Glaudini's A View from 151st Street will be produced by LAB in the fall with rehearsals beginning Sept. 4, the playwright told Playbill.com. A LAB spokesperson confirmed the production, and Peter DuBois — who staged Jack Goes Boating — is also attached to direct.
"In my next play, there are four jazz musicians that play live onstage," explained Glaudini of his next project. "They represent the world of the play. Also, one of the characters is a street coke dealer-wannabe rapper, and he [performs] rap music, and they play with him during that. It's kind of a jazz fusion approach to that."
The story, according to the scribe, traces the rehabilitation of an undercover cop who [gets shot in the head and] has to learn words and memories while it also follows the downward spiral of the aforementioned wannabe rapper. The world premiere play hits close to home for Glaudini who lives on the titular street. "My block is just that: undercover cops, wannabe rappers, jazz musicians, street hustlers, dice players."
Casting for the work — which employs four jazz musicians and nine actors — is still underway. "We already have the same design team [as Jack Goes Boating]," which includes David Korins (set), Mimi O'Donnell (costumes), Japhy Weideman (lighting) and David Van Tieghem (composition and sound).
* DuBois directs the current LAB run of Glaudini's Jack Goes Boating, which began previews Feb. 27 and opened March 18 at the Public Theater's Martinson Hall. The limited run was originally scheduled through April 8 but extended its run three weeks to April 29 and is sold out.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Beth Cole and John Ortiz star in the work which follows two couples — one just beginning their courtship, the other married and working through hardship. "Laced with cooking classes, swimming lessons and a smorgasbord of illegal drugs, Jack Goes Boating is a story of date panic, marital meltdown, betrayal and the prevailing grace of the human spirit." The show marks the first time LAB co-artistic directors Ortiz and Hoffman have shared a stage for their company.
DuBois teamed with Glaudini on the previous reading of A View from 151st Street at the seventh annual free Barn Series Festival. Playwright Glaudini also wrote Dutch Heart of Man, which was previously produced by LAByrinth.
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