CLOSED August 22, 2014 : Albert J. Repicci’s HONOR BOUND -Previews April 18/Opens May 14, 2014

 BWW News Desk April 2
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Albert J. Repicci’s new drama HONOR BOUND began previews on Friday, April 18th at St. Luke‘s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street and opened on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
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Playwright Albert J. Repicci’s
  • “snappy, fast paced dialog is engaging and crackles with the clash of idealistic youth versus jaded middle age.”
  • “interesting political and personal themes are explored. The characters are compelling and well-defined.”
  • “The talented cast all professionally perform their roles with commitment.”
  • “There’s a very inventive use of slides and film clip projections that enhance the scope of the play.”
  • “Director Josh Iacovelli strongly manages all of the production elements and the cast into a very well-paced presentation.”

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“Playwright Albert J. Repicci’s
  • Honor Bound raises important ideas about trust, friendship, and – of course- honor.”
  • “Throughout the play, the cast of five brings authenticity to their roles.”
Talkin’ Broadway
  • “Often there’s a lot said deep inside the unspoken. That’s the underlying theme of ‘Honor Bound,’ an entertaining new drama.”
  • “Smartly written by playwright Albert J. Repicci and skillfully directed by Josh Iacovelli, ‘Honor Bound’ makes us reconsider some of the crimes of the Vietnam War and question our definition of friendship.”
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For more information, visit www.honorboundtheplay.com.
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Directed by Josh Iacovelli, the play features Ross DeGraw, Christine Marie Heath, Anthony Laciura, Justin R.G. Holcomb and Nicole M. Carroll.An ambitious young reporter tries to uncover secrets about a respected, retired doctor but instead discovers long buried conflicts between two old friends. Set against the bonds of baseball, curveballs are thrown and memories recaptured. The play moves back and forth between 1968 and 1992.Produced by Gemstone Productions, HONOR BOUND will have sets and light design by Josh Iacovelli, costumes by Jennie West and sound design by Paul Bourgeois.
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Albert J. Repicci’s published works include the children’s Christmas story, Sarah and the Red Scarf; Nantucket Musings, a book of photography, light verse and overview history of Nantucket; The Haberdasher, a short comedic play, and Bringing Satch Home, a baseball memoir. He served as an Op Ed contributor to the Greenwich Times and as their special correspondent to the Khmer Rouge trials in Cambodia prosecuting Comrade Duch, the perpetrator of the killing fields. Al was associate producer for the Off Broadway and regional productions of “Soul Survivor,” ” It’s Still My Turn,” “Hosanna,” “Talking Things Over with Chekhov,” “Aspirins and Elephants” and the documentary “The Ladies of Grove Street.” He also produced the documentary Dentistry in the Bush, a series of films and interviews featuring volunteer dental service in Mozambique, the Peruvian Amazon, Cambodia, Nepal, the Philippines, Mongolia, Rwanda and Vietnam, as well as a portfolio of 12 silent films
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Josh Iacovelli recently directed Shea, Prince of Christmas at St. Luke’s Theatre, revivals of Six Characters in Search of an Author, The House of Blue Leaves, Romeo and Juliet, Trojan Women and Little Shop of Horrors. Josh has also designed numerous Off-Broadway hits including Disaster! A 70s Disaster Movie Musical, Zero Hour, Cougar The Musical, Black Angels over Tuskegee, Danny and Sylvia, Dietrich and Chevalier, Sistas the Musical, and Greed!

