Andress to Stage Rum & Coke Off-Broadway Feb. 1

News   Andress to Stage Rum & Coke Off-Broadway Feb. 1 Carl Andress, who most recently staged Charles Busch's Die Mommie Die! Off-Broadway, will helm Carmen Peláez's acclaimed solo work, Rum & Coke, for a limited run at the Abingdon Theatre.

Previews begin Feb. 1 at the Abingdon's June Havoc Theatre with an official opening scheduled for Feb. 13. The production runs through March 2.

Cuban-American performance artist and actress Peláez penned the work in which she also stars. Press materials for Rum & Coke state, "Pain is funny in this bracing one-woman show, as Camila plunges headlong into her family history during a trip to Havana via Miami. A ferociously comic look at life seen through a Cuban lens, this is a journey that is a hilariously poignant memoir."

The creative team includes set designer Ken Larson, costume designer Jessica Jahn, lighting designer Matthew McCarthy, video designer Chris Kateff and sound designer Matt O'Hare.

Rum & Coke was previously staged by Area Stage in Miami; Chicago's Pegasus Theatre; HBO workspace in Los Angeles; the PS NBC space in New York; and the Coconut Grove Playhouses. Grandniece to painter Amelia Peláez and radio star Ernesto Galindo, Peláez has appeared in the films "Stroll," "Houseguest" and "Last Hand Standing," the latter a finalist in the Chrysler Extreme Filmmaking competition at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The June Havoc Theatre is located in Manhattan at 312 West 36th Street. Tickets are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com For further information visit www.abingdontheatre.org.

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