In the Summer Pavilion
59e59 Theaters
October 12 through November 3, 2012

Cast and creative team


Rachel Mewbron (Clarissa) is so thrilled to be a part of this company. A Georgia Peach turned New Yorker her recent stage credits include Abigail in The Crucible (Hartford Stage)- Connecticut Broadway World Award: Best Supporting Actress, Alice in You Can’t Take It With You (Chautauqua Theatre Company), Miranda in The Tempest (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Hannah in Be Aggressive and Celie in The Language of Angels (Synchronicity Performance Group), Edinburgh Fringe, Samuel French Festival, NYC International Fringe. Favorite NYU credits include Erika in HmatrixH (director: Mark Wing-Davey and Jim Calder), Jo in boom (director: Hal Brooks), April in Acquainted with the Night (director: Rachel Chavkin). MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program. Appearing courtesy Actors Equity Association.



Ryan Barry (Ben) Upcoming: Red (Merrimack Rep), The Last Seder (Theatre Three). New York:Treasure Island (Irondale Center) As Wide As I Can See (HERE Arts Center) In the Summer Pavilion (New York International Fringe, (*Outstanding Excellence in Performance Award), The Temp (SoHo Playhouse), Reading Under The Influence (Bank of America Festival), Romeo and Juliet (QAS) Regional:Travesties w/ Sam Waterston (Long Wharf Theatre), American Buffalo (Elm Shakespeare Company) Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Shakespeare and Company),Grease (Barrington Stage Company), The Winters Tale (Elm Shakespeare Company) A Midsummer Nights Dream (Hubbard Hall) Film: In the Summer Pavilion.


Meena Dimian (Nabile) is an Emmy® nominated Egyptian-American actor, producer, and international television personality. Currently, he hosts the #1 panel talk show in the Middle East: The View – Arabia, on Abu Dhabi-1. He has been featured on network television on Comedy Central, CNN, TLC, and The BBC. He was chosen to perform in NBC’s and CBS’ national diversity showcases. He’s featured in Rabbit Bandini’s film Black Dog, Red Dog and Firebreak’s The Cradle of Comedy, screening this year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After starring in Meanwhile in Baghdad (4 Stars – Time-Out NY) in the 2008 NY Fringe, he also played Nabile in the 2011 NY Fringe Festival production of In the Summer Pavilion and in the film adaptation, set to be released in 2013. Meena is currently producing and starring in the first television series to be shot in the US for Middle Eastern audiences, expected to be released internationally in 2013.


Kathy Gail MacGowan (Director): Recent NY Credits: In The Summer Pavilion, by Paul David Young, 59E59th Street Theaters. The Lover by Harold Pinter & Eden by Eugene O’Brien, Abingdon Theater; Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, The Stella Adler Studio; In The Summer Pavilion by Paul David Young, (Backstage Critic’s Pick, NY Int’l Fringe Festival); Rumpelstiltskin by Deb Roberts, adaptation and direction, WorkShop Theater Company; The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute, The Cell Theater; Festival Winners: Crossing Borders by Pat Montley and The Enlightenment of Mrs Cartwell by Daniel Damiano (Estrogenius, MTS), Seal Songs by Jennifer Fell Hayes (MITF) Outstanding Award Nominee; Gifted Child by Eddie Antar (The Network, Best Director, nominee); Samuel French OOBR Festival Final Forty: HR by Eric Coble (’10), Seal Song by Jennifer Hayes (’09), and The Fatwa of Corpsman Johnny Jones by Greg Oliver Bodine (12) . Up Next: The Golden Year by Daniel Damiano. Kathy was a 2010 Drama League Directing Finalist; MFA The New School for Drama 2009. www.kathygailmacgowan.com


Paul David Young (Playwright) won the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. He has been produced at MoMA PS1, Marlborough Gallery, the Living Theatre, Lion Theatre, Kraine Theater and the Red Room, and, in Icelandic, at the Kaffileikhusid in Reykjavik. The Kerr Fellow at the Millay Colony, the Pearlman Fellow at Djerassi, a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and a 2011-12 writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, he graduated from Yale College, Columbia Law School, and New School for Drama. He is a Contributing Editor at PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press) and writes for Art in America. His translation, with Carl Weber, of Heiner Müller’s Anatomy Titus Fall of Rome will be published in 2012 in Heiner Müller After Shakespeare. His book, Turning Theatre into Art, will be issued by MIT Press/PAJ in 2013. He wrote the screenplay for and directed the feature film of In the Summer Pavilion, to be released in 2013 (Lisa Cortes, 2-time Academy Award-winner “Precious,” Executive Producer).www.pauldavidyoung.com.

