Cherry Pit

Todays Date: 06/25/22
Last Update: 08/02/10 05:24:48 PM
Address: 155 Bank St
New York, NY   

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The Awesome Dance  | Open: 09/02/10 Close: 09/25/10
THE AWESOME DANCE is a dark comedy that follows four souls through multiple lifetimes. In the first scene, three women seeking a Guru's grace are caught in a fanatic’s quest for glory. Later, a man's wife and sister accidentally force him into the path of a distracted driver on the day of his father's funeral.  Next, two women waiting for their adoptive child to be born discover a disturbing truth about the birth mother. And finally, a man pursuing the love of a woman he barely knows must first fulfill a terrifying demand. Can four souls bound by lifetimes of mutually inflicted pain find peace?

Dileep Rao (Avatar, Drag Me To Hell and the July release Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio) will make his New York Theater debut in the World Premiere of THE AWESOME DANCE.  The play also stars Julie Cavaliere and Rachel Cornish. Additional casting and the design team will be announced shortly.

Produced by Speranza Theatre Company and directed by Malinda Sorci, previews begin September 2 at The Cherry Pit. Opening night is set for Wednesday, September 8.

Lost and Found  | Open: 08/16/10 Close: 08/27/10
Premiering at the New York Fringe Festival.

LOST AND FOUNDis a brutally funny and poignant story about a Bostonfamily of cops whose lives are thrown upside down when a mysterious stranger appears on their doorstep, forcing them to confront issues of love, grief, homophobia and regret.

In addition to Geraldine Librandi (Patty Leotardo in “The Sopranos”) and Reiko Aylesworth (“24” and “DAMAGES”) the cast also includes: Dana Domenick(Papermill’s Meet Me In St. Louis), Joey Gambetta (“Maury”, Regional:Picasso at the Lapine Agile), Jonathan Bock (Thom Pain (based on nothing)), John Pollono(Fort McCoy,”How I Met Your Mother”) and Casey Predovic (Hartford Stage’s Tom Sawyer), and Jon Krupp (Breaking the Chain,”Law & Order”).  LOST AND FOUNDis being presented by LA based theatre company, Rogue Machine Theatre.

Tenn 99  | Open: 03/26/10 Close: 03/28/10
LAByrinth Theater Company (Co-Artistic Directors Stephen Adly Guirgis, Mimi O’Donnell, and Yul Vázquez) celebrates the legendary playwright Tennessee Williams with TENN 99, a one-of-a-kind, three-day weekend event, a nonstop, 24/7 marathon celebration of the works of Tennessee Williams.  The event will run day and night, all weekend long at The Cherry Lane Theater's 'Cherry Pit' beginning Friday afternoon, March 26th  and concluding Sunday evening, March 28th.  All are welcome; admission is free.   
In service to the community, LAByrinth Theater Company will endeavor to do as many readings of Tennessee Williams' work as possible – back to back, from start to finish – on the occasion of his 99th birthday; including plays, screenplays, adaptations, essays, personal letters and interviews.  Audience participation is strongly encouraged: show up at any time during the event and sign up to read, or just find a seat and listen to doctors, cab drivers and busboys read alongside LAB Company Members, LAB friends,  theater luminaries, students and celebrities.  
Attendees will listen to theater legends recount their glorious experiences working with Tennessee Williams during the Sunday Brunch Event, be able to compete in the "STELLA!" scream-off on the shore of the Hudson River, or just enjoy food, drink, raffles, contests, souvenirs and giveaways.  TENN 99 will inspire all as LAB celebrates the greatness of Tennessee Williams.  
A partial list of participants includes:  Leslie Bibb, Ellen Burstyn, Bobby Cannavale, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jesse L. Martin, Ana Ortiz, Sam Rockwell, John Patrick Shanley, Michael Shannon,  Michael Stuhlbarg, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Yul Vázquez (all subject to continuing availability).  The complete roster of participating celebrity guests and Company Members will be announced shortly.

Deathwatch  | Open: 08/25/09 Close: 08/29/09
Two men share a prison cell with an infamous killer. One is in love with him. One wants to become him. Green Eyes, Maurice, and LeFranc have an uneasy symbiotic relationship. It is balanced precariously on verge of disaster. Today it explodes.
Jean Genet’s Deathwatch explores the brutal violence and sexual tension that lie just beneath the surface in prison life. Four female actors tackle this surreal prison drama, playing the man and highlighting Genet’s recurrent themes of sexuality and the performative nature of identity.
The Dialectix Group is thrilled to present the US premiere of Obie winning playwright David Rudkin’s translation of Deathwatch as part of The New York International Fringe Festival.

