What’s that you say?  Parenthesis’s inaugural production is a burning success!

You don’t want to  miss out on the last three performances of THE LADY’S NOT FOR BURNING. Check out what critics are saying:

“[A] talented company… Those with an affinity for wordsmithery and philosophizing should find much to enjoy.” - Erik Haagensen, Backstage 05/27/2011

“Winning performances… Parenthesis makes the case that Fry’s work deserves another look.”Mark Sullivan, 05/26/2011

“Philosophical wit flows at a dazzling pace.” – Di Jayawickrema, NYTheatre.Com 05/22/2011

“Fry’s already pretty play is made even prettier by the cast and design crew of this production.” - Weston Clay, Theatre is Easy 05/25/2011


Last night the cast gathered for one last read through at the table before getting to our feet.  This rarely happens in a rehearsal process. There’s simply never enough time.  And yet these were hours wisely planned for by our director Bryan Close.  After a week spent excavating Fry’s rich language and complex imagery, we were able to hear the story of the play revealed more clearly than ever before, and to get a deeper sense of how our characters’ journeys fit along the spine of this play.

It was exciting to watch each other breathe sense — and real, human life — into Fry’s words.  Several of us remarked that we were inspired by each other’s work, which to my mind is the foundation for building a great ensemble.  Like watching someone scale a cliff face by finding footholds where none were evident to you, it inspires you to reach beyond your perceived limitations.  To see if you can’t surprise yourself by finding your own unexpected hold.

I’ve never gone rock-climbing, but I imagine it’s a good analogy for working in an ensemble.  The trust you must have with your partners.  The communication required to tackle a task in concert.  The willingness to collaborate.  The support you must lend as well as accept.  And when all those things are working well, the enjoyment of the experience is unparalleled.

That’s why I’m in theater — to get a little piece of that high every time.  And with only a week of rehearsals under our belt, I’m already getting that taste.  Can’t wait to discover what the next weeks will bring.  Can’t wait to find some of those unexpected holds.


At Table

April 26, 2011

Anna Olivia Moore (Jennet) and Isaac Woofter (Thomas) connect while Director Bryan Close looks on:

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More than Meets the Eye

April 22, 2011

Fascinating discussions during our table work last night.  What Fry pulls off in this play is really quite remarkable.  Not only is it a delightful and humane comedy full of life-affirming exuberance, it is also a rather anarchic critique about societies (like ours) that go to war.  What kind of bravery does it take to […]

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Casting Announced for The Lady’s Not for Burning

April 21, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rarely seen Christopher Fry comedy THE LADY’S NOT FOR BURNING receives NY production at Walkerspace New York, New York March 1, 2011—The 1950 Broadway hit THE LADY’S NOT FOR BURNING receives a rare NYC production courtesy of new NYC-based company Parenthesis.  THE LADY’S NOT FOR BURNING, written by Christopher Fry and directed […]

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Rehearsals Begin!

April 20, 2011

Our first rehearsal is tonight and I am over the moon.  I am so looking forward to put aside my producer hat and digging into this gorgeous play once and for all.  Our cast is amazing, our design team outstanding.  I have such belief in our director and our entire production team.  This is the […]

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Hot Off the Presses

March 2, 2011

We’re excited that picked up our press release for The Lady’s Not for Burning.  Tickets are on sale — and while May might seem far away, the early bird gets the worm! Rarely seen Christopher Fry comedy THE LADY’S NOT FOR BURNING receives NY production at Walkerspace New York, New York March 1, 2011—The […]

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Christopher Fry on the cover of TIME, 1950

January 14, 2011

What a stud.  And that, I believe, would be the title character of The Lady’s Not for Burning behind him.

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Why You and NYC need Christopher Fry

January 12, 2011

Let’s face it.  If you live in New York, chances are you’ve got a bit tough skin.  It’s a necessity.  The inhuman speed of the place.  Strangers shoving past on the subway platform.  New York Post headlines blaring out from every street corner.  Billboards as far as the eye can see.  The hubbub, the pretension. […]

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The Lady’s Not for Burning

December 31, 2010

The new year is upon us.  2011 will mark the debut of Parenthesis with our inaugural production of… The Lady’s Not for Burning by Christopher Fry May 21 – June 11, 2011 @ Walkerspace in Tribeca pending AEA showcase code approval I am so excited about this play.  It is probably the best play you’ve […]

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