Jeffrey Sweet's Sol Schumann to Have New York Premiere in 2004

News   Jeffrey Sweet's Sol Schumann to Have New York Premiere in 2004
The Hypothetical Theater Company, a young Off-Broadway company with a history of producing New York premieres by established playwrights neglected by Gotham companies, will give Jeffrey Sweet's The Action Against Sol Schumann its Manhattan debut in 2004.

Though Sweet is a mainstay of the Chicago theatre scene (and a staple at the Victory Gardens Theatre), his work is almost never seen in New York. The Action Against Sol Schumann, about an aging Jewish Holocaust survivor and questions of responsibility and ethics, had its Chicago bow in 2001. The New York engagement will run June 16-July 11, 2004.

Hypothetical did a similar service to Michael Weller, producing his The Heart of Art in 1999. The troupe also previously staged young playwright Hunt Holman's The Gun Club.

For its 2003-04, Hypothetical will also present My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon by Don Nigro, April 7-May 2, 2004. The world premiere takes as its inspiration the infamous love triangle of architect Stanford White, chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit and excitable millionaire Harry K. Thaw. In 1905, on the roof garden of the old Madison Square Garden (which was built by White), Thaw spotted the architect, strode over to his table and shot him dead in front of dozens of witnesses. White, a notorious womanizer and egomaniac, had conducted a long illicit affair with the teenaged Nesbit, who later married the jealous Thaw. Few people came forward to defend the libertine White, and the millionaire was acquitted at what became known as "The Trial of the Century." The whole affair was touched upon in the Broadway musical Ragtime and the book of the same name. Artistic director Amy Feinberg will direct.

Hypothetical will also present workshops of Ross Berger's Kryptonite City (Sept. 15-21), Frank Basloe's Linked (Oct. 8-12) and Melanie Marnich's Sparrow Project.

For information, call (212) 868-4444.

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