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When the world is in crisis, it’s time to improvise.

In THE AMATEURS, an intrepid troupe of pageant players races across medieval Europe, struggling to outrun the Black Death. The arrival of a mysterious outsider sends Hollis, the leading lady, in search of answers that can only be found off-script… and soon the 14th century plague begins to look like another, more recent one. This wildly inventive and funny new work examines the evolution of human creativity in a dark age: when does a crisis destroy us, and when does it open new frontiers?

An epic new play by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Jordan Harrison (MARJORIE PRIME, “Orange is the New Black”), THE AMATEURS is directed by Obie Award-winning director Oliver Butler (THE OPEN HOUSE.)

 


Edgerton Foundation New Play AwardsTHE AMATEURS is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

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The Amateurs

Begins February 8

By Jordan Harrison
Directed by Oliver Butler

With Kyle Beltran, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Michael Cyril Creighton, Greg Keller, Jennifer Kim, Thomas Jay Ryan

When the world is in crisis, it's time to improvise.

In THE AMATEURS, an intrepid troupe of pageant players races across medieval Europe, struggling to outrun the Black Death. The arrival of a mysterious outsider sends Hollis, the leading lady, in search of answers that can only be found off-script... and soon the 14th century plague begins to look like another, more recent one. This wildly inventive and funny new work examines the evolution of human creativity in a dark age: when does a crisis destroy us, and when does it open new frontiers?

An epic new play by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Jordan Harrison (MARJORIE PRIME, "Orange is the New Black"), THE AMATEURS is directed by Obie Award-winning director Oliver Butler (THE OPEN HOUSE.)  
Edgerton Foundation New Play AwardsTHE AMATEURS is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

Kyle Beltran

Vineyard Theatre: GLORIA (also Goodman Theatre). Broadway: THE CHERRY ORCHARD, IN THE HEIGHTS (also First National Tour). Off-Broadway: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Public), HEAD OF PASSES (Public), The Flick (Barrow Street), FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE (Public), CHOIR BOY (Manhattan Theatre Club), THE NETFLIX PLAYS (Ars Nova) 10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE I DIE (Second Stage). Regional: HEAD OF PASSES (Center Theatre Group, Steppenwolf), FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE (Dallas Theater Center), GOOD GOODS (Yale Rep), KINGDOM (Old Globe). Film: Equity (Sundance, Tribeca 2016). TV: Louis CK's “Horace and Pete,” “The Big C” (Showtime), “Unforgettable” (CBS). Education: BFA in Drama, Carnegie Mellon University.

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Quincy Tyler Bernstine

Vineyard Theatre debut. Broadway: IN THE NEXT ROOM. Off-Broadway: AS YOU LIKE IT, SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, PEER GYNT, GRAND CONCOURSE, 10 OUT OF 12, THE NETHER, MR. BURNS, NEVA, WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION…, BORN BAD, RED-HANDED OTTER, RUINED (Obie, Derwent, Audelco awards), FAMILY WEEK, LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE; THE MISANTHROPE. Film: Manchester by the Sea, Easy Living, Still Alice, Ned Rifle, While We’re Young, Red Hook Summer, Rachel Getting Married. TV: “Power,” “The Good Wife,” “The Blacklist,” “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” “Madame Secretary,” “The leftovers,” “The Strain,” “Chappelles’s Show,” “Law & Order: SVU/Criminal Intent.” Brown/UCSD.

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Michael Cyril Creighton

Vineyard Theatre debut. Theatre: STAGE KISS (Playwrights Horizons, Outer Critics Circle nominee), BLOOD PLAY, BUDDY COP 2, YOU'RE WELCOME and CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT (all with The Debate Society), MILKMILKLEMONADE (NY Innovative Theatre Nominee). FILM: Steven Spielberg's The Post, Spotlight (Academy Award for Best Picture/Robert Altman Ensemble Award), Home Again, Coin Heist, Sleeping with Other People, Game Night and Can You Ever Forgive Me?. TV: "High Maintenance," "Graves," "30 Rock," "The Good Fight," "Horace & Pete," "Nurse Jackie," "Louie," "Orange is the New Black," "Person of Interest," "2 Broke Girls," "Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter," "Billions," "Bob's Burgers." 2013 Writers Guild Award Winner for Original New Media for the series "Jack in a Box."