Julian Evans (Sound Designer) is a sound designer and music producer with an ear for unusual sounds. Theatrical sound design credits include Prophet in Pink (NYC Fringe), Trouble (NYMF), Crazy, Just Like Me (NYMF), A Man of No Importance (Gallery Players), Mad Honey (Unseam’d Shakespeare), and #nyc (Ugly Rhino Productions). Cinematic sound design credits include The Mercury Men (SyFy Network), Privacy (Hard Headed Films), and It Came From Yesterday (Clear Conscience Pictures). Julian also served as musical director for original productions of West Side Story and Cry-Baby: The Musical at Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned his BA in Music Production. When in doubt, fade it out! www.julianevans.info
Bethany Ellen Clark

Bethany Ellen Clark (Stage Manager) is very proud and excited to be a part of the Summer Pavilion team. Originating from Boston Massachusetts, Bethany is a recent graduate of the Purchase College Design Technology program. Recent credits include work with the NYC Fringe Festival, Clubbed Thumb Summer Works and Planet Connections Festivity.)

Kia Rogers (Lighting Designer): Off Broadway: Pressing Empty at Danspace at St. Mark’s, Sistas The Musical at St. Luke’s, Made In Heaven at The SoHo Playhouse, Passage through Light and Shadows at Theatre at St. Clement’s. International credits: Associate Lighting Designer for Slutforart/98.6 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Muna Tseng. Kia also works with the South Carolina Governor School of the Arts and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as a guest artist for dance and theatre. Ajax in Iraq, produced by Flux Theatre Ensemble: “Kia Rogers’s savvy lighting intensifies scene after scene.” The New York Times, Anita Gates, June 17, 2011. Assistant credits include working with Justin Townsend, Thomas Dunn, Nicole Pearce, and Matthew Richards. Kia was the resident lighting designer at Manhattan Theatre Source and lighting director for Estrogenius since 2007. Her website is: www.krogersld.com.

In the Summer Pavilion, 59e59 Theaters, 2012, Production Stills:


In the Summer Pavilion

Film Adaptation


Katie Foster (Clarissa)Katie Foster began acting professionally when she starred in a Kennedy Center musical at age twelve. Over the past decade, she has built an impressive career imbued with charismatic and insightful acting. Her film debut arrived with a role opposite George Clooney and Max Minghella in the 2005 blockbuster “Syriana,” and she has since followed the performance with roles in independent shorts and features in Los Angeles, London, and Philadelphia. Armed with twelve years of training and performance with the Washington Ballet, a theatre degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and experience singing in both John Legend’s college a cappella group (Counterparts, www.penncounterparts.com) and a popular ’80s cover band, Foster is currently pursuing her craft bicoastally and enjoys representation in both Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Ryan Barry

(Ben) Upcoming: Red (Merrimack Rep), The Last Seder (Theatre Three). New York:Treasure Island (Irondale Center) As Wide As I Can See (HERE Arts Center) In the Summer Pavilion (New York International Fringe, (*Outstanding Excellence in Performance Award), The Temp (SoHo Playhouse), Reading Under The Influence (Bank of America Festival), Romeo and Juliet (QAS) Regional:Travesties w/ Sam Waterston (Long Wharf Theatre), American Buffalo (Elm Shakespeare Company) Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Shakespeare and Company),Grease (Barrington Stage Company), The Winters Tale (Elm Shakespeare Company) A Midsummer Nights Dream (Hubbard Hall) Film: In the Summer Pavilion.

