13P Troupe Premieres Healy's Have You Seen Steve Steven? in NYC Sept. 15

News   13P Troupe Premieres Healy's Have You Seen Steve Steven? in NYC Sept. 15
 
Ann Marie Healy's comic drama, Have You Seen Steve Steven?, gets its world premiere by the Obie Award-winning troupe 13P starting Sept. 15.

The collective of 13 playwrights (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.) produces member work, and it's now Healy's turn. Obie Award-winning director Anne Kauffman stages the play at The East 14th Street Theater, 344 E. 14th Street, between First and Second Avenues.

Performances continue to Oct. 6. The official opening night will be Sept. 17 at 8 PM.

"Lost in a labyrinth of Midwestern McMansions, teenager Kathleen Clarkson senses that something is very wrong with her world but nothing prepares her for the arrival of Hank Mountain," according to production notes. "This friendly neighbor and his elusive partner-in-crime, Vera, stop over to bring brownie bars and chat about the property taxes. What her parents don't realize is that they've also come as harbingers of annihilation. When an all-knowing exchange student pops in from afar to join these two neighbors from 'just down the way,' a fairy tale of make-believe dissolves into a nightmare, both hilarious and terrifying, that reveals the instability at the core of everything Kathleen knows."

It's billed by 13P as "a disconcerting comic drama that teases our sense of reality and safety and questions the places that we call home."

* Ann Marie Healy's play The Night That Roger Went to Visit the Parents of His Old High School Girlfriend premiered in the 2006 E.S.T. Marathon of One-Act Plays. Her Now That's What I Call a Storm was produced by the Edge Theater Company, directed by Carolyn Cantor, and featured Marylouise Burke.

Anne Kauffman received a 2007 Obie Award for her direction of Adam Bock's The Thugs at Soho Rep.

The cast for Have You Seen Steve Steven? includes Brandon Bales (Thomas), Frank Deal (Bill), Tom Riis Farrell (Frank), Alissa Ford (Mary), Kate Hampton (Jane), Jocelyn Kuritsky (Anlor), Matthew Maher (Hank Mountain), Carol Rosenfeld (Vera) and Stephanie Wright Thompson (Kathleen).

The production stage manager will be Megan Schwarz. The creative team includes set designer Sue Rees, lighting designer Garin Marschall, costume designer Emily Rebholz and sound designer Jeremy Lee.

Producers are Maria Goyanes and Sandra Garner. Karina Mangu-Ward is 13P's general manager.

Have You Seen Steve Steven? was developed with the support of the Sundance Institute Theater Lab and The Cape Cod Theater Project.

The members of 13P (www.13P.org) are Sheila Callaghan, Erin Courtney, Madeleine George, Rob Handel, Ann Marie Healy, Julia Jarcho, Young Jean Lee, Winter Miller, Sarah Ruhl, Kate E. Ryan, Lucy Thurber, Anne Washburn and Gary Winter.

The complete performance schedule (Sept. 15-Oct. 6) will be Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM. There will be three additional performances: Sunday, Sept. 16 at 8 PM; the opening night performance on Monday, Sept. 17 at 8 PM and a special benefit performance on Monday, Sept. 24 at 8 PM. All tickets will be $18 (except for the benefit on Sept. 24, which is a higher-priced ticket).

The box office number for tickets is (212) 868-4444 or www.smarttix.com.

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