Corthron Takes A Cool Dip Off-Broadway, Starting March 4

News   Corthron Takes A Cool Dip Off-Broadway, Starting March 4 The world premiere of Kia Corthron's A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick, the tale of an African preacher-to-be visiting rural America, begins March 4 in an Off-Broadway co-production by Playwrights Horizons, The Play Company & Culture Project.
Kia Corthron
Kia Corthron Photo by Aaron Epstein

At Playwrights Horizons' intimate Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Chay Yew directs 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).

Opening night is March 28. The limited engagement will run through April 11. According to PH notes, "In a Cool Dip, an African preacher-in-training (Harper) comes to a drought-stricken rural American community to further his studies in religion and water conservation. He stays with a mother (Taylor) and daughter (Muschett) haunted by personal tragedy and takes a special interest in a young orphan (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."

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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. Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater is at 416 West 42nd Street.

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. 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.