Koteas Stars in Studio Dante Premiere of Jordan's Dark Yellow in NYC, May 27

News   Koteas Stars in Studio Dante Premiere of Jordan's Dark Yellow in NYC, May 27 Elias Koteas, Tina Benko and Max Kaplan star in Studio Dante's world premiere of Julia Jordan's Dark Yellow, opening May 27 in midtown Manhattan.

Nick Sandow (Ponies, Henry Flamethrowa) directs the limited run, which began previews May 24 for an engagement through June 17 at Studio Dante, Michael and Victoria Imperioli's theatre company.

Dark Yellow is billed as "a noir play that begs the question: is anything what it seems? In a rural place, a murder in a cornfield gradually becomes the focus of an unusual encounter between a local woman and a stranger she meets at the small town bar. As they engage in a bedroom game of questions, word-play and sexual intrigue, both strive for a connection while identities and motives remain hidden. Testing the boundaries of trust and intimacy, they struggle with their instincts toward suspicion and self-preservation. In the end, the truth about the murder is unearthed in this exploration of crime, human nature, vengeance and redemption."

Playwright Jordan has penned the works Boy, Tatjana In Color, St. Scarlet and Summer of the Swans — which were all produced in New York in the same season. Other works include the books to the musicals Sarah, Plain and Tall and The Mice as well as Guitar (with Duncan Sheik) and Walk Two Moons.

Tina Benko (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Hedda Gabler), Elias Koteas (True West, Hot ‘N’ Throbbing) and Max Kaplan comprise the cast.

The production team of Dark Yellow includes designers Victoria Imperioli (set and costume) and Tony Giovannetti (lighting). Michael Imperioli ("The Sopranos," "Summer of Sam") founded Studio Dante in 2003 with his wife Victoria Imperioli to "house progressive new plays in a setting inspired by the grand architecture and design of traditional 19th century venues."

Studio Dante has previously produced Late Fragment , Baptism by Fire, Ponies and Henry Flamethrowa. The company is "committed to producing writers who inhabit a fresh point of view and have the courage to investigate difficult emotional terrain."

Tickets to Dark Yellow at Studio Dante, 257 West 29th Street (between 7th and 8th Ave.), are available by calling (212) 868-4444. For more information, visit www.studiodante.com.