Off-Broadway theatre company Potomac Theatre Project reflects "the nightmares and hoaxes by which we live." The company, which is operated in association with Middlebury College, was founded in 1987 by the artistic triumvirate of Cheryl Faraone, Jim Petosa and Richard Romagnoli. PTP is an outgrowth of The New York Theatre Studio, an Off-Off Broadway company founded by Richard Romagnoli and Cheryl Faraone which produced in Manhattan from 1977-1985. During its 20 seasons (1987-2006) in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, the company produced 75 main stage productions along with numerous new play readings and late night experimental productions.
In the summer of 2007, Potomac Theatre Project (now PTP/NYC) returned to New York, continuing to redefine political theatre for the 21st century with an annual month-long repertory season encompassing full productions, readings and a variety of ancillary events.
In its 25 seasons, the voices of PTP’s writers have addressed the necessity and difficulty of art, pornography, AIDS, homelessness, censorship, totalitarianism, apartheid and gender wars, always in passionate, deeply human terms.
PTP’s association with Middlebury is the only such collaboration in the country between a professional theatre company and an undergraduate liberal arts college.
Cheryl Faraone (Co-Artistic Director, PTP/NYC) is a co-founder and co-director of the company; she has produced all of PTP’s 25 seasons. Productions directed for PTP/NYC include Territories, Lovesong of the Electric Bear, Politics of Passion: the Plays of Anthony Minghella, An Experiment with an Air Pump, Perfect Pie, After Dinner-Joke, Arcadia, Stanley, Mad Forest, and more. She directed and produced in NY for eight seasons with PTP’s predecessor, the New York Theatre Studio. For the Olney Theatre Center she directed King of the Jews, The Real Thing and Anna Karenina. In New York, she worked on The American Clock and An Evening with Comden and Greene. Her work at Middlebury College, where she has taught theatre and women and gender studies since 1986, includes some 27 productions; most recently of The Good Woman of Setzuan, Jumpers, The Heidi Chronicles, The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem, An Experiment with an Air Pump, Top Girls, Anna Karenina and Perfect Pie. She is a graduate of Catholic University and Florida State University’s School of Theatre, and has been involved with ART/NY and the League of Washington Theatres.
Jim Petosa (Co-Artistic Director, PTP/NYC) is Director of the Boston University (BU) School of Theatre and Artistic Director of Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center (OTC) and the National Players educational touring company. Most recently in New York, Petosa directed Tom Stoppard and André Previn’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (Town Hall) and the operas Carmen and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Helen Mills Theater) as part of the 2008/9 BU InCite Arts Festivals. PTP credits include: Spatter Pattern, A Question of Mercy, Therese Raquin, Somewhere in the Pacific, Marisol, Dog Plays,Statements after an Arrest, and Good. Some OTC directing credits: Democracy, Brooklyn Boy, Copenhagen, The Laramie Project, Art, The Miracle Worker, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Helen Hayes Award—Outstanding Musical Production). Theatre J’s Collected Stories (Helen Hayes nomination—Outstanding Direction). A member of AEA and the Dramatists Guild, Petosa has also served on the boards of SDC, Catalyst Theatre, and Playwrights Forum.
Richard Romagnoli (Co-Artistic Director, PTP/NYC) is a co-founder and co-director of the Potomac Theatre Project; his most recent productions for the company are Victory: Choices in Reaction, Gary the Thief & Plevna, The Europeans, Scenes from an Execution, No End of Blame, The American Dream and Press Conference/One for the Road. Other notable work for PTP includes The Best Man, No Man’s Land, Pinter Briefs, Havel: The Passion of Thought, The Castle and A Hard Heart; Mountain Language/New WorldOrder; and Vampire. His work for the Olney Theatre Center includes Private Lives, Candida, The Homecoming, The Importance of Being Earnest, Camille. He is a professor of theatreat Middlebury College in Vermont, where he has directed numerous plays; most recently, Peter Barnes’ The Bewitched (American premiere), which was performed at the Kennedy Center as part of the American College Theatre Festival and Road. He also directed Italian-American Reconcilation for Project Y in Washington DC and A Hard Heart for Whistler in the Dark in Boston. Mr. Romagnoli trained at the School of Theatre at Florida State University.
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