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THE GUNFIGHTER MEETS HIS MATCH  | Open: 07/30/18 Close: 08/04/18
The 2018 New York Musical Festival will present the World Premiere of The Gunfighter Meets His Match (Abby Payne and Chelsea Retzloff, Producers) with music, lyrics & book by Abby Payne (Musical Theatre Factory's series at Joe's Pub), directed and choreographed by Jeff Davis of Glitter Kitty Productions (One for the Ages!), July 30th-August 4th at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Performances will take place on Monday, July 30th at 8pm, Thursday, August 2nd at 5pm, Friday, August 3rd at 1pm, and Saturday, August 4th at 5pm & 9pm. Tickets ($29.50) are available for advance purchase at www.nymf.org or by calling 212-352-3101. The Gunfighter Meets His Match is an official selection of the 2018 New York Musical Festival.

The Gunfighter Meets His Match is a Wild West musical conceived and written by singer-songwriter Abby Payne. This original story, inspired by the New York City music scene and the short stories of Louis L'Amour, is full of love, loss, and hope. Come along for the wild ride as a rugged gunfighter battles for his truest love. With the creative direction and highly entertaining choreography of Jeff Davis, the Gunfighter will transport you to another world with a few familiar echoes of our own. The performance will run approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The cast will feature Kristen DiMercurio* (Fun Home at Portland Center Stage), Michael Hunsaker* (Mama Mia! at The Rep), Craig Winberry* (Mama Mia! at The Rep), Amanda Higgins* (The Imbible: Day Drinking at New World Stages), Ryan Lanning* (Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe with The Edge Theater in Chicago), Emily Vetsch (Glitter Kitty Productions), Abby Payne, Marc Andrew Nunez* (Rihanna “Disturbia” music video), Joelle Lurie*, Phil Pineno, Chelsea Retzloff (Shen Wei Dance Arts), Desira Barnes, Randy Burd, Constance Nicola, Alice Pucheu, and Shara Radin. The creative team includes Sound Design by Kurt Bradley, Set Design by Jeff Davis, Costume Design by Emily Vetsch, and Lighting Design by Christina Watanabe (Tania in the Getaway Van at The Flea; Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg at HERE). *Member of the Actors’ Equity Association

THE TIME MACHINE  | Open: 07/11/17 Close: 07/16/17
The cast and creative team for the premiere of the new musical, The Time Machine, with book by David Mauk and Brenda Mandabach, music and lyrics by David Mauk, has been announced. The Time Machine an Official Selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival, will be directed by Justin Baldridge with music direction by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld. The Time Machine will open on Tuesday July 11, 2017 at 8:00 PM and will play a total of 6 performances at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 W 42nd Street).

In this wicked retelling of the classic novel by H.G. Wells, a troubled inventor discovers a modern dystopia where machines are nonexistent and love is forbidden. Extraordinary events force him to venture underground where he must face the demons that control his future.

The Time Machine will star Michael Hunsaker as Thomas, Bligh Voth as Wenissa, Marc Moritz as Uncle Filby, Barbara McCulloh as Mrs. Watchett, Michael Thatcher as Nathaniel Sayer, Doug Chitel as Dean, Lori Tishfield as Elizabeth, Martavius Parrish as Reverend, Randal Keith as Professor Dash, Shiloh Goodin as Female Ensemble #1, Aisling Halpin as Female Ensemble #2, Darrel T. Joe as Male Ensemble #1, Lamont Walker II as Male Ensemble #2, and Tony Lorrich II as Male Ensemble #3.

The creative team includes Vanessa Leuck (Costume Design), Lauren Mills (Scenic Design), and Patrick LaChance (Sound Design).

The Time Machine will play the following performances: Tuesday, July 11 at 8:00pm; Thursday, July 13 at 5:00pm and 9:00pm; Friday, July 14 at 9:00pm; Saturday, July 15 at 1:00pm; and Sunday, July 16 at 5:00pm.

