A Battle of Wills: Internal and External at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre



Cause C�l�bre, a not-for-profit theater dedicated to causes and charity, announces the launch of Part-Time Productions and its inaugural presentation, A Battle of Wills: Internal and External. This debut production, presented in association with The New Group, is an evening of three one-act plays at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre from 31 May - 21 Jun 2009.

The evening leads with This is On Me, written by Tom Fontana based on the work of Dorothy Parker and directed by Antony Marsellis. Renowned author, screenwriter and critic Dorothy Parker drew inspiration from the time in which she lived, the dazzling and daring Roaring Twenties. Her work, which earned her an O'Henry Award and two Academy Award nominations, was fueled by her endless battle with men, alcohol and herself. Tom Fontana, who has explored the dark side of human nature in his television programmes 'Oz,' 'Homicide' and 'St. Elsewhere,' is the ideal writer to adapt Parker's thought-provoking and poignant work.

The evening continues with Ashes to Ashes, written by Nobel-prize winning playwright Harold Pinter and directed by Christopher Hart. In this play, a wife�s torment has a profound impact upon her husband, as reality and the inner-workings of her mind become indistinguishable. Regardless of their origin, the wife�s troubled thoughts and images are very real � to her.

Love Divided By, written by Susan Charlotte and directed by Emmy winner John Shea, concludes the evening. During this drama the audience watches as a sister gives in to her brother's desperate pleas to meet, only to discover why she has pushed him away.

Part Time Productions connects theater to causes by opening a dialogue within the context of a theater event, raising awareness about a specific cause and offering proceeds from ticket sales to an organization connected to the cause. A Battle of Wills: Internal and External explores issues related to mental health via three one-act plays.

The honoree for this program is The Lieber Recovery and Rehabilitation Clinic for Psychotic Disorders at Columbia University. The Lieber Clinic provides comprehensive psychiatric rehabilitation for individuals with persistent mental illness. It is particularly suited to patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, though people with other forms of mental illness may also benefit from its rehabilitation focus. For more information, please visit The Lieber Recovery and Rehabilitation Clinic for Psychotic Disorders.

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