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News   Desperate Housewives Face Tragedy in World Premiere, Elephant Girls Elephant Girls, Carl Gonzalez's play about women bonding at a "Kozy Kitchen" party, will get its world premiere Feb. 7-March 4 as part of Emerging Artists Theatre's new Triple Threat festival of new works in repertory.

Derek Jamison directs the Off-Broadway staging at Theatre 5.

The company's second annual Triple Threat (Feb. 5-March 4) also features the play with music (mis)Understanding Mammy and Real Danger, in rep with Elephant Girls.

The play takes place during a Kozy Kitchen party that the perfect housewife Claire decides to host for her sister, her mother and her friends. After an unexpected guest (the Afghani math tutor of Claire's daughter) stops by, Claire struggles to keep the party light and humorous.

"At first the group greets Robina with a mixture of awkwardness, forced politeness, curiosity and unconscious racism," according to EAT. "It is only after a tragic accident occurs — and a subsequent attempt to cover it up — that the women learn each other's true characters. Inspired by National Geographic's famous cover photo 'The Afghan Girl,' Elephant Girls culminates in six women spiraling into a maelstrom of white-hot emotion that leaves their relationships forever changed."

The production features Sara Aziz, Amy Bizjak, Glory Gallo, Lue McWilliams, Vivian Meisner and Gameela Wright. The creative team includes scenic designer Robert Monaco, costume designer Amy Elizabeth Bravo, lighting designer Jenny Granrud and sound designer Ned Thorne. Andrew Ronan is the stage manager.

Elephant Girls will play the following in-rep schedule: Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday at 7 PM, Saturday at 5 PM, Sunday at 2 PM.

Theatre 5 is at 311 W. 43rd St., Fifth Floor, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Tickets are $40 and $20 with student ID. For reservations or information, call (212) 247-2429 or visit www.eatheatre.org.