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FOUR QUARTERS Plays FRIGID New York Festival
FRIGID Festival Preview
What is your show about?
Four Quarters is an innovative play in which two adults discover a
love for their inner halves while searching for their other halves.
Two adults. Four Quarters. Working, pushing and struggling to
connect, trying to be one whole.
Why should audiences see your show?
Four Quarters is different in style from any other show out there.
With a hot cast, a fast pace, and a unique delivery, this is one
show audiences won't want to miss.
What one thing are audiences going to remember forever about
your show after they see it?
People are STILL talking about the show following our run at 2002
FringeNYC. Audiences will remember the characters. They'll remember
the relationships. They'll remember the story. They'll remember the
brilliant, gorgeous cast. They'll remember how excited they were to
be so engaged in the lives of Teri and Terry and Jo and Joe. And
they'll remember how they connect with each and every character.
What is exciting and/or unique about your show?
The structure of the show is unique, with four actors playing two
characters: two people searching for their other halves and
discovering their inner selves. The dialogue is crisp, allowing
the play to embrace the intricacies of the love, conflict, sex,
humor, loss and reconciliation that makes a relationship.
FRIGID New York Interview - Christopher Heath and the cast of Four Quarters
By Byrne Harrison
How did you first get involved in theatre?
I started in theatre in high school, as an anti-war demonstrater
in a production of Antigone set in the 1960s. Hooked.
Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest influences as a playwright are Tennessee Williams,
Harold Pinter, Terrence McNally, and Donald Margulies.
Tell me a little bit about your show.
I'll let the cast tell you about it:
Margo Brooke Pellmar (Jo): Its a love story about chance and
timing and defeat and struggle ... and that's just the love between
you and you ... then when somebody new is added ... you get this play.
Solomon Shiv (Joe): Two Partners. Each with their own Civil
war. That's four sides trying improbably to win. Trying to control
the Perfect Mess. Relating to failure. Discovering what was lacking.
Somewhere, Time may have figured into the equation and there were
some transformative ramifications.
Tamar Pelzig (Teri): Four Quarters describes the journey of
one to themselves through a not so simple love story.
Omer Barnea (Terry): The various parts of myself and
ourselves are in constant movement with parts that are harmonious
and merge well into the other parts, and parts that are kept private
and rigid due to our fears. This play is about the fluctuation of
love and all of it's inhibitions and a certain triumph of
communication despite all fear.
What inspired you to write Four Quarters?
The initial concept of two actors portraying one character came
from a friend of mine, Jim Williams. From that, I started exploring
the times in my life when I have been two different versions of
Who are your collaborators and how long have you been working
This is the second production of Four Quarters, so the development
was primarily done back in 2002 when we were at the Fringe. However,
I met Margo at an audition for another show of mine in 2008, loved
her work, and showed her this play. She brought in Tamar, Solomon,
and Omer and the five of us took off on this incredible journey.
The four of them have known each other variously for many
years--they all studied at Circle in the Square and were friends
prior, Solomon and Tamar live together, and Tamar and Omer have
known each other since they were teenagers living in Israel. I'm
actually the odd-man-out, which is fabulous.
What's next for you after FRIGID?
Hopefully I'll have another show this year at the Midtown
International Theatre Festival. I'm working on a series of three
companion one-acts with an old friend who is a professor at Paris
Junior College in Paris, Texas. The plan is to develop the three
pieces as a single show down there and bring the students up to NYC
to perform in the festival.
And finally, if you could say anything to your potential
audience, what would it be?
Again, I'll let the cast respond:
Margo Brooke Pellmar (Jo): This is a touching show and we
take off our clothes ... The play is open to discussion. Its
thoughtful. The gender play is seamless.
Solomon Shiv (Joe): I can't think of any higher honor in
theatre than to be part of the kind of play that confuses or
engages the hearts 'n' heads of its audience.
Because each actor is playing a SIDE of a flawed human being,
characters may be more intense within their opinions, seemingly
flat or two-dimensional at the outset. As these 'Sides' or
'Quarters' begin to mingle and collide and affect, the identities
begin reflecting our own familiar (and quite wonderous) confusion.
Sure characters run an 'arc' in all kinds of stories but there
aren't many that go at this way. It is unabashedly lost but not
Tamar Pelzig (Teri): It will make you THINK -- Sometimes
it's fun to expand your mind, and not just escape it. We all have
conversations with ourselves ... and after watching this show,
you might learn to speak to yourself in a much more loving way.
The idea in the play is 'outside the box'. and too many shows out
there are very much 'inside the box' ... besides, it will make an
excellent conversation piece!
Omer Barnea (Terry): They should come if they feel like
participating in a real process. It is not often, in my experience,
that a true, exploring, curious, brave process is found in theatre.
This is the real deal right here. Some guts and raw reality are
thrown here in front of you -- some real hardcore unknowns. There
are at least five individuals who are taking their sweet ass time
to delve into a really good piece of writing and doubt every line
of dialogue and syllable in it until life naturally occurs in the
rehearsal room. Nothing ever gets done twice here, and this is what
art (and life) is all about.
Christopher Heath (playwright, director): This cast. This
cast. This cast is the most talented, fearless, raw, hilarious,
exciting, open, interesting, hot, intelligent, and fun cast I've
ever seen, let alone had the fortune to work with. Come to the show
to see these amazing four future stars. You won't be sorry.
February 24 @ 10:30 PM
February 26 @ 7:00 PM
March 2 @ 9:00 PM
March 4 @ 7:30 PM
March 6 @ 2:30 PM
All tickets are $16.00
The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street
between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
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