Lance Hewett is Co-Founder, President, and Artistic Director of Isle of Shoals Productions, Inc.  He conceived and directed Falling in Love with Love, this year's Valentine's Day musical revue set at the Manhattan Psychoanalytical Institute for the Romantically Challenged (in residence at the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row).  He directed last summer's rare off-Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Our Town, at the legendary Gene Frankel Playhouse in lower Manhattan.  In addition, he directed the stage reading of In This Fallen City, Bryan Williams' prize-winning off-Broadway play, in a new version expanded from a two-character play to a version that put the entire world of the play on the stage.  The summer before, he conceived, directed and wrote the book for last summer’s hugely successful Noël Coward double bill, Still Life & Café Coward at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre in the Abingdon Theatre Complex, following this up with the full length version of Café Coward, a 1930s cabaret tribute to Coward’s words and music, for Hofstra Entertainment this summer. Prior to that, he directed/adapted for Isle of Shoals an intimate eve with Will & Chris...penned by those bad boys of Elizabethan England, William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe; the Long Island Summer Tour, and subsequent off-off-Broadway production of “Voices That Are Gone” ... The Stephen Foster Story (A World Premiere Musical by Bryan Williams) and Suddenly Last Summer and Steps Must Be Gentle (both at Theatre 54), Tennessee Williams’ neglected theatrical gems. Blue Songs, Gray Songs, a dramatic/musical montage of America’s Civil War, was presented at the Pantheon Theatre, NYC, followed by a Grand Guignol theatricalization, with period songs, of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables at the Lark Theatre, both by Bryan Williams. Lance also directed the world premiere of Occupation: Dragonslayer, a haunting and provocative tale which unfolds on Christmas Eve, 2002 in a doomed 24/7 diner near Ground Zero, book, music and lyrics by Bryan Williams, at Altered Stages in NYC; the NYC revival of A Hatful of Rain at PCII Theatre; and a new translation of Hecabe by Euripides for the Cyprus Embassy and NYC boroughs tour. Lance recently staged/conceived a musical revue for Disney (FL/CA); and another for a trans-Atlantic cruise to Portugal, Spain, France, Denmark and Holland. NYC premieres, also by Bryan Williams: American Nocturne, a contemporary musical of power politics, corruption and sexual intrigues in a vicious and neck-in-neck presidential election (hello); To Rose ~ Love Edward, a pathetic yet poetic journey of a woman’s descent into Alzheimers, Raw Space; the romantic musical adventure Lighthouse, suggested by Ibsen’s Lady from the Sea, One Dream; and Icarus Variations, re-opening wounds of lost lives, lost loves and lost innocence during the Vietnam era (Kelly Bishop, Michael Higgins, Helen Stenborg) at the Promenade. Other NYC premieres: the controversial pop/rock musical The Good of the Tribe, music by Joe Ferrante, Dramatists Guild; Men of Iron, Sanford Meisner; Daydreams, Even in the Darkest Night, No Country for Old Men and In This Fallen City. NYC revivals: a restored/newly translated Miss Julie, Pulse, the Bram Stoker Centennial revamped revival of Dracula, Gallery Players, Street Scene, Saint Joan, Lion in Winter, Night of the Iguana, Grass Harp, Two By Two, Take a Giant Step, Rattigan’s Separate Tables/Winslow Boy/Browning Version (in rep); for Fordham: Runner Stumbles, Bus Stop, Shadow Box, Tempest, Taming of the Shrew and Sweeney Todd. Lance directed the 7 month run of Guys and Dolls, Resorts International Casino, Atlantic City; another production (Donna Pescow, Joey Travolta) Pocono, Falmouth, Bucks County Playhouses. He has staged/conceived revues (Let Freedom Sing!, Broadway: Lost & Found, others) for Las Vegas, Atlantic City, San Jose, Houston, etc., & several Caribbean cruises. Treasured directing: Shadowlands, Real Inspector Hound/15 Minute Hamlet, Laughing Horse, Ellensburg, WA; Servant of Two Masters, Northeastern Theatre Ensemble, PA; Romeo and Juliet, Road to Mecca, West FL Rep/Athol Fugard Festival; Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, You Can’t Take It With You, Member of the Wedding, Night Music, Funny Girl, Music Man, Brigadoon, Robert and Elizabeth (Canadian/American concert tour), Sound of Music, Carousel, South Pacific, King and I, Dear World, Portrait of Dorian Gray. Also an actor/singer (AEA, SAG), NYC/Regional roles include Rutledge in 1776 (with Howard da Silva), Christmas Past opposite John Carradine, A Christmas Carol, Japheth in Two By Two with Milton Berle, and leading roles in National Tours/productions with Leonard Nimoy, Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, Josh Logan, Jan Peerce, Don Ameche, Barbara Eden, Eva Gabor, Dorothy Lamour, Betty Grable, John Raitt; many others. Lance is Artistic Director, President and Co-Founder of the Manhattan-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit theatre company, Isle of Shoals Productions, Inc., and a Founding Member of the celebrated Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado.

 

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