Continuing their inaugural season in their new space, The Present Company are now in space -- but not for long. This weekend ends the New York premiere of King of the Moon, written and performed by Scott Smith and Adam Paul, running Nov. 11-28. King of the Moon takes a historic American event -- Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's famous lunar landing in 1969 -- and fictionalizes what would have happened the day before. Using NASA transcripts from the flight, and biographical facts of the two astronauts, the play focuses on what might have been the quarrel to see who would be first to step on the moon.
The production is staged with household items to evoke a "child playing astronaut" feeling for the show, utilizing two overstuffed easy chairs as a set and long johns as spacesuits.
Smith recently appeared in "The X-Files Movie", "Mousehunt", "Stargate" and numerous television appearances. Paul was featured in James Cameron's "Titanic", and Good with William Hurt at ACT. Both are graduates of The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
King of the Moon runs Nov. 11-28, at The Present Company Theatorium (198 Stanton Street). For tickets ($12) or more information, call (212) 420-8877.
-- By Sean McGrath