DeBessonet to Stage Thurber's Monstrosity Off-Off Broadway

News   DeBessonet to Stage Thurber's Monstrosity Off-Off Broadway Playwright Lucy Thurber's Monstrosity will play a limited engagement Off-Off-Broadway at the Connelly Theatre July 9-19.

Lear deBessonet directs the production for 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc). The work is described as "a dark, epic tale of singing teenage fascists, magic, war, and love — a disturbing retelling of the hero's tale with a girl as the hero and an unheroic ending."

The cast of Monstrosity includes Carlo Alban (References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot), Frank De Julio, J.D. Goldblatt (Les Miserables), Andy Grotelueschen, Ben Hollandsworth (From Up Here), D.J. Mendel, Cristin Milioti (Coram Boy), Robert Saietta, Samantha Soule (The Philanthropist), Kristina Valada-Viars (August: Osage County), Michael Warner (The Language of Trees) and also features The Teen Army of Ten.

The production will have set design by Peter Ksander, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by M.L. Dogg and movement by Tracy Bersley.

Thurber, whose latest work Bottom of the World is receiving a developmental workshop through the Atlantic Theater Company and the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, is the author of Where We're Born, Ashville, Scarcity, Killers and Other Family and Stay.

Lear deBessonet is currently at work developing the new music-theatre piece On the Levee with playwright Marcus Gardley and composer Todd Almond for Yale Repertory Theatre. She most recently staged Don Quixote, a collaboration with Lucy Thurber and the punk-gypsy ensemble The Psalters, in Philadelphia. Tickets are available by phoning (866) 811-4111, or by visiting MonstrositythePlay. The Connelly Theatre is located at 220 East 4th Street.