Shadow Boxing and Maddening Rain Kick Off Brits Off Broadway Nov. 1; Bunny Hops Into Mix Nov. 2

News   Shadow Boxing and Maddening Rain Kick Off Brits Off Broadway Nov. 1; Bunny Hops Into Mix Nov. 2
 
The 2011 Brits Off Broadway festival at 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan launches Nov. 1 with the first performances of the solo-actor shows Shadow Boxing and The Maddening Rain, both in repertory to Nov. 20.

Felix Scott in The Maddening Rain
Felix Scott in The Maddening Rain

Shadow Boxing is written by James Gaddas, directed by Donald Pulford and features Jonny Collis-Scurll. The Maddening Rain is written by Nicholas Pierpan, directed by Matthew Dunster and features Felix Scott.

Produced by Cross Cut, Shadow Boxing is billed this way: "The son of a boxer who couldn't win, Flynn becomes a successful fighter through utter dedication. But is his grueling training merely an avoidance tactic? A crisis builds as he moves to the title fight and the drama hurtles to a shattering conclusion."

Playwright Gaddas is a British stage and television actor. He had a continuing role in the iconic television series, "Coronation Street." More recently, he was in the West End production of Billy Elliot. In 2005, he was a parliamentary candidate.

The Maddening Rain is described this way: "Torn between Chilean lithium deals and reuniting with his first love, a broker battles his way through the tough worlds of love and finance. A brutally funny tale of lust and betrayal in 21st-century London, [it] cuts to the heart of the global recession."

Pierpan writes plays, screenplays and poetry. He is the two-time winner of the Cameron Mackintosh Award for New Writing for The Problem With The Seventh Year and Too Much In The Sun (published by Samuel French in 2008). In 2009, he was a finalist for the Yale Drama Prize for Devolution. Bunny, the third solo show in the 2011 Brits Off Broadway fest, begins Nov. 2, also playing in rep to Nov. 20.

The nabokov company produces the play by Jack Thorne, directed by Joe Murphy and featuring Rosie Wyatt. It also plays to Nov. 20.

In it, "feisty 18-year-old Katie is thrust on a white-knuckle ride through one extraordinary evening when her boyfriend is attacked on the street," according to production notes. "Amidst the baying for blood and the longing for love, Katie is forced to decide her future. Coming to New York direct from the Soho Theatre in London, this Fringe First Award-winning production is an unflinching, heartbreakingly vulnerable look at the complexities of growing up and the complications of racial diversity in Britain today."

The set and costume design is by Hannah Clark. Video design is by Ian William Galloway. Illustrations are by Jenny Turner.

Wyatt made her professional debut in Bunny (nabokov, Edinburgh and U.K. tour) when she was cast straight out of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Thorne's plays include When You Cure Me (Bush Theatre), Stacy (Arcola & Trafalgar Studios) and 2nd May 1997 (produced by nabokov with the Bush Theatre, in London and on tour).

The 59E59 Theaters complex is at 59 E. 59th Street. To purchase tickets or view performance schedule, visit www.59e59.org or www.britsoffbroadway.com.

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