While it's common to see NFL athletes advertising Gillette razors and foamy shave products, Hall of Famer John Riggins will be encountering a very different kind of Gillette, Feb. 6-March 2 Off-Off-Broadway. He's starring in a play by Tony winner William Hauptman (the book for Big River), playing at the Storm Theatre in midtown Manhattan.
Gillette, set in Gillette, Wyoming, stars Riggins as Mickey, a middle-aged good ol' boy hoping to make one big score and settle down in Alaska. He and a young hitchhiker hope to make a pile working on oil rigs, but they fall in love with women and endure other complications on the way to finding their dreams.
According to production spokesperson David Gersten, former New York Jet and Washington Redskin MVP Riggins appeared in a New York workshop production of Gillette as a different character, Booger McCoy. Co-starring in the Storm Theatre staging of Gillette will be Eric Alperin, Derek T. Bell, Paul A. Burns II, Shaula Chambliss, Colleen Crawford, Kristin Mauritz, Genia Michaela, Eric Thorne, Ken Trammell and Kevin Villers. Designing the show are Michele Malavet (set), Elizabeth Bourgeois (costumes) and Charles Cameron (lighting), with Jeremiah Lockwood providing original music for the show.
Gillette was first staged at MA's American Repertory Theatre in 1986. Author Hauptman also penned The Domino Courts.
Peter Dobbins, artistic director of the Storm Theatre, will stage Gillette. The theatre company was founded in 1997 and has since produced such works as Murder in the Cathedral, The Shaughraun and Stavrogin's Confession. For tickets ($19) and information on Gillette at the Storm Theatre, 145 West 46th St., call (800) 965-4827 or check our the company's website: www.stormtheatre.com.
— By David Lefkowitz