A New Twist On A Cult Classic

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Sex, love, lust and passion….all play key ingredients in Closer as produced by New York-based theatrical companies Yemaya Production Company and Arch Productions. Teaming to create the first all African-American production of Patrick Marber’s comedic drama, co-Producers Suzanne Harvin (Yemaya Production Company) and Damien Smith (Arch Productions) bring a “new look” to the stage of the famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

“Our production does not glorify love or the people in love. It explores the deception and cruelty fed from deep passion. It is a visceral jolt felt throughout the body, guided by a one-man percussionist providing a beat and pulse for the play. Patrick Marber’s words so accurately portray these four lonely strangers as they destroy one another through what truly are crimes of the heart. In this production, we hope to capture the cruelty, love, and fire
that define this play.”

Closer directed by Jeffrey Speetjens and starring Suzanne Harvin as Alice, features the acting talents of Donovan Christie as Dan, Andaye Hill as Anna and Julian James as Larry. The show will run February 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17. All performances begin at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door.

About The Director

Jeff Speetjens is a writer and director hailing from Alabama. He began directing at the age of 17, staging shows locally to much acclaim. In 2004, he earned a BFA in Directing from the University of Montevallo, a small liberal arts school in Alabama, and soon moved to New York. Since moving to city, he has worked for esteemed companies such as Shalimar Productions, Another Urban Riff, the American Theatre for the Actors, and the Thirteenth Street Repertory Company. He has recently directed Rumple Who? and the 2005 cast of Line, one of New York‘s longest running shows. He is a long standing fan of Patrick Marber’s work and hopes to do justice to a great script in this production

ABOUT YEMAYA PRODUCTION COMPANY

Yemaya Production Company was founded by Suzanne Harvin in 2006. Witnessing the lack of diverse roles afforded to women and people of color, Suzanne decided to create a production company that would intentionally produce an array of artistic opportunities to such groups. Named after the river goddess of Yoruba in Nigeria, the Yemaya Production Company reflects the essence of this Orisha goddess. For more information visit: http://www.suzanneharvin.com.

ABOUT ARCH PRODUCTIONS

Arch Productions, an established producer of independent theatre in New York City, has been dedicated to presenting original and classic plays that reflect the diversity of the world community and confront complex issues of today. They believe that through the theatre the dramatic artist has the power to transcend ignorance and injustice, while bringing the audience a new understanding of the world around them. For more information visit www.archprductions.org.

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