Christopher Durang's Adrift in Macao May Reach Off-Broadway in 2003-04

News   Christopher Durang's Adrift in Macao May Reach Off-Broadway in 2003-04
Adrift in Macao, the tongue-in-cheek musical by Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick, which played Vassar College's Powerhouse Theatre as part of New York Stage & Film's 2002 summer season, may drift into an Off-Broadway house sometime during the 2003-04 season.

Producers Susan Dietz and Ina Meibach have an option on the piece, a musical send-up of film noir which starred musical veterans Michael Rupert, James Barbour and Liz Larsen during its Vassar run. Sheryl Kaller, who directed in 2002, would repeat her duties. The show may end up in a traditional house or possibly be fitted for a nightclub setting. The story takes place at the "Casablanca"-esque Macao Surf and Turf Nightclub Gambling Casino, which is overseen by one Rick Shaw. There, sex, blackmail, danger and romance transpire.

Durang last had a new work on the New York stage with Playwrights Horizons' premiere of his scathing comedy, Betty Summer's Vacation, arguably the biggest critical hit of his career. Though there was interest in a commercial transfer of the show, it closed after an extended run at PH.

Since then, Durang has penned Macao and Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, which played Pittsburgh's City Theatre late last year and starred one of Durang's prime interpreters, Kristine Nielsen.

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