Off-Broadway Premiere of Pure Confidence Opens May 27

News   Off-Broadway Premiere of Pure Confidence Opens May 27 Carlyle Brown's Pure Confidence, part of the Americas Off-Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters, officially opens Off-Broadway May 27.
Pure Confidence star Gavin Lawrence
Pure Confidence star Gavin Lawrence Photo by Ann Marsden

Tony nominee Marion McClinton (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, King Hedley II) directs the Minneapolis Mixed Blood Theatre production that began performances May 22 and will run through July 3. The engagement marks the show's Off-Broadway debut. The cast features Christiana Clark, Casey Greig, Karen Landry, Gavin Lawrence, Chris Mulkey, Mark Rosenwinkel and Mark Sieve.

Press notes for Brown's play read: "On the eve of the Civil War, champion jockey Simon Cato is one of the most successful athletes of his day, dominating the sport of horse racing. But Simon is also a slave. Hired out regularly by his owner to Colonel Wiley Johnson, owner of the prize thoroughbred Pure Confidence, Simon wants the one thing the Colonel by law can’t give him: his freedom."

Originally commissioned by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pure Confidence premiered in the Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2005.

Pure Confidence has designs by Joseph Stanley (set design), Michael Wangen (lighting design), Christine A. Richardson (costume design) and C. Andrew Mayer (sound design).

For tickets phone (212) 279-4200 or visit TicketCentral.

For further information visit 59E59Theaters.

Gavin Lawrence and Chris Mulkey in <i>Pure Confidence</i>
Gavin Lawrence and Chris Mulkey in Pure Confidence Photo by Ann Marsden