Penguin Repertory Company, of Stony Brook, NY, will present the latest by Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill author Lanie Robertson, A Penny for the Guy, from Nov. 9 to Dec. 2. The production is the final attraction in the troupe's 2001 season.
A Penny for the Guy is billed as "part mystery, part heart-warming drama." In the play, Timmy, a 10-year-old boy living in a London apartment in 1960, encounters Peg, a woman unknown to him; a police detective; and a mysterious visitor. The drama is directed by Joe Brancato.
The cast includes Bernadette Quigley (as Peg), Miles Purinton (as Timmy), Michael Cullen (as the detective), and Jimmy Driscoll (as the surprise visitor). Brancato cast Cullen in the Off-Broadway mounting of Cobb.
Robertson's Lady Day was seen Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre. His other works include Alfred Steiglitz Loves O'Keefe, Nasty Little Secrets and The Insanity of Mary Gerard.
Other Penguin shows include The Bessie Smith revue The Devil's Music, Lee Blessing's Cobb, and the upcoming Gangster Apparel by Penguin favorite, Richard Vetere, expected Off-Broadway some time this season. Penguin is located at 7 Crickettown Road.
— by Robert Simonson