Genre: Drama
Written by Neal Bell, Directed by Edward Elefterion

Inspired by one of the masterpieces of world literature ("The Epic of Gilgamesh") and interviews with men from all walks of life about fear, "SHADOW OF HIMSELF" is a modern allegory that uses contemporary attitudes about masculinity, power, and mortality to tell the story of a prideful king and his journey towards himself. Gil, a god-like king, terrorizes his people until he finds balance in a comrade who equals his strength, bravery, and beauty. But when the king sets out on an adventure to kill a notorious monster and immortalize his name, he has no idea that it will cost him the most precious thing he has.

NEAL BELL is one of America’s most respected playwrights. His plays, which include "Two Small Bodies," "Raw Youth," "Cold Sweat," "On The Bum," and "Spatter Pattern," have appeared at Playwrights Horizons and at regional theatres including the Berkeley Rep, the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, the La Jolla Playhouse, and Actors Theatre of Louisville, where his ten-minute play "Out The Window" was a co-winner of the Heideman Award. A recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment, and the Guggenheim Foundation, Mr Bell was awarded an Obie Award for sustained achievement in playwriting.

Featured in the cast: MARK CAJIGAO ("Broadway’s Rising Stars" at Town Hall, "Twelfth Night" at Storm Theatre) MATT W. CODY (Ensemble Studio Theatre, Urban Stages, Lark Theatre), EMILY HARTFORD (Off Broadway’s "The Contrast" at Mirror Repertory Company), DANIEL AJL KITROSSER (off-Broadway’s "A Dolphin Up A Tree") and ADAM SWIDERSKI ("Charlie Victor Romeo" at PS 122).

Director EDWARD ELEFTERION is the Artistic Director of Rabbit Hole Ensemble and the recipient of the 2008 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Director. Among his credits: four collaborations with playwright Neal Bell, including the world premiere of his adaptation of "Therese Raquin" at New York University; "Big Thick Rod" (FringeNYC 2008), "The Night Of Nosferatu," "The Transformation of Dr. Jekyll" (FringeNYC 2006), "The Siblings" (MITF 2006), and acclaimed productions of "In The Jungle Of Cities," "Macbeth," and "The Misanthrope." He currently teaches acting at Hofstra University.

Preview:   01/08/09
Open:   01/16/09
Close:   01/31/09

Thursdays-Sundays at 8:00 PM
Theater:   Access Theater
Address:   380 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013
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