Meena Dimian

Meena is an Emmy® nominated Egyptian-American actor, producer, and international television personality. Currently, he hosts the #1 panel talk show in the Middle East: The View – Arabia, on Abu Dhabi-1. He has been featured on network television on Comedy Central, CNN, TLC, and The BBC. He was chosen to perform in NBC’s and CBS’ national diversity showcases. He’s featured in Rabbit Bandini’s film Black Dog, Red Dog and Firebreak’s The Cradle of Comedy, screening this year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After starring in Meanwhile in Baghdad (4 Stars – Time-Out NY) in the 2008 NY Fringe, he also played Nabile in the 2011 NY Fringe Festival production of In the Summer Pavilion and in the film adaptation, set to be released in 2013. Meena is currently producing and starring in the first television series to be shot in the US for Middle Eastern audiences, expected to be released internationally in 2013.

Paul David Young

(Screen Writer / Director) won the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. He has been produced at MoMA PS1, Marlborough Gallery, the Living Theatre, Lion Theatre, Kraine Theater and the Red Room, and, in Icelandic, at the Kaffileikhusid in Reykjavik. The Kerr Fellow at the Millay Colony, the Pearlman Fellow at Djerassi, a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and a 2011-12 writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, he graduated from Yale College, Columbia Law School, and New School for Drama. He is a Contributing Editor at PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press) and writes for Art in America. His translation, with Carl Weber, of Heiner Müller’s Anatomy Titus Fall of Rome will be published in 2012 in Heiner Müller After Shakespeare. His book, Turning Theatre into Art, will be issued by MIT Press/PAJ in 2013. He wrote the screenplay for and directed the feature film of In the Summer Pavilion, to be released in 2013 (Lisa Cortes, 2-time Academy Award-winner “Precious,” Executive Producer).www.pauldavidyoung.com.

Hilary Stabb

(Producer)Hilary is the founder of Ardent Creative, providing private creative consultation, story development and production services for feature films. She has established relationships with several US film festivals. Hilary’s recent Executive Producing credits include BLUE CAPRICE (starring Isaiah Washington and Tim Blake Nelson) and KNUCKLEHEAD (starring Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe). She is also a producer on the charming indie comedy PUTZEL, (starring Jack Carpenter, and Melanie Lynskey), premiering at the Woodstock Film Festival. Prior to Ardent Creative, Hilary worked with Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers LLP for 7 years as lead producing consultant for films including two-time Oscar winner PRECIOUS, and Oscar nominated THE VISITOR.

Kim Jackson

(Producer) Kim founded Streetwise Pictures to provide production services and investor relations for feature film. Some of her credits include, INSIDE MAN directed by Spike Lee, MUNICH directed by Steven Spielberg, and CLICK directed by Frank Coraci. As producer her credits include, TUB (Sundance 2010), TRAN.SI.TIONS (Hamptons Film Festival 2010), CHILDREN OF GOD (Newfest, Outfest 2010, HBO), GUN HILL ROAD (Sundance 2011 competition, 2011 Theatrical Release). Kim is currently in post production with BLUE CAPRICE directed by Alexandre Moors, THE SHELLS directed by Max Finneran and THE WAVE MAKER a documentary directed by Kiira Benzing. Ms. Jackson got her start in Los Angeles at Disney/Touchstone and currently resides in Manhattan.

Lisa Cortes

(Executive Producer)
Vitaly Bosker

(Director of Photography)

Cinematography by
Vitaly Bokser

Makeup Department
Cati James …. assistant makeup artist
Heidi Pakdel …. makeup designer

Production Management
Jesse R. Tendler …. production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Samantha Cheirif …. second assistant director
Jesse R. Tendler …. assistant director

Art Department
Natalie Garcia-Mayor …. set designer

Sound Department
Sean Hamilton …. sound

Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Astarita …. key grip
Amanda Lola Banks …. second assistant camera
Mark Boucher …. best boy grip
Maria Cabra …. camera operator: second unit
Maria Cabra …. first assistant camera
Maria Cabra …. second assistant camera
Yousuke Kiname …. assistant camera
Patrick Myers …. best boy electric
Pat O’Callaghan …. gaffer
Eduard Ordonez …. swing

