The award-winning Beast on The Moon, by Rochester, NY resident and professor Richard Kalinoski, will run at Rochester's GeVa Theatre, April 8-May 11.
Beast on the Moon follows the 1921 journey of an Armenian photographer who relocates to the United States with his mail order bride, after a brutal war in their homeland that left both of them without families. It was first produced to great acclaim in 1995 at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, and went on to receive several critically praised regional productions, in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Sacramento, Portland, OR and Portland, ME.
Beast received the 1996 Osborn Award of the American Theatre Critics Association for Best New Play by an Emerging Playwright (outside of NYC), and the 1996 Agnouni Award from the North American Armenian Relief Society. The Chicago Sun Times described the play as "a work of all-too-rare humanity and impressive maturity."
Kalinoski has lived in Rochester for the past 10 years. He is the Director of English Education at Nazarath College, and holds an M.F.A. In drama from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Beast is being directed by actor/director Skip Greer, who is GeVa's current Director of Education. Greer has worked extensively in theatre and on TV, starring for several years on both "The Young and the Restless" (Dan Jansen) and "Bold and the Beautiful" (Randy Walker). For tickets or more information about Geva Theatre's production of Beast on the Moon, please call (716) 232-GEVA, or refer to the regional listing on Playbill On-Line.
--By Blair Glaser