Kia Corthron Premiere Light Raise the Roof Starts Off-Broadway at NYTW, April 30

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New York Theatre Workshop presents the world premiere of Kia Corthron's Light Raise the Roof, starting April 30.
Playwright Kia Corthron
Playwright Kia Corthron Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Michael John Garcés directs the work set to open May 20 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 also has a number of in-the-works projects, including The Venus de Milo Is Armed and Slide Glide the Slippery Slope, which have yet to see the New York stage.

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.

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