High School Traumas Explored in New Comedy Holy Cross Sucks!

News   High School Traumas Explored in New Comedy Holy Cross Sucks! The virgin, the homo, the punk, the fat kid and the slut are just a few of the characters played by Rob Nash in his one-person comedy Holy Cross Sucks!, which begins previews Aug. 31 at the Ars Nova.
Rob Nash in Holy Cross Sucks!
Rob Nash in Holy Cross Sucks!

Directed by Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun, Holy Cross will officially open Sept. 9, and the limited engagement will run through Oct. 1. Billed as "a comic journey through those unforgettable years of high school," Nash's show will play Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM. Holy Cross Sucks!, according to production notes, "follows six friends as they navigate those painful, life-defining, and often humiliating years of high school. We’re never as vulnerable and as vicious, as beautiful and as ugly, as idealistic and apathetic, as vain and as humble as when we’re adolescents."

Rob Nash, whose stand-up has been featured on VH-1 and Comedy Central, was one of the first out gay comics in America. He has performed in comedy clubs and colleges around the country, and has played such international venues as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreal Comedy Festival.

Jeff Calhoun received a 1994 Tony Award nomination for Best Choreography for the long-running revival of Grease!, which he also directed. His other Broadway credits include the acclaimed revival of Big River as well as Bells Are Ringing, Annie Get Your Gun, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Tommy Tune Tonite! and The Will Rogers Follies. Calhoun also directed and choreographed the recent Broadway musical Brooklyn.

Tickets for Holy Cross Sucks! are priced at $20 and are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com. The Ars Nova Theater is located in Manhattan at 511 West 54th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

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