Kane's Blasted Ends Soho Rep Run Dec. 21

News   Kane's Blasted Ends Soho Rep Run Dec. 21 The U.S. premiere of late playwright Sarah Kane's provocative drama Blasted ends its extended engagement Off-Broadway Dec. 21.

Performances began Oct. 2, and Blasted officially opened Oct. 9, extending an additional six weeks following a host of positive reviews.

Marin Ireland, Reed Birney and Louis Cancelmi star in the Soho Rep run of Blasted, which concerns three individuals who dangerously collide in a hotel room. Soho Rep artistic director Sarah Benson directs the production about "a middle-aged journalist, Ian, and young woman, Cate [who] enter a hotel room. As private and public violation collide, the world fragments around them. Acknowledged as the most provocative and influential British playwright of her generation, in her landmark play Blasted, Sarah Kane, with startling imagery and bleak humor, forges a potent theatrical vision of destruction, collapse, and ultimately, redemption and love."

The work, with scenes of brutal rape and cannibalism, was met with condemnation upon its 1995 London premiere. Playwrights Harold Pinter, Caryl Churchill and Martin Crimp all came to the defense of Kane, who committed suicide in 1999.

The design team includes Louisa Thompson (set design), Tyler Micoleau (lighting design), Theresa Squire (costume design) and Matt Tierney (sound design).

For more information visit www.sohorep.org. Soho Rep is located at 46 Walker Street in Manhattan.