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  • ROSS DEGRAW, who plays retired doctor Jack, has appeared in NYC and in regional theatres as well as on TV in The Good Wife, Hostages, Boardwalk Empire, etc.
  • CHRISTINE MARIE HEATH, who plays Jack’s wife Kay, has performed in Europe and the Far East and is currently dance captain and understudy for three roles in Cougar The Musical.
  • ANTHONY LACIURA, who plays Jack’s friend Irwin, is an internationally acclaimed tenor and recipient of two SAG Actor Awards for playing ‘Eddie Kessler’ for 4 seasons on Boardwalk Empire.
  • JUSTIN R.G. HOLCOMB, who plays Peter, a newspaper editor, has appeared off-Broadway in Channeling Kevin Spacey, Orphan Train, Hamlet, and The Cherry Orchard among others.
  • NICOLE M. CARROLL, who plays Lisa, a journalism intern, played Tiffany on Biography’s Celebrity Ghost Stories and has appeared in several independent films.

Photos by Carol Rosegg

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CLOSED – March 23, 2014 “Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes”

First he wrote the best-selling book. Then came the Oscar® winning movie. Now live on stage – Performed by the man who lived it. – First Preview Date: January 22, 2014 with a limited run.

Opening on February 5th and closes March 23, 2014.
Off- Broadway at St Lukes Theatre 308 W. 46th St, NY 10036.

NY Times Review – November 6, 2014

Correcting the Film Version of a Sensational Story

By Andy Webster

“There is intrinsic power in escape stories; consider films like “Papillon” or “Escape From Alcatraz.” With “Riding theMidnight Express With Billy Hayes,” the writer Billy Hayes tells his own. It’s been presented before: in “Midnight Express,” his 1976 memoir about five years he spent imprisoned in Turkey for trying to smuggle hashish, and in the 1978 movieadaptation. But as he makes clear in this one-man show, the movie omits much of his ordeal, and what it does present has, shall we say, a high degree of historical revisionism.

 

By 1970, Mr. Hayes at 23 had thrice carried hashish to America from Turkey, before that country cracked down on airport security to demonstrate to the Nixon administration its commitment to the war on drugs. Arrested while boarding a plane with two kilograms, Mr. Hayes was convicted and imprisoned. When his sentence was later increased to 30 years, he resolved to free himself.

 

Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning but overheated, dated and xenophobic script for the movie took liberties. Mr. Hayes never accidentally killed a prison guard, and, unlike his character in the movie, he did have a brief, physically intimate relationship with another inmate. Most important, Mr. Hayes says, he never delivered the blistering anti-Turkish speech in court that is a centerpiece of the film. The movie also completely ignores his transfer to an island prison, and his overnight row in a stolen dinghy across a stormy sea to shore and his trek on land to Greece and freedom. (That passage is a show highlight.)

 

Mr. Hayes — slender, gray-haired and physically fit — is an ingratiating presence, something that was even more apparent in his brief talk with the audience after the performance. Raised in Long Island, he now lives in Los Angeles but retains a mild New York accent. At times, his delivery, as directed by John Gould Rubin, could stand to slow down, to enable the audience to better savor his engrossing tale. But his sincerity — about his drug experience and affection for Turkish culture — is appealing, and his desperate journey to Greece is stirring.”

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Opening on February 5th and closes March 23, 2014. Off- Broadway at St Lukes Theatre 308 W. 46th St, NY 10036.

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For the first time, Billy Hayes recounts his time in a Turkish prison and his brazen, harrowing escape. Witness the true, mesmerizing story that captivated imaginations around the world. Meet Billy, up close and personal. You’ll never forget his cautionary, yet uplifting tale, “Riding The Midnight Express with Billy Hayes” .

“A remarkable, inherently theatrical tale, which Hayes articulates with great charm, humor and energy…Part memoir, part thriller, part philosophical contemplation of freedom…this absorbing story proves Hayes to be a fascinating character and charismatic storyteller.” The Times. Edinburgh Fringe Festival – 2013

Director: John Gould Rubin.

There will be a talk-back immediately following every performance of ” Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes”

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More (7) Past Productions at St. Lukes Theatre from 2006 to 2011

“ANNULLA” 2006 (Closed June 11, 2006)

The New York Premiere of Emily Mann’s Annulla, at St Lukes Theatre, opened on May 14, 2006 and closed June 11, 2006.

