The Amateurs

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.)

 


Awards

Nominations
Lucille Lortel Award – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Quincy Tyler Bernstine



“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


Listen to our Theatre Uncorked podcast with Jordan Harrison and Oliver Butler


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

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The Amateurs

February 8 - March 29, 2018

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.)  

Awards

Nominations
Lucille Lortel Award - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Quincy Tyler Bernstine


"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

Listen to our Theatre Uncorked podcast with Jordan Harrison and Oliver Butler


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

Henry Russell Bergstein, CSA

(Casting) Vineyard Theatre: THE AMATEURS, HARRY CLARKE, THE LYONS (and Broadway), GLORIA (and Goodman), DOT, THE LANDING, CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?, KID VICTORY (and Signature DC), TOO MUCH SUN, BILLY & RAY, SOMEWHERE FUN, THE NORTH POOL, ARLINGTON, OUTSIDE PEOPLE, CHECKERS, PICKED, MIDDLETOWN, THE METAL CHILDREN, WIG OUT!. Other theater: KPOP, SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, NATASHA, PIERRE, & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812; THE WILDNESS (Ars Nova). Sundance Theatre Lab: 5 seasons. Television: US Casting for “Black Mirror,” HBO's “Succession,” Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” with Douglas Aibel, and USA’s “The Sinner” with Stephanie Holbrook. Film: Saturday Church, It Felt Like Love, Easy Living; with Douglas Aibel – Grandma, Love After Love, How to Talk to Girls at Parties; with Allison Estrin – Spider-Man: Homecoming (NY Casting). Also: HOMECOMING The Podcast S1-2.

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Kyle Beltran

(Brom) 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

(Hollis) 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

(Gregory) 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

(The Physic) 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, Claire Lizzimore, 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

(Rona) 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, 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

(Larking) Vineyard Theatre debut. 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

Vineyard Theatre debut. Jordan 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

Vineyard Theatre debut. 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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David Zinn

(Scenic Design) Vineyard Theatre: MIDDLETOWN. Broadway: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, FUN HOME, THE LAST SHIP (sets and clothes), THE HUMANS (set design), DOLLS HOUSE PART 2 (costume design). Off-Broadway: set design for TORCH SONG (Second Stage), HIR (Playwrights Horizons), 10 out of 12 (Soho Rep); set and costumes for THE FLICK, PLACEBO, COMPLETENESS, and THE BIG MEAL (Playwrights Horizons), CHOIR BOY (MTC).

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Jessica Pabst

(Costume Design) Vineyard Theatre: Can You Forgive Her?, Somewhere Fun, The Metal Children. Broadway: Marvin’s Room, The Heidi Chronicles. Recent Off-Broadway: A Life, Rancho Viejo, The Profane, Marjorie Prime, The Whale (Lucille Lortel Award, Playwrights Horizons); The Ruins of Civilization, When We Were Young and Unafraid, Murder Ballad (MTC); The Harvest (LCT3); Sundown Yellow Moon (Ars Nova/Women’s Project); The Nether (MCC); Fortress of Solitude (The Public). Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf, Two River, Dallas Theatre Center, Children’s Theatre Company, and Center Theatre Group.

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Jen Schriever

(Lighting Design) Vineyard debut. Broadway: Eclipsed, Ghetto Klown. Off-Broadway: In the Body of the World (MTC), School Girls… (MCC), Today is My Birthday (Page 73), Strange Interlude (Transport Group), …Discord (Primary Stages), On The Exhale (Roundabout), The Moors (Playwrights Realm), Eclipsed, ToasT, A Second Change (The Public), Night is a Room (Signature), American Hero and Mala Hierba (2ST Uptown), Sunset Baby (Labyrinth), Bright Half Life (Women’s Project). Recent Regional: ART, Goodman, Berkley Rep, South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown, Goodspeed Opera, Center Stage, Studio Theatre DC, Woolly Mammoth, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Two River. Opera: Pearl Fishers, (MET, ENO, LAO); Die Fledermaus, (MET); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Faust, La Traviata, (Mariinsky, Russia). Dance: Liz Lerman’s Healing Wars. Adjunct: Purchase College. www.jenschriever.com

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Bray Poor

(Original Music & Sound Design) Vineyard Theatre debut. Broadway: Latin History for Morons, The Glass Menagerie, The Real Thing, the vibrator play, American Plan. Recent work includes Office Hour at The Public, The Last Match at Roundabout, and Little Bunny Foo Foo at Actors Theater of Louisville. His sound design and music have been heard in many Off-Broadway and regional theaters. Recent notable productions: Julius Caesar in Central Park (Music and Sound), Hamlet (directed by Sam Gold), Annie Baker’s The Antipodes at The Signature with Lila Neugebauer. Upcoming: Angels in America at Berkeley Rep. Obie Awards for John and Sustained Excellence in Sound Design.

