By Gino DiIorio
Directed by Joel Stone
At New Jersey Repertory Company
Performances Begin August 16, Opening August 18, 2012
World Premiere production of a powerful new drama that explores the tortured
relationship between a father and daughter
LONG BRANCH – New Jersey Repertory Company (SuzAnne Barabas, Artistic Director; Gabor Barabas, Executive Producer) is proud to present the world premiere production of Release Point by Gino DiIorio, directed by Joel Stone. Release Point will begin preview performances on Thursday, August 16, 2012 and will celebrate its opening night on Saturday, August 18 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), running through Sunday, September 23. Tickets are $40 ($35 during previews and $60 on opening night – with reception) and can be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or visiting www.njrep.org.
What happens when the Great American Pastime is no longer merely a game but the only way an estranged father and daughter can bridge a void? On the surface, Release Point may appear to be a play about baseball, but it turns out to be a powerful exploration of the tortured relationship between two lost souls trying to heal deeply profound and destructive psychic wounds. The love of baseball is the only thing that remains to connect them as they try desperately to salvage what little remains of their relationship. Release Point joins a time-honored tradition of using the game to highlight the daunting conflicts and human struggles that are enacted every day in our society and follows one family’s painful journey to heal and to find salvation through the unbreakable bonds that connect parent to child.
The talented cast of Release Point includes NJ Rep regulars – Michael Irvin Pollard (Theatre: Night Train, Yankee Tavern), and Jenny Vallancourt (Theatre: Bookends, October 1962) and newcomers Gillian Andresen, Felicia Aschettino, Emily Capriotti, Laura Diorio, Tina Siciliano, and Isabel Wallace will be performing on alternate days. The production design team includes Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), John Emmett O’Brien (Sound Design), Patricia E. Doherty (Costume Design), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).
Written by Gino DiIorio; Directed by Joel Stone
New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ)
Previews: August 16 – August 18, 2012
Preview week schedule: Thursday, Friday at 2PM & 8PM, Saturday at 3PM
Opening with Reception: Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 8PM
Regular Performance Schedule through September 23:
Thursday – Friday 8PM; Saturday 3PM & 8PM, Sunday at 2PM
Tickets are $40 ($35 during previews, $60 opening night with reception)
Discounts are available to seniors (65+), students (full-time 13-25) and groups of 10+.
Tickets are available at www.njrep.org or by calling 732-229-3166
Discounts and coupons not valid on Saturday nights
For more information about New Jersey Repertory Company, please visit www.njrep.org
To arrange interviews and for press tickets please contact SuzAnne Barabas call 732-229-3166 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GINO DIIORIO (Playwright)
JOEL STONE (Director) was a founding member and artistic director of Off-Off Broadway's The Theatre Asylum, which produced Sophocles' Electra, Horrors of Doctor Moreau and Babel-Babble. On May 17, 1998, his play Horrors of Doctor Moreau (published by Samuel French, Inc.) was the first Script-in-Hand reading presented by the newly-formed New Jersey Repertory Company. The following year, his short play The Age of Miracles was given its premiere at NJ Rep and went on to be a finalist at the Samuel French Short Play Festival. Also in 1999, NJ Rep presented Written in Stone, an evening of his short plays, including On the Subject of Black Widow Spider Venom, Groping for Faith, and The Speck of Dust in Bugsy's Eye (featuring Kim Hunter). In 2001, he co-wrote and co-produced One Night With You, a collection of six short plays about Elvis, created exclusively by NJ Rep playwrights. Over the years, he has directed Script-in-Hand readings of Mark Dunn's Oh Revoir, Mirabeau, Mario Fratti's Candida and Her Friends, Juan Mayorca's Way to Heaven (Himmelweg), Dorothy Fortenberry's Large as Life and Twice as Natural, Robert King's Destination Alaska, Tom Sime's Bloodletters, and Gino DiIorio's Release Point. He has written and directed plays for all four NJ Rep Theatre Brut Festivals, including Prairie Dogs (2004), Abilene (2004), Trouble on the PATH (2005), Seven4Seven (2006), and The Purgatory of Charlie Hustle (2008). From 2000-2002, he was in charge of theatre education for the New York City Board/Department of Education. In 2012, he completed his first book of non-fiction, The Master Craps Shooter.