The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side, which extended its run at PS 122 prior to a commercial Off-Broadway run at Theatre 80 St. Marks last summer, will begin performances July 29 for a limited run through Aug. 9. Happy In The Poorhouse will run Aug. 12-23.
Amoralists resident playwright Derek Ahonen penned the plays, which he will also direct. The troupe was founded in 2006 by actors James Kautz and Matthew Pilieci and writer Ahonen; their mission is to offer provocative stage works that bear no moral judgment.
Pied Pipers will feature James Kautz, Nick Lawson, Sarah Lemp, Charles Meola, Mandy Moore and Matthew Pilieci.
Designers include Alfred Schatz (set design), Jeremy Pape (lighting design), Ricky Lang (costume design), Bart Lucas (sound design) and Han Mautz (fight choreography).
According to PS 122, "An extraordinary gathering of young idealists live as a modern day urban tribe above a vegan restaurant in NYC. Billy, Dawn, Dear and Wyatt are an extended sexual family battling their fears and addictions in order to live their utopian dream. The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side is a celebration of love and the search for human grandness." Poorhouse cast members will be William Apps, Selene Beretta, James Kautz, Nick Lawson, Sarah Lemp, Morton Matthews, Rochelle Mikulich, Matthew Pilieci, Mark Riccadonna, Meghan Ritchie and Leal Vona.
Designing the production will be Alfred Shatz (set design and fight choreography), Jeremy Pape (lighting design), Ricky Lang (costume design) and The Hernandez Brothers (sound design).
"Paulie 'The Pug' is a Coney Island dreamer…just one MMA fight away from the big time. If only he could keep his wife from screwing her ex-husband, his brother-in-law from going to the slammer, and his best friend from taking a bite out of his neck, he’d be on top of the world. A comedy full of weak wrists and strong hearts, Happy In The Poorhouse is an unsanitized story of love and sex that will make you think twice about not pulling out!"
Tickets are available by phoning (212) 352-3101 or by visiting PS122.
PS 122 is located in Manhattan at 150 1st Avenue at East 9th Street.