Big River's Jeff Calhoun Directs Nash's Holy Cross Sucks!

News   Big River's Jeff Calhoun Directs Nash's Holy Cross Sucks! Jeff Calhoun, who helmed the recent revival of Big River, will direct Rob Nash's Holy Cross Sucks!
Jeff Calhoun
Jeff Calhoun

The one-man show, written and performed by Nash, will be presented Feb. 19 and 21 at the Ars Nova Theater. Show time is 8 PM. Holy Cross Sucks! will take audiences through Nash's four years at a Jesuit high school in Texas. According to production notes, "The four years of high school that Nash explores reach far beyond a specific four-year period of time; instead, each year (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) takes us to a different decade. . . Nash invites his audience to revisit a place that is uncomfortable for many people, a common right of passage, when everything wonderful and everything evil about us is most unbearably and frighteningly magnified."

Rob Nash, whose stand-up has been featured on VH-1 and Comedy Central, was one of the first out gay comics in America. He has performed in comedy clubs and colleges around the country, and he teaches classes for actors called "Flying Solo."

Jeff Calhoun received a 1994 Tony Award nomination for Best Choreography for the long-running revival of Grease!, which he also directed. His other Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing, Annie Get Your Gun, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Tommy Tune Tonite! and The Will Rogers Follies. Calhoun also directed and choreographed the recent debut of the Broadway-bound musical Brooklyn.

Tickets for Holy Cross Sucks! are priced at $15 and are available by calling (212) 868-4444. The Ars Nova Theater is located in Manhattan at 511 West 54th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.