Baptizing Adam, a new comedy by David Allyn about a man of God and a man of lust who try to convert one another, gets its world premiere Aug. 22, at Off Broadway's Phil Bosakowski Theatre. Kevin Lee Newbury directs "the comic collision of two kinds of love — sexual and spiritual," represented by Jack, a man of God, and Adam, a man of the flesh.
The cast includes Vince Gatton (Party), Andrew Glaszek, Henry Glovinsky, Megan Hollingshead and Philip James Sulsona.
Playwright Allyn is the author "Make Love, Not War: The Sexual Revolution, an Unfettered History" (Little, Brown & Co). His humorous essays have been published in the New York Times Magazine and the Washington Post.
Director Newbury has worked extensively in both theatre and opera. Over the last year, he has been developing Baptizing Adam with playwright Allyn, helming two workshop productions and several readings. He currently works in the artistic department of the New York City Opera.
He has also produced many new works including Underground, winner of the 1999 Cameron Mackintosh Award for New Writing (Oxford, England).
Designers are Jessica Jahn (costume), Michelle Sherwood (set) and Mark Barton (lighting).
Performances are 8 PM Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 PM Sundays, through Sept. 15. The Bosakowski Theatre is at 354 W. 45th Street.
Tickets for this Equity-approved showcase staging are $15 and may be purchased by calling (212) 206-1515.
— By Kenneth Jones