The play is written by Jordan Seavey in collaboration with his company, CollaborationTown. Matthew Hopkins directs the work, which opens Feb. 10.
The cast includes Julia Henderson, Boo Killebrew, Ryan Purcell, Max Rosenak, Dan Stowell and Phillip Taratula.
The play is based on a true story reported in an article in Vanity Fair. According to press notes, "6969 takes as its source the bizarrely true story of Mark and John, two teenage boys who start an intense and very personal friendship over the internet. Then their chatroom is invaded by a very naughty schoolgirl, a rapist who thinks he's Jesus, and a sex-starved secret agent, which lead to a string of grisly murders."
Sets are by Geoffrey Decas, costumes by Leon Dobkowski, lights by Mike Riggs and sound by Brandon Wolcott.
Seavey co-founded CollaborationTown, and was the head playwright for the company's ensemble-created works Dante’s Inferno, The Trading Floor and The Astronomer’s Triangle. His other plays include Are You Writing From the Heart, This is a Newspaper, Children at Play, American Child, The Long Distance and 69 Love Scenes. His work has been seen at the Williamstown Theater Festival and the New York International Fringe Festival, among other venues. Hopkins is a founding member of CollaborationTown and has directed or co-directed the company's productions of Dante’s Inferno, This is a Newspaper, The Trading Floor and The Astronomer’s Triangle. He has also worked with P.S. 122 and the New York International Fringe Festival.
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