The Classics Professor has been in development at CAP21 for the past year and will be presented in a fully-staged workshop production at CAP21's developmental space, The Shop, 18 West 18th Street.
Clayton Phillips will direct the play, which is billed this way: "Into Professor Alexander's class 'Comedy in Greek Tragedy' steps Daemon, a beautiful young man who turns the good professor's life upside-down. Alexander, who is translating and directing a college production of 'The Bacchae,' suddenly finds that his own life mirrors Euripides' play about losing one's sanity in the throes of passion. This is a comedy about love, lust, madness, death, incest, infidelity and bubblegum."
John Pielmeier has written for theatre, film, and television. He won the Humanitas Award, the Christopher Award, the Edgar Award, and several nominations for Best Screenplay and Teleplay from the Writers Guild of America.
The creative team for the production includes lighting designer Kirk Bookman and costume designer Lynn Bowling.
The cast includes Elaine Anderson, Peggy Cosgrave, Bram Heidinger, Steve Liebman, and Christina Morrell. Performances will be Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7 PM, Tuesday and Friday at 4 PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.
Tickets are $18 and may be purchased by calling (866) 811-4111 or online by visiting www.cap21.org. Seating is limited.
Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21) was founded in 1993 by executive artistic director Frank Ventura, "to create new works for the theatre, to develop new talent and build new audiences." In the past 12 years, CAP21 has developed and/or presented 180 new plays and musicals by nearly 280 writers including numerous Off and Off-Off Broadway productions. These include The Immigrant (2000), Beach Radio (2002), Killing Louise (2003), Waiting For My Man (2004), Six of One (2005) and The 60's Project (2005).
CAP21 has created an extensive new play and musical development process which culminates in workshop productions like this one. CAP21's new home for its new work development process is called The Shop.