Douglas Carter Beane's Live Soap, The Cartells, Begins Oct. 16

News   Douglas Carter Beane's Live Soap, The Cartells, Begins Oct. 16 The Cartells, billed as "A Prime Time Soap . . . Live," begins performances at Comix Oct. 16 at 8 PM with a star-studded cast.

The four-part soap opera — presented by the Drama Dept and Comix — will also be offered Oct. 23 and 30 and Nov. 6. Episode titles are "The Eye of the Needle," "Far Above Rubies," "Perish the Sword" and "Cast a Stone."

Carl Andress directs a cast that boasts Vanessa Aspillaga as Margarita Cartell (the number one wife), Elizabeth Berkley as Gamine Cartell (the reckless daughter), Keith Davis as Suitor (the Biloxi millionaire), Joanna Gleason as Titsiana Cartell (the estranged wife), Jason Butler Harner as Sterling Cartell (the younger son), Peter Frechette as Cravin Cartell (the patriarch), Peter Hermann as Dank Sellars (the media heir), Cady Huffman as Karma Smugg Cartell (the new wife), Brian d’Arcy James as Cronin Cartell (the number one son), Pedro Pascal as Emanuel (the lover), David Rakoff as Hubris (the butler), Kristen Schaal as Skeeter Jo Smugg (the new wife’s daughter) and Joey Slotnick as Samson Solomon (the attorney). (Dylan Baker, who had originally been announced to play Craven, has withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts.)

The Cartells, according to press notes, concerns "a wealthy oil family having too much fun in an Aaron Spelling kind of way."

The design team includes B.T. Whitehill (set design), Jeriana Hochberg (costume design), Kirk Bookman and Julie Seitel (lighting design) and Lewis Flinn (sound design/original music).

Comix is located in Manhattan at 353 West 14th Street at Ninth Avenue. Tickets, priced at $35, are available by calling (212) 524-2500 or by visiting www.comixny.com. Dinner seating is available. VIP tickets, priced $125, can be reserved by calling (212) 633-9108, ext. 14; that price also includes pre-show cocktails and appetizers and a post-show party with the cast.

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