Exclusive: New Musical The Hello Girls, About WWI Female Telephone Operators, to Debut at 59E59 Theaters

Off-Broadway News   Exclusive: New Musical The Hello Girls, About WWI Female Telephone Operators, to Debut at 59E59 Theaters
 
The Off-Broadway fall lineup will also feature an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night, among other new works.
Suzanne Prevot, Charlotte Gyss, Esther Fresnel, Fernande Van Balkom, Grace Banker, and Frances Paine
Suzanne Prevot, Charlotte Gyss, Esther Fresnel, Fernande Van Balkom, Grace Banker, and Frances Paine Robert, Grace, and Carolyn Timbie

59E59 Theaters has unveiled its fall lineup, which includes a new musical about female telephone operators during WWI from resident artists Prospect Theater Company; the Off-Broadway premiere of Erin Mallon's play The Net Will Appear, featuring Richard Masur; and an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel Mother Night by Brian Katz.

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Richard Masur Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Kicking off the fall lineup, The Custom Made Theatre Company will bring Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night to 59E59. A cast of seven will assume multiple roles in Vonnegut's epic story: Andrea Gallo, Gabriel Grilli, Trish Lindstrom, Matthew Van Oss, Eric Rice, Dave Sikula, and Dared Wright. The play, adapted and directed by Katz, will begin performances October 5 and run through November 4. William and Ruth Isenberg are executive producers.

Also in October will be Joseph Ernst's Goodbody, directed by Melissa Firlit. The play sees a woman awake in a barn standing over a freshly murdered corpse with the smoking gun in her hand. The production, from The Crook Theater Company, will feature Raife Baker, Brian Keane, Alex Morf, and Amanda Sykes. Performances will run October 6–November 4.

Beginning November 7, Strangemen Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Bernie and Mikey's Trip to the Moon, a new work by Scott Aiello, directed by Claire Karpen. The play is billed as a comedy about a working-class Italian family’s coming of age in 1990s Chicago. Performances will continue through December 2.

Also in November, Prospect Theatre Company continues its residency at 59E59 with a production of The Hello Girls, a new musical with music and lyrics by Peter Mills and a book by Mills and Cara Reichel. From New York to Paris, from ragtime to jazz, the show chronicles the story of the bilingual American telephone operators who worked during WWI. The Hello Girls, directed by Reichel with choreography by Christine O’Grady, will run November 13–December 22.

In November, Good Works Productions will present Vivian's Music, 1969, a new play by Monica Bauer inspired by historical events. Set in a segregated city in the American Midwest in 1969, the play details the shooting of a 14-year-old black girl, Vivian, by a white police officer. Russell Jordan and Kailah S. King will star, and Glory Kadigan will direct. Performances will run November 15–December 2.

In December, Transparent and Relevance actor Masur will return to the role of Bernard in the Off-Broadway premiere of The Net Will Appear, directed by Mark Cirnigliaro. The two-hander follows the unlikely friendship between Bernard and his nine-year-old new neighbor Rory. The play received its world premiere at The Mile Square Theatre in New Jersey last year. Mile Square brings the production to 59E59 December 5–30.

Rounding out the season will be Bitter Greens, a new play by Clea DeCrane, directed by Kevin Kittle. The new work by writer, actor, and filmmaker DeCrane is billed as "an explosive exploration of early adult life at the intersection of jealousy, disappointment, and health supplements." The story follows a recent graduate who unravels in the wake of a professional rejection. DeCrane will perform in the world premiere alongside Jessica Darrow and Andy Do and two additional cast members yet to be announced. Station 26 Productions produces; performances will run December 7–23.

For more information visit 59e59.org.

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