Homelessness Hits Off-Broadway as Corthron's Light Raise the Roof Opens May 20

News   Homelessness Hits Off-Broadway as Corthron's Light Raise the Roof Opens May 20 Breath, Boom playwright Kia Corthron returns to Off-Broadway as New York Theatre Workshop opens the world premiere of her Light Raise the Roof, May 20.
Chris McKinney in Light Raise the Roof
Chris McKinney in Light Raise the Roof Photo by Joan Marcus

Michael John Garcés directs the work which started at the company's downtown home April 30 for a run currently slated through June 13.

The new play delves into the issue of homelessness as a young man battles to find shelter for five friends in an attempt to keep them off the frozen winter streets.

The cast of Light Raise the Roof includes Moe Moe Alston, Rob Beitzel, Caroline Stefanie Clay, Romi Dias, Royce Johnson, Mia Katigbak, J. Kyle Manzay, Chris McKinney, Andres Munar, April Yvette Thompson and Colleen Werthmann.

The design team features Narelle Sissons (set), Gabriel Berry (costume), Ben Stanton (light) and Robert Kaplowitz (sound).

Corthron, the playwright of Force Continuum and Breath, Boom has also penned Slide Glide The Slippery Slope, The Venus De Milo Is Armed, Splash Hatch on the E Going Down, Digging Eleven, Seeking The Genesis, Come Down Burning and Life By Asphyxiation.

Garcés has directed Corthron's Snapshot Silhouette (The Children's Theatre), Force Continuum (Atlantic Theater Company) and Breath, Boom (Yale Repertory Theatre and Huntington Theatre). Other stage credits Eduardo Machado's Havana is Waiting (The Cherry Lane), Craig Wright's Recent Tragic Events (Playwrights Horizons and Wooly Mammoth) and Adam Rapp's Finer Noble Gases (Actors Theatre of Louisville - Humana Festival).

For tickets to Light Raise the Roof at New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4th Street (between Second Avenue and Bowery), call (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit NYTW online at www.nytw.org.