Costume and Wardrobe Department
Scout Isensee …. wardrobe supervisor

Other Crew
Dolapo Adewole …. production assistant
Frankie Appelgate …. production assistant
Sabrina Hilpp …. production assistant
Daniel Jaffe …. production assistant
Arielle Markowitz …. production assistant
Eric Oh …. production assistant
Tracey Pine …. production assistant
Paola Ramirez-Santarriaga …. production assistant
Ari Saperstein …. production assistant
Aina Segui …. production assistant
Federico Szarfer …. production assistant
Kristyna Tchir …. production assistant
Ariana Villalobos …. script supervisor
Ann West …. production assistant

Stills from Film Adaptation of In the Summer Pavilion

In the Summer Pavilion, New York International Fringe Festival, 2011, Living Theatre

by Paul David Young

directed by Kathy Gail MacGowan

Ryan Barry*…………..………......………….BEN
Meena Dimian………….…….……….….NABILE
Julia Taylor Ross…………....……….CLARISSA

Place: a summer house in Maine
Time: the present and its futures

Stage Manager…….…..………Laura Hirschberg
Lighting Designer……………………..Kia Rogers
Sound Designer…………………Kristyn R. Smith
Press/Publicity……………………..Scotti Rhodes

*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

In the Summer Pavilion premiered at the Living Theatre as part of the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2011; a presentation of Go In Her Room Productions and the Present Company.

In the Summer Pavilion
The Living theater - New York International Fringe Festival 2011 - Cast and Creative team

Julia Taylor Ross

Julia is a 2010 graduate of The New School for Drama in New York. She was most recently seen as ‘Sophia’ in the independent film THE SILENT HOUSE, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Julia just completed filming a television pilot for CTV entitled SAVING HOPE. She guest starred on the highly rated summer series ROOKIE BLUE for ABC as well as the Canadian Movie Network’s mini-series BLOOD LETTING & MIRACULOUS CURES. Born to a Canadian mother and a Chinese father in the UK, Julia studied at University College London then moved to the USA in 2002 and graduated from Harvard. While there she performed on the main stage at the prestigious American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, and on Cape Cod in THE INTELLIGENT DESIGN OF JENNY CHOW at the W.H.A.T. stock company. Julia lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Erik.

Ryan Barry

(Ben) Upcoming: Red (Merrimack Rep), The Last Seder (Theatre Three). New York:Treasure Island (Irondale Center) As Wide As I Can See (HERE Arts Center) In the Summer Pavilion (New York International Fringe, (*Outstanding Excellence in Performance Award), The Temp (SoHo Playhouse), Reading Under The Influence (Bank of America Festival), Romeo and Juliet (QAS) Regional:Travesties w/ Sam Waterston (Long Wharf Theatre), American Buffalo (Elm Shakespeare Company) Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Shakespeare and Company),Grease (Barrington Stage Company), The Winters Tale (Elm Shakespeare Company) A Midsummer Nights Dream (Hubbard Hall) Film: In the Summer Pavilion.

Meena Dimian

Meena is an Emmy® nominated Egyptian-American actor, producer, and international television personality. Currently, he hosts the #1 panel talk show in the Middle East: The View – Arabia, on Abu Dhabi-1. He has been featured on network television on Comedy Central, CNN, TLC, and The BBC. He was chosen to perform in NBC’s and CBS’ national diversity showcases. He’s featured in Rabbit Bandini’s film Black Dog, Red Dog and Firebreak’s The Cradle of Comedy, screening this year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After starring in Meanwhile in Baghdad (4 Stars – Time-Out NY) in the 2008 NY Fringe, he also played Nabile in the 2011 NY Fringe Festival production of In the Summer Pavilion and in the film adaptation, set to be released in 2013. Meena is currently producing and starring in the first television series to be shot in the US for Middle Eastern audiences, expected to be released internationally in 2013.


