Vintage Wine or Past Its Prime?
First Floor Theatre
May 26 - June 12, 2005
Thursday - Saturday 8:00pm
Sunday - 2:30pm
Tickets $15
Playwright & Director: Charles Allcroft

Box office 212.475.7710

Allcroft’s diverse creations span multi media spectacles, eerie solo works, and dreamlike chamber plays. They have been presented in at PS l22, the Experimental Intermedia Foundation, Pratt Institute, the Field, in Dumbo lofts, on piers, in storefronts, streets, universities, backyards, and for the last three plays at New York’s vital venerable home for experiment—LaMaMa.

Allcroft’s “Vintage Wine or Past Its Prime?” features a distinguished cast including Bloolips veteran Lavinia Co-op; acclaimed actor/playwright Jim Neu; Trockaderos de Monte Carlo original trouper Clio Young; Bessie winner Nicky Paraiso; Hot Peaches founder Jimmy Camicia; post-modern chanteuse Little Annie; 30-year LaMaMa veteran Agosto Machado, puppeteer/songwriter Joe Munley; choreographer/puppeteer Chris Maresca; Middle-Eastern dancer Sharon Azar; Hot Peaches star Ron Jones; actor/director Terrell Robinson; master actress/teacher Valois Mickens; Theater of the Ridiculous veteran and screen actor Byron Thomas and noted Gertrude Stein scholar Ulla Dydo, with sets by Mark Tambella, lights by David Adams and sound by Karl Michael Emyrs. With special mystery guests.

In a moody underworld web of memorabilia and ghosts, an eccentric professor (Lavinia Co-op) despairingly questions his effectiveness. Slogging through the autumn of his teaching career, he wonders—if anyone learned anything from his life’s work? Is he vintage wine or past his prime? A new young teacher (Jim Neu) brings him hope for the future, but the old professor’s special education comes from a glittering limbo filled with kindergarten teachers, keepers of Alzheimer patients, and exquisitely beautiful lost memories. In a finale filled with bubbles he learns the secret of teaching.

Dreamlike, unique, hilarious and moving, this downtown playwright’s recent works
include “Snowman Serenade”, “The Rainbow Flea,” and “Dreamboats and Sleepyheads”
Allcroft’s trademark use of trash and found objects, dancers, music collages, and shimmering visual effects brings to life an otherworldly poetic realm. No minimalist, Allcroft’s wonderful impractical universe is juicy and irresistible, like a penny in a muddy puddle.
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