David Willinger’s new play EXISTENCE hits theaters for New Town

Theater veteran David Willinger directs an exciting hybrid showcase of live theatrical experience coupled with video featuring Espirito Domingo, Sharendelle Murga, Robert Striker and Hanna Ventura.

A theater and video hybrid
155 1st Avenue, New York
June 9-19 (Thu-Sat 8pm; Sun 3pm)
Tickets: $18 and $15 for students and seniors

Visit https://theaterforthenewcity.net/ for reservations and more information

The play takes us to the Institute of Philosophy of an urban university which organizes a conference on existentialism with famous speakers, descendants of four famous existentialists. An essay contest is announced. Three graduate students are announced as finalists – including Enrique, Liora and Matthias. They will have 24 hours to write an essay on the theme of Existence. They travel to the five boroughs of New York, seeking inspiration for their essays. During their travels, they visit real and imagined places, all of which suggest infinity. As they go, they fight, make love, sleep and dream, have achievements, engage in rituals, take Covid tests, fall ill, stumble upon a life-changing sacred relic, stumble upon a deadly protest demonstration and finally write their essays. The play is written in a magical realist style evoking dreams and hallucinations.

New York native David Willinger has been active in theater for decades. As an actor, David has been seen on the stages of Theater East, Mercer Arts Center, Manhattan Theater Club, Provincetown Playhouse, Mahopac Playhouse, Dorset Playhouse and in college productions, among others. He traded acting for directing and writing. Credits include Andrea’s Got Two Boyfriends (published by DPS and performed nationwide – and even in Poland), Malcolm’s Time, Frida y Diego, Bombing the Cradle, Caprichos and The Trail of Tears: A Drama from the Historical Record, written with Peggy Dean. His play Out of Their Minds about James Joyce’s eccentric daughter, Lucia, and her affair with young Samuel Beckett, was produced at New Media. He has adapted and directed novels such as The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad, The Stranger by Camus, The Heart is a Solitary Hunter by Carson McCuller, The Wound by Paul Willems, Martin Chuzzlewit by Dickens, The Dead Girls by Ibarguengoitìa and the novel Rock Wagram by William Saroyan under the title The Upper Lip. Wrote the book and lyrics for the musical The Open Gate with music by Arthur Abrams, based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s epic novel The Manor, and for a musical version of Thomas Hardy’s famous novel Casterbridge with Christopher Beste. He also wrote a book and lyrics for The Tale of Tiresias and the Idiot which was shown at Hartley House Theater as well as an opera based on the life and works of Leopold II by Hugo Claus with Hellmuth Dusedau composing. He has directed TNC, La Mama, Interartheatre, HERE, the Laurie Beecham Theatre, the Avalon Repertory Company and the Cubiculo, all in New York, as well as for the Ambassador Theater in Washington D.C. He has directed the world premieres of ‘Eduardo Machado Don Juan in NYC, The Sorcerers by Serge Goriely, Diary of Lights by Adrienne Kennedy as well as the co-production of his Solo Voyages with Joseph Chaikin. On Jewish subjects, he directed Jim the Lionhearted by René Kalisky as well as Job’s Passion and Winter Wedding by Hanoch Levin. As an acting professor at City College NY, he directed such large-scale productions as King Lear, Richard III, Twelfth Night, The Cherry Orchard, Mary Gallagher’s De Donde? Rhinoceros by Ionesco, Gorky’s Enemies, The London Cuckolds by Edward Ravenscroft and musicals such as Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Promenade, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors. He co-wrote the screenplay for the film Take the Bridge, and wrote and directed the feature film Lunatics, Lovers, and Actors. He has published 9 anthologies of French and Dutch play translations to his credit, and also recently published Ivo van Hove Onstage with Routledge. He has won two Fulbright scholarships, three Jerome Foundation scholarships, a Drama-Logue award, a BAEF scholarship, a Peg Santvoordt Foundation scholarship, a Translation Center award, etc. He studied and worked with Joseph Chaikin, with Arlen Digitale, at HB Studios and, mainly with Eve Shapiro, at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

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