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THUMBS UP from THE NEW YORK TIMES : Outside Inside and HUBO Productions’ NIGHT OF THE AUK “a finer piece of immense silliness”

NIGHT OF THE AUK, an Outside Inside and HUBO Productions fringe festival play reviewed in THE NEW YORK TIMES
Source : http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/new-york-fringe-festival-report-night-of-the-auk/

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From left, Michael Ross Albert, Suzy Kimball, Hannah Timmons and Brian Rhinehard.
NIGHT OF THE AUK featured in ARTS BEAT: THE NEW YORK TIMES
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Rocketmen and Timeless Flight, Co-Director Kaitlyn Samuel on restaging of NIGHT OF THE AUK

“Read this!” that’s how Adam Levi (director) and Michael Ross Albert (script adapter and actor) brought Arch Oboler‘s work Night of the Auk to the attention of Kaitlyn Samuel who joins the crew as co-director.  “And who doesn’t want to explore playing in a spaceship?!  It was just too appealing NOT to go for it., “enthused Samuel.

Kaitlyn Samuel

A play first mounted almost two generations ago and with the second world war still fresh in everyone’s memory is not without a challenge to re-appropriate for contemporary audience.  But that was what stimulated Samuel, believing that it is “an underdog play, a story that doesn’t get told often and one that needed some help.  And the core message of the play is about humanity and responsibility, which are two big issues I can get behind exploring.”

When what was once the future is now, how does one view “time”?  Samuel admits that this aspect of the play was tricky to handle, and was discussed heatedly among the creative minds behind the revival of the show.  “In the end we found the delicate balance of representing a projected future from the 40’s-50’s that would be accessible and relatable to a present audience.  We are all very pleased with the results so far.” The adapted play clarifies “the action of the story, and to put emphasis on its characters and plot,” as Albert said.  A direction picked up by Samuel by affirming that she “fell in love with many of its endearing qualities.”  This time around, considering the history of the play, Samuel thinks that it is “the right time to bring back this cyclical tale.”  With wisdom of hindsight and history on her side, she wants the “audience to have fun!” and each one “to feel like the characters on stage are his or her friends that they wish were around more often.”

This wish is reflected among the cast and crew of the show.  Samuel gushes that “it’s a privilege and an honor.  This cast is the dream team of talented actors who just also happen to be some of the best human beings I know.  Even when I’m exhausted and cranky from other jobs, ten minutes in the room with them and I’m re-energized and inspired.  I can’t wait to show them all off!”

Samuel thanks FringeNYC for providing the venue for such a challenging yet fun project to come to fruition. “The heart and core of this festival are the only two full time members of The Present Theatre Company, Elena K. Holy and Britt Lafield. They have built a home and a community based in the pure love and joy of theatre. It’s a perfect place and platform to explore and showcase new ideas in theatre.  I’m always very grateful to be a part of such a special festival.  And it’s a blast!”

Kaitlyn and Cast: (L-R) Suzy Kimball, Kaitlyn Samuel, Michael Ross Albert, Hannah Timmons, Brian Rhinehart, Lash Dooley

Night of the Auk is co-presented by Outside Inside and HUBO Productions, and will run at The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street) in Venue #10 of The New York International Fringe Festival on the following dates:  August 10 @ 5pm, August 11 @ 9:45pm, August 16 @ 4:45pm, August 17 @ 7:30pm, and August 18 @ 5:30pm.  For a detailed performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.fringenyc.org or call 866.468.7619.

The Director Speaks: Night of the Auk’s Adam Levi explores “the day after some tomorrow”

Five smart, funny, hard-working, and dedicated professionals is how Adam Levi describes the ensemble cast he has put together in restaging Arch Oboler’s Night of the Auk playing as part of the 16th New York Fringe Festival running from August 10 to 18.

Levi stumbled upon Oboler’s work while entering information for a database covering the 1950s. He found the play extremely entertaining and funny.  Amazed by the talent attached to the original production, Levi discussed the work with Michael Ross Albert and came to an agreement that with some careful editing the play can be revived and retain its relevance within the contemporary setting. “iPads aside, our technology in terms of space flight hasn’t changed all that much. And our last manned mission to the moon was forty years ago – Apollo 17 in 1972!  So, a moon landing seems very much like science fiction again nowadays,” Levi asserted.