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Emily Mann’s play Annulla is about a Jewish woman who passed for Aryan in Nazi Germay. It received its Off-Broadway debut at The Theatre at St. Luke’s on  May 14, 2006 ( first preview May 4) and closed June 11, 2006 . Pamela Hall directed this West End Artists Company production.

About the play: “The play was born when playwright and director Emily Mann set out to record a relative’s personal remembrance of the Holocaust. Instead, she discovered Annulla Allen, a Jewish woman who passed herself off as Aryan during the Nazi regime in Germany, and decided to dramatize her life.

annulla crop 5-15-05According to press materials, Allen was “a Polish Jew married to an Austrian Jew, [who] managed to elude the authorities, and even get her husband released from Dauchau. Decades ahead of her time, she dreamt of starting the first political Women’s Party as early as 1939, and actually wrote her own six-hour play on the subject of her life. Constantly moving as a child she learned seven languages, finally settling in London as a grown woman, which she adored.”

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SECRETS (2006)

Previews for SECRETS began Jun 25, 2006 at St Lukes Theatre, opened officially, July 13, 2006 and closed July 30, 2006.

About the Play: In Gerald Zipper’s Secrets hidden relationships threaten friendship and love as this evening of wining and dining degenerated into a session of backbiting, snide comments and a contest to see who can be the cruelest to their respective spouses. When all is said, the participants wondered whether it was worth staying together anymore — but then again, can they adjust to a life alone? Directed by Ted Mornel, the six-person cast included Mark Hamlet, Darren Lougee, Lissa Moira, Alyce Mayors, Tom Sminkey and Elena Zazanis.

25 Questions for a Jewish Mother ” (2006-07) Closed March 27, 2007

Emmy-winning actress/comedienne Judy Gold’s critically acclaimed “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother

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Following a sold-out run at Ars Nova Theater the previous spring, “25 Questions…”ransferred Off-Broadway to St. Lukes Theatre, opening on October 12, 2006  and closed on March 27, 2007.  This is a heartfelt and hilarious one-woman show is written by Kate Moira Ryan, with Judy Gold, and directed by Karen Kohlhaas. The show is Gold’s personal journey about becoming a parent, while learning to be a daughter to a nagging Jewish mother of her own. “Judy Gold captures the audience from the moment she opens her mouth. She seamlessly weaves anecdotes from her own life with snippets from interviews conducted with 50 Jewish mothers across the United States. The result is fiercely funny, honest and moving.” — New York Times “The show is riotously funny and ultimately quite moving.” — Hollywood Reporter “Gold’s show is a genuine mitzvah.” — Time Out New York “Gold charms a restive audience with almost mesmeric ability.” — Village Voice.  (closed at St Lukes Theatre on March 27, 2007)

Judy and Me (2008)

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 Judy and Me opened at St. Luke’s Theatre on October 21, 2008 and closed December 14, 2008 .

Peter Mac’s sweetly earnest play, Judy and Me, in which a young gay man learned how to cope with his often harsh life thanks to imagined conversations he has with film icon Judy Garland,

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 ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee’ (2010) transferred to Actors Temple Theater June 5, 2010

The Off-Broadway Premiere of “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” began at St. Luke’s Theater on February 15, 2010. “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” began previews at St. Luke’s Theatre Jan. 29, 2010. Written and directed by Layon Gray, the production officially opened Feb. 15, 2010. The Off-Broadway production of Black Angels Over Tuskegee ended its run at St. Luke’s Theatre on May 31, 2010 before transferring to the Actors Temple Theater June 5, 2010, where it continues its Off-Broadway run three years later ( December of 2013).

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From left, Rich Skidmore, Lamman Rucker, Thom Scott II, David Wendell Boykins, Demetrus Grosse, Derek Shaun and Layon Gray in Mr. Gray’s drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, fighter pilots in World War II, at St. Luke’s Theater. Mr. Gray also directs.

