Ragtime-Era's "Crime of the Century" Retold June 15-July 10 in NYC

News   Ragtime-Era's "Crime of the Century" Retold June 15-July 10 in NYC You saw them sing and dance as supporting players in Ragtime, but Harry Thaw, Stanford White and Evelyn Nesbit will be center stage in The Hypothetical Theatre Company's New York premiere of Don Nigro's My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon.

Performances begin June 15 at The 14th Street Y, with Mark Pinter, Kit Paquin, Timothy Altmeyer, Annette Hunt and Katherine Dowling.

Directed by Amy Feinberg, the play tells the tale of "the explosive love triangle between 'the girl on the red velvet swing,' Evelyn Nesbit; the famous New York architect Stanford White; and Harry K. Thaw of Pittsburgh" that led to what papers at the time dubbed "the crime of the century" and "the trial of the century."

In 1906, Pittsburgh millionaire Thaw murdered architect-designer White during a performance at the rooftop theatre at the White-designed Madison Square Garden (then located in Madison Square). Nesbit, Thaw's wife and a former showgirl who had been White's teen-age lover, was present. The murder shocked spectators and showfolk alike, causing a panic at the show.

Costumes are by Chris Lione, sets by Mark Symczak, sound by Tim Kramer and lighting by Randy Glickman.

Nigro's plays include Anima Mundi, Madonna, Loves Labours Wonne, Armitage, The Dark Sonnets of the Lady, Seascape with Sharks and Dancer, The Curate, Cincinnati, Robin Hood, Cinderella Waltz and more. The Hypothetical Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional producing company in residence at the 14th Street Y. Past productions include Michael Weller's Ghost on Fire and The Heart of Art, Detail of a Larger Work, Mickey's Home, The Garden of Hannah List and The Action Against Sol Schumann.

Performances of the Equity run of My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon continue to July 10, playing Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Wednesday & Sunday at 3 PM.

The 14th Street Y is located at 344 East 14th Street (between First and Second Aves.).

Tickets are $40. For reservations call (212) 868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com or www.hypotheticaltheatre.org.

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