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.)
“CRITICS PICK! ‘THE AMATEURS’ IS HILARIOUS AND MOVING!
Thrilling, expansive, world-changing. The cast is a collection of Off Broadway treasures.
A terrific, gutsy new comedy!”
– Jesse Green, The New York Times
“AN INSPIRING THING! PLAYFUL, MAGICAL AND VERY HUMAN.
A beautiful piece of writing!”
– Sara Holdren, New York Magazine
“PRODIGIOUS AND FUNNY!
‘The Amateurs’ is anything but. Kudos to the dazzling design team.”
– Dan Stahl, TheaterMania
“AN AUDACIOUS NEW COMEDY!
It’s downright exhilarating to watch.”
– Robert Hofler, The Wrap
“STRIKING AND HIGHLY THEATRICAL!
Refreshing in its structure and narrative creativity, and brought to life by an outstanding ensemble cast, ‘The Amateurs’ is the smartest socially conscious play I’ve seen yet in the Trump era.”
– Robert Russo, Stage Left
“PROFOUND AND WITTY WITH RAZOR-SHARP WRITING AND IMAGINATIVE STAGING!
A stellar cast directed with keen humor and intellectual acuity by Oliver Butler. ‘The Amateurs’ does it all.
Be sure that you make the time to see this extremely intelligent, funny, and relevant work.”
– Deb Miller, DC Metro Theater Arts
“AN EXTRAORDINARY NEW PLAY!
Brilliantly nuanced. Visually stunning and delightfully satisfying to watch.”
– Michelle Ramoni, The Broadway Blog
Join us for these two post-show discussions
The Spread of Disease and Information
with James Gleick and Director Oliver Butler
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Following the 8pm performance
Award-winning author and essayist James Gleick, who writes about science and technology and their cultural consequences and THE AMATEURS director, Oliver Butler, will discuss the spread of disease and information throughout history.
James worked as an editor and reporter for 10 years at The New York Times. His book The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood was an international bestseller exploring the genesis and consequences of the information age. It won the Royal Society’s Winton award for science and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman award for history. His first book, Chaos: Making a New Science, was a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist and a national bestseller. His other books include the best-selling biographies, Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman and Isaac Newton, both shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, as well as Faster and What Just Happened. They have been translated into thirty languages. In 1989-90 he was the McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University. For some years he wrote the Fast Forward column in the New York Times Magazine. His latest book is Time Travel: A History.
Medieval Drama and Modern Performance
with Dr. Nicole R. Rice and Christopher Swift, Ph.D.
Saturday, March 17 at 5pm
Discussion on medieval drama and modern performance.
Dr. Rice joined the St. John’s University English Department in September 2008. Her undergraduate and graduate courses cover topics including medieval drama, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, sex and gender, and medieval romance. Dr. Rice’s scholarship explores connections among late medieval religious culture, social life, and expressive modes such as prose, poetry, and drama. Her first book, Lay Piety and Religious Discipline in Middle English Literature (Cambridge, 2008), analyzes the Middle English prose guides that developed to adapt professional religious rules and routines for lay readers. An edited collection of essays on Middle English spiritual texts, entitled Middle English Religious Writing in Practice: Texts, Readers, and Transformations, appeared in 2013. Collaborative projects with Dr. Margaret A. Pappano of Queen’s University include a co-edited special issue of Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Fall 2013) on the topic of artisan culture, and a book entitled The Civic Cycles: Artisan Drama and Identity in Premodern England (Notre Dame, 2015). The book received the 2016 David Bevington Award from the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society for the best new book in early drama studies. Dr. Rice’s essays have appeared in journals including Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies,Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Comparative Drama, and Journal of the History of Sexuality.
Christopher Swift, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the New York City College of Technology, City University of New York. His research interests include theatre and material culture in medieval Iberia, the history of performance avant-garde, puppetry, and theatre architecture. He has published articles on mechanized and articulating statues of saints, Holy Week processionals, and public devotional acts of penance. His current project is a full-length study of theatre and intercultural exchange and conflict in late medieval Seville. At City Tech he has built and taught a number of interdisciplinary courses that examine the intersections of theatrical space, public activism, and the performance archive. He has also directed independent student projects that explore relationships among texts, historical technologies, and innovative uses of media in performance. He has been a National Endowment of Humanities Fellow on two grants that support the integration of humanities and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines.
Ticket holders from any performance are welcome to attend these two post-show discussions.
THE AMATEURS is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.