Kathy Gail MacGowan

(Director) Recent NY Credits: In The Summer Pavilion, by Paul David Young, 59E59th Street Theaters. The Lover by Harold Pinter & Eden by Eugene O’Brien, Abingdon Theater; Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, The Stella Adler Studio; In The Summer Pavilion by Paul David Young, (Backstage Critic’s Pick, NY Int’l Fringe Festival); Rumpelstiltskin by Deb Roberts, adaptation and direction, WorkShop Theater Company; The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute, The Cell Theater; Festival Winners: Crossing Borders by Pat Montley and The Enlightenment of Mrs Cartwell by Daniel Damiano (Estrogenius, MTS), Seal Songs by Jennifer Fell Hayes (MITF) Outstanding Award Nominee; Gifted Child by Eddie Antar (The Network, Best Director, nominee); Samuel French OOBR Festival Final Forty: HR by Eric Coble (’10), Seal Song by Jennifer Hayes (’09), and The Fatwa of Corpsman Johnny Jones by Greg Oliver Bodine (12) . Up Next: The Golden Year by Daniel Damiano. Kathy was a 2010 Drama League Directing Finalist; MFA The New School for Drama 2009. www.kathygailmacgowan.com

Paul David Young

(Playwright) won the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. He has been produced at MoMA PS1, Marlborough Gallery, the Living Theatre, Lion Theatre, Kraine Theater and the Red Room, and, in Icelandic, at the Kaffileikhusid in Reykjavik. The Kerr Fellow at the Millay Colony, the Pearlman Fellow at Djerassi, a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and a 2011-12 writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, he graduated from Yale College, Columbia Law School, and New School for Drama. He is a Contributing Editor at PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press) and writes for Art in America. His translation, with Carl Weber, of Heiner Müller’s Anatomy Titus Fall of Rome will be published in 2012 in Heiner Müller After Shakespeare. His book, Turning Theatre into Art, will be issued by MIT Press/PAJ in 2013. He wrote the screenplay for and directed the feature film of In the Summer Pavilion, to be released in 2013 (Lisa Cortes, 2-time Academy Award-winner “Precious,” Executive Producer).www.pauldavidyoung.com.

Kia Rogers

(Lighting Designer) Off Broadway: Pressing Empty at Danspace at St. Mark’s, Sistas The Musical at St. Luke’s, Made In Heaven at The SoHo Playhouse, Passage through Light and Shadows at Theatre at St. Clement’s. International credits: Associate Lighting Designer for Slutforart/98.6 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Muna Tseng. Kia also works with the South Carolina Governor School of the Arts and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as a guest artist for dance and theatre. Ajax in Iraq, produced by Flux Theatre Ensemble: “Kia Rogers’s savvy lighting intensifies scene after scene.” The New York Times, Anita Gates, June 17, 2011. Assistant credits include working with Justin Townsend, Thomas Dunn, Nicole Pearce, and Matthew Richards. Kia was the resident lighting designer at Manhattan Theatre Source and lighting director for Estrogenius since 2007. Her website is: www.krogersld.com.
Kristyn R. Smith

(Sound Designer) Kristyn is currently the technical director for St. Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo. In addition, she recently directed and co-produced with Silent Bugler Productions, The Beard, for the BoCoCa Arts Festival. She has also sound designed for The New School for Drama, New York University, Astoria Performing Arts, Gallery Players, Weston Playhouse, and Bard Summerscape.

Laura Hirschberg

(Stage Manager) is a New York-based stage manager/director/playwright. Previous stage management credits include: Magic & Mayhem (WorkShop Theater), Are You There, Zeus? It’s Me, Electra. (Lookingglass Theatre, Bleeker Street Theater), Abby & June (The Tank), The Magic Flute (Kaye Playhouse), Fate, Fury and Musical Theatre (Red Room), and Don Giovanni (Kaye Playhouse). This is Laura’s NY Fringe debut!

PRESS:

Backstage.com “CRITIC’S PICK”!
Review: 'In the Summer Pavilion'
Go in Her Room Productions at the Living Theatre as part of the New York International Fringe Festival

Reviewed by Erik Haagensen
AUGUST 14, 2011


Photo by Paul Young
Paul David Young has written a deceptively quiet winner with his new one-hour one-act, "In the Summer Pavilion." Set on an alcohol- and LSD-fueled summer night in the titular location, three 20-something friends experience a multiplicity of futures that might be theirs in shared hallucinations. Surprisingly straightforward, richly compassionate, and directed with clarity and intelligence by Kathy Gail MacGowan, the show is an early highlight of the Fringe.