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“Every sympathetic character hits one note over and over, but Mr. Gray has the instincts of an entertainer, and the rapport his actors have established is persuasive enough to distract you from the formulaic aspects of the drama. As manipulative, obvious and sentimental as it is, this show is also tough to resist. By the end, when the pilots overcame their obstacles and finally got up into the air to the swelling of music, tears welled up in my eyes right after I rolled them.”

Richard Skipper as Carol Channing in Concert (2010-2011)

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RICHARD SKIPPER AS CAROL CHANNING IN CONCER
Richard Skipper As “Carol Channing” In Concert celebrates the career and persona of the unique theatrical legend. Accompanied by a 3-piece band, Skipper blends Channning’s standards with original material and other familiar songs sung in a spot-on-Channing-on-Broadway perfection. The Off-Broadway musical surveys Channing’s life with many stops along the way for Skippers unique –and riotous– “ad-lib” interactions with the audience. – See more at: http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/st-lukes-theater/richard-skipper-as-carol-channing-in-concert.php#sthash.Agpe6Npu.dpuf
Richard Skipper As “Carol Channing” In Concert celebrates the career and persona of the unique theatrical legend. Accompanied by a 3-piece band, Skipper blends Channning’s standards with original material and other familiar songs sung in a spot-on-Channing-on-Broadway perfection. The Off-Broadway musical surveys Channing’s life with many stops along the way for Skippers unique –and riotous– “ad-lib” interactions with the audience. – See more at: http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/st-lukes-theater/richard-skipper-as-carol-channing-in-concert.php#sthash.Agpe6Npu.dpuf
Richard Skipper As “Carol Channing” In Concert celebrates the career and persona of the unique theatrical legend. Accompanied by a 3-piece band, Skipper blends Channning’s standards with original material and other familiar songs sung in a spot-on-Channing-on-Broadway perfection. The Off-Broadway musical surveys Channing’s life with many stops along the way for Skippers unique –and riotous– “ad-lib” interactions with the audience. – See more at: http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/st-lukes-theater/richard-skipper-as-carol-channing-in-concert.php#sthash.Agpe6Npu.dpuf

Opened December 10, 2010 at St Lukes Theatre and closed on March 22,  2011   Richard Skipper interspersed stories and jokes from Channing’s life — much of it in her own words — with favorite numbers from her career, from “Before the Parade Passes By” and “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” to lesser known novelty tunes such as Ervin Drake’s “Widow’s Weeds.” A talented three-man combo led by musical director John Fischer provides spirited support.

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RICHARD SKIPPER AS CAROL CHANNING IN CONCERT

Richard Skipper As ‘Carol Channing’ In Concert celebrates the career and persona of the unique theatrical legend. Accompanied by a 3-piece band, Skipper blends Channning’s standards with original material and other familiar songs sung in a spot-on-Channing-on-Broadway perfection.

– See more at: http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/st-lukes-theater/richard-skipper-as-carol-channing-in-concert.php#sthash.Agpe6Npu.dpuf

Surviving Mommie Dearest: A Conversation with Christina Crawford” (2013)

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This Special Celebrity Event starred actress and best-selling author Christina Crawford (Mommie Dearest, Survivor) in “Surviving Momie Dearest: A Conversation with Christina Crawford”. It played from November 20 through November22, 2013, an exciting and rare glimpse into the real life story behind the movie MOMMIE DEAREST.  ( For information on future booking please contact Gaynes Theatrical Booking )

Christina covers 100 years of showbiz history and detailing the turbulent relationship between her and her movie legend mother, Joan Crawford, in off-Broadway’s Surviving Mommie Dearest. Featuring film clips, footage from 1940s home movies and blow-by-blow personal anecdotes, Crawford, whose memoir was the basis for the 1981 film of the same name, recounts the abuse that she endured in her life, discusses her road to recovery and takes questions from the audience in the 90-minute presentation.

