Sentenced-to-Death Karla, RFK Solo and Baghdad-Bound Soldier's Tale Play at Culture Project

News   Sentenced-to-Death Karla, RFK Solo and Baghdad-Bound Soldier's Tale Play at Culture Project Karla, RFK and a new version of The Soldier's Tale — to debut in Baghdad then play in London — will reach the New York stage this season at The Culture Project's 45 Bleecker Theater.

The home to last season's bridge & tunnel, Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, White Chocolate and Belfast Blues currently houses the Women Center Stage 2005 festival through Aug. 31 and the return of SIDES: The Fear is Real...

Singer-songwriter Steve Earle ("The Revolution Starts Now") offers his take on the story of Karla Faye Tucker, the first woman sentenced to death in the United States since the Civil War. The play deals with the events in her life leading up to the double homicide and her subsequent conversion to Christianity on Death Row.

Jodie Markell — the actress seen Off-Broadway in Kimberly Akimbo, Snakebit and her Obie Award-winning turn in Machinal — will portray the title character in the work directed by Bruce Kronenberg at the downtown Manhattan venue Oct. 17-Nov. 13.

Playwright-performer Jack Holmes (In the Boom Boom Room, "Broken Rose") next brings his play RFK, about Senator Robert F. Kennedy and his life in the years following his brother's assassination, to New York. Previously titled The Awful Grace of God: A Portrait of Robert F. Kennedy, the now simply titled work will begin in November under the direction of Larry Moss (Syringa Tree).

The new year will then bring a new version of composer Igor Stravinsky and writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz's The Soldier's Tale for a February-March 2006 run. Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Abdul Krim Kasid pen the new Motion Group-devised take on the Faustian tale of a soldier who sells his soul to the devil for infinite riches. Andrew Steggall directs the to debut in Baghdad in Dec. 2005 then run at London's Old Vic Theatre in Jan. 2006 before its 4-week limited engagement in New York. The cast will comprise Iraqi, British and American actors and musicians. For more information on The Culture Project at 45 Bleecker, visit the website at www.45bleecker.com.