Young shows an impressive awareness of both the shifting, halting, yet unlimited hopes of youth and the realities of circumscription that experience brings. His characters—the rich but unfocused and insecure Ben (Ryan Barry); the mercurial, confident, also wealthy Nabile (Meena Dimian) who has masculinity issues; and the artistic, self-contained, yet loyal Clarissa (Julia Taylor Ross), whose drive is the strongest—accrete into complex beings as much through the differences in their possible futures as through their similarities. All three actors do excellent work, with the shaggily sexy Barry getting to show the greatest range, including a strong delivery of Young's intriguing and enticing prologue.

A final shout out to lighting designer Kia Rogers and sound designer Kristyn R. Smith, whose clean, simple work, limited by the primitive Living Theatre venue, nevertheless immeasurably supports and enhances the proceedings.

Presented by Go to Her Room Productions as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at the Living Theatre, 21 Clinton St., NYC. Aug. 13–22. Remaining performances: Sun., Aug. 14, 4:45 p.m.; Mon., Aug. 15, 4 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 20, noon; Mon., Aug. 22, 8:15 p.m. (866) 468-7619 or www.fringenyc.org.

http://www.backstage.com/bso/reviews-ny-theatre-off-off-broadway/ny-review-in-the-summer-pavilion-1005316062.story

Fringe Festival report: 'Greenland' breaks the ice; 'Pavilion' deserves Maine-stream audience
BY JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ
DAILY NEWS THEATER CRITIC
Friday, August 26th 2011, 4:00 AM

The New York International Fringe Festival, which wraps up its 15th season Sunday, deserves dings for some of the weaker shows it puts on stage.
But there are also always gems. Finding them is the trick.
Happily, two wonderfully realized works have helped reaffirm my faith in stage samplers. Both have completed their runs, but deserve a mention.
Ice figures prominently in "Greenland," Nicolas Billon's quietly disarming drama from Canada about a family cracked apart by a fatal accident.
It clinks in a glass, fires up a dedicated glacialist and mirrors the frozen heart of an unhappy wife.
. . . .


Ryan Barry and Julia Taylor Ross at a "Summer" retreat. (Paul Young)

Paul David Young's hour-long one-act "In the Summer Pavilion," likewise boasts an achy and richly observant story and a talented ensemble.
Set in Maine at a wealthy kid's family warm-weather retreat and propelled by a potent cocktail of liquor laced with LSD, the plot follows three Ivy Leaguers. That includes the unsure Ben (Ryan Barry, remarkably deft), arty Clarissa (Julia Taylor Ross) and bossy Nabile (Meena Dimian), whose ever-entwined futures unfold in a series of dream sequences. Those fantasies play out intriguingly in Kathy Gail MacGowan's unfussy staging.
Young, a New York writer, displays an understanding of human behavior. Triangles are tricky; inevitably someone gets left out in the cold.
Once he's past his intentionally starchy prologue, the playwright also shows a keen ear for everyday dialogue.
With one exception: Nabile's "Gatsby"-esque habit of addressing Ben as "my boy" jarred every time he said it.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2011/08/26/2011-08-26_fringe_festival_report_greenland_breaks_the_ice_pavilion_deserves_mainestream_au.html#ixzz1WXa0tBYW

Village Voice
The Arts
The New York Fringe Fest: Cocaine-Snorting Juliet Meets Japanese Electra
By C.C. Kellogg Tue., Aug. 23 2011 at 5:57 PM
Categories: The Arts, Theater
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We stepped back into this year's New York International Fringe Festival, which continues through Sunday. Below, some highlights and lowlights of a recent batch of theater-going.

Philosophically Bent Piece
Highlight: In the Summer Pavilion
Inspired by German philosopher Reinhart Koselleck, Paul David Young's poetic script explores the (possible) futures of three recent college grads, portrayed by a talented young cast. Meena Dimian's Nabile is dangerously charming in each of his many incarnations, and Julia Taylor Rose's Clarissa morphs seamlessly from idealistic college student into jaded professional and back again. But Ryan Barry's Ben stands out most in his infectiously anxious vitality. Kia Roger's lighting is also noteworthy: She defines half a dozen decades and spaces with ease, no small feat considering the limited light board.
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/08/nycs_fringe_festival.php

