New York City Must Wait On Welsh-Based Ecstasy till January Ecstasy will not arrive in New York City as planned. Edmonton theatre's Raven Productions were set to bring Ecstasy, based on Irvine Welsh's story "The Undefeated," for a run Nov. 19-Dec. 4 at the dance club, Speeed [sic]. Problems with the Canadian actors' visas, however, have halted the production's plans until early to mid-January, according to Raven spokesperson, Garrett Ross.
Adapted by Keith Wyatt from a piece in Welsh's novel, Ecstasy, the play concerns drug dealing slacker Lloyd, who lives solely for his world of raves, clubs and chemicals, and Heather, an office assistant stuck in a boring marriage. Welsh is best known for his Trainspotting, which became a highly successful movie and launched the careers of Robert Carlyle (The World Is Not Enough) and Ewan McGregor (Star Wars Episode 1).
Wyatt is set to star as Lloyd with Erin Malin as Heather. Also in the cast are Ross, Troy O'Donnell, Jennifer Goodhue, Victoria Stusiak and Celina Stachow.
As befits a story set in a rave, DJ Cory Payne created and spins the show's tracks. Cody Wan Kenobi designed the visuals with Tanya Lampey designing the lighting.
Speeed is located at 20 W. 39th Street and is reachable by phone at (212) 719-9867. -- By Christine Ehren