They put the "fun" in dysfunctional. At least that's how the "family band," The Petersons, describe themselves.
Consisting of five versatile actor-musicians, The Petersons will play the Ars Nova Theater at 9 PM on Saturday, July 20. Adam Stein, Keira Naughton, Pete Simpson, Matt Saldivar and Evan Robertson comprise the fictitious family group from upstate New York. A hybrid of a concert and a play, The Petersons perform a mixture of country-rock and pop tunes and often feature surprise guests at their shows; past guests include Tony winner James Naughton, Keira's dad.
Adam Stein understudied Kevin Spacey in the Broadway production of The Iceman Cometh and has performed at several regional theatres throughout the U.S., including Steppenwolf, the Old Globe and the McCarter Theatre. Keira Naughton was recently seen in the Kennedy Center production of Company and was on Broadway earlier this season in Dance of Death. Pete Simpson is a longtime member of Blue Man Group, having performed in Tubes at the Astor Place Theatre for several years. He frequently collaborates with Richard Maxwell and will tour this summer with David Bowie and Moby. Matt Saldivar has worked extensively in theatres around the country, including the Long Wharf, the Guthrie and New York's Blue Light Theatre. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Evan Robertson played Claudio in two recent productions of Much Ado About Nothing in New York.
Tickets are $10 and are available in cash only at the door; reservations can be made by calling (212) 977-1700. The Ars Nova Theater is located at 511 West 54th Street in New York City; doors open at 8:30 PM.
—By Andrew Gans