for/word Theatre Company takes Off-Broadway by storm
THE REVIEWS ARE IN: THE COLUMBUS COMPANY IS “FLAWLESS”
For/word Company is only half way through the month-long run of their play North at the acclaimed 59E59 Theatres in New York City, and the reviews have been incredible. The company comprises of a director, actors, designers, writers, and stage crew from Ohio State Department of Theatre, and has been called “Flawless – life-changing and spirit-awakening” by Theatre Reviews Ltd.
The for/word company is an affiliation of artists founded in Columbus and now located in Ohio, Lexington, and Philadelphia. Their work has been staged to acclaim in Lexington, Columbus, Seattle, and Chicago; they were invited to premiere North at New York’s 59E59 Theaters for a month-long run from October 4th – 28th, 2012.
For their first trip to Off-Broadway, for/word company is making quite an impression, with the vast majority of the reviews singing the praises of the entire show. The creative team has been praised by many reviewers, including Theatre Reviews Unlimited, saying, “Director [and playwright] Jennifer Schlueter and choreographer Karen Mozingo have brilliantly staged ‘North’ with the support of scenic designer Brad Steinmetz and lighting designer Anjeanette Stokes. As a creative team, they create the timeless space through which the lives of Anne, St-Ex, Charles, and their individual and collective memories move.”
The actors are also excitedly praised by Backstage, “As Charles and St-Ex, Kalafatic Poole and Christopher Marlowe Roche give powerfully persuasive and superbly contrasting renderings of the two men who exert strong oppositional pulls on Anne’s life.”
And Woman Around Town loves the leading lady: “Christina Ritter (Anne Morrow Lindbergh) holds us from her emphatic entrance. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an actress appear so wide open. Every speech has the ring of truth, no action is squandered.”
The New York Theatre Buying Guide gives it their “…highest recommendation! A compelling dramatic work forged out of the letters and journals of three extraordinary writers: Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and Charles Lindbergh. Superbly conceived, written, directed, and performed by a company with a unique theatrical mission.”
For/word was created by OSU alumni Christina Ritter (Doubt, CATCO), Jen Schlueter (Assistant Professor – Theatre, OSU), Christopher Roche (I Am My Own Wife, CATCO), and Brad Steinmetz (lecturer, OSU; designer 39 Steps, CATCO) in 2006 in Columbus, Ohio. Their mutual love and respect for the historical record and true storytelling started them on a path to bring letters, poems, essays, books, and articles back to life on stage. These texts become the raw material for plays that tell more than just facts: they reimagine history. North tells the story of a charged meeting between writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife to aviator Charles, and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the man whom she felt best understood her work. It is all based on historical fact, yet it is a work of fiction.