Set sometime in “the day after tomorrow,” Adam hopes to “spark the audiences’ imaginations, to give them the feeling of a science fiction spectacle without the spectacle…to have fun, feel free to enjoy themselves and laugh at some of the antiquated future-seen-through-the-1950’s logic.” Adam wants the audience to see the world through the lens of a 1950s world, “long before we actually reached the moon,” and wants them “to remember how we created a spaceship out of thin air.”

FringeNYC is the perfect venue for this kind of production.  Adam expounds that “the Festival gives audiences the opportunity to see something in the theater that cannot be seen anywhere else on stage – here in NYC or elsewhere. The shows may be small, but the ideas and the “heart” are huge. People really pour their blood, sweat, and tears into these productions, and that makes it exciting to me. The ingenuity and the creativity, the igniting of audience’s imaginations – that’s what the theater is all about. And “nobody, nowhere” does it better than FringeNYC and its participants!”

Levi (standing) in action with the ensemble cast of the upcoming revival of Night of the Auk

Levi (standing) in action with the ensemble cast of the upcoming revival of Night of the Auk

The play is co-presented with HUBO Productions whose core venture is in the film medium. In working with HUBO, Adam finds a kindred soul for though the “individual projects/endeavors may differ in form/details, HUBO and Outside Inside both share a commitment to (as the HUBO personal statement puts it) “explore creativity and test the limits of known boundaries and forms of expression.”  As a Director, working with HUBO has been a fruitful experience for me in particular because of their deep understanding and appreciation of the creative process.  I sincerely hope (and truly believe) that this will not be our last artistic endeavor together!”

Night of the Auk will run at The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street) in Venue #10 of The New York International Fringe Festival on the following dates:  August 10 @ 5pm, August 11 @ 9:45pm, August 16 @ 4:45pm, August 17 @ 7:30pm, and August 18 @ 5:30pm.  For a detailed performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.fringenyc.org or call 866.468.7619.

OUTSIDE INSIDE and HUBO PRODUCTIONS Present Arch Oboler’s NIGHT OF THE AUK: The First Major New York Revival After More Than 50 Years

Greg Macaraeg (L) and Adam Levi (R)

Arch Oboler’s nail-biting, cautionary yet fun fable Night of the Auk is being restaged in this year’s 16th Annual New York International Fringe Festival.  The new production marks the continuing collaboration between Outside Inside and HUBO Productions, the tandem that presented Michael Ross Albert’s Chagrin during the 15th (2011) installment of the same festival.

This Night of the Auk is presented in a sleek 75-minute one-act adaptation of the original 1956 Broadway play produced by the legendary Kermit Bloomgarden and directed by Sidney Lumet, and which starred Christopher Plummer, Claude Rains, and Dick York.  The story takes place in a rocket ship returning to earth after its first successful lunar expedition, and the characters in the voyage found themselves in the advent of atomic age where the human species is on the brink of extinction.  Directed by Adam Levi with co-direction by Kaitlyn Samuel, this new production stars Outside Inside ensemble members Michael Ross Albert, Lash Dooley, Suzy Kimball, Hannah Timmons, and Brian Rhinehart.

Arch Oboler is regarded as a key innovator of radio drama who sealed his reputation in the radio horror series Lights Out.  Though he generated attention with his radio scripts, his output extended to films, theatre and television.  His screen credits include Escape (1940) and On Our Merry Way (1948).  His pioneering and innovative works have influenced the likes of Rod Seriling, François Truffaut and Don Coscarelli.

Night of the Auk will run at The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street) in Venue #10 of The New York International Fringe Festival on the following dates:  August 10 @ 5pm, August 11 @ 9:45pm, August 16 @ 4:45pm, August 17 @ 7:30pm, and August 18 @ 5:30pm.  For a detailed performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.fringenyc.org or call 866.468.7619.

Outside Inside is a New York City based theatre company, founded by co-artistic directors Michael Ross Albert, Adam Levi, and Kaitlyn Samuel.  The company and its artists are dedicated to the independent production of exciting new works for the stage.

HUBO is an independent group of people who pursue ways to expose the complexity of the individual.  As a collective, HUBO is focused, innovative, compassionate and committed to explore creativity and test the limits of known boundaries and forms of expression.  HUBO encourages artistry through practical means, and dedicates its art to stimulate the mind however unconventional and unfamiliar.  Two of its founders, Will Fredo and Greg Macaraeg, have recently been recognized by Press Photographers Philippines-USA and Philippine Children’s Charities, Inc. as among 100 Outstanding Filipino-Americans for their contribution to the movie and entertainment field.