Last Sunday Director Helms World Premiere Smashing Comedy in NYC, Oct. 4-26

News   Last Sunday Director Helms World Premiere Smashing Comedy in NYC, Oct. 4-26
Trip Cullman, who directed the staging of Jonathan Tolins' The Last Sunday in June, which transferred to Off-Broadway, directs the world premiere of Brooke Berman's Smashing.
Trip Cullman, director of the upcoming comedy Smashing.
Trip Cullman, director of the upcoming comedy Smashing.

The Play Company production starts Oct. 4 at the Intar 53 Theater. Opening night is Oct. 12 for a run through Oct. 26.

Smashing is an edgy comedy that centers on a 21-year-old daughter of a big New York writer who learns she is an apparent character in the sexy best seller written by her first lover. The young woman heads off to London with her best friend in tow to seek revenge.

The cast includes Joseph Siravo (The Boys From Syracuse, Conversations With My Father), Lucas Papaelias (Cellini), David Barlow (Andorra, Saved), Merritt Wever (Cavedweller), Katharine Powell and Katherine Waterston.

The design team for Smashing features Erik Flatmo (set), Michael Krass (costume), Paul Whitaker (lighting) and Scott Myers (sound).

Cullman's lauded production of The Last Sunday in June originated at the Rattlestick Theatre and then transferred to a run at the Century Theatre opening April 9. The director – whose credits include plays at Dixon Place, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Soho Rep, the Empty Space and Williamstown — was an associate director to Tony Award winner Joe Mantello on Take Me Out for its London, Off-Broadway and Broadway runs. He also served as assistant director to Mike Nichols on The Sea Gull (Public/NYSF) and creative assistant on "Angels in America" (HBO Films). Playwright Berman has penned Until We Find Each Other, — which recently made its world premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company — Dancing with a Devil and Amazing. Her new work Smashing and Until We Find Each Other were developed at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference.

The New York City-based not-for-profit, The Play Company, develops and produces new plays from the U.S. and abroad to link American theatre with world theatre. The company was started by Kate Loewald, Jack Temchin and the late Mike Ockrent in 1999.

For tickets to Smashing at the Intar 53 Theater, 508 West 53 St. (between Tenth and 11th Ave.), call (212) 868-4444. For more information, visit The Play Company at

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