The documentary features long forgotten home movies and historical photos of both Joan and Christina Crawford. Throughout her long career, Ms. Crawford has turned the issue of family violence into public awareness. She also offers hope and the healing process through her personal experiences. The documentary was written by Christina Crawford, and directed by Ms. Crawford, and Jacksonville native, Jerry Rosenberg. Portions were filmed at the The Metro Entertainment Complex, in Jacksonville, FL.

CLOSED April 11, 2014: “Disaster! a 1970’s Disaster Movie Musical”

Disaster! opened at St Lukes Theatre on November 3, 2013; Closing Date: April 11, 2014. Disaster! debuted at the Triad Theatre in January 2012 and moved St. Luke’s Theatre, where it had a long run and found a place on several “Best of 2013” lists.

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The musical comedy Disaster!, by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, returned to NY for another Off-Broadway run, opening at St Luke’s Theatre 04 Nov 2013, following previews from 14 Oct 2013.

Disaster! previously ran in 2012. The New York Times called it a “triumph” and “irresistible” and advised “You’ll be tickled and, despite your best judgment, probably singing along.”

Disaster! is a musical based on 1970’s disaster movies with a score consisting of 1970’s pop, rock and disco hit songs: ‘Hot Stuff,’ ‘I Am Woman,’ ‘Knock On Wood,’ ‘Daybreak,’ ‘Signed, Sealed Delivered’ and more!.

Directed by Jack Plotnick, choreographed by Denis Jones with music direction by Larry Pressgrove, the musical will star Tony Nominee Mary Testa (‘On The Town,’ ’42nd Street’), Tom Riis Farrell (‘Coram Boy,’ ‘Dirty Blonde,’ ‘Chicago’), Michele Ragusa (‘Young Frankenstein,’ ‘Urinetown,’ ‘A Class Act’), Jennifer Simard (‘Sister Act,’ ‘Shrek the Musical’), and Seth Rudetsky (‘The Ritz’). disaster-master675 maxresdefault image  disaster pic 4

The year is 1979. All the hottest New York City A-Listers are putting on their platform shoes and polyester disco shirts and heading to the grand opening of Manhattan’s first floating casino and discotheque. Little do they know that the pier built to house the huge boat was drilled into the center of a dangerous and unstable fault-line. Disaster! is a 1970’s disaster movie musical and features songs from the ‘70’s; Hot Stuff, I Am Woman, Knock On Wood, Daybreak, Signed, Sealed Delivered, and more!Disaster!_musical_poster

Earthquake, tidal wave, infernos, killer bees, rats, sharks and piranhas all threaten the guests. Who will survive? The greedy tycoon? The aging showgirl and her 11-year-old twins? The washed-up disco star? The disaster expert still mourning the loss of his wife? The nun with the gambling addiction? The older couple with a terrible secret? And will the bra-burning feminist find love with the man who’s lost his dreams?Disaster

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Closed Oct. 6, 2013: “Unbroken Circle”

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“Unbroken Circle” by James Wesley opened at St Lukes Theatre, June 19, 2013, and closed October 6, 2013. The play starred Suzanna Hay (Dance of Death), Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch, Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating), Anika Larsen (Xanadu, Zanna, Don’t), Lori Hammel (Forbidden Broadway, Mamma Mia), Stacey Bone-Gleason (recent NYU grad), James Wesley and Juli Wesley (James and Seth’s 12-year-old daughter).

About the Play: “Set in 1970 Galveston, Texas, a family is brought together for the first time in years on the day of its patriarch’s funeral. As the day turns into night, the man’s impact on his family unfolds in unexpected and surprising ways. Directed by Jason St. Little (Former dean of NYU’s Stella Adler School), Unbroken Circle is at turns hilarious and disturbing and explores how abuse and family secrets affect every person in each generation differently.” CLOSED

CLOSED June 25, 2013: “Italian Bred!”

