LAB World Premiere of Glaudini's A View From 151st Street Opens Off-Broadway Oct. 18

News   LAB World Premiere of Glaudini's A View From 151st Street Opens Off-Broadway Oct. 18 LAByrinth Theater Company follows last season's mounting of Bob Glaudini's Jack Goes Boating with the scribe's new world premiere, A View From 151st Street, which officially opens Oct. 18.

Peter DuBois directs the Off-Broadway production, which began previews at the Public Theater's LuEsther Hall Oct. 5. The show is scheduled to run through Nov. 4.

The ensemble cast includes Gbenga Akinnagbe, Liza Colón-Zayas, Craig "muMs" Grant, Juan Carlos Hernandez, Russell G. Jones, Marisa Malone, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Andre Royo.

"In my [new] play, there are four jazz musicians that play live onstage," Glaudini previously told Playbill.com. "They represent the world of the play. Also, one of the characters is a street coke dealer-wannabe rapper, and he [performs] rap music, and they play with him during that."

The story, according to the scribe, traces the rehabilitation of an undercover cop who, shot in the head, has to learn words and recover memories while also following the downward spiral of the aforementioned wannabe rapper. The play hits close to home for Glaudini, who lives on the titular street. "My block is just that: undercover cops, wannabe rappers, jazz musicians, street hustlers, dice players."

Michael Cain has composed original music for the production. Paul J. Thompson provides musical direction. Andrew Emer leads a band that includes musicians Nir Felder and Q.

The design team reunites Jack Goes Boating collaborators David Korins (set), Mimi O'Donnell (costumes) and Japhy Weideman (lighting). Bart Fasbender (sound) is also part of the team.

The production reteams director DuBois with playwright Glaudini following the duo's success with Jack Goes Boating. DuBois also teamed with Glaudini on the previous reading of A View from 151st Street at the seventh annual free Barn Series Festival. A LAB vet, Glaudini also penned the company's Dutch Heart of Man.

The show may be inappropriate for ages 16 and under due to subject matter and strong language. The approximate running time is 110 minutes including one 15-minute intermission.

Tickets to A View From 151 Street at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555 or through publictheater.org. For more information visit labtheater.org.