Christopher J. Hanke Explores a Perfect Arrangement, Opening Tonight Off-Broadway

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Primary Stages, in association with Amy Danis, Mark Johannes and Dan Shaheen, presents Topher Payne's Perfect Arrangement, which officially opens Oct. 15 at 7 PM following previews that began Sept. 29 at The Duke on 42nd Street.

Directed by Michael Barakiva, performances continue through Nov. 6.

The cast includes Julia Coffey (London Wall), Robert Eli (Saturn Returns, Tartuffe on Broadway), Mikaela Feely-Lehmann (Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway), Christopher J. Hanke (How to Succeed..., Buyer and Cellar), Kelly McAndrew (Abundance; Almost, Maine), Kevin O'Rourke (The City of Conversation, "Boardwalk Empire") and Jennifer Van Dyck (The Divine Sister, Hedda Gabler).

Christopher J. Hanke and Julia Coffey in <i>Perfect Arrangement&nbsp;</i>
Christopher J. Hanke and Julia Coffey in Perfect Arrangement  Photo by James Leynse

In Perfect Arrangement, press notes state, "it's 1950 and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. The twist: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other's partners as a carefully constructed cover."

The production features scenic design by Neil Patel, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by Traci Klainer Polimeni, sound design by Ryan Rumery, hair and wig design by J. Jared Janas and casting by Stephanie Klapper Casting.

"Topher Payne has been receiving raves in the regions for his plays and now we're very excited for him to make his New York playwriting debut with the smart and witty Perfect Arrangement," stated Primary Stages artistic director Andrew Leynse. "With the recent legalization of gay marriage and LGBTQ rights at the forefront of today's politics, this play couldn't be more of-the-moment as we explore just how far we've come as a nation and what we have sacrificed to get where we are today." Tickets are $70 and can be purchased online at PrimaryStages.org or at Dukeon42.org, by phone at (646) 223-3010, or at the box office.


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