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Greg Keller

Vineyard Theatre: SOMEWHERE FUN. Greg has been lucky enough to act in new plays by Julia Cho, Sarah Ruhl, Richard Greenberg, Ayad Akhtar, Amy Herzog, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Jenny Schwartz, Daniel Goldfarb, Melissa Ross, Sheila Callaghan, Theresa Rebeck, Zayd Dohrn, Rachel Axler, Moises Kauffman, David Grimm, Kristin Newbom, Deb Laufer, Robert O’Hara, Kenny Finkle, and Sam Marks. Greg was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and has an MFA in Acting from NYU.

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Jennifer Kim

Vineyard Theatre: GLORIA (also Goodman Theatre). Off-Broadway: ENGAGEMENTS (Second Stage). TV: “Search Party” (TBS), “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon), “Happy” (Netflix), “Easy” (Netflix), “The Blacklist” (NBC), “Rescue Me” (FX), “The Good Wife” (CBS), “666 Park Ave” (ABC), “You’re Whole” (Adult Swim), “Elementary” (CBS). FILM: The Bourne Legacy, First Winter, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Obvious Child, Female Pervert, The Unity of all Things, Wild Canaries, Intimate Semaphores, Female Pervert, Lace Crater, Newly Single, The Incredible Jessica James, and Spider- Man: Homecoming. BFA from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.

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Thomas Jay Ryan

Broadway: THE CRUCIBLE, IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play. Recent Off-Broadway: MEASURE FOR MEASURE (TFANA), TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT (Keen), 10 OUT OF 12 (Soho Rep), A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (CSC), THE LADY FROM DUBUQUE (Signature), THE LITTLE FOXES (New York Theater Workshop). Regional: Ivo Van Hove’s production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (Ahmanson/Kennedy Center). Film: Burn Country, My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea, Strange Culture, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Legend of Bagger Vance, and the title role in Hal Hartley’s Henry Fool trilogy. TV: guest starring parts on many series. Awards: Drama Desk and Calloway awards, Drama League and Gemini nominations.

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Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for MARJORIE PRIME, which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum and had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons. A film adaptation by Michael Almereyda debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Jordan’s other plays include MAPLE AND VINE (Playwrights Horizons, Humana Festival), THE GROWN-UP (Humana Festival), AMAZONS AND THEIR MEN (Clubbed Thumb), DORIS TO DARLENE (Playwrights Horizons), ACT A LADY (Portland Center Stage), FINN IN THE UNDERWORLD (Berkeley Rep), FUTURA (NAATCO), KID-SIMPLE (Humana Festival), and a children’s musical, THE FLEA AND THE PROFESSOR (Arden Theatre). His new play LOG CABIN will premiere at Playwrights Horizons this spring. Jordan is the recipient of the Horton Foote Prize, Guggenheim and Hodder Fellowships, the Kesselring Prize, the Roe Green Award, the Heideman Award, and a NEA/TCG Residency. A graduate of the Brown MFA program, he is an alumnus of New Dramatists. Jordan has developed TV series for Sundance and TNT, and wrote for three seasons of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.”

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Oliver Butler

Co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society: THE LIGHT YEARS (Playwrights Horizons), JACUZZI (Ars Nova), BLOOD PLAY (Bushwick Starr), BUDDY COP 2 (Ontological), CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT (PS122), YOU’RE WELCOME, THE EATEN HEART, THE SNOW HEN, A THOUGHT ABOUT RAYA. Off-Broadway: THE OPEN HOUSE (Signature Theater, Lortel Award Best Play, Obie Award Direction), WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME (Clubbed Thumb). Regional: THOM PAIN (Geffen Playhouse), LEGACY (Williamstown Theater Festival), AN OPENING IN TIME (Hartford Stage). International: TIMESHARE (The Malthouse, Australia). He is a Sundance Institute Fellow and a Bill Foeller Fellow (Williamstown).

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The Amateurs Calendar

February 8 - March 18, 2018

Performances are Tuesday - Sunday. CLICK HERE for the complete calendar.

Running time: approx. 2 hours, including intermission

The Amateurs Cast and Design Team Announced

Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern announce casting for Vineyard Theatre’s world premiere production of THE AMATEURS by Jordan Harrison (2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for MARJORIE PRIME) directed by Oliver Butler (THE OPEN HOUSE, Obie Award for Direction). Tickets are now available for purchase here or by calling the b

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