Antoinette Thornes, Sara Kapner, John Stanisci Sit On a Stool at the End of the Bar, Opening in NYC Tonight

News   Antoinette Thornes, Sara Kapner, John Stanisci Sit On a Stool at the End of the Bar, Opening in NYC Tonight
 
On a Stool at the End of the Bar, written by Robert Callely and directed by Michael Parva, officially opens Nov. 20, following previews that began Nov. 14, at 59E59 Theaters.

Sara Kapner
Sara Kapner

Antoinette Thornes stars as Chris alongside Zachary Brod, Robert Hogan (Murder in the First at 59E59), Sara Kapner (Bare), Luke Slattery, Timothy John Smith (Rapture, Blister Burn at Huntington Theater), John Stanisci (Irena's Vow) and Liza Vann.

Here's how the work, set in 1980s New Jersey, is billed: "Chris and Tony live a model suburban life. Their modest house is filled with the usual family chaos along with an abundance of love, with Chris looking after Tony’s teenaged kids as if they were her own. But the family is suddenly torn apart when a shocking secret about Chris is revealed. The children — Joey, 17; Angie, 16; and Mario, the youngest at 13 — are shattered as they see their father devastated by the circumstances that threaten to upend his relationship with the caring woman who was their surrogate mother for nearly a decade."

The Directors Company production continues through Dec. 14.

"While the story is set in the mid-1980s, it focuses on some of the most important and harrowing issues still facing many members of the LGBT community today — it could not be more timely," added playwright Callely. "At the center of the story is the revelation of a shocking and deeply held secret that tears apart a close and loving, if unconventional family unit. I don't want to say too much and spoil the fun of discovery as the play unfolds."

The design team includes Jessica L. Parks (set design), Jill Nagle (lighting design), Amy C. Bradshaw (costume design), Quentin Chiappetta (sound design) and Rose Riccardi (production stage manager).

59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues). For more information, call (212) 279-4200 or 59e59.org.

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