Darragh, Henderson, Hooker, Ross and Walker Open Spin Off-Broadway Oct. 11

News   Darragh, Henderson, Hooker, Ross and Walker Open Spin Off-Broadway Oct. 11 StageFARM's Spin, featuring the work of Adam Rapp, Gina Gionfriddo, Judith Thompson, Elizabeth Meriwether and Mark Schultz, opens Off-Broadway Oct. 11.
Spin's Jesse Hooker
Spin's Jesse Hooker Photo by Richard Termine

Five commissioned works comprise the evening that explores the term "spin" and its social, cultural and political references. Performances began Oct. 3 and continue through Nov. 8 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

StageFARM artistic director Alex Kilgore and Evan Cabnet direct a cast comprised of Patch Darragh (Crimes of the Heart), Rebecca Henderson (Vengeance), Jesse Hooker (Some Men), David Ross (Vengeance) and Dreama Walker ("Gossip Girl").

"As with last year's 'Vengeance,' we're interested in using five great playwrights as a barometer for what's happening now. 'Spin' is this year's zeitgeist, it's the victory of style over substance. Presentation increasingly obscures content in American discourse and decision-making. The media, industry, politics, the establishment and the arts have conspired to bring us not their constituent parts, but a presentation of what they would like us to think they are. 'Spin' is the icing under which the cake of our country now lumbers. Everyone's running around spun out, high on icing," stageFARM artistic director Alex Kilgore said in a statement.

The plays featured in Spin follow:

  • America's Got Tragedy by Gina Gionfriddo
    "On a reality show called 'America's Got Tragedy,' a dead soldier competes with the pop starlet whose train wreck life upstaged his war."
  • 90 Days by Elizabeth Meriwether
    "After 90 days in rehab a fledgling groom learns that sobriety and dishonesty aren't mutually exclusive."
  • Nail Biter by Judith Thompson
    "A Canadian CSIS agent learns that torturing a Gitmo detainee may cost him the love of his life."
  • Fun by Mark Schultz
    "On the set of a film that turns news headlines into fetish fantasies, a veteran porn actor coaches his scene-mate into making the ultimate sacrifice for art."
  • Tone Unknown by Adam Rapp
    "In an undisclosed cabin somewhere in the mountains of America, a TV stunt journalist and her trusted cameraman attempt to scoop the sound of The Rapture from a legendary experimental rock musician." Show times are Tuesday-Saturday evenings at 8 PM. Tickets, priced $37.50, are available by visiting Telecharge.com.

    The Cherry Lane Theatre is located in Manhattan at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

  • Patch Darragh and Dreama Walker in <i>Spin</i>
    Patch Darragh and Dreama Walker in Spin Photo by Richard Termine
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