Accidentally, Like a Martyr, Featuring Grant James Varjas, Keith McDermott, Begins Off-Broadway Dec. 15

News   Accidentally, Like a Martyr, Featuring Grant James Varjas, Keith McDermott, Begins Off-Broadway Dec. 15
 
Accidentally, Like a Martyr, a new play by Grant James Varjas about a group of gay men coming to grips with life and aging in the 21st century, is given its world premiere Off-Broadway beginning Dec. 15, prior to an official opening Dec. 19, at Paradise Factory.

Cast member Chuck Blasius
Cast member Chuck Blasius

Presented by Other Side Productions and 28bars Productions, Accidentally, Like a Martyr continues through Jan. 8, 2012.

Varjas directs and appears alongside a cast that includes Kevin Boseman (Equus), Brett Douglas (My Big Gay Italian Wedding), Ken Forman (Wilder, Wilder, Wilder), Keith McDermott (Equus), Cameron Pow (The Lion King) and Chuck Blasius (an actor-playwright known for Bette & Kate Join the Line, We Were Here and Lonely Too Long).

Accidentally, Like a Martyr takes place in the Lower East Side. Here's how the show is billed: "Set in a bar populated by men from different backgrounds and generations who are at once both regulars and irregular, the play depicts them at their hangout as they while away a seemingly quiet winter evening. Fueled by drinks and other stimulants, those gathered reveal secrets, open old wounds, and covet new visitors in a funny and poignant manner that is both original and reminiscent of landmark plays such as Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band and Tennessee Williams' Small Craft Warnings, plays that served as touchstones for gay people then and now."

Varjas is the writer and composer of the GLAAD-nominated play with music 33 To Nothing, which was directed Off-Broadway by Randal Myler. He is also a member of the Tectonic Theatre Company, where he has collaborated with Moises Kaufman on various projects as a writer and actor, ranging from the film version of "The Laramie Project" to the recent play 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda.

Other members of the creative team include set designer Clifton Chadick, lighting designer Brian Tovar and sound designer Roger Anderson. Other Side Productions presents original or lesser-known plays, musicals and films, which embrace themes that are sentimental as well as sociopolitical.

Paradise Factory is located at 64 E. 4th Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.ovationtix.com.

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