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Purchase Repertory Theatre Presents "All In The Timing" by David Ives at the Emelin Theatre Feb. 27 & 28, Mar. 1

Date Released: 1/30/2009

The Purchase Repertory Theatre presents the off-Broadway hit, All In The Timing in a special engagement at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY, from February 27 through March 1.

This witty, clever and frequently absurd collection of short plays by David Ives promises a terrifically entertaining night of theatre featuring the metaphysics of Philadelphia, the romantic possibilities of esperanto, and the musings of monkeys at typewriters as they contemplate the possibility of randomly composing Hamlet.

This run marks an exciting new collaboration between the Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film at Purchase College and the Emelin, Westchester's oldest continually operating performing arts theatre.

The Emelin Theatre is located at 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, NY.  Performances on February 27 and 28 are at 7:30 PM and on March 1 at 2 PM. Tickets are $20 and $15 for seniors and students.  For tickets call 914-698-0098 or visit For information call 914-251-6830.

 All In The Timing is playwright David Ives’s most popular book of plays. It ran for 606 performances in its initial Off-Broadway production and earned him an Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for Playwriting along with praise from a host of critics for its hilarity, brilliance and off-beat charm. 

For instance, in "The Philadelphia," a man who thinks he is having a bad day is informed by his friend he has actually fallen into a metaphysical hole called Philadelphia.  Everything goes wrong in Philadelphia: the taxis don't take you where you want to go, newsstands don't sell your newspaper, no matter what you order in a restaurant you end up with a cheesesteak.

The Purchase Repertory Theatre production is directed by Darrell Larson an actor, director, producer, and educator. His experience is extensive; in 35 years he has worked in theater, on television series, in feature films, off-Broadway and at Lincoln Center. He also produced, directed, and hosted a literary series on National Public Radio.  He has collaborated with some of the finest and most adventurous playwrights of our time including Sam Shepard, Adam Rapp and others, and has worked as a director or performer with many of the finest actors including Ed Harris, Debra Winger, Gene Hackman Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Dustin Huffman, Nathan Lane, Joel Grey and many others.  He has taught at Columbia University, the American Film Institute, and the California Institute of the Arts.  He has a deep appreciation of the classical traditions, a cultural awareness that ranges from hip-hop to Shakespeare’s sonnets and professional experience that extends from experimental performances to mainstream naturalism.

Playwright David Ives, a native of Chicago’s steel mill district, is a graduate of Northwestern University with a master's degree from the Yale School of Drama. In between degrees, he was as an editor at Foreign Affairs magazine for three years. Canvas was his first play in New York in 1972 followed by Saint Freud in 1975. He attracted the critics attention in the 1980s with a string of original one-act comedies performed in the Manhattan Punch Line's yearly one-act play festivals.

In the mid-1990s he contributed to Spy Magazine, wrote occasional humor pieces for the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and other publications. His short pieces are especially popular with high school drama students and college performers.  His full-length plays are collected in the anthology Polish Joke and Other Plays.  The title play "Polish Joke" is a humorous glimpse into Ives' Polish-American background.  In 2008 his comedy Is He Dead?(adapted from a play by Mark Twain) was performed on Broadway.  He has also adapted 22 American musicals for City Center's Encore series and is an author of young adult novels.

The Purchase Repertory Theatre presents students from the School of the Arts, Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film, in exciting and bold interpretations of classic and contemporary plays while bringing the next generation of actors, designers and technicians to the stage for the first time.

The performers include: Tabitha Holbert, Grand Prairie, TX; LaTeisha Dukes, Baltimore, MD; Andrew Smith, Black Earth, WI; Natalie Woolams-Torres, New York, NY; Monica K. Ross, Brooklyn, NY; Brett Diggs, Baltimore, MD; Melinda Nichols, Topeka, KS; Matt Lents, Houston, TX; James Ortiz, Richardson, TX; Oliva Osol, Southborough, MA; Julia Lawler, Santa Rosa, CA; Jason Ralph, McKinney, TX.