Forbidden Fruit Returns with Limited Run at Wings Theatre

News   Forbidden Fruit Returns with Limited Run at Wings Theatre Jeff Bedillion's Forbidden Fruit, which was part of last summer's Fresh Fruit Festival, returns for a limited engagement this month in the West Village.

From July 21-Aug. 7, the new version of Bedillion's love story will be presented at the Wings Theatre. Originally a one-act play, the work has been expanded to two acts and, according to production notes, features "everything from comedy to drama, including sexy dance segments, two new songs and sexy bodies galore."

The 30-year-old Bedillion wrote the play a decade ago while a student at Kent State University. The love story set in the midwest played a controversial run at the now-closed Cabaret Dada in Ohio — the Ohio City Council wanted the piece removed from the theatre's schedule — and the playwright revised the piece for last season's Fresh Fruit festival, which was billed as "The First International Lower East Side Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Theater and Performance Festival."

Bedillion spoke to Playbill On-Line last year about his work, explaining, "It's set in an abstract Garden of Eden — the Midwest. It's a love story of two men, basically the history of the two men before they met eachother. One of the main characters is named Christian. He has a religious journey, coming to terms with his sexuality and confronting his mother, who's a religious tyrant. . . . There's also a love triangle with a character named Brian and a woman he's dating named Lisa. They both fall in love with his friend Michael."

Among the original cast members returning for the new engagement are Bobby Abid, Kurt Alger, Claysey Everett, Katharine Heller and Joel M. Peterson. New cast members include Erick Thorsen and Josh Berresford. Abid received the Best Actor Award from the Fresh Fruit Festival; Bedillion was also awarded the Best Director prize.

The Wings Theatre Company is located at 154 Christopher Street. Forbidden Fruit will play Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM with Sunday shows at 3 and 7:30 PM. Call (212) 868 4444 for tickets.

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