“Dell Dude” Ben Curtis Among Cast of Crusade of Connor Stephens

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The drama concerns the events surrounding a school shooting in small-town America.
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Casting has been announced for The Crusade of Conor Stephens: The Story of an American Tragedy, which will make its world premiere in the 17th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival.

Written and directed by Dewey Moss, the show will have a cast led by All My Children’s James Kiberd, The Exonerated’s Katherine Leask and actor and former “Dell Dude” Ben Curtis. Also in the company are Julie Campbell, George Faya, Kathleen Huber, Jacques Mitchell and James Padric.

“Another school shooting has occurred in the United States,” according to press notes. “The teenaged shooter, Connor Stephens, has committed suicide. The victim was Tess Williams, the adopted daughter of a gay couple. In the midst of national media attention, family members arrive to pay their respects, but the gathering turns into a meditation on religion, tolerance and the effects of violence. In this intimate family drama, religious beliefs, consequences of actions, and extreme loss shake the families to the core as they struggle to come to terms with the American tragedy at their doorstep.”

“Like many in our country, I remain outraged over the amount of gun violence in our society,” playwright-director Moss stated. “Through my research, what began to interest me was how the shooter arrives at the point of such a decision. I thought back to my own experience growing up in a Southern Baptist church in Texas, and how often I heard hateful speech directed at LGBTQ and other groups. The premise of the play became apparent: what if a person who felt that way had to deal with the consequences of the very hate they preached?”

Performances at The Workshop Theater Mainstage, located at 312 W. 36th St., are scheduled for July 20 at 6 PM, July 22 at 8 PM in July 24 at 1 PM. Tickets ($18) are available by clicking here.

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