Red Light Spotlight Shines on Barrow Street at Rapp Play Opens Feb. 9

News   Red Light Spotlight Shines on Barrow Street at Rapp Play Opens Feb. 9 Red Light Winter, the new play by the prolific playwright Adam Rapp, which caused a sensation during its run at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company earlier this season, will have its New York debut Feb. 9 at the Barrow Street Theatre.

The work, which began previews Jan. 20, features the original Steppenwolf cast: Christopher Denham, Lisa Joyce and Gary Wilmes. Rapp directs his own play.

The timing of the transfer is good. Recently, Red Light Winter won the 37th Annual Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work.

  The first act of the play takes place in a dreary hostel room in the Red Light district of Amsterdam, where two one-time college roomates—introverted playwright Matt and gregarious publishing executive Davis—entertain a young woman of seemingly French origin who Davis picked up in one of the district's "windows," where prosititutes display their wares. The second act takes place six month later in Matt's cramped, book-lined, East Village apartment.

The show has attracted considerable notoriety for its on-stage nudity and explicit sexual situations (which speak to larger power issues in the script).

Wilmes is a well-known downtown actor who has appeared in several plays by avant garde auteurs Richard Foreman and Richard Maxwell. Denham starred on Broadway in Master Harold...and the boys and Off-Broadway in Wintertime. Joyce is a recent graduate of DePaul University. Todd Rosenthal designed the naturalistic, highly detailed sets. Costumes are by Michelle Tesdall, lighting by Keith Parham and sound by Eric Shim.

  Rapp is the author of Nocturne, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Finer Noble Gases, Gompers and Faster.

 Red Light Winter is produced by Scott Rudin/Paramount Pictures, Robyn Goodman and Stuart Thompson—a high powered team which would seem to suggest a bigger future for the title.

The Barrow Street, located at 27 Barrow Street in Greenwich Village, is a lucky theatre of late. Its last two productions—Bug and Orson's Shadow—have enjoyed long runs at a time when Off-Broadway's fortunes have not flourished.

Tickets are $65, and will be available through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200, or www.telecharge.com.