NYMF Passes are now available for purchase at nymf.org/pass. Individual tickets are available at nymf.org or by calling (212) 352-3101.

 

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theater.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Festival is the premier musical theater event in the world. The preeminent site for launching new musicals and discovering new talent, the Festival provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions that reach their peers, industry leaders, and musical theater fans. More than 90 Festival shows have gone on to productions on and Off-Broadway, in regional theaters in all 50 states, and in more than 24 countries worldwide. Festival alumni have received a wide array of awards including the Tony Award® and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, NYMF received a special Drama Desk Award in recognition of its work "creating and nurturing new musical theater, ensuring the future of this essential art form."

NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. 2017 NYMF is sponsored by The City of New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, PRG, TheaterMania, Clear Channel Outdoor and the Village Voice, and is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The NYMF PASS is a great way to experience The New York Musical Festival. With a NYMF PASS, you can get into the theater before individual ticket holders. Passes also offer the exclusive ability to book tickets before they go on sale to the public. Individual tickets on sale now.

The 2017 New York Musical Festival will take place July 10 - August 6. For more information, please visit: www.nymf.org

 

BIOS                                                                                                                                                                   

David Mauk (Book, Music, Lyrics) composed the exhibit music for the international blockbuster National Geographic KING TUT, CLEOPATRA, and REAL PIRATES museum tours. David has released two critically acclaimed instrumental CD's – 12 MONTHS and GROUND SWELL. GROUND SWELL was number one in the world on the NZR radio charts and has been featured regularly on XM/Sirius, Music Choice, and Muzak channels. David has been a Las Vegas singing piano entertainer for thirteen years.

Brenda Mandabach (Book) is an Actor/Vocalist in Las Vegas. She started her professional career with the Cleveland Opera, and then worked in several other theaters in Northeast Ohio and Los Angeles. Brenda has most recently been seen in productions at UNLV and has been performing in cabarets and showcases across Las Vegas. She was the featured vocalist in the background exhibit music for the National Geographic KING TUT, CLEOPATRA, and REAL PIRATES museum tours.

Justin Baldridge (Director) made his NYC directorial debut with the Off-Broadway musical A DOG STORY. THE TIME MACHINE is his first NYMF production. Directing credits include THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, CABARET, GREASE, HOW TO SUCCEED…, ANYTHING GOES, BULL, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, MACBETH, THE DIVINERS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and TWELVE ANGRY JURORS. He relocated to Manhattan from California a year ago where he worked in Educational Theatre for 10 years. Training: CSU Fullerton and Roosevelt University, Chicago. justinbaldridge.com 

Kristen Lee Rosenfeld (Musical Director) is an NYC-based Music Director/Composer. Her music direction credits include the First National Tour of SPRING AWAKENING and BAND OF ANGELS with collaborator, Colman Domingo. As a Composer, Kristen collaborates with her mother, Luanne. Their show, DIVIDED, was recently presented in concert to a sold-out house at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Their other full-length musical, CARDBOARD CASTLES, is currently in development as a feature film by Rubic House.

Vanessa Leuck (Costume Design) Upcoming: Off Broadway: Money Talks, Regional: Sex With Strangers, Capital Repertory. Recent: Disenchanted! National Tour (previously Off Broadway), Broadway Backwards: LOVE. Previous NYMF: Midnight at the Never Get, Pope! An Epic Musical, Tonya & Nancy: A Rock Opera, Mr. Confidential. www.vanessaleuckcostumes.com

Lauren Mills (Scenic Design) is a New York City based scenic designer working in theatre and television. Selected credits include: A Dog Story (Davenport Loft – Off Broadway), Dot (Detroit Public Theatre), My Fair Lady, True Love (Sharon Playhouse). Television: The TODAY Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Member – United Scenic Artists USA 829. MFA – Carnegie Mellon University. www.laurenmillsdesign.com

Patrick LaChance (Sound Design) is also designing I Am, I Will, I Do (NYMF). Credits include: Lonely, I'm Not (West of 10th), The Winter's Tale (Amerinda), Macbeth and [gay] Cymbeline (Theatre Prometheus), Okay and The Coming World (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Fantasticks (Cider Mill Playhouse).

