Lauded Beast on the Moon Gets NYC Premiere Off-Broadway, With Metwally and Zorich

News   Lauded Beast on the Moon Gets NYC Premiere Off-Broadway, With Metwally and Zorich Tony Award nominees Louis Zorich and Omar Metwally will star in the New York premiere of Beast on the Moon, Richard Kalinoski's warm, sad, sometimes funny — and hopeful — play about Armenian immigrants coming out of the shadow of genocide and into a brighter America.
From Top: Louis Zorich and Omar Metwally
From Top: Louis Zorich and Omar Metwally

The American play has been a hit in regional theatres around the world, and has appeared internationally. It was aiming for either Off-Broadway or Broadway in the last year, but was announced Feb. 23 to nest at Off-Broadway's Century Center for the Performing Arts, starting previews April 12 toward an April 27 opening.

Larry Moss (The Syringa Tree) directs. Metwally (Sixteen Wounded) will play a young Armenian named Aram, who comes to Milwaukee; Lena Georgas will play his wife; Zorich (45 Minutes From Broadway, She Loves Me) is a Gentleman, a character important in the couple's life; and Matt Borish is a young boy they take in.

Designers are Neil Patel (scenic), Anita Yavich (costume) and David Lander (lighting).

Beast on the Moon is presented by David Grillo; Stillwater Productions.

Over the last 12 years, Beast on the Moon has been seen around the world with productions in 17 different countries, translated into 12 different languages, having received more than 40 significant awards. The New York premiere of Beast on the Moon coincides with the 90th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

According to production notes, Kalinoski's interest in the subject was spurred by his seven-year marriage to an Armenian woman. "This play tells a story that the Turkish government has spent the last 90 years trying to erase from the world's consciousness," Kalinoski said in press notes. "But this is a story that the world needs to know. The story is universal. Healing is universal. The denial has got to stop so that healing can begin."

Century Center for the Performing Arts is at 111 E. 15th Street, off Union Square.

Performances are Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 7:30 PM with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $65. For ticket information, contact Telecharge.com, (212) 239-6200. Visit the official website at www.BeastOnTheMoon.com.

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