Off-Broadway Heist Drama, The Lady Swims Today, Begins Sept. 13

News   Off-Broadway Heist Drama, The Lady Swims Today, Begins Sept. 13
Robert Funaro, a veteran of "The Sopranos," stars in the new Off-Broadway heist drama The Lady Swims Today, by H.G. Brown, Sept. 13-Oct. 21.
Robert Funaro
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Stephen Sunderlin directs the production at the 95-seat TADA Theatre, on West 28th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue.

The new play is set at "the Carney Hook Marina Motel in the summer of 1984, where three desperate men are tempted to join the heist of a lifetime," according to production notes. "Eddie has a plan to steal $2 million off a boat on the Chesapeake Bay and he needs a crew to pull it off. When these schemers and dreamers come up against three women with plans of their own, the course to a fortune is threatened by more than bad weather."

It's billed as a drama "in the tradition of 'Key Largo' and 'The Petrified Forest,' with film noir shadows and flashes of comedy."

Featured in the cast are Kelli K. Barnett, Vivienne Leheny, Jack Rodgerson, Rob Sheridan, Gordon Silva and Kate Udall. Opening night is Sept. 23.

Robert Funaro played Eugene Pontecorvo on "The Sopranos"; Eugene whacked himself in the Emmy Award-winning sixth season opener. He'll appear in the upcoming feature film "American Gangster." Kelli K. Barnett was seen Off-Broadway in Eat the Runt; Vivienne Leheny has appeared in Off-Broadway and regional productions in addition to her longtime voiceover career; Jack Rodgerson was last seen in How to Speak Woman at TSI Theater, and he will appear in the Sidney Lumet film "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"; Rob Sheridan toured nationally in The 1940's Radio Hour, Grease, 42nd Street and Jolson: The Musical; Gordon Silva appeared on A&E's "Caroline's Comedy Hour," "Law & Order," and "One Life to Live"; Kate Udall has extensive regional stage credits, including Full Gallop, To Kill a Mockingbird and Desdemona opposite Jimmy Smits in Othello.

Playwright H.G. Brown is the author of The Gargoyle, which won the Norman Corwin Prize at San Diego State University and was later produced for television starring David McCallum, as well as Play Sinatra at American Theater of Actors.

Director Stephen Sunderlin is the artistic director of New York City's Vital Theatre Company where his directorial credits include Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery, The Gifts of the Magi, America Is My Home, Straight Jacket & Tie and Wedding Pictures.

The playing schedule is Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 & 7 PM. Tickets are $39.50 and are available through or at (212) 352-3101.

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