Performance Works bows pic script in new theater

Mission to embrace film, theatrical communities, McTiernan sez

Andrew McTiernan’s New York Performance Works is adding a new 75-seat theater to go with its 99-seat main stage in Tribeca. On Oct. 28, the Equity showcase-space debuts with a workshop production of Matthew Swan’s “Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler,” which is not a play.

“Our mission is to embrace the film and theatrical communities,” said McTiernan, cousin of director John McTiernan (“Die Hard,” “The Thomas Crown Affair”). Swan’s film script will be workshopped for four weeks, with filming on the $2 million feature to commence on Jan. 20. Ian McCrudden helms “Mr. Smith,” his second feature. McCrudden’s first, “We Met on the Vineyard,” premieres later this month at the Hampton’s Film Festival.

On NYPW’s main stage, the 2000 season begins with Brandon Cole’s “Imperfect Love” in March, with Whitney Hamilton’s “Elvis Is Dead” and Jake Soloman’s “Vamp” to follow. All three are plays, but McTiernan is the last one to rule out a possible transfer to celluloid for the latter two. “Imperfect Love” has already been made into a film — John Turturro’s “Illuminata.”

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