Chappelle, Harper, King, Muschett, Taylor Will Take A Cool Dip Off-Broadway

News   Chappelle, Harper, King, Muschett, Taylor Will Take A Cool Dip Off-Broadway Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Kia Corthron's A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick, a co-production by Playwrights Horizons, The Play Company & Culture Project.

Chay Yew will direct a company that includes Keith Eric Chappelle (Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway), William Jackson Harper (Ruined), Joshua King, Kianné Muschett (The Brother/Sister Plays) and Myra Lucretia Taylor (Crazy Mary and Fabulation at PH, Nine on Broadway).

Previews begin March 4 toward an opening night of March 28. The limited engagement will run through April 11 at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 West 42nd Street.

According to PH notes, "In a Cool Dip, an African preacher-in-training (William Jackson Harper) comes to a drought-stricken rural American community to further his studies in religion and water conservation. He stays with a mother (Myra Lucretia Taylor) and daughter (Kianné Muschett) haunted by personal tragedy and takes a special interest in a young orphan (Joshua King) starved for guidance. In the face of all obstacles he maintains an infectious, unstinting optimism determined to battle — by any means necessary — the personal and political forces that threaten the ecology of his new home."

Corthron's plays Breath, Boom and Life By Asphyxiation were produced by Playwrights Horizons. Her other plays include Force Continuum, The Venus de Milo Is Armed, Slide Glide the Slippery Slope, Digging Eleven, Moot the Messenger, Splash Hatch on the E Going Down, Seeking the Genesis, Light Raise the Roof, Wake Up Lou Riser and Come Down Burning.

The production will feature scenic design by Kris Stone, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Ben Stanton and sound design by Darron L. West. Production stage manager is Kasey Ostopchuck. The performance schedule will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM & 7 PM. Beginning Feb. 3, tickets ($50) may be purchased online via TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (noon-8 PM daily), or in person at the Ticket Central box office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).

For information regarding special events during the run, visit the production blog of A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick at www.acooldip.typepad.com.

For subscription and ticket information, call (212) 279-4200, noon to 8 PM daily, or purchase online at the Playwrights Horizons website at www.playwrightshorizons.org.

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