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show  | Open: 06/11/16 Close: 10/31/16
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted a Blue HorseMister SeahorseThe Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Thursday & Friday at 11am; Saturday & Sunday at 10am, 12pm & 2pm

NEW THEATRE: Theatre Row’s Acorn Theatre is located at 410 West 42nd Street

 Running time 60 minutes, no intermission

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Special Information

Spanish Language and Autism Friendly Performances:
Friday - July 8 @ 11am - Autism Friendly
Saturday - August 13 @ 2pm - Spanish Language
Friday - September 9 @ 11am - Autism Friendly
Saturday - October 8 @ 2pm - Spanish Language

Premium Seating: Premium Tickets are available in the first two rows for $67.25 (price includes $2.25 Facility Fee). Premium tickets include The Very Hungry Caterpillar tote bag and coloring book.

The Good Mother  | Open: 10/30/12 Close: 12/22/12
 In this taut psychological thriller, Larissa (Gretchen Mol) is a single mother who can barely meet the mortgage on her house in Mount Vernon, NY.  When a bizarre incident involving her 4-year-old daughter forces her to face someone from her past, her own questionable actions come back to haunt her. 

 
Directed by Scott ElliottThe Good Mother features Mark Blum (Broadway: Gore Vidal's The Best ManTwelve Angry MenA Thousand ClownsLost in Yonkers; at The New Group: The Music Teacher), Darren Goldstein (B’way: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; at The New Group: Mouth To MouthAbigail’s PartyTerrorism; TV: “Damages”), Gretchen Mol (B’way: Chicago, Off-B’way: The Shape of Things (also film); Film: 3:10 to YumaThe Notorious Bettie PageCelebrityRoundersDonnie Brasco; TV: “Boardwalk Empire”), Alfredo Narciso (Off-B’way: The Unusual Love Life of Bed Bugs and Other CreaturesChimichangas & ZoloftThe Ugly OneThinner Than WaterEdgewiseMicrocrisis) and Eric Nelsen (B’way: 13 the Musical; Off-B’way: Time BeingRagamuffinsInteraction). 
 
This production includes Set Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Cynthia Rowley, Lighting Design by Jason Lyons and Sound Design by Bart Fasbender.
 
Playwright Francine Volpe’s credits include The Given (directed by Michael Imperioli at Studio Dante, finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Late Fragment (Studio Dante), Sweethearts (The New Company), Giftbox (stageFARM).  Her work has been developed at A.C.T., Arena Stage, Naked Angels, Rattlestick Theater, SoHo Rep.  Graduate of the Juilliard School, teaches screenwriting and playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, ESPA, Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles.  Member of New Dramatists.
 
Scott Elliott is the founding Artistic Director of The New Group, where he has produced over 50 plays, 24 of which he directed, including last season’s world premieres of Erika Sheffer’s Russian Transport and Thomas Bradshaw’s Burning and also The Kid (Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical).  He also directed Ayub Khan Din’s East is East and Rafta, Rafta…at The New Group. 

7th Monarch  | Open: 08/01/12 Close: 08/12/12
7th MONARCH, the critically acclaimed mystery by Jim Henry, featuring Tony Award winner Michael Rupert, will end its limited engagement Sunday, August 12th at Theatre Row’s Acorn Theatre. In addition to Michael Rupert, the cast of 7th MONARCH features Michael Cullen, Gretchen Hall, Leslie Hendrix and Matthew Humphreys, under the direction of Scott C. Embler.

 

 

In 7th MONARCH, Miriam, a math prodigy who was on the fast track to becoming an astronaut, mysteriously dropped out of college and has been living in seclusion with her parents for the past 20 years. When Raina, a criminal investigator, knocks on her door seeking the parents, Miriam offers an inconceivable explanation for their disappearance. Jarring discoveries are soon revealed as the two women struggle to overcome their own personal tragedies.

