Drama Dept. Deals in Mondo Drama May 22, as New Beane Play Opens Off-Broadway

News   Drama Dept. Deals in Mondo Drama May 22, as New Beane Play Opens Off-Broadway Douglas Carter Beane's Mondo Drama, starring actress and talk-show host Caroline Rhea, officially opens on May 22, following previews from May 9. Directed by Christopher Ashley, the new comedy will run through June 15 at the Greenwich House Theatre.
(L-R) Caroline Rhea, Siobh
(L-R) Caroline Rhea, Siobh (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Mondo Drama also stars Miriam Shor and Siobhán Mahoney.

Written in the style of '60s shockumentary Italian films, playwright Beane explains that Mondo Drama is "a documentary performed live on stage that explores life at its most perverse." Press materials describe the play as "a crazy quilt of endangered sea turtles, the meaning of the Mona Lisa, truly independent filmmaking, Satan, ashrams in the Catskills and prostitutes in Amsterdam."

The creative team for Mondo Drama comprises Allen Moyer (set design), Gregory A. Gale (costume design), Kirk Bookman (lighting design), Laura Grace Brown (sound design) and Lewis Flinn (original music).

Caroline Rhea will be making her New York theatrical debut in Mondo Drama. Best known for her syndicated talk show “The Caroline Rhea Show” and her work on “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” she has also appeared in “Pride & Joy,” “Man on the Moon,” “Ready to Rumble,” “The Drew Carey Show” and “Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire.”

Miriam Shor, who originated the role of Yitzak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, was recently seen in the Signature Theatre Company's production of Lanford Wilson's Book of Days. Other credits include Merrily We Roll Along at the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration and the film of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," where she reprised her stage role. Siobhán Mahoney appeared in the Arena Stage's world premiere adaptation of Thorton Wilder's novel Theophilus North as well as Irish Arts' Celtic Tiger and Hilly Hick's A Hole in the Dark (Manhattan Theatre Club's 6 @ 6 Series). Other credits include Julia Jordan's Paul Westerberg (Soho Rep), Watershed directed by Eduardo Machado (La MaMa) and A Fish Story directed by Jeremy Dobrish (adobe theatre company).

Playwright Beane is the author of As Bees in Honey Drown, The Country Club, Music From a Sparkling Planet, Advice From a Caterpillar, White Lies and Devil May Care and Old Money. Director Ashley has directed As Thousands Cheers, The Country Club, Rude Entertainment, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Jeffrey, Blown Sideways Through Life, Fires in the Mirror, Bunny Bunny and Das Barbecu.

For tickets to Mondo Drama at the Greenwich House, 27 Barrow Street, call (212) 239-6200.

(L-R) Caroline Rhea, Miriam Shor, and Siobh
(L-R) Caroline Rhea, Miriam Shor, and Siobh (Photo by Joan Marcus)