Concrete Temple Theatre in Brooklyn – The Bellagio Experience & World Premiere Play

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Concrete Temple Theatre proudly presents The Bellagio Experience: featuring a photography exhibition by Stefan Hagen, tours and panels on the topic of water, and the World Premiere play The Bellagio Fountain has been known to Make Me Cry, written by Renee Philippi, co-directed by Eric Nightengale and Renee Philippi, designed by Carlo Adinolfi, with original music composed by Joseph C. Phillips Jr. All events take place at Studio 301 at English Kills, located at 301 Ten Eyck Street between Waterbury and Bogarts Streets in Brooklyn, April 30 – May 3, 2015.


The Bellagio Fountain has been known to Make Me Cry will have an encore engagement September 2 – 5, 2015 at the Irondale Center, located at 85 South Oxford Street between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street in Brooklyn.


With The Bellagio Experience, Concrete Temple Theatre (CTT) brings our attention to the power and importance of water, by choosing to perform in venues near bodies of water that are rich in the history of water-usage in NYC. At Studio 301 at English Kills this spring, they present one block from English Kills, and in September at the Irondale Center, they present near the Gowanus Canal. Both were once creeks that became part of the busiest industrial area in the USA, before evolving into what they are today. To inform their conversation about water, CTT have invited experts with unique insights into local and global water to share their knowledge with audiences.


The April 30 – May 3 performances of The Bellagio Fountain has been known to Make Me Cry are Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at http://ConcreteTempleTheatre.com or by calling 646-234-0399. The box office opens 1 hour prior to each performance. The running time is approximately 75 minutes. For info, directions and train service information visit http://ConcreteTempleTheatre.com, Like them on Facebook at https://www.Facebook.com/ConcreteTempleTheatre, and follow on Twitter at @ConcreteTemple.


Two Floridians dream of a fantastic escape to Las Vegas. There’s just one minor problem, the ground is sinking beneath them. Pairing women and water as metaphors for one another, The Bellagio Fountain has been known to Make Me Cry explores themes of conservation and regeneration, and at its heart, our eternal quest for happiness.


The cast includes Carlo Adinolfi (Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities at SoHo Playhouse & HERE, The Whale at Barrow Street Theatre), Melissa Hurst (Cause Celeb! at Joe’s Pub, One Neck with Atlantic Theatre Co.), Lisa Kitchens (Everything You Touch at Rattlestick, Napoli! at American Conservatory Theater), Naima Ramos (dancer with Jazz at Lincoln Center Alvin Ailey & Genesis Dance Co.) and Mark Smaltz (Oh, Kay! on Broadway, Troilus and Cressida with NY Shakespeare Festival).


The production team includes Carlo Adinolfi (Set Design), Joseph C. Phillips Jr. (Original Music), Casey McLain and Eric Nightengale (Lighting Design) and Casey McLain (Production Stage Manager).




A reservation is required for most events. RSVP online at http://ConcreteTempleTheatre.com, by emailing Renee@ConcreteTempleTheatre.com or by calling 646-234-0399.


Thursday, April 30 – Sunday, May 3 (Free admission, no reservation required)
Lobby Photography Exhibition: Stefan Hagen: Three Walks at the Atlantic
On view Thursday and Friday 6pm – 9:30pm, Saturday 1pm – 4:30pm and 6pm – 9:30pm, Sunday 1pm – 4:30pm. Visit http://StefanHagenPhotography.com to view Hagen’s work.


Saturday, May 2, 1pm – 2:30pm ($15 per person, meet at Studio 301 at English Kills)
“An Insalubrious Valley”: A walk along Newtown Creek and its tributaries with Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman


Saturday, May 2, 6:30pm – 7:30pm (Free admission)
Two Talks: “Newtown Creek: The Destruction and Hope of a Wall-in Waterway” with Dr. Sarah E. Durand and “The English Kills Project” with Henry G. Sanchez


Sunday, May 3, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (Free admission)
A Discussion of Water Resources from Newtown Creek to NYC and Beyond with Professor Robyn Smyth (Center for Environmental Policy, Bard College)


Visit http://ConcreteTempleTheatre.com June – September for additional Bellagio Experience summer events, including a walk along the Gowanus Canal lead by Christine Petro (Director of Education Programs, Gowanus Canal Conservancy), a guided tour focused on the Whale Creek area of Newtown Creek lead by Mitch Waxman (Newtown Creek Alliance Historian), a crafts event, as well as presentations by CTT’s Sirovich Senior Theatre Group at Dixon Place on June 7 at 3pm, featuring visual theatre pieces on water stewardship.


Renee Philippi (Writer & Co-Director) is Artistic Director of Concrete Temple Theatre with Carlo Adinolfi. Her work has been seen in NYC, nationally and internationally at The Yard, Atlanta Arts Festival, Bard Summerscape, and in Costa Rica, Germany, Italy, India and Sri Lanka. Renee is alumna of Women’s Project Directors Forum, Spiderwoman, Ice Factory Festival and a member of Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab, New Georges and LPTW. She’s been an Artist-in-Residence with Mabou Mines, Playwrights Center, St. Ann’s, Directors Company, Nantucket Historical Association, Workspace for Choreographers, The Flea, The Yard, Dixon Place and a Directing Fellow at the Williamstown Festival.


Eric Nightengale (Co-Director) served as Artistic Director of 78th Street Theatre Lab in NYC from 1995-2008 and currently is a company member of Acme Corporation in Baltimore. His New York directing credits include work at Cherry Lane Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 59E59, Soho Rep, Acting Company, Circle in the Square, Classic Stage Company and River Ensemble. In Chicago, Eric served as Artistic Director for Actors Repertory Theatre, and has directed for Victory Gardens Theatre, Steppenwolf and Second City.

Carlo Adinolfi (Designer) is Artistic Director of Concrete Temple Theatre with Renee Philippi. He is CTT’s Set Designer and TD. Adinolfi is a dancer, actor and puppeteer. He is a recipient of a Bel Geddes Grant for design for The Bellagio Fountain has been known to Make Me Cry, an Independent Artists Challenge Program Award, multiple Henson Foundation Grants, an EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science Commission and a Berkshire Taconic Foundation commission.


Since 2004, Concrete Temple Theatre has been in operation as a small energetic touring company based in NYC, presenting performances and leading workshops locally, nationally and internationally. Concrete Temple has created fifteen original works (seven touring) and is currently developing two new works. They have received several commissions, have had an extended run Off-Broadway and have been Artists-in-Residence at Dixon Place (NYC), The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard) and St. Ann’s Warehouse (Brooklyn). CTT have performed at Barrow Street Theatre, HERE, Bard’s SummerScape, Hudson Opera House, and at theatres in Turkey, Costa Rica, India, Italy, Scotland, Bulgaria and Sri Lanka.


Concrete Temple Theatre is a multi-disciplinary company that creates compelling new theatre works, incorporating drama, dance, puppetry, music, and the visual arts, which focus on the individual’s struggle for identity and society’s need for cohesive community. CTT strives to bring myth and ritual back to the center of dialogue, while making connections and opportunities for diverse audiences to question and examine their place in the world.


Concrete Temple Theatre’s productions have been called “compelling” (The New York Times), “charming” (The New Yorker), “dazzling and engaging” (The Village Voice), “smart and rewarding” (Talkin’ Broadway), “beautifully acted and exhilarating” (Soho Journal) and “delightful” (The Independent, UK).

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