Matthew Arkin Engages in War in Paramus Off-Broadway This Fall

News   Matthew Arkin Engages in War in Paramus Off-Broadway This Fall Austin Pendleton will direct Matthew Arkin in Abingdon Theatre Company's world premiere, War in Paramus, beginning previews Off-Broadway Oct. 7.

Barbara Dana's "unconventionally funny new play" opens Oct. 11 at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex's June Havoc Theatre, 312 West 36th Street on the first floor.

The work is billed as "a charming and compelling record of an American family torn by the clash of ideals in the era between Woodstock and Watergate . . . in Paramus, New Jersey, 1970." Pendleton is the actor, director and playwright whose Orson's Shadow is playing Off-Broadway.

According to Abingdon production notes, "In the heart of this swelling suburbia, 15-year-old Thelma Gardner struggles to save her identity against an army of inadequate role models. As her family focuses on her sister's wedding, Thelma finds her own way to combat this culture of 'compromised' values."

The cast features Matthew Arkin (Moonlight & Magnolias, Dinner with Friends), Jeremy Beiler, Kate Bushmann, Gene Gallerano, David Holmes, Anne Letscher and Lisa McCormick.

Michael Schweikardt is the set designer, Wade Laboissonniere is the costume designer, David Castaneda is the lighting designer, David Margolin Lawson is the sound designer and Rick Sordelet is the fight choreographer. Mary E. Leach is the production stage manager. Performances of War in Paramus are Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 PM with weekend matinees on Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through SmartTix at www.smarttix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444 or at the box office prior to the show.

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War in Paramus is the first attraction in Abingdon's 2005-06 season. Visit www.abingdontheatre.org.