Ithaca's Hangar to Stage Overwhelming, Playboy, Oklahoma!, Stoppard and Hedwig in 2008

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Robert Moss, interim artistic director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, announced a summer 2008 season that will include the regional premiere of the Off-Broadway drama, The Overwhelming, by J.T. Rogers.

The tale of an American visiting Rwanda as civil war's shadow grows, will be one of five works on the slate between June 4 and Aug. 30.

The Hangar will also present Oklahoma!, Tom Stoppard's Rough Crossing, the Irish classic Playboy of the Western World and the rock musical bio Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Moss, formerly of Syracuse Stage and Playwrights Horizons, stated, "I spent the better part of 16 years making plays at the Hangar. It is only natural, therefore, that when asked to provide interim leadership between Kevin Moriarty's departure and the unknown's arrival, it was the easiest thing in the world to step in. It's a very exciting time and I'm proud and happy to be back in Ithaca."

Set in Rwanda in 1994, The Overwhelming (June 4-14, 2008) "tells the chilling tale of an American professor who unwittingly takes his family on a trip to Rwanda in the weeks leading up to the genocide. Intended as a reunion with an old college friend, the visit spirals quickly into chaos, duplicity, and tragedy as Rwanda descends into the maelstrom of a bloody civil war."

Joe Calarco will direct Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, playing June 19-July 5, 2008. Hangar's associate artistic director Wendy Dann will direct the comedy Rough Crossing, playing July 9-26, 2008.

Playboy of the Western World, July 30-Aug. 9, 2008, will be staged by Moss.

On Aug. 14 the Hangar rocks out with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, directed by Michael Donald Edwards, who recently staged the world premiere of the Broadway-bound A Tale of Two Cities musical. Performances play to Aug. 30, 2008.

For more information visit www.hangartheatre.org.

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