Potomac Theatre Project Opens 22nd Season with Crave and Somewhere in the Pacific July 1

News   Potomac Theatre Project Opens 22nd Season with Crave and Somewhere in the Pacific July 1 The Potomac Theatre Project's summer season – including Scenes From an Execution, Crave and Somewhere in the Pacific – gets underway July 1.
Jan Maxwell
Jan Maxwell Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The three works comprising the Potomac's 22nd season are presented in rotating repertory through July 26. Tony nominee Jan Maxwell appears in Howard Barker's Scenes from an Execution, while Crave and Somewhere in the Pacific are presented as a double-bill.

Crave and Somewhere in the Pacific kick off the season July 1. Scenes from an Execution takes to the stage July 3.

Late English playwright Sarah Kane is represented with her refracted evening of monologues, Crave. Described as a "fugue of love and obsession," Crave is directed by PTP co-founder Cheryl Faraone and includes Stephanie Janssen, Rishabh Kashyap, Adam Ludwig and Stephanie Strohm in the cast.

PTP co-founder Jim Petosa stages Neal Bell's Somewhere in the Pacific. "Sex and violence underpin every interaction" in the drama set aboard a troopship in WWII, where a restless crew and haunted captain search for the enemy. The cast comprises MacLeod Andrews, Michael Wrynn Doyle, Adam Ludwig, Malcolm Madera, James Smith, John Stokvis and Alec Strum.

PTP revives Howard Barker's Scenes From an Execution, having staged the work in New York in 1996. PTP co-founder Richard Romagnoli again directs Barker's historical drama based on the 15th century painting of the "Battle of Lepanto" that explores "the eternally fractious and complex relationship between the artist and the state." Coram Boy's Jan Maxwell is cast as the painter in the center of the story (Galactia), with a company including David Barlow, Alex Draper, Patricia Buckley, Rachel Ann Cole, Allison Corke, Will Damron, Tim Deenihan, Lucy Faust, Justine Katzenbach, Willie Orbison, Peter Schmitz, Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki and Robert Zukerman.

Designing the 22nd season of productions are Laura Eckelman (lighting design), Mark Evancho (set design), Ben Schiffer (sound design) and Hallie Zieselman (production manager). Costume design is by Franny Bohar (Crave/Pacific) and Jule Emerson (Execution).

Tickets are $24 and can be purchased by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting www.ticketcentral.com. For more information and detailed scheduling visit www.potomactheatreproject.org.

Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street in Manhattan.

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Potomac Theatre Project was founded in 1987 by the artistic team of Cheryl Faraone, Jim Petosa and Richard Romagnoli. In its 20 seasons the voices of Potomac Theatre Project's writers have addressed art, pornography, AIDS, homelessness, censorship, totalitarianism, apartheid and gender wars.

The 2003 PTP cast of <i>Crave</i>.
The 2003 PTP cast of Crave. Photo by Stan Barouh