Some Voices, Olivier Award-winning British scribe Joe Penhall's first play, opens at New York's Greenwich Street Theatre Sept. 23 for a run through Oct. 7, according to production spokesperson Beck Lee. The show was to play Sept. 12-30, but that was, of course, before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The show delayed its start and began performances Sept. 15.
The Greenwich Street Theatre is situated above Canal Street and below Houston, putting it between, what Lee called, "the second and third checkpoint" between ground zero of the attack and 14th Street.
Directed by Kevin Kittle, Voices chronicles the lucid and delusional moments of Ray, a mental patient who must choose between a functional life on drugs or being himself. As he avoids taking his medicine, he becomes involved with Laura, an Irish working-class woman stuck in an abusive relationship.
New York-based British and Irish actors comprise the cast. Victor Villar Hauser plays Ray, and Laoisa Sexton, Laura. Also in the cast are David Costelloe, Mike Finesilver and Patrick Tull. The design team is Valerie Green (sets and costumes), Douglas Filomena (lighting) and Susan Williams (sound).
Producer Ludovica Villar-Hauser recently produced and directed The Countess, which ran for 634 performances from March 1999-December 2000. Some Voices premiered at London's Royal Court in 1994 and was subsequently produced by the New Group in 1999.
Penhall's blue/orange, currently running on the West End, won this year's Olivier Award for best play.
The Greenwich Theatre is at 547 Greenwich St., NYC. Tickets are $15. Call (212) 255-3940.
— by David Lefkowitz and Diane Snyder