Jarrow, who penned the musical Whisper House with Tony and Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik, wrote and composed the dark pulp comedy, which will receive a limited staging April 8-10 at Columbia's Shapiro Theatre.
Jimmy Maize will direct a cast including Peter Balcke, Lauren Cipoletti, Will Dagger, Logan Hall, Leon Ingulsrud, Preston Martin, Erika Rolfsrud and Margo Seibert. Ethan Wagner will serve as musical director. Alona Fogel produces the run.
According to presenters, "Hypochindria is a pulpy dark comedy about a hypochondriac, a serial killer, a detective, and a man who believes he's Marilyn Monroe. The play explores modern society's obsessions with celebrity, trauma, and tragedy with lying, killing, dying and a whole bunch of original rock songs."
Jarrow will also join Libby Winters (American Idiot), Mo Brady (The Addams Family), Max Jenkins (The Last Goodbye), Clay McLeod Chapman, Lauren Worsham, Colin McAdoo, Molly McAdoo, Eli Zoller, Amanda Duarte, Preston Martin and Ethan Wagner for a special March 13 benefit party for the work.
The 7-10 PM launch party at Under St. Marks Theatre (94 St. Mark's Place) will include highlights from Hypochondria, drinks and dancing. There is a $10 cover at the door. Jarrow is the author of the Obie-winning play A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant. He also penned Love Kills, Trigger, President Harding Is A Rock Star, Rip Me Open, Gorilla Man and music and lyrics for Hostage Song.
The Columbia presentations of Hypochondria are free and open to the public. The Shapiro Theatre is located at 605 West 115 Street in Manhattan.