I'll be directing two shows later in 2015: the premieres of my new play Gluten! at 59E59 Theaters and Rob Benson's Mary Shanley at Under St. Marks. I'll be excited to share more as announcements unfold!
Pterodactyls completed a 15-performance run of mostly sold-out houses and phenomenal audience and critical response. Reviews included:
A moving production...All due respect to Angels in America, but Pterodactyls may be the best AIDS play of its time." -New York Theatre Review
"21 years later, Pterodactyls is far from extinct....the production manages to balance comedy, drama and absurdism as if this were the most natural thing on earth." -nytheater now
"A worthy revival and a must for any fan of Nicky Silver's...the crackle of his wit still shines through in Pterodactyls." -Theatre is Easy
"A marvelous revival...Stephen Kaliski directs this wonderful cast with aplomb. Catch this super show downtown while you can, but I hope it makes the move to a bigger venue sometime in the near future." -Hi! Drama
According to The Cranky Actress blog: "I was blown away by how great it was...
The director, STEPHEN KALISKI, must be some kind of genius boy or something. Years ago I saw a play, Tigers Be Still, starring Natasha Lyonne, that was directed by the now famous director, Sam Gold. This director has the same kind of talent. When everyone in the cast is doing star-quality work, you can thank the director. Isn’t great theater uplifting and transporting? Go be uplifted and transported. Go see actress Maggie Low in a role she was obviously born to play."
Visit ptero-play.com for further updates!
This August I'll be teaching a two-week public speaking seminar through my summer program Joy in the Performing Arts. I'm planning to reinvent one of the world's worst fears as a thrilling creative act. Open to artists and non-artists alike! For more information on the class, click here. To apply, email me a letter of interest.
Pterodactyls will run July 17- August 3 at Teatro Circulo in the East Village. Please visit ptero-play.com for updates on our ambitious revival of this early masterpiece from Nicky Silver.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream had a sensational run at the Yale University Theatre from February 19 - 22, 2014. Our production received rave reviews from campus publications The Yale Herald and The Yale Daily News.
The Yale Herald wrote, “The Yale Dramat’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Stephen Kaliski, is a glorious, candy-colored technical wonder. A wall of lamps illuminates the theater, a disco ball sparkles, and a fluorescent moon changes colors overhead; the set becomes by turns a high school cafeteria, yoga studio, and stage for an impromptu rap battle. This is an eccentric and exuberant Midsummer, unabashedly ambitious in scale and directorial vision. It is a production which embraces the fundamental strangeness of the play, its psychosexual ambiguity and uneasy negotiation of the boundaries between dreams and reality...And indeed, the show is a dreamy feast for the senses, with stunning and memorable visual moments in every scene...Artistically, the production is a triumph, and its wit, inventiveness, and visual eloquence make one want to linger in this Dream long after the curtain has fallen.”
Thanks to my glorious cast of actors and my peerless designers: Jason Sherwood, sets; Marisa Kaugars, costumes; Christina Watanabe, lights; and Matt Sherwin, sound and music.