Pictured: PATRICK DUNNING (with young dancer) in THE SIGNATURE PROJECT,
directed by Eric Paul Vitale at the Sheen Center.
THE SIGNATURE PROJECT
STARRING ARTIST PATRICK DUNNING
Off-Broadway Performances Begin
March 8 At The Sheen Center
THE SIGNATURE PROJECT, a multi-sensory theatrical experience, will begin Off-Broadway performances next Thursday, March 8th, with Opening Night set for March 11th at the Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street). A different Irish dancer is scheduled to make a special guest appearance at each performance in a segment choreographed by Elise Wright of the Aherne Sheehan School of Irish Dance.
The core of THE SIGNATURE PROJECT is a huge 76 ft. x 36 ft. mural layered with hidden secrets. For the past 22 years, a live performance has toured the United States bringing the mural to life, with artist Patrick Dunning ingeniously weaving stories and images in the great tradition of Irish artists. Now, this play with music and dance comes to New York for its Off-Broadway premiere. A unique, exhilarating tapestry blending art and technology, THE SIGNATURE PROJECT offers the opportunity for the audience to join over 300,000 people whose signatures already comprise the fabric of this monumental artwork. The painting and the play are constantly changing and evolving as people contribute their own signature and story to the larger artwork, adding perspectives and ideas which make the world so special and wonderful, beyond imagination. Creator Patrick Dunning hails from Dublin, Ireland and now lives in Portland, Oregon.
Director Eric Paul Vitale joined the project after attending a one-night-only presentation of Patrick Dunning’s THE SIGNATURE PROJECT on tour. It was immediately after that event that the two began a collaboration to reconceive the production as a full, theatrical evening with the addition of an ensemble of actors and musicians, and choreography by two-time National Ballroom Champion, Melissa Maricich.
Performances of THE SIGNATURE PROJECT will be Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm through March 25th. Tickets are available through www.sheencenter.org or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111. Same day $20 student rush tickets will be available in person at the Sheen Center box office.
For more information, please visit www.signatureproject.com.