Critical Praise For RSP Productions!
Goodnight Lovin' Trail
FRIGID Festival, New York February/March 2011
“Goodnight Lovin' Trail is a finely produced play and a wonderful choice for those seeking a production with considerable substance” “..characters teeter fluently between casual dialog and lyrical whimsy and feel both earnest and engaging" “.. an engaging and thought-provoking forty minutes” -Terra Vetter, TheatreIsEasy.com 02/27/2011
“Goodnight Lovin’ Trail is about as perfect a one act play as I’ve ever come across" “A perfect gem found along a dusty trail; Goodnight Lovin’ Trail will leave you remembering the things you’ve lost along that road that stretches out behind you” “This play will leave you with tears glistening in your eyes – no small feat for a show that clocks in at just over half an hour” -Karen Tortora-Lee , Happiest Medium 03/02/2011
The Last Supper
The Red Room Theatre, April thru August 2010
"wonderfully designed" "spot on" ".. thought-provoking.." “It's a rip-roaring good time, and well worth your dime" "very entertaining" "Check it out. You'll be glad you did" -Bonny Prince Billy, Cultural Capitol
"There are no weak links in this cast. Everyone creates a full character and is fantastic in his or her role" "..a production not to be missed, not only for the subject matter, but also for the talent of all involved" "... wonderful talent .." "...brilliantly played..." Alyssa Simon, NYtheatre.com (PICK OF THE WEEK)
"It's funny, lighthearted, absurd and perfect for a summer evening in the city" "..realistic and even chilling" … William Coyle, OffOffonline
"Twisted" An Evening of One Acts
UNDER St Marks, July 2009
“The practiced cast handles the comedic timing with accuracy and eloquence” "It’s worth the price of admission to see the Rising Sun Performance Company’s aspiring talent..”
Jennifer Rathbone, TheaterOnline.com
“..uproarious..” ..side-splittingly funny..” “..genuinely hilarious..” “..funnier than anything I’ve seen on television in years.” “A few of the cast members could fit in easily on Saturday Night Live.” “Rising Sun Performance Company is a youthful, enthusiastic company and I look forward to seeing more from them..” William Coyle, offoffonline.com
“I don’t think I’ve seen a more inventive, funnier bit of theatre this year than Head Games … the payoff was so unexpected and so beautifully played that I think the audience was literally tickled; happy to have been hoodwinked as well, but horrified by the confusion.” …Neighbourbee Blog
An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein
The Douglas Fairbanks Theatre – Off-Broadway
John Houseman Theatre & UNDER ST Marks Theatre
“This fun and often hilarious production suggested there was no escape from our darker passions-studying the past was no guarantee against repeating its excesses.” … OOBR.com
“A number of excellent performances” – Deborah Greenhut
“A wonderful showcase of this new group of accomplished actors” – Theatrescene.net
Rising Sun Performance Company begins its 10th Anniversary as a well established Off-Off Broadway theatre company, with a reputation for it’s talented ensemble of writers, directors, actors & designers featured in seasons with strong selections of New & Original works balanced by revivals of off beat published works. 2011 marks the beginning of Rising Sun’s 10th season currently culminating in over 35 productions & events since 2001 including the development of 11 world debut plays, 5 Revivals, Numerous Originals, Short works, The launch of an ongoing musical cabaret series, Free Outdoor Performances, Children's theatre and tremendously successful long term runs of “Hellcab” (13 weeks) and the New York City premiere of “The Last Supper” (18 weeks) which both received overwhelming response from critics and audience alike.
Since 2001 Rising Sun has showcased the talents of over 200 Theatrical Artists
In July 2009, Rising Sun’s commissioned play [pwnd] by Kitt Lavoie received a New York Innovative Theatre Awards nomination for Outstanding Short Script and Artistic Director Akia, was honored with the NYITA founders Award for her contributions to the organization and the Off-Off Broadway community.
In January 2007, Rising Sun was granted a 4 month long rehearsal residency through the Field. Which is being used towards the development of their main-stage production “DeCADEnce”.
In June 2005, RSP was granted a full time, open-ended Artist in Residency at Horse Trade Theater Group, home of 3 celebrated Off-Off &Off Broadway Theaters. (The Kraine, the Red Room & UNDER St Marks)
In July 2005, Artistic Director, Akia was granted a summer residency through the field & silo project to begin work on the original script for Rule of Thumb.
July 2005, acceptance into the Samuel French Theatre Festival, where the world debut of John Patrick Bray’s “Amerikan Mine” was performed.
September 2005, RSP received Two New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominations for Outstanding Ensemble & Outstanding Lead Actor for RSP’s 2004 Production of the Shape of Things.
October 2004 & February 2005 –RSP received prominent inclusion in Drama Bookshop & United Stages display/campaign celebrating Off-Off Broadway.
April 2004, Rising Sun’s Off Broadway debut at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre in the heart of 42nd Street with their hit revival of “An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein”
Ongoing- RSP receives outstanding reviews and prominent press coverage in Backstage, NY Theatre.com, Theatrescene.com, Oobr.com, 25hoursonline, Time Out NY, The Village Voice, L Magazine and others.
PRAISE FOR RISING SUN'S SHOWS!
‘The Shape of Things”
The Greenwich Street Theatre, 2004
[The Rising Sun Performance Company's production of] “The Shape of Things makes one thing clear. It is a profound and complex piece of recent theatre.”…. Oobr.com
UNDER St Marks Theater, November 2005-January 2006
“A killer dark comedy” & “A little gem hidden in the dark Under St. Mark’s” … Robin Reed, L Magazine
“Hellcab says it all - it is not your typical night at the theatre. So if the unusual is what you crave head down to UNDER St. Mark’s for the ride of your life!” ...Anusha Alikhan, NYcool.com
“Well worth the audience’s time and money” & “Deeply Honest” “Director, Akia…brought out remarkably insane performances from her actors in some cases and deep, meaningful ones in others” …Seth Bisen Hersh, Oobr.com
“Nic Mevoli, onstage for virtually the entire play, is superb as the cabbie, creating a very human, very sympathetic character whose travails authentically engage us.”… Martin Denton, NYtheatre.com
“Let's just say, it takes deliciously sick minds to come up with this stuff, and its pure delight to go along for the ride” ….Mary Hilton, Newbie NYC theatre blog (for Sporknotes)
“Elizabeth Proctor was deeply played by Elizabeth Burke, who managed to show depth of spirit or inner fire with a subtle shift of body language and vocal tone”
.…Louis Lopardi, Artzine. Com (for Crucible, 2006)
“The ten sketches comprising DeCADEnce cover a lot of stylistic ground, and in terms of its ambition, the piece is pretty spectacular”.. Martin Denton, Nytheatre.com
“The ridiculously talented ensemble of Rising Sun Performance Company” “Catch it if you can”
“Those crazy kids behind the Rising Sun Performance Company are at it again” …Perrie Samotin, Metromix
The Online Entertainment Guide calls Rising Sun the most popular Off-Off-Broadway performance company!!