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Stolen Chair Theatre Company



January 22, 2006 - July 1, 2007

Performing on Alumnae Weekend Spring 2007

The Stolen Chair Theatre Company is a non-profit laboratory theatre dedicated to the collective creation of imaginative new work and original adaptations of classical texts. Fusing high theatricality and playful dramaturgy with traditional storytelling, Stolen Chair is committed to recycling the old to create the new, and to discovering a joyful space between the earnest and the ironic.
Under the artistic direction of Kiran Rikhye and Jon Stancato since it was founded in 2002, the company has created eight original productions which have played to critical acclaim and sold-out houses in New York and Philadelphia.

The company's 2005-2006 season saw the debut of two original collective creations:

The Man Who Laughs*

(CineTheatre Tetralogy: Part 1)

"A triumph...a bona fide tour de force of theatre"
-Martin Denton,

"Utterly Tremendous"
- TimeOutNY's Trav S.D.

Stage Kissº

"[A] delight from start to finish: it truly puts the 'play' back in play."
-Martin Denton,

"[S]mart yet lighthearted...delightfully tongue-in-cheek..."
-William Cordeiro, Off Off Online (Featured Review)

"Curious and aesthetic smorgasboard..."
-Leonard Jacobs, Backstage

*Published in Playing with Canons.
ºBest Lead Actor Nomination (company member Cameron J. Oro), New York Innovative Theatre Awards.

In recognition of the company's "sustained excellent work...which demonstrates the power of theatre in surprising ways," Stolen Chair was recently honored as one of's " People of Year."

Stolen Chair is a Resident Artist of Horse Trade, where it is currently developing Kill Me Like You Mean It for a world-premiere in January 2007. Kill Me..., an absurdist film noir for the stage, is the second installment of Stolen Chair's CineTheatre Tetralogy: 4 years, 4 productions, 4 classic film styles adapted for the stage.

When the company is not in production, Stolen Chair offers a multi-tiered educational program, featuring professional workshops, in-school residencies throughout the tri-state area, a youth physical theatre camp, and master classes with artists preeminent in their fields, such as Commedia dell'Arte legend Antonio Fava and Avner the Eccentric, the world-renowned clown.

Stolen Chair is a five-time recipient of support from the Swarthmore Project in Theatre and was one of the recipients WNYC's *STAR* Initiative in 2006.