Rent Director Developing New Musical Disposable Based on Versace Killer Cunanan

News   Rent Director Developing New Musical Disposable Based on Versace Killer Cunanan Director Michael Greif (Rent, Never Gonna Dance), writer Jessica Hagedorn (Dogeaters) and composer Mark Bennett (Golda's Balcony) will team up to develop a new musical theatre work titled Disposable about Gianni Versace killer Andrew Cunanan for California's La Jolla Playhouse.
Director Michael Greif
Director Michael Greif Photo by Martha Swope

The work is a long-term project in the very early stages of development and described as "not a traditional musical theatre project," according to a La Jolla spokesperson. In 1997, Andrew Cunanan went on a cross-country killing spree that lasted three months. Most of his five victims and the murderer himself were gay. His final murder was that of legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace. Cunanan was found dead in a Florida houseboat eight days later.

Greif, who recently directed Never Gonna Dance on Broadway, is next slated to direct the MCC Theatre staging of Neil LaBute's The Distance From Here beginning at The Duke on 42nd Street, April 14, 2004. His other credits include Machinal, A Bright Room Called Day, Casanova, Marisol, Pericles, Dogeaters and Fuckin' A — all at the Public Theatre. The former La Jolla Playhouse artistic director also helmed Bright Lights Big City (NYTW), Monster (Classic Stage Company), A Few Stout Individuals (Signature Theatre), Betty Rules (Zipper Theatre) and Cavedweller (NYTW).

La Jolla Playhouse is located on the corner of La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla, CA. For more information on the company, visit www.lajollaplayhouse.com.

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