In the Summer Pavilion
nytheatre.com review
FringeNYC Festival Review
Jo Ann Rosen • August 13, 2011
“Edginess pervades this 70-minute drama, focusing on the vagaries of the future and the fear of not measuring up to expectations.”
“The playwright has written smart characters and arms them with lyrical vocabulary, challenging arguments, and insatiable demands as weapons against their competition. Of course, they are each other’s competition.”
“Kathy Gail MacGowan directs the superb cast with a firm hand. Meena Dimian is suave and resourceful as Nabile. His character is first to step up to the plate in the pavilion and announce, ‘Let the games begin.’ Is this the game of life? Who among them will be winners? Nabile is a gambler and comfortable with the odds he’s been dealt. He is a world traveler. Clarissa, played by the lovely Julia Taylor Ross, grows from earthily appealing in the pavilion to elegant, sharp-tongued, and unapproachably elite. Ryan Barry plays Ben with all the insecurities of a recent grad, unsure of what he wants and where he will go.”
“Kia Rogers's lighting is downright magic. In one scene, Ben’s right eye looks positively evil. Sound designer Kristyn R. Smith employs artful transitions between scenes. This is an unusual play that requires some thought. It’s worth seeing.”

http://www.nytheatre.com/showpage.aspx?s=inth12982

CURTAIN UP! REVIEW
In the Summer Pavilion
In its own way, Paul David Young's In the Summer Pavilion is a perfect little play. Its premise is psychologically intriguing: What if there were multiple futures and you could see them all at once? The response to this question is surreally teased out in Young's 90-minute drama. The action begins when three recent Princeton grads drop acid on one wild Maine night and hallucinate their futures. They bend time, unleash ambitions, and rearrange themselves into new futuristic situations. This is a noirish comedy that allows the audience to witness the wreckage of dreams fulfilled-in-a-hurry. As you accompany this trio down their yellow brick road to success, you will likely recall that old maxim: Be careful what you wish for. Not only do these hedonistic characters immediately get to live in their mail-order futures, they enter a bizarre love triangle that works hetero-, homo-, and bi-sexually. Tautly directed by Kathy Gail MacGowan, this play is one terrifying comedy. Meena Dimian, as Nabile, creates a thoroughly slick mixture of intellectual schmaltz and all-American bonhomie. Ryan Barry, as Ben, is insecurity personified, albeit with a charming flair. And the pretty Julia Taylor Ross, as Clarissa, is impeccably poised as the colossally successful art dealer. This play tells the future with Freudian density and a phantasmagoric air. A Bacchanalian feast crossed with a coming-of-age rite, this disquieting work will make you stop yearning for magic bullets and instant results. Let us have more Young. At Living Theatre. 90 minutes. [Donovan]
http://www.curtainup.com/fringe11.html#Pavilion

PLAYBILL.com
Paul David Young's In the Summer Pavilion Will Make World Premiere at FringeNYC
By Michael Gioia
25 Jul 2011

Paul David Young
Go In Her Room Productions in association with The Present Company will present the world premiere of In the Summer Pavilion, a new play by Paul David Young, beginning Aug. 13 at the Living Theater as part of the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC).
In the Summer Pavilion, directed by Kathy Gail MacGowan, runs through Aug. 22 and features a cast that includes Meena Dimian, Ryan Barry and Julia Taylor Ross.
"A party at a summer house in Maine turns serious when a vulnerable young man is seduced by his two college friends, one male, the other female, into a frightening game under the influence of LSD," according to press notes. "In the Summer Pavilion hurtles him repeatedly forward in time to see multiple selves and futures, any of which could be his. The hedonism and ambiguous sexuality of their idealistic youth twist in their love triangle as they witness what is yet to come."
For more information on In the Summer Pavilion, visit www.inthesummerpavilion.com.
Playbill
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/153018-Paul-David-Youngs-In-the-Summer-Pavilion-Will-Make-World-Premiere-at-FringeNYC

New York Times
http://theater.nytimes.com/show/27094/NY-International-Fringe-Festival-In-the-Summer-Pavilion/overview

NY Daily News
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-08-07/entertainment/29878495_1_fringe-urinetown-mark-hollman

FAB minute
http://www.eastvillagearts.org/in-the-summer-pavilions-fabminute/

2011 New York International Fringe Festival, Living Theatre, PRODUCTION STILLS: