Durango Pulls Into Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Sept. 20

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Durango, Julia Cho's work centering on a family struggling in the shadow of the American dream, begins its run at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Sept. 20.

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference artistic director Wendy C. Goldberg stages the work that officially opens Sept. 25 and continues through Oct. 19 at the Playhouse in the Park's Thompson Shelter House.

The cast features Thom Sesma (Boo-Seng Lee), Peter Kim (Isaac Lee), Andrew Cristi (Jimmy Lee), Roarke Walker (The Red Angel/Bob) and Tony Campisi (Jerry/Ned).

Durango, according to press notes, "explores the journey to understanding identity while living in the shadow of the American dream. After losing his job, single father Boo-Seng Lee decides to take his two teenage sons on a road trip to Durango, Colorado. As they make their way across the Arizona desert, each passing mile unearths deeply held secrets unleashing long-held tensions between the father, a Korean immigrant, and his sons, first generation Asian-Americans."

The creative team for Durango includes include Kevin Judge (set designer), Anne Kennedy (costume designer), Josh Epstein (lighting designer) and Ryan Rumery (sound designer/composer).

Originally developed as part of the O'Neill Playwrights Conference in 2005, Durango later premiered in a co-production with the Long Wharf and The Public Theater. Goldberg, who staged Doubt for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park last season, recently extended her tenure with the O'Neill Center through 2010. In 2005 Goldberg became the first woman to lead the O'Neill Conference as artistic director. She previously served as the artistic associate of Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage.

Works developed at the O'Neill Center under the guidance of Goldberg have gone on to play the Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, 59E59th, and regionally at Denver Center Theater Company, Alliance Theater Company, Long Wharf, Woolly Mammoth, Florida Stage and Victory Gardens.

For tickets and further information phone (513) 421-3888 or visit cincyplay.com.

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