Florida Road Leads to Rome in Farrell's Political Drama at NYC Fringe, Aug. 19-28

News   Florida Road Leads to Rome in Farrell's Political Drama at NYC Fringe, Aug. 19-28 Two couples, one liberal and one conservative, face off during the 2000 presidential election's Florida recount in Herman Daniel Farrell III's new drama Rome, part of the New York International Fringe Festival.
Herman Daniel Farrell III
Herman Daniel Farrell III

Rome will run Aug. 19-28 at The Linhart Theater @ 440 Studios, 440 Lafayette, 3rd Floor, across from the Public Theater. Farrell himself will direct. The cast will feature John Daggett, Derek Du-Ane Hake, Derek Lucci (Rinne Groff’s Of a White Christmas at Off-Broadway's Clubbed Thumb), Alice Haining (Broadway's On Borrowed Time and Farrell's own Bedfellows), Laura Marks (The Sleepers at the 2002 Fringe) and Joseph Urla (Living Out at Second Stage). After fighting over the 36-day recount, which concluded with the Supreme Court naming George W. Bush as the victor of the election, Rome two couples have nothing to do with each other ever again—until "a chance encounter on September 11, 2001, the consequences of which link the couples inextricably. A courtroom battle ensues simultaneously with the War in Iraq. In the end, each of the four characters must choose his or her own path in coming to terms with their irreconcilable differences."

Farrell is best known in New York for Bedfellows, a political play that was produced at the Flea Theatre Off-Broadway. Farrell calls Rome a companion piece to Portrait of a President, a look at the legacy of President Clinton which premiered at the 2002 Fringe, winning a 2002 FringeNYC Playwriting Award.

All tickets are $15. For more information and tickets visit www.FringeNYC.org or call in New York (212) 279-4488.