The DeSisto Theatre Ensemble's Inappropriate, a collection of true teenage experiences, will return to the Theatre Row Theatre Nov. 23-Dec. 30. This revival is dedicated to director-creator-choreographer Lonnie McNeil, who, after bringing the show to Off-Broadway March 4-21, 1999, succumbed to complications from AIDS.
Written by graduates of the fine and performing arts DeSisto School, Inappropriate uses music, dance, poetry and drama to explore the existence of today's teens and the issues that shape and twist their lives. Michael Sottile wrote the original songs and composed the score. Along with adapting, directing and choreographing the piece, McNeil also co conceived it with DeSisto founder, A. Michael DeSisto.
The DeSisto Theatre Ensemble, made up of DeSisto School students, regularly performs at Dinner Theatre at the Mansion, the longest-running supper club in the Berkshires. Past productions have included West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Camelot, As You Like It and Hair, which later toured for eight weeks in the former USSR.
Inappropriate features Ensemble members and original Inappropriate cast Averie Boyer, Josh Geyer, Liz Irwin, Jamie Ourisman, Adam Schiffman and Diane Schwartz. New to the cast are Kayla Haymaker and Sarah Seckinger.
The design team includes Shane Ballard (set and costumes) and S. Ryan Schmidt (lighting). Tickets ($40-$30) are available through TicketCentral at (212) 279-4200. The Theatre Row Theatre is located at 424 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Aves.
-- By Christine Ehren