According to production notes, "Professional gambler Cliff has got it bad. His daughter doesn't need him, his wife might leave him, and his newspaper vender Iftikhar, whose mother country is at war, just might kill him. Witness Cliff's darkly comic, spiraling descent into a paranoid mythology of power-point presentations, rolls of quarters and hostage videos. Can our migraine-plagued redheaded founding father Thomas Jefferson save the day? Enter with caution into a desperation-filled dreamscape, where the sanest inhabitant may be Thomas Jefferson. (With songs.)"
Opening is March 9.
Oliver Butler, co-artistic director of The Debate Society, directs.
The cast includes Danny Beiruti, Alan Benditt, Nicole Raphael, Danielle Skraastad and Peter Sprague. The design team consists of Nathan Leigh (sound design), Sydney Maresca (costume design) and Mike Riggs (lighting design).
Lyons is the founding artistic director of the Obie Award- winning Soho Think Tank. He is both a writer and director. His New York productions include The Doorman's Double Duty, Creature of the Deep, No Meat No Irony and PR Man, among many others. Other plays include Dream Conspiracy, Bunko, Vater Knows Best and The Naked Anarchist. Commissioned adaptations range from Dostoevsky (The Possessed and The Fever) to Jay McInerney (How it Ended).
Director Butler is the co-artistic director of The Debate Society, a Brooklyn-based play-making company. In New York he has directed Cape Disappointment, Hostage Song, The Eaten Heart, The Snow Hen, A Thought About Raya, After, Seduced, Christmas with the Flamingos and Sold Out: The Rock Musical. Butler was the assistant artistic director of The Berkshire Theatre Festival, where he directed The Einstein Project and This Is Our Youth.
Ohio Theatre is located at 66 Wooster Street (between Spring & Broome) in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan. This may be the final production by Soho Think Tank at the Ohio Theatre.
Performances of Red-Haired Thomas will be Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 7 PM with a special opening night performance on March 9 at 7 PM and two additional shows on March 18 at 8 PM and March 25 at 8 PM.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students/seniors and can be purchased online at www.SmartTix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444.
Running time is 80 minutes. For more information visit http://www.SohoThinkTank.org.
Soho Think Tank "strengthens, nurtures and promotes an aesthetically and culturally diverse community of independent theatre artists and theatre companies by producing, presenting and programming new work at the Ohio Theatre, in Soho."