Billy Hopkins directs the productions, which will officially open Feb. 18 and continue through March 7. The works were originally scheduled to play the Zipper Factory, but relocated to the Cherry Lane following the Zipper's closing in January.
In Paradise features Leslie Lyles and Ed Vasallo, while She Plundered Him features Lyles, James Chen and Mark Elliot Wilson.
Machado's In Paradise, according to press notes, begins as "an estranged husband shows up on his wife's doorstep. Carlos left Marilyn seven years ago for another man, but both the conflicts and chemistry between them feels as fresh as if they were never apart. Deserted by his lover, Carlos has returned to Marilyn for answers and salvation. As they delve into the remains of their shared history, the power struggle between them plays out through recrimination, eroticism, anger, and love. Can you help someone who betrayed you move forward, or will you always blame one single person for ruining your entire life?"
In Norman's She Plundered Him, press notes state, "the boundaries of familial relationships are tested in new and dangerous ways. Calder, already on a mental precipice, is convinced that he saw something unseemly pass between his wife, Keep, and son, Anthony…but did he? As Calder's obsessive jealousy spirals out of control and Keep and Anthony lie to him and one another, the family unit threatens to break irreparably. Throughout, the playwright employs heightened classical language infused with harsh vernacular, and the results are harrowing and brutal."
The productions have designs by Maruti Evans (set and lighting), Michael Bevins (costumes) and Betsy Rhodes (sound). For tickets phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street in Manhattan.
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