Brooklyn based theatre collective The Artful Conspirators present Leaving IKEA: a play in two cantos directed by David A. Miller. The play, written by Monica Flory and Dano Madden, will receive its World Premiere June 7 to 24, 2012 at the Brooklyn Lyceum.
Leaving IKEA is the story of two ordinary couples in extraordinary circumstances. While shopping at IKEA they reach the crossroads of their relationship and as a result are trapped in the blue and yellow purgatory of this Swedish Superstore. They are unable to escape until they solve the problems in their ailing relationships. Will they find the arrows that lead them from IKEA’s maze?
The Father’s Day (Sunday June 17th) performance will feature a children’s theatre workshop. Inspired by IKEA’s Småland play area, Smårtland will be a theatre workshop for children ages 5 to 10. Parents can bring their children to the Lyceum to take part in the workshop upstairs while they attend Leaving IKEA downstairs. The Artful Conspirators Director of Education Aliza Greenberg will be leading the Smårtland theatre workshop with Nathaniel Taylor.
Aliza Greenberg is currently the Education Program Manager at Roundabout Theatre Company where she manages Roundabout’s school partnerships. She received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Education. Aliza received her ED.M. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Nathaniel Taylor currently teaches Theatre to elementary students at PS 65′s after-school program. He received his BA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Nathaniel is an actor, writer, and teacher.
The cost of the workshop is $10 per child and reservations are required and space is limited. Reservations are available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cast of Leaving IKEA features Jason Carden (Awesome 80’s Prom), Mark Hattan* (Our Town, Barrow Street Theatre), Caroline Ryburn* (Largely/NY with Bill Irwin) and Marshall York (Radioplay, PS 122) who will be joining Artful Conspirators John Gardner, Molly Lloyd, Miranda Shields, Lauren Singerman*, and Ryan Stinnett.
The cast also includes Shane Taylor*, Paul Kite*, Katie Koster, and Melanie Rose Wilson*.
Other members of the creative team include scenic designer Jen Varbalow, sound designer Alex Hawthorn, lighting designer Kate Ashton, costume designer Erin Murphy, puppetry design by Leontine Greenberg, and original music by Richard Aufrichtig of The Lost Shores. The production stage manager is Barbara Dente*.
Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 7:00pm. Special Preview Performance Thursday, June 7. Opening Night is Friday, June 8. No performance on Saturday, June 16
Tickets for are $18/$15 Students and available at www.brooklynlyceum.wazala.com. The Brooklyn Lyceum is located at 227 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215.