 

Michael Cullen’s New York stage credits include Bug (Obie Award); Cobb (Drama Desk Award); Bus Stop (Broadway); One Shot, One Kill (Primary Stages) and The Intelligent Sign of Jenny Chow(Atlantic). Gretchen Hall appeared on Broadway in Stick Fly and at Lincoln Center in Saturn Returns.Her TV credits include “Person of Interest,” “Gossip Girl” and “Lipstick Jungle.” Leslie Hendrix is best known for playing Medical Examiner Rodgers on “Law & Order.” On Broadway, Leslie has been seen inThe Music Man, Indiscretions, A Streetcar Named Desire and Hollywood Arms. Matthew Humphreysappeared on Broadway in The Vertical Hour and his film & TV credits include “Supernatural,” “Burn Notice,” “Medium,” “Numb3rs,” “Big Love,” “Journeyman,” The Good Shepherd and Chapter 27. Michael Rupert’s Broadway credits include Pippin, City of Angels, Falsettos, Ragtime, Sweet Charity (Tony Award), Legally Blonde, The Happy Time and Shakespeare’s Cabaret, and he starred Off-Broadway inMarch of the Falsettos, Putting It Together, Falsettoland and Elegies.

 

Playwright Jim Henry is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and Chicago Street Theatre. He received both the Jeff Award and L.A. Times Critic’s Choice Award for his acclaimed play The Angels of Lemnos. Director Scott C. Embler has directed Stain (Off-Broadway); Margot Alone in the Light(operamission); Death in England, Faith, Caliban (Vital); Burning Botticelli (FringeNYC) and Bloodties(NYMF).

 

Set design for 7th MONARCH is by Shoko Kambara, with costume design by David Withrow, lighting design by D.M. Wood and sound design by David Pinkard.

An Early History Of Fiire  | Open: 04/05/12 Close: 05/26/12
The New Group proudly presents the world premiere of An Early History of Fire, a new play by Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe.  Directed by Jo Bonney, this production features Deema AitkenGordon ClappErin DarkeJonny OrsiniDevin RatrayDennis Staroselsky, Theo Stockman and Claire van der Boom.  Limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated April 5 – May 26 at The New Group @ Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street).  Official Opening Night is set for Monday, April 30 at 7:00 PM.
 
An Early History of Fire is set in a small Midwestern town at the tipping point of the early 1960s.  A few years out of high school, Danny finds his days defined by friendship and loyalty – but a confusing new world encroaches in the form of Karen, back from college in the East, alluring and unsettling because of all she has learned.  Awhirl in longing and eyeing a chance for radical change, Danny struggles against the grip of his immigrant father, who clings to his only son while mourning a vanished world of lost prestige.  Poignant in its portrayal of the loss of America’s innocence, this world premiere marks David Rabe’s return to The New Group, following the company’s acclaimed 2005 revival of Hurlyburly.

An Early History of Fire
 features Deema Aitken (“Fritz,” Film: Yelling to the Sky; TV: “Law & Order”), Gordon Clapp (“Pop,” B’way: Glengarry Glen Ross -Tony® nom.; at The New Group: Blood From A Stone; Film: Flags of Our FathersSunshine StateThe Game Plan; TV: “NYPD Blue,”-Emmy Award, “CSI,” “Monk,” “Without A Trace,” “Deadwood,” “Damages”), Erin Darke (“Shirley,” Theater: Summer Shorts Festival/59E59; Film: We Need to Talk about Kevin; TV: “Pan Am”), Jonny Orsini (“Terry,” Off-B’way: Be a Good Little Widow/Ars Nova; Film: Cigarette Candy), Devin Ratray (“Benji,” at The New Group: Marie and Bruce; Film: Home Alone and Home Alone 2Dennis the MenaceLittle Monsters; TV: “Law & Order” series, “Supernatural,” “Third Watch,” “New York Undercover”), Dennis Staroselsky (“Jake,” Theater: Back, Back, Back/Dallas Theater Center,  The Mambo Kings/Golden Gate Theater, Biloxi Blues/Geva Theater Center, Dead End/Huntington Theatre Co.; TV: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Nurse Jackie”), Theo Stockman (B’way: American IdiotHair; TV: “Blue Bloods,” “Private Practice,” “CSI,” “30 Rock”) as “Danny” and Claire van der Boom (Film: Red Hill; TV: “Hawaii Five-O,” “City Homicide”) as “Karen.”  
 
