party time

First Floor Theatre
January 4 - 21, 2006
Thursday - Saturday at 8:00pm
Sunday at 2:30pm & 8:00pm
(Special presentations after Sunday Matinees. See below)
Tickets $18
Special Gala Benefit Performance on Wed. January 10. Tickets $50

The Talking Band
Written and directed by Paul Zimet
Music composed by Peter Gordon
Video by Kit Fitzgerald

"...Party Time is a swift, gripping reminder of the real tragedy playing out overseas—and well worth seeing"
- Angela Ashman, Village Voice

"...Parl Zimet's Party Time packs more of an emotional and intellectual punch than many plays"
- Andy Propst, Backstage

“Party Time,” is intelligent—and thwacking good—theater.
- Jonathan Warman, NY Blade

The Talking Band will present its production of PARTY TIME, a music-theater work written and directed by Paul Zimet, composed by Peter Gordon, with video by Kit Fitzgerald. The cast features William Badgett and Joe Roseto. Set design is by Lino Fiorito and Lights by Lenore Doxsee.

Frankie and Sal are soldiers in an armored combat vehicle engaged in a desert war. The information they receive about their allies, their enemies and the surrounding terrain, is transmitted to them by the electronic equipment of the tank - radio, radar, and video. Yet they are revealed in the most human of situations - two people facing death. Frankie’s and Sal’s journey is a descent into hell, but there are diversions, comedy, and, even, epiphanies along the way. They find themselves in increasingly bleak and brutal circumstances, in which their own actions are, at times, appalling, yet, paradoxically, they also sense with greater intensity their fragile and precious mortality.
PARTY TIME is a production of The Talking Band, the OBIE and BESSIE award winning New York based theater company that has been producing innovative interdisciplinary work for thirty-three years. PARTY TIME premiered in New York City at Performance Space 122 in June, 1996. In October 2005 The Talking Band presented this new production of PARTY TIME at the Napoli Scena Internazionale, a festival of the arts in Naples, Italy.

***Following the Sunday matinee performances, three artists present works which powerfully transmit –without polemics – how our lives are shaped by politics. These events are free to ticket holders for PARTY TIME.

January 7 - Songs of Ned Sublette
January 14 – Photographs of Suzanne Opton
January 21 – Poetry of D. Nurkse

On Monday, January 8, at 8pm, at the La Mama Club Theatre, PARTY TIME composer Peter Gordon will present a concert of instrumental and vocal compositions, featuring some of New York's top musicians, playing elegant arrangements and jamming hard. This production made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; and The JP MorganChase Regrant Fund, a project of A.R.T./New York.

Party Time

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