Schwartz's God's Ear, With Friedman's Music, Begins East 13th Street Theater Run May 2

News   Schwartz's God's Ear, With Friedman's Music, Begins East 13th Street Theater Run May 2 The world premiere of Jenny Schwartz's God's Ear, with music by Michael Friedman and presented by New Georges, begins performances at the East 13th Street Theater May 2.
Christina Kirk, Annie McNamara, and Gibson Frazier in God's Ear.
Christina Kirk, Annie McNamara, and Gibson Frazier in God's Ear. Photo by Carol Rosegg

The play with musical interludes has additional lyrics by Schwartz and is directed by Anne Kauffman. Opening night is May 7. The cast includes Christina Kirk (Well), Gibson Frazier (The Internationalist), Judith Greentree, Raymond McAnally, Annie McNamara, Matthew Montelongo and Monique Vukovic.

Press notes describe the play as such: "Mel and Ted have lost their young son. Now, wherever Ted goes, he meets people with dead sons. And whatever Mel touches falls apart. Mel and Ted try to continue their way through the world, guided by their young daughter Lanie and the Tooth Fairy and G.I. Joe."

The set design is by Kris Stone, the costume design by Olivera Gajic, the lighting design by Tyler Micoleau and the sound design by Leah Gelpe.

Schwartz's play Cause for Alarm debuted at the 2002 New York International Fringe Festival. She is currently at work on a music-theatre documentary entitled Escaping the Modern World, developed by The Civilians and inspired by interviews with people and communities who have chosen to live outside or beyond contemporary society. She is under commission for a new play at London's Soho Theatre. God's Ear was workshopped at the Vineyard Theatre in 2005.

In New York Friedman's original music has also been heard at New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, the Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Signature Theatre Company and Soho Rep. He is the composer-lyricist of The Civilians' productions [I Am] Nobody's Lunch; Canard, Canard, Goose? and Gone Missing. Kauffman's most recent directing credits include Adam Bock's The Thugs at Soho Rep; Lisa Loomer's Expecting Isabel at the Asolo Repertory Theater in Florida; Jordan Harrison's Act a Lady at the Humana Festival of New American Plays; and Sides: The Fear is Real at the Culture Project.

New Georges is an Obie-winning downtown theatre company founded in 1992. It recently presented Dead City by Sheila Callaghan.

East 13th Street Theater is located at 136 East 13th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues. For reservations call (212) 868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com. For more information and group rates call (646) 336-8077.

Judith Greentree and Matthew Montelongo in <i>God's Ear</i>.
Judith Greentree and Matthew Montelongo in God's Ear. Photo by Carol Rosegg
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