The name River Street Theatre Company is actually shortened from ‘437 River Street Theatre’. At the first luncheon for our company, graciously hosted by advisor, Matti Leshem, several ideas were thrown around for a name. Later that month, in a meeting with Robert Carnegie (also an advisor) at his acting school, Playhouse West, he reminded me of a scene we both loved from one of my all time favorite movies, On the Waterfront. Carnegie said, “It should be named 437 River Street (where you go when you tell the truth) because thats when things started to come together for you.” In the scene, directed by Eliza Kazan, Rod Steiger threatens Marlon Brando in a taxicab (who has yet to decide whether he will testify against a crooked mob local union) with the line “Well you better make up your mind before we get to 437 River Street!”
There were things in this movie I had never seen before, like Brando spitting after a guy walks past him and calls him a punk, his improvisational fumbling with the uneven table in a bar where he and Eva Marie Saint (Edie) sit, and his unbelievably honest way he lost track trying to count $50. I remember watching his improvisational use of when Edie drops her glove and he picks it up all the while continuing the scene, putting on the glove, sitting in the park’s swing seat, all while concentrating on talking to Edie and everything else done is almost unconsciously as if he had practiced it a hundred times. His having to think a moment before anwering Lee J. Cobb’s question “How many times have you been knocked out, Terry?”. He thinks for a moment like the punch drunk fighter he is playing and says “Two.”. There are many other famous choices Brando made giving me a vision and understanding of acting that I have never forgotten. We only hope that the productions here will also have things that audiences will take to thier grave.
Once we incorporated as a non-profit and had to add the word “company” to our name, we realized keeping the 437 in front would be too long and may cause confusion to patrons who are seeking online information. We had to choose what would be right for the theatre and the professional name was officially shortened to River Street Theatre Company on November 14, 2014.
SAG Nominee Mark Pellegrino (Quantico, The Big Lebowski, The Number 23), SAG Award Winner Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Guys With Kids, Entourage, Sopranos), Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino (Falling Skies, Do You Believe, Mighty Aphrodite), and Brian White (Chicago Fire, The Cabin In The Woods, Fighting) have joined Image Award Nominee Nicki Micheaux (Animal Kingdom, Lincoln Heights, The Shield), SAG Nominee & American Movie Award Winner Stelio Savante (Where The Road Runs Out, The Making Of The Mob: New York, Eisenstein In Guanajuato) and Golden Globe Nominee Diane Venora (The Insider, Heat, Bird) in the cast of River Street Theater Company’s Staged Reading of the Sept 11th play, ‘110 Stories’ (by Sarah Tuft).To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, 110 Stories (written by Sarah Tuft), will be presented in Los Angeles on Sept. 10th and Sept 11th at The William Alderson Acting Studio. The play is directed by iconic acting teacher William Alderson, produced by William Alderson and Stelio Savante, and additional celebrity performers will be announced soon.Trained by Sanford Meisner, William Alderson taught alongside Mr Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NY from 1967 and was the school’s associate director for twenty years. The Los Angeles studio was formed in 1995, and some of his former students clients include Allison Janney, Kim Basinger, Luis Guzman, and Jeff Goldblum.
The board of River Street Theater Company ( a 501 (c) 3 non profit) in Los Angeles includes such names as Matthew Carnahan, Robert Carnegie, Jeff Goldblum, David Mamet, and Jon Voight; and William Alderson serves as president. http://www.riverstreettheatre.org/#!board/c1atp
110 Stories has a prestigious history, having been performed by A list casts at The Geffen Playhouse, Joseph Papp Public Theater, NYU Skirball, The Vineyard and various others for charities like The Red Cross, Dennis Leary Firefighters Foundation and the New York Says Thank You Foundation.
“110 Stories” is a powerful way to memorialize a shared tragedy. It weaves first-person accounts – selected from hundreds collected right after September 11th – into a journey that recalls our wounds as well as works towards healing them. It’s the human side of history, without politics and agenda, giving voice to those who experienced 9/11 directly… a firefighter, homeless couple, police officer, iron-worker, massage therapist, chaplain, K9 handler, a mother, an elderly bulldog, a South American photojournalist. Together, these accounts shine a light into the human spirit – revealing hope, humor and compassion in the midst of tragedy.
Tickets can be purchased at
https://riverstreettheatre.yapsody.com/The Saturday (Sept 10th) performance starts at 7:30 pm and the Sunday (Sept 11th) matinee is at 3pm, tickets are fixed at $40.
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