moved to Detroit Rep. Bill Bowers has toured the United States and the world with his two Urban Stages premieres blending mime and theatre – Beyond Words (2012) and Under A Montana Moon (2002)! Some Urban Stages premieres have even been developed into film and television projects such as Scar by Murray Mednick, Conversations With The Goddesses by Agapi Stassinopoulos, and Cotton Mary by Alexandra Viets. In addition to plays and musicals, annually we hold a music festival – Winter Rhythms – that features famous and up-and-coming Cabaret, musicians, lyricists and other music artists. In 2016, Winter Rhythms was honored with the Bistro Award for Outstanding Series, and in 2015, it received the Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series MAC Award from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs.

THE JOHN DREW THEATER AT GUILD HALL, with its familiar trompe l’oeil circus-tent ceiling, is a beloved landmark of East Hampton. In its early years the theater served as a summer testing ground for productions en route to Broadway. Playwrights such as Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill credited Guild Hall with helping to establish their reputations and Norah Ephron and Delia Ephron tried out “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” before its long Broadway run. The 360-seat theater evolved into a vital year-round institution with over 100 presentations per year, including plays, opera, concerts, film, readings, comedy, dance, lectures, and symposia. Recent renovations retained the theater’s original 1931 charm while providing state-of-the-art technical standards with an automated lighting grid and fully digital audio. The roster of world-class performers who have made recent appearances at the Drew includes Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning luminaries Audra McDonald, Steve Martin, Blythe Danner, Laurie Metcalf, Alec Baldwin, Marlo Thomas, Leslie Odom Jr., Patti Lupone, Liza Minnelli, Wynton Marsalis and The NY Philharmonic; dance companies Alvin Ailey, and The NYC Ballet; performance artists Laurie Anderson, John Leguizamo and Meredith Monk; directors Robert Wilson, Susan Stroman, Tony Walton and Julie Taymor; comedians Louis CK, Joy Behar, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, JB Smoove; and legendary rockers Mavis Staples, Patti Smith and The Beach Boys.


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GUILD HALL, East Hampton


Founded over 80 years ago, Guild Hall is the Hampton’s year-round visual and performing arts center wholly dedicated to serving the residents, members, families, and artists of the East End. The center offers the community, as well as visitors and tourists, enriching experiences by presenting relevant and meaningful programs and events, working in collaboration with artists, and providing a meeting place for the community. For more information and to become a Guild Hall member, visit www.GuildHall.org


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