Elyot's Mouth to Mouth Begins Off-Broadway Oct. 22 After Delay

News   Elyot's Mouth to Mouth Begins Off-Broadway Oct. 22 After Delay Kevin Elyot's Mouth to Mouth will kick off The New Group's new season Oct. 22. The first performance, originally scheduled for Oct. 21, was delayed due to a technical issue, according to a company spokesperson.
Mouth to Mouth stars Chris Abbott, David Cale and Lisa Emery
Mouth to Mouth stars Chris Abbott, David Cale and Lisa Emery Photo by Monique Carboni

Mark Brokaw directs the American premiere of the Elyot work (which was postponed from last season). The show officially opens at Off-Broadway's The Acorn Theater at Theatre Row Nov. 6 for a run through Dec. 13. The cast features Christopher Abbott (Good Boys and True), David Cale (Two Thousand Years), Lisa Emery (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), Darren Goldstein (Guttenberg! The Musical), Elizabeth Jasicki (Abigail’s Party), Andrew Polk (The Accomplices) and Richard Topol (Awake and Sing).

Elyot's Mouth to Mouth concerns "Frank, a gay writer living with AIDS, [who] attends a party at his friend Laura's house to celebrate the return of her teenage son from abroad," according to show notes. "As the story shifts back and forth through time, it's clear that Frank may have played an unscrupulous part in the unraveling of his best girlfriend's family."

The work debuted at the Royal Court Theatre in 2001 and earned an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play and a London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play.

The design team includes Riccardo Hernandez (set), Michael Krass (costume), Mark McCullough (lighting) and David Van Tieghem (sound) — who also provides original music for the production.

The New Group season continues with a revival of Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra, featuring Lili Taylor and Jena Malone (Jan. 13-March 7, 2009) and Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's Handball (previews begin April 27, 2009).

For tickets to The New Group shows at The Acorn @ Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, call (212) 279-4200. For further information visit thenewgroup.org.

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