Orange Julius Begins Off-Broadway

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Basil Kreimendahl's memory play about a dying Vietnam vet and his trans, adult child begins previews January 10.
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Stephen Payne and Jess Barbagallo Sandra Coudert Graham

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Page 73 present the New York premiere of Basil Kreimendahl's Orange Julius, a memory play about a dying Vietnam vet and his trans, adult child called Nut. Performances begin January 10 at Rattlestick.

Directed by Dustin Wills, the show is set to officially open January 22. Stephen Payne stars as Julius, and Jess Barbagallo plays Nut. The cast also includes two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa, Irene Sofia Lucio, and Ruy Iskandar.

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“After being poisoned by Agent Orange in the jungles of Vietnam, Julius is dying; his body is racked with cancer and his mind gone,“ read production notes. “Nut, his adult child, tries to reconnect with Julius by caring for his decaying body, sorting through childhood memories, and diving into war movie fantasies, ultimately finding ways to connect with him in ways Nut never expected.“

Scroll through production photos below:

The production features sets by Kate Noll, costumes by Montana Blanco, lighting by Barbara Samuels, and sound by Palmer Hefferan. Nicole Marconi is production stage manager.

Orange Julius was developed at the 2012 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, was included in La Jolla Playhouse's DNA new work series, and had its world premiere at Moxie Theatre Company in San Diego. Kreimendahl's play Sidewinders won the Rella Lossy Playwright's Award and had its world premiere at The Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco; We're Gonna Be OK will have its world premiere at Actors Theatre of Louisville at the 2017 Humana Festival of New Plays.

Tickets to the Off-Broadway debut of Orange Julius can be bought at RattleStick.org or via phone at (212) 627-2556.

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