David Rabe’s first play in New York in 1971 was The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel.  This was  followed by Sticks and BonesThe OrphanIn the Boom Boom Room and Streamers, all produced by Joseph Papp.  Hurlyburly came later, as did Those the River KeepsA Question of MercyThe Dog Problem and The Black Monk adapted from Chekhov.  In recent years he has devoted his time more to fiction as he pursued a course begun with the novel Recital of the Dog.  Since 2005 he has published A Primitive Heart, a book of stories, and two novels, Dinosaurs on the Roof and Girl by the Road at Night.  A fourth novel was completed not long ago, along with several plays.  Among his awards are the Drama Desk, NY Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics, Obie, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Tony and three Hull-Warriner Awards.
 
Jo Bonney’s directorial credits include: Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Second Stage); Break of Noon (MCC); Culture Clash’s American Night (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Darci Picoult’s Lil’s 90th (Long Wharf Theatre); Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the War (Public Theatre Lab); Naomi Wallace’s The Hard Weather Boating Party (The Humana Festival) and Fever Chart (Public Theatre Lab); Michael Weller’s Beast (New York Theatre Workshop); Alan Ball's All that I Will Ever Be (NYTW); Eric Bogosian's subUrbia; Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play and Lisa Loomer's Living Out (Second Stage); Will Power's The Seven (NYTW & La Jolla Playhouse - Lortel Best Musical); Neil LaBute's Fat Pig (MCC & Geffen Playhouse); Some Girl(s) (MCC); Carol Churchill's Top Girls (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Christopher Shinn's On the Mountain (Playwrights Horizons); Nilo Cruz's Anna in the Tropics (Arena Stage); Universes' Slanguage (NYTW/ Mark Taper Forum); Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July (Signature Theatre - Lortel Best Revival); Jose Rivera's Adoration of the Old Woman (La Jolla Playhouse) and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (The Public Theater); Diana Son's Stop Kiss and Anna Deavere Smith's House Arrest (The Public Theater); Jessica Goldberg's Good Thing (The New Group); John Osborne's Look Back in Anger (CSC,NY); Danny Hoch's Some People and Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop (USA/Britain); Dael Orlandersmith’s Stoop Stories (Studio Theatre, Washington & The Goodman Theatre); numerous solos: Sex, Drugs, Rock & RollPounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead by Eric Bogosian (USA/Britain).  Recipient of a 1998 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Direction and editor of Extreme Exposure: An Anthology of Solo Performance Texts from the Twentieth Century (TCG).
 
An Early History of Fire features Set Design by Neil Patel (B’way: OleannaSideman‘Night MotherWonderlandRing of Fire; Off-B’way: By the Way, Meet Vera StarkThis Beautiful City, others), Lighting Design by Lap Chi Chu (The Good Negro - Lortel nom. and Father Comes Home From the War both at The Public Theater; Wildflower/Second Stage), Costume Design by Theresa Squire (B’way: The Lieutenant of InishmoreHigh Fidelity; at The New Group: Blood From A StoneRafta, Rafta…The Accomplices; other Off-B’way: Orson’s Shadow, more) and Sound Design by Ken Travis (B’way: MemphisThe Threepenny OperaBarefoot in the ParkSteel Magnolias; at The New Group: The KidTwo Thousand YearsAbigail’s PartyHurlyburly, more).  Dialect Coach is Doug Paulson and Fight Director is David Anzuelo.
 


