Apartment 213

APARTMENT 213:  July 20, 21, 22, 23
Conceived, Created and Directed by Joseph Ritsch
Co-Directed by Stephen Nunns
Performed by Joseph Ritsch and Will Manning*

Honoring Special Guest LEE BREUER at a post-show reception on July 20!

In the summer of 1991, a hideous killing spree ended with the arrest and conviction of a reclusive Milwaukee chocolate factory worker. Apartment 213 takes us into this infamous home via a dream-like world, where time and space have no boundaries. A world where light, sound, video, dance, song, and text collide to propel us inside the thoughts and emotions of a so-called “monster”. Apartment 213 was the recipient of a development fellowship at the prestigious WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab, June 2010. The premiere, co-produced by Iron Crow Theatre Company, was voted one of the “Top 10” productions of the Baltimore Professional Theatre Season by Baltimore City Paper. www.apartment213theplay.com.

The opening night for this event, July 20, will honor JOHN GLOVER, prolific theater, television, and film actor, and graduate of Towson University’s acting program.

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Meet the Artists!

         Will Manning, originally a Missouri boy, lives in New York City most of the year now. He graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City MFA program. Since then, he has been involved in many Fringe NYC festivals, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Labs, off-off, and off-off-off productions, etc. Previous productions include Thank You Kind Spirit, Choke City, Revolution on the Roof, Analog Friend, Pogo & Evie, and Trash. He was the recipient of a Fringe NYC Festival award for Outstanding Actor. Will is thrilled with his continued work with Apartment 213 after creating the role at the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab. This past December Will performed at NYC’s Tank Theatre in Madame Bovary. Will is a proud member of Generous Company.

Joseph W. Ritsch is the Associate Director and co-founder of Iron Crow Theatre Company. He is a native NYer who moved to Baltimore in September of 2008 to pursue his MFA in Theatre at Towson University. He holds a BA in Theater & Dance from The School of Performing Arts at The University of Maine, and completed his initial graduate studies in acting at the Professional Program at Playwright’s Horizons in NYC. In 1994, Joseph became a principal ensemble member with Jane Comfort and Company, one of the industry’s premiere movement theatre ensembles. With Jane and the company he has toured the US on two national tours as well as a tour to Paris, France. Joseph is also an artistic associate of Gas & Electric Arts, Philadelphia’s cutting edge physical theater company. In the Baltimore area his work as an actor/director/designer has been seen at Baltimore Theatre Project, The Loft, and Theatro 101, Towson University and Center Stage. The premier of Apartment 213 was co-produced by Iron Crow after receiving a fellowship to the prestigious WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab in June of 2010. Apartment 213 was voted on of the Top Ten Theatre Productions of the 2010 Baltimore Professional Theatre season by Baltimore City Paper.

Bryan S. Schlein is the Production Manager for Iron Crow Theatre, having previously Stage Managed In Durang’s Shorts for Iron Crow Theatre Company and ASM’d Gay Expectations Too at UB, as well as Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Bryan is a graduate of Towson University’s Theatre Design and Production program where he worked on multiple productions and represented Towson at KCACTF for his puppetry design for HAIR. Bryan also has his Master’s from The Florida State University in Higher Ed Administration and Student Affairs, and currently works at Towson University for the Department of Housing and Residence Life.

* denotes members of Actors Equity Association.  Lucky you.