Renovated St. Marks Takes Opening Plunge with Never Swim Alone Oct. 1

News   Renovated St. Marks Takes Opening Plunge with Never Swim Alone Oct. 1 Daniel MacIvor's award-winning play, Never Swim Alone, opens Oct. 1 at the recently renovated St. Marks Theatre in New York City.

Daniel MacIvor's award-winning play, Never Swim Alone, opens Oct. 1 at the recently renovated St. Marks Theatre in New York City.

The season opener also heralds a promising new management structure at the theatre, which had been plagued by on-again, off-again efforts to make a go of the venue.

Beginning with Never's six-week run on Oct. 1., the Horse Trade Theater Group assumes management of St. Marks. Horse Trade has been booking and producing theater at The Kraine and Red Room in the KGB Complex.

St. Mark's has been renovated with a new lighting grid, dimmer board, and lighting instruments. In addition, a sound system has gone in, which features CD, cassette player and speakers. The theatre's new seating plan allows 64 patrons to sit on both sides of the stage area.

Never earned the Overall Excellence -- Drama/Comedy award at the 1999 New York International Fringe Festival. The play is being presented by Brooklyn's Go Productions and is directed by Timothy P. Jones. Never Swim Alone was described by a production spokesperson as an absurd, hilarious, yet haunting play about male relationships. A sequence of scenarios is played out between two lifelong male friends and refereed by a young woman who holds the key to a dark secret of their past.

Considered one of Canada's best known playwrights, MacIvor's newest play, Monster, recently premiered at P.S. 122. Other works by MacIvor include Somewhere I Have Never Traveled, Yes I Am and Who Are You, House and Here Lies Henry.

Never runs Oct. 1- Nov. 6. Tickets are $12. St. Marks Theater is located at 94 St. Marks Place (between First Avenue and Avenue A). For information and reservations call (212) 777-6088.

-- By Murdoch McBride