A middle-aged Italian-American man from New Jersey meets a Puerto Rican, post-operative transsexual in the land of the dead in Bad Blood, a new comedy by David Simpatico (Mac: A Macaroni Requiem). Bad Blood ends its BareBones debut at the Lark Theatre April 23. Peabody Award winner Michael Breault ("Nothing Sacred") directs.
Dominic first seeks out Whida Peru because she is the most powerful medium on the east coast and he wishes to commune with his murdered gay son. Whida is reluctant, but decides to give him a tour of the underworld, where the two meet dead relatives, lovers and finally, Dominic's child. A Jonathan Larson Award winner, Simpatico is also the author of The Screams of Kitty Genovese, the libretto for Aaron J. Kernis' Millennium Symphony and has written for Blue's Clues.
Bad Blood features Mario Campanaro, Harry Carnahan (An Inspector Calls), Randy Danson, Ramon de Ocampo, Reg Flowers (Wrong Mountain, Angels in America), Tony nominee Tony Liberatore (Burn This), William Metzo, Michael Sabatino (Cobb) and Heather Zicko.
Performances of Bad Blood began April 19. $15 tickets are available by calling (212) 246-2676. The Lark Theatre is located at and on the web at http://www.larktheatre.org.
BareBones productions are fully-staged with suggestions of set, lighting, costumes and music. Recent BareBones stagings have included Pera Palas playwright Sinan Unel's Tolstoy's Den, KNEPP, Hilly Hicks Jr.'s A Hole in the Dark and Daphne Greaves' Killing Time. — By Christine Ehren