Resonance Ensemble Presents

Reflections: An Evening of Short Plays
Including revivals of Catastrophe by Samuel Beckett
Swan Song by Anton Chekhov

and world premieres of
Their Town by Alvin Eng
What  Happened Then by Michael Feingold
Compromise by Ian Strasfogel

Directed by Eric Parness,
Artistic Director, Resonance Ensemble

May 16-June 6, 2009
(Opening Night: May 21)
Lion Theatre on Theatre Row
410 W. 42nd St & 9th Avenue, NYC

Ticket Central (212) 279-4200


Continuing its seventh season, Resonance Ensemble (Eric Parness, Artistic Director; Rachel Reiner, Managing Director) is proud to announce the third production in the 2008-09 season. Reflections: An Evening of Short Plays, will include the world premieres of Their Town by Alvin Eng, What Happened Then by Michael Feingold and Compromise by Ian Strasfogel, with revivals of Catastrophe by Samuel Beckett and Swan Song by Anton Chekhov (with a translation by Marian Fell and adaptation by Eric Parness).  Resonance Ensemble is a Theatre-in-Residence at Theatre Row (410 West 42 Street), this production will take place in the Lion Theatre beginning Saturday, May 16, opening on Thursday, May 21 and will run through June 6, 2009. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by calling 212 279 4200 or visiting www.ticketcentral.com.

Resonance Ensemble’s Artistic Director, Eric Parness will direct a cast that includes David Arthur Bachrach (Film One Hit Wonders) Todd Butera), Bill Fairbairn (The Triumph of Love), Nicole Godino (Resonance Ensemble's The Lower Depths), Grant James Varjas (Resonance’s Caesar and Cleopatra, 33 To Nothing, Film: The Laramie Project),and Christine Verleny ) in Reflections: An Evening of Short Plays, that explores the timely themes of life, theatre, and what comes next.   

Samuel Beckett’s CATASTROPHE utilizes a metaphoric relationship  between an actor and his director to comment on themes of political power, manipulation and oppression.

Ian Strasfogel’s COMPROMISE explores the relationship between a theatrical director and producer working on a production of Samuel Beckett’s CATASTROPHE as they try to balance artistic integrity with commercialism.

Inspired by Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN, Alvin Eng’s THEIR TOWN, depicts a man and his nemesis meeting in the afterlife as they struggle to find true redemption.

In Anton Chekhov’s SWAN SONG, an aging actor at the end of his career reenacts passages from Shakespeare, hoping to make peace with what he has sacrificed for a life in the theatre.

Inspired by an 18th Century narrative, Michael Feingold’s WHAT HAPPENED THEN utilizes dramatic storytelling to reveal how the fates of two men were forever intertwined by a series of unlikely coincidences.


ALVIN ENG (Their Town) is a playwright, performer and educator. His plays have been presented throughout the country and in New York at La MaMa, Pan Asian Rep., Urban Stages, Immigrants Theatre Project, Franklin Furnace, Queens Theatre in the Park, Dixon Place and The A Train Plays. “Their Town” comes from the DEAD LANGUAGE/THEIR TOWN suite. Hismemoir monologue persona, THE LAST EMPEROR of FLUSHING, inspired an NPR/All Things Considered commentary. He is the editor of the play anthology/oral history, TOKENS? THE NYC ASIAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE ON STAGE and plays in the Asian American rock band, The Emperor’s Club.

MICHAEL FEINGOLD (What Happened Then) has worked extensively in the theatre as a playwright, lyricist, translator, and dramaturge. His play Japanoir was seen in Ensemble Studio Theatre's 2008 One-Act Marathon, and his translation of the Brecht-Weill Mahagonny is sung on the LA Opera DVD which recently won 2009 Grammy Awards as both Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording.

IAN STRASFOGEL’s (Compromise) first play Appassionata (formerly The Caregiver) was premiered by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre in Detroit and is under option for off-Broadway production. Other plays include The Fire Box and Ghost Composer. A winner of a grant from the Berrilla Kerr Foundation, Mr. Strasfogel has written the book and lyrics for IL MUSICO, a new musical with a score by Matteo Mart.

SAMUEL BECKETT (Catastrophe) A celebrated Irish dramatist, whose body of work includes the plays Waiting for Godot, Endgame (1958), Krapp's Last Tape (1960), and Happy Days (1961).

ANTON CHEKHOV (Swan Song) a Russian writer, physician, and playwright, his work includes Ivanov; The Wood Demon; The Seagull; Uncle Vanya; The Three Sisters; and The Cherry Orchard.

ERIC PARNESS (Director) is the Artistic Director of Resonance Ensemble where he has directed productions of Christopher Boal’s 23 Knives, Sophocles' Antigone, Gorky's The Lower Depths, Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and world premiere productions of Strange Bedfellows by Bruce Cohen, La Tempestad by Larry Loebell, The Mail Order Bride by Charles L. Mee, and Sherlock Solo by Victor L. Cahn. Other directing credits include world premieres of Fit to Kill (Theatre Row), Kryptonite City (Hypothetical Theatre Company), and Finding Louise (Oberon Theatre Ensemble), as well as revivals of Measure for Measure, Blood Wedding, Of Mice and Men and Michael Weller’s Ghosts on Fire. and other new work with adobe theatre company, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Vital Theater Company. He has also directed educational theatre for Stern College and Brandeis University.  Eric served as Assistant to Artistic Director Curt Dempster of Ensemble Studio Theatre and four seasons as Associate to Artistic Director Jeff Horowitz of Theatre for a New Audience.  Eric is an alumnus of Brandeis University and the Lincoln Center Theater's Directors Lab, and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

RESONANCE ENSEMBLE (Producer) is dedicated to producing groups of related theatrical presentations that resonate across countless times and cultures and confront universal themes and ideas significant to audiences of today. The potential for enhanced contemporary relevance will dictate the company’s choice of projects for each season. Resonance Ensemble is committed to developing new theatrical work inspired by the timelessness and universalism of the classics.



Fordham University

Alvin Eng
Reading from his memoir-in-progress


Fordham University / Lincoln Center campus
113 West 60th Street (corner Columbus Ave./9th Ave.)
12th Floor Lounge
College at Sixty Lecture Series

Wed. March 25, 2009 – 2:30 PM

More info. (212) 636-6376

Alvin Eng is a writer, performer and educator. THE LAST EMPEROR of FLUSHING'S FINAL MANIFESTO––An Imperial Memoir in Queens English is the prose adaptation of his acclaimed memoir monologues, The Flushing Cycle and The Last Emperor of FlushingThe Flushing Cycle was featured in a Museum of The Chinese in the Americas exhibition and excerpts were published in Performing Arts Journal (MIT Press). The Last Emperor of Flushing was honored with an Urban Artists Initiative grant and the title character persona inspired a commentary on NPR’s All Things Considered. Eng has performed these pieces at NYC venues such as Urban Stages, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Dixon Place, Immigrants Theatre Project, the Nuyorican Poets Café, Bowery Poetry Club, CUNY/Asian American/Asian Research Institute (AAARI) and Queens Theatre in the Park’s 1st Annual NYC Asian Cultural Festival.

See and hear Alvin reading from
CUNY/Asian American/Asian Research Institute (AAARI)






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