The Moonshine Project presentation, which centers on Edwin Booth's struggle to set himself apart from his infamous brother John Wilkes Booth, will play at the Manhattan venue through Aug. 22 with an opening scheduled for Aug. 8.
The Booth Variations uses "video, soundscape and performance (both live and pre-recorded)" to retell the stories of the acting siblings. The work, which has been developing for three years, is the product of a collaboration by Todd Cerveris, Nick Philppou and Caridad Svich.
Todd Cerveris (Twentieth Century) portrays Edwin Booth, the actor for which the Broadway theatre is named, and his brother Michael Cerveris (Tony Award winner for his turn as Abraham Lincoln's killer in Assassins) again plays as John Wilkes Booth (on video).
Phillipou, co-founder of The Art Party (Elle), directs the work which also features original music by Michael Cerveris and Will Johnson. Playwright-songwriter Svich (Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues, Any Place But Here) co-writes the text with Todd Cerveris.
Tickets to The Booth Variations at 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Ave.) are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information, visit www.boothvariations.com or www.moonshineproject.org.