Rapp to Reprise Role in Nobody Suspects a Butterfly Benefit Performance

News   Rapp to Reprise Role in Nobody Suspects a Butterfly Benefit Performance Anthony Rapp, Patricia Buckley, Edward James Hyland and Charlie Kevin will take part in the benefit presentation of Chris Henry's Nobody Suspects a Butterfly on Oct. 23.

Based on actual events, Nobody Suspects a Butterfly dissects the media's obsession with and detriment to a small town coping with the suicides of five young athletes. Told through dance, flashbacks and interviews, Nobody Suspects a Butterfly features additional writing contributions from Katie Avebe.

Nobody Suspects a Butterfly will be presented Oct. 23-24 at 7:30 PM at the Theater for a New City. The presentations will benefit the non-profit Royal Family Productions after-school drama program.

Anthony Rapp returns to the role of Lee, having appeared in developmental readings of Nobody Suspects a Butterfly last May. The latest presentation of Butterfly, billed as a work in progress, will incorporate changes since its May premiere.

The cast also features Aaron King, Adam Delia, Amanda Sykes, Anna Farkas, Briana Masson, Charlie Kevin, Dan Morrison, Daniel Shafer, Edward James Hyland, Eric Miller, Eric Stone, Erik Saxvik, Heather Phillips, Josh Wolinsky, Kai Chapman, Karen Niceley, Katy Wright-Mead, Matt Lundy, Michael Johnson, Nic Tyler, Patricia Buckley, Paul Jones, Phoebe Kelly, Suzanne Stetter and Zak Slemmer.

Playwright Henry again directs the work that has choreography by Dante Puleio. Additional creative duties are handled by David Bengali (lighting and video design), Marcelo Anez, (sound design), Callie Gale (costume design) and Aron Deyo (video design). Known for originating the role of Mark in Jonathan Larson's Rent, Rapp has appeared on Broadway in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Precious Sons; and Six Degrees of Separation. His film roles include "Rent," "Adventures in Babysitting," "Dazed and Confused," "Six Degrees of Separation" and "Road Trip." Rapp will join fellow original Rent cast member Adam Pascal for the 2009 national tour of that Tony-winning musical.

Tickets are available by phoning (212) 795-7478, or by visiting RoyalFamilyProductions.

The Theater for the New City is located at 155 First Avenue in Manhattan.