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Twentieth Century actor Todd Cerveris stars with his brother, Assassins Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris (appearing via video), in The Booth Variations which opens Off-Broadway at the 59E59 Theatres, Aug. 8.
The Moonshine Project presented the world premiere multimedia work which centers on Edwin Booth's struggle to set himself apart from his infamous brother John Wilkes Booth.
The Booth Variations uses "video, soundscape and performance (both live and pre-recorded)" to retell the stories of the acting siblings. The work is the product of a collaboration by Todd Cerveris, Nick Philppou and Caridad Svich. Videographer Peter Nigrini joins the team.
Todd Cerveris (Twentieth Century) portrays Edwin Booth, the actor for which the Broadway theatre is named, and his brother Michael Cerveris (Tony Award winner for his turn as Abraham Lincoln's killer in Assassins) again performs as John Wilkes Booth (on video) and also contributes original music. Edwin's wife is represented in the voice of Angela Reed, the solo star's own wife. Tom Butler plays the role of Matthew Brady, among others. Phillipou, co-founder of The Art Party (Elle), directs the work which also features original music by Michael Cerveris and Will Johnson. Playwright-songwriter Svich (Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues, Any Place But Here) co-writes the text with Todd Cerveris.
Tickets to The Booth Variations at 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Ave.) are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information, visit www.boothvariations.com or www.moonshineproject.org.