Soho Rep Offers New York Premiere of Controversial Blasted Beginning Oct. 2

News   Soho Rep Offers New York Premiere of Controversial Blasted Beginning Oct. 2 Late playwright Sarah Kane's darkly controversial work Blasted, featuring Marin Ireland, Reed Birney and Louis Cancelmi, begins performances at Soho Rep Oct. 2.

Under the direction of Soho Rep artistic director Sarah Benson, Blasted was originally slated to conclude the 2007-2008 season at Soho Rep, but was rescheduled to accommodate