Cast: Carissa Cordes, Katherine McDonald, Stephanie Smith, and Alana Williams

Producer - Justin Pierret
Stage Manager - Cathleen Rudolph
Scenic Designer - Mary Hamrick
Lighting Designer - Dante Olivia Smith
Costume Designer - Katja Andreiev
Tattoo Design - Sabin Calvert
Fight Choreographer - Randall Rodriguez

The Books  | Open: 08/14/09 Close: 08/27/09
IMPERFECT PEOPLE is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Michael Edison Hayden’s THE BOOKS, directed by Matt Urban. THE BOOKS will be performed as part of The New York International Fringe Festival at The Cherry Pit (155 Bank Street.)

An offbeat love story of a professional dominatrix, Mistress Chimera, and her agoraphobic client, Mark, THE BOOK chronicles the unique development of their relationship. After Mark loans Helen a copy of James Joyce’s Dubliners, their personal relationship deepens, complicating their sadomasochistic rituals. Before the couple can truly fall in love, they both must accept that some people may never fit into society.
Hayden's play humanizes sadomasochism. Through both dark and light comedy, the play explores a side of sexuality that is still considered taboo. The play is simple and frank; like Albee’s Zoo Story did with homosexuality in 1960, it examines the unseen lives of the perceived misfits of today’s culture, struggling to find their place.
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The production stars Aadya Bedi (The Culture Project: Betrayed, Manhattan Theater Club: The American Pilot) as Mistress Chimera, Scott David Nogi (Nicu’s Spoon: Elizabeth Rex, Richard III), as Mark O'Connor, and Bradley Anderson as Ricky Rectangle.

The production features costume design by Shaumyika Sharma and lighting design by David Roy. Amanda Crater is the assistant director and Benjamin Kessler is the dramaturg.

Confirmation  | Open: 08/15/09 Close: 08/22/09
teatro oscuro and No Jacket Required in association with The Present Company present CONFIRMATION as part of FringeNYC.

Set in Reagan Era New York City, CONFIRMATION is a comedic drama that examines the emotional commerce that lies beneath our personal relationships. Inner-city school teacher Joe Kortig has moved into a new apartment after a grueling breakup. However, a fresh start remains elusive. His mother Marie has written an award winning book on parenting, using Joe's life as source material, his long-time friend Myra desires to renew their physical relationship and his best friend David has a sexual encounter with one of Joe's students. As Joe struggles with the needs all around him the consequences of David's fling bear down on him in the form of school Principal Father Cohan.


Vincent Marano returns with his 8th show in as many years, a serio-comic follow up to his whimsical La Vigilia (FringeNYC, 2008) and Note to Self. Mr. Marano has directed award-winning dramas such as Tim Nolan’s The Way Out (Fringe, 2002, Best Performance) and Acts of Contrition (Fringe, 2003, Best Play), and his own sold out hit political satire A Collapse (Fringe, 2006). CONFIRMATION is one of his most personal works, recalling the personal tragedies he witness as New York City school teacher for 24 years.

The cast includes Ethan Downing, Tim Dudek, Tod Engle*, Helen Galek*, Corey Tazmania* and John Triana*.

Jailbait  | Open: 03/19/09 Close: 04/25/09
In JAILBAIT, two fifteen-year-old girls spend a night at a Boston club posing as college students. When the girls cross paths with two thirty-something men, they must decide how far they are willing to go while playing at adulthood.

The cast of JAILBAIT includes Kelly AuCoin (SOME MEN), Peter O'Connor (THE SEXUAL NEUROSES OF OUR PARENTS), Natalia Payne (ALIENS WITH EXTRAORDINARY SKILLS), and Wrenn Schmidt (CRAZY FOR THE DOG).

The production has scenic design by Kina Park, costume design by Rebecca Bernstein, lighting design by Pat Dignan and sound design by Daniel Kluger and Brandon Wolcott.

Playwright Deirdre O'Connor was a Cherry Lane Mentor Project 2008 Fellow, mentored by Michael Weller, author of BEAST, FIFTY WORDS and MOONCHILDREN. Ms. O'Connor's other plays include HERO (Naked Angels), THE DEATH OF MAY McALLISTER, PENICILLIN, WHITE JESUS, THE ATTIC (St. Ann's Warehouse), and WEDNESDAY. Other credits include PBS's "The Electric Company."

Director Suzanne Agins served as Artistic Associate at Williamstown Theatre Festival from 2005 to 2007. Recent projects include Charles Mee's BIG LOVE at Fordham University, Gordon Cox's WING IT and THE SECRET NARRATIVE OF THE PHONE BOOK, MADDY MANN'S CHURCH CAMP JAMBOREE at Dixon Place, and Ken Weitzman's SPIN MOVES.

JAILBAIT was initially presented as part of The Cherry Lane Theatre's Mentor Project in 2008 and proved a popular and durable success, breaking box office records for the program, and selling out nightly.