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Dave Bova & J. Jared Janas

(Wig, Hair & Make-Up Design) Vineyard Theatre: THIS DAY FORWARD. Broadway designs include SUNSET BOULEVARD, BANDSTAND, INDECENT, THE VISIT, M. BUTTERFLY, THE REAL THING, VIOLET, LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL, MOTOWN, THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS, ALL ABOUT ME, and NEXT TO NORMAL. Films include Angelica and The Night Before. TV includes “Six by Sondheim,”  “Scream Queens,” “Gotham,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” and “Inside Amy Schumer.”

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Raphael Mishler

(Mask & Puppet Design, Props Master) Vineyard Theatre debut. Recent prop credits include 24 Decade History of Popular Music (Taylor Mac/St Ann’s & International Tour), Pipeline (Lincoln Center), Bull in a China Shop (LCT3), Men on Boats, Indian Summer, Antlia Pneumatica (Playwrights Horizons) and numerous shows with The Foundry, Women’s Project, Under The Radar and Rattlestick. Puppets for Something Rotten, TFANA, Amerinda, Primary Stages, Signature Theatre, The Public/NYSF, New School, NYU. Raphael also creates visual work in the streets with organizations including People’s Puppet’s of OWS,  SEIU, Fight for 15!, New York Communities for Change, Great Small Works and JFREJ. Clubbed Thumb affiliated artist.

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Lauren Z. Adleman

(Assistant Director) Vineyard Theatre debut. Directing credits include the premieres of Aeneas Sagar Hemphill’s BLACK HOLLOW (Signature/Columbia); Kaela Mae-Shing Garvin’s AMBITION... (Ars Nova/ANT Fest); and Matthew Minnicino’s MALEFACTIONS (Chinatown Soup). Lauren is currently developing Emily Zemba’s ON LOSS AND MICE AND MONSTERS AND LOVE (LPAC Rough Draft Festival 2018) and an original piece about the first chatterbot, CONVERSATIONS WITH ELIZA (The Drama League, First Draft). 2015-2016 Playwrights Horizons Robert Moss Directing Fellow. Lincoln Center Directors Lab Alum. Drama League Rough Draft Resident. Lauren is the Associate Director to Rachel Chavkin on the current national tour of SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS by Bess Wohl. www.laurenza.me

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Rachel Gross

(Production Stage Manager) Vineyard Theatre debut. Broadway: THE PARISIAN WOMAN. Off-Broadway: EVERYBODY (Signature Theatre), WAR (LCT3), MEASURE FOR MEASURE, ISOLDE, AN OCTOROON (TFANA), SAMARA, DUAT, 10 OUT OF 12, AN OCTOROON, MARIE ANTOINETTE (Soho Rep), ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Transport Group), WHILE I YET LIVE, HARBOR, ALL IN THE TIMING (Primary Stages). Regional: CLOUDLANDS, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE BORROWERS, and JANE OF THE JUNGLE (South Coast Repertory).

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Helen Irene Muller

(Assistant Stage Manager) Vineyard Theatre debut. Off-Broadway: HAPPY DAYS (Theatre for a New Audience), JESUS HOPPED THE A-TRAIN (Signature Theatre). Regional: HAPPY DAYS, SEVEN GUITARS (Yale Repertory Theatre). Other: SHINING CITY (Hudson Stage Company), BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS series (Transcendence Theatre Company), Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at Mass MoCA. MFA, Yale School of Drama.

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The Amateurs Calendar

February 8 - March 29, 2018

Performances are Tuesday - Sunday. CLICK HERE for the complete calendar. Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes with no intermission

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The Amateurs Quotes

"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

"AN AUDACIOUS NEW COMEDY!

It’s downright exhilarating to w

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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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