About the Company: The New Group

The New Group (Scott Elliott, Artistic Director; Geoff Rich, Executive Director) launched its 2011-12 Season with Thomas Bradshaw’s Burning and followed with the extended run of Erika Sheffer’s Russian Transport (both directed by Scott Elliott).  Last season, the company presented Tommy Nohilly’s Blood From A Stone featuring Ethan Hawke (Obie winner), the revival of Wallace Shawn’s Marie and Bruce starring Marisa Tomei and Frank Whaley, and One Arm (co-production with Tectonic Theater Project) based on an unproduced screenplay by Tennessee Williams, adapted for the stage and directed by Moisés Kaufman.  In 2009-10, The New Group presented the extended run of Kenneth Lonergan’s The Starry Messenger featuring Matthew Broderick, the sold-out revival of Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind directed by Ethan Hawke, and the world premiere of the new musical The Kid.  Other productions include Ian Bruce’s Groundswell, Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra, Ayub Khan-Din’s Rafta, Rafta…, Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Things We Want, Jay Presson Allen’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Bernard Weinraub’s The Accomplices.  Additional standouts include David Rabe’s Hurlyburly, Mike Leigh’s Two Thousand YearsAbigail’s PartySmelling a RatGoose-Pimples and Ecstasy, Wallace Shawn’s The Fever and Aunt Dan and Lemon, Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth and Kevin Elyot’s Mouth to Mouth and My Night With Reg.  The New Group is a recipient of the 2004 Tony® Award for Best Musical (Avenue Q).  The New Group and Artistic Director Scott Elliott were honored with a Special 2010-11 Drama Desk Award “for presenting contemporary new voices, and for uncompromisingly raw and powerful productions.

 

 

The Pretty Trap  | Open: 08/02/11 Close: 08/21/11
During this centennial year of Tennessee Williams,Cause Celebrè (Susan Charlotte, Founding Artistic Director) is excited to present the New York Premiere ofWilliams’ one-act version ofThe Glass Menagerie entitledThe Pretty Trap directed by AntonyMarsellis.

Katharine Houghton portrays Amanda - a role famously played by her aunt Katharine Hepburn - a mother awaiting the arrival of her daughter's gentleman caller.  This production of The Pretty Trap, directed by Antony Marsellis, marks the New York Premiere of this one-act version of the "Glass Menagerie."  Cause Celebrè presented the very first public reading of this long buried Williams’ piece starringKathleen Turner. The cast also includes: Robert Eli (Bway: Tartuffe, Saturn Returns (LCT) It's A Dry Heat ), Nisi Sturgis (Bway: The 39 Steps, “Boardwalk Empire”)and Loren Dunn (The Foreigner, The Glass Menagerie, “30 Rock).

The Pretty Trapwill begin performances at The Acorn Theatre (410 W 42 Street) on Tuesday, August 2, through August 21, 2011. Tickets are $66.25 and can be purchased at www.Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

Abraham Lincolnís Big, Gay Dance Party  | Open: 07/27/10 Close: 09/05/10
BlueRare Productions has announced the cast and creative team for its Off-Broadway premiere of the probing and politically-charged mash-up comedy, Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party, by Aaron Loeb.  The seven-member cast will feature Arnie Burton (The Temperamentals, 39 Steps), Stephanie Pope Caffey (Chicago, Smokey Joe's Cafe) and Robert Hogan (A Few Good Men, HBO's "The Wire") and include Lisa Birnbaum, Ted Koch, Pippa Pearthree and Ben Roberts.  

The six-week limited engagement, directed by Chris Smith (former Artistic Director of SF's Magic Theatre) with choreography by Vince Pesce (Associate Choreographer to Kathleen Marshall on Tony-winners Pajama Game and Wonderful Town), will begin performances on July 27 at Theatre Row’s Acorn Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, NYC), with opening night set for August 11. The creative team also includes Bill English (scenic design), Jeff Croiter and Grant Yeager (lighting design) and Rebecca Lustig (costume design).

In Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party, a fourth-grade Christmas pageant in Lincoln’s rural Illinois hometown sets off a firestorm of controversy when it calls into question Honest Abe’s sexuality.  A thought-provoking, laugh-out-loud funny, and uniquely American story unfolds, offering surprises at every turn.  Each of the three acts lets the audience see the story from a different character’s viewpoint – and at each performance the audience decides in which order the acts are performed, creating a Rubik’s Cube-like theatrical event.  A truly democratic theatergoing experience! 

What could be more American than that?

For more information, visit www.abrahamlincolnsbiggaydanceparty.com.

Modotti  | Open: 06/08/10 Close: 07/03/10
PASCAL PRODUCTIONS is pleased to announce the world premiere production of MODOTTI, written and directed by Wendy Beckett (Off-Broadway’s Anais Nin: One of Her Lives). MODOTTI will play a four-week limited engagement at Off-Broadway’s Acorn Theatre (410 West 42nd Street). Performances begin Tuesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. and continue through Saturday, July 3 at 8 p.m. Opening Night is Friday, June 11 (8 p.m.).

MODOTTI is the story of photographer, silent film actress and ultimately activist and communist subversive, Tina Modotti. Sleek and sensuous, yet as dangerous as a tiger, she tore through the male dominated political forums almost as fast as she tore through her lovers.

Modotti fled to Mexico lured by the revolution and artistic excitement.  Accompanied by her lover, American photographer, Edward Weston, she took on the challenge of a culture undergoing rapid change. Relishing in her new found freedom, her contemporaries were muralist, Diego Rivera, and Cuban revolutionary, Julio Mella.

Taking on controversial issues is a young person's adventure, one that is bound to have dire consequences.

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The production stars Alysia Reiner (Pentecost (Drama Desk Nom.), Sideways (SAG award) and Kissing Jessica Stein) as Tina Modotti, Jack Gwaltney (The Good Wife, Broadway: The House of the Blue Leaves) as Edward Weston, Marco Greco (Behind the Counter With Mussolini and Den of Thieves) as Rivera, Andy Paris (The Laramie Project film and original stage cast) as Robo/Mella, Stacey Linnartz (Ghosting, Bellwether, Lost In Light (The Public Theatre)) as Young Woman/Patron/Susan, Dee Pelletier (Broadway: August Osage County) as Ella Wolfe, Mark Zeisler (Broadway: A View From the Bridge, Brooklyn Boy) as Vidali, and Josh Tyson as Musician.

The production features scenic design by John McDermott, costume design by Theresa Squire, and lighting design by Laren Phillips. Ray Thomas is the sound designer, Brett Heath is the projection designer and William Land is the production stage manager.

Running Time: 2 hours with intermission

Website: http://www.modottitheplay.com

Groundswell  | Open: 05/04/09 Close: 06/27/09
On the barren diamond-diving coast of South Africa, Johan and Thami, an ex-cop and a gardener from starkly contrasting backgrounds, maintain a beachfront guest lodge during the off-season while looking for a way to escape their dead-end lives. When Smith, a retired businessman, shows up one foggy night, the two men think they’ve found an ideal investor for their scheme to buy into a government-run diamond mining concession. Soon, these rootless men find themselves in a power struggle fueled by greed, desperation and entitlement. Groundswell is a psychological thriller about hunger and hope, and the glittering promises of a transforming society.

Mouth to Mouth  | Open: 10/21/08 Close: 12/27/08
Frank, a gay writer living with AIDS, attends a party at his friend Laura's house to celebrate the return of her teenage son from abroad. As the story shifts back and forth through time, it's clear that Frank may have played an unscrupulous part in the unraveling of his best friend's family.

Nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play and a London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play, this West End hit is a haunting, twisting tale of undeclared passion and the fine line between intimacy and betrayal.

Mouth to Mouth enjoyed its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in 2001. Kevin Elyot's play, My Night with Reg, earned him the 1994 London Critic Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright and earned an Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy.