Patton to Direct and Star in Des Moines Readings at the Flea

News   Patton to Direct and Star in Des Moines Readings at the Flea Obie Award-winning actor Will Patton will direct and perform in the free staged readings of Des Moines at the Flea Theater beginning Feb. 25.

Penned by Denis Johnson – Des Moines – takes place in a run-down Des Moines apartment, where "an unlikely assortment of people come together for an impromptu party that takes them, by the evening's end, on a dam bursting ride down a stream-of-consciousness deluge. Downing depth chargers and singing karaoke, they struggle with the strange and unholy trinity of life, death, and sex," according to press notes.

Patton will direct and perform in the production, which also features LaTonya Borsay (Woyzeck), Emily McDonnell (Aunt Dan and Lemon) and Deirdre O'Connell (The Front Page).

Des Moines premiered in October of 2007 at San Francisco's Campo Santo Theatre Company, where Johnson is resident playwright. He has previously written the novels "Already Dead: A California Gothic," "The Name of the World," "Train Dreams" and "Tree of Smoke."

Director and actor Will Patton starred in the film adaptation of Johnson's collection of short stories "Jesus' Son." Patton has also starred in the films "A Mighty Heart," "Remember the Titans" and "The Postman." Patton earned two Obie Awards for Fool for Love and What Did He See?.

The free and open to the public performances of Des Moines will run Feb. 26-March 1 at the Flea Theater. Reservations are required by phoning (212) 219-2020. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street in Manhattan.

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