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Acclaimed writer/performer CANDICE GUARDINO premiered the outrageous ITALIAN BRED Off-Broadway at St Lukes Theatre. Produced by Bull By the Horn Productions and 22Q Entertainment LLC, ITALIAN BRED opened at St Lukes on April 30, 2013 and closed on June 25, 2013.
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About the play: “With this 80 minute one-woman show, Candice slipped in and out of characters as she cooked up a full meal of growing up Italian on Staten Island.  Having written down everything her loving and outspoken grandmother ever uttered, she combined this unfiltered wisdom, along with her family’s VERY Italian and definitive personalities and a generous helping of her own experiences.  This hilarious and heartwarming show included unique stories and memories from her childhood…with a liberal dash of live music!  PLUS, at every performance, Candice enlisted a different Celebrity Guest Star to join in the storytelling.”
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ITALIAN BRED also included a live three-piece band under the musical supervision of DAVID DABBON (Broadway-Sondheim On Sondheim (Grammy Nominee)and direction by DONNA DRAKE (Broadway-A Chorus Line, Sophisticated Ladies; Emmy nomination, 4 Drama Desk Nominations and a Theatre World Award). (CLOSED)

Pamela Hall: “An Ingenue Who Got Lost in the Stars”

From Playbill.com : an article about the director of “Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical” (Closed April 2012)

Pamela Hall: “An Ingenue Who Got Lost in the Stars”

“She made her Broadway debut as Nina, the winsome waitress who sings “I’ve Never Said I Loved You” in Dear World, then replaced Betty Buckley as Martha Washington in 1776 and was Philia in Broadway’s second A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Then — poof! — she got out of the ingénue business and, for all practical and visible purposes, dropped off the side of the stage while she was still ahead of the game.”

In truth, Pamela Hall only relocated behind the footlights and became a director. Ms Hall’s efforts as director were displayed in the long-running, Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical. It opened at St Lukes Theatre, May 13, 2008, and closed April 27th, 2012

CLOSED July 22, 2012: “Channeling Kevin Spacey”

Elan Wolf Farbiarz and Cory Terry’s, “Channeling Kevin Spacey”, made its Off-Broadway premiere at St. Lukes Theatre on May 15, 2011 (previews began April 17, 2011) and closed on July 22, 2012. The production starred Justin R. G. Holcomb and Jamil Chokachi. Wolf & William Productions produced.

1Office Space meets Scarface in this hilarious comic romp! In Channeling Kevin Spacey we meet Charlie, a meek pushover stuck in a dead end job and a loveless relationship.

About the play: “After a particularly soul-squashing day at work, Charlie has an epiphany and resolves to change his life. Channeling Kevin Spacey has garnered international acclaim and taken home the coveted “Best of Fest” award at the Toronto, Winnipeg, and Edmonton Fringe festivals. Fans of both Kevin Spacey and Al Pacino are in for a treat as Charlie’s metamorphosis channels the characters of both actors, triggering devastating and hilarious confrontations. ” (CLOSED)

CLOSED Feb 15, 2013: “Zelda at the Oasis”

Zelda at the Oasis was a new play by P.H. Lin, directed by Andy Sandberg and starring Edwin Cahill and Gardner Reed. Performances began on November 16th, 2012 with its official opening night on December 4th, 2012 Zelda at the Oasis closed at St Lukes Theatre on February 15, 2013.

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About the play: Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of legendary American novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald, wants nothing more than to be recognized as an artist in her own right. Two things stand in her way: a growing mental instability and the overbearing shadow of her husband. On this magical night, Zelda discovers The Club Oasis, a New York City bar where she has escaped to drink alone…until a unique and unexpected friendship is forged with an aspiring musician who plays piano and tends bar at the Oasis. Vivid and haunting memories are triggered as Zelda transforms the Bar Man into those from her past who have shaped her own self-image. Through this after-hours encounter, they share their dreams, missteps, and insights with one another, hoping to unlock the courage to move forward with their lives.  Visit the website for Zelda at the Oasis for more information!(CLOSED)