Brooklyn's Gallery Players to Stage Side Show, Laramie Project, Take Me Out

News   Brooklyn's Gallery Players to Stage Side Show, Laramie Project, Take Me Out
 
The Gallery Players, the Park Slope Equity Showcase theatre that frequently stages well-reviewed and affordable productions of titles recently seen on and Off-Broadway, will present a rare production of the Henry Krieger-Bill Russell musical Side Show in its 2005-06 season.

An unlikely musical, Side Show told the story of real-life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton and their search for love and acceptance. It ran for only three months on Broadway in late 1997, but it earned four Tony nominations and a devout cult following. It also virtually launched the stage careers of Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley, who played the Hiltons.

Side Show will run at the Players Feb. 18-March 12, 2006. A director and cast is to be announced.

The company will also stage the edgy plays The Laramie Project and Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out, both seen fairly recently on New York stages.

Laramie, by Moisés Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project, will run Sept. 10-25. The documentary-like work is set in the aftermath of the Laramie murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. Neal Freeman directs.

  Take Me Out, which won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Play looks at the cultural repercussions when star baseball player, Darren Lemming, reveals he is gay at a press conference. It runs April 1-16, 2006 with Matt Schicker directing. Also part of the coming season are The Fantasticks, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, As You Like It, and Once On This Island.

  The Gallery Players is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn at 199 14th Street. Those in Manhattan can reach the theatre by taking the F train to 4th Avenue or the R train to 9th Street. For further information or to purchase tickets, call (718) 595-0547.

Operating under an Equity showcase contract, The Gallery Players have entertained Brooklyn audiences for 38 years. Among their well-known alumni are Hairspray Tony winner Harvey Fierstein and Urinetown's Tony-winning director John Rando, Chicago's Diedre Goodwin, Avenue Q's Jennifer Barnhart (Avenue Q) and Rent producer Jeffrey Seller. For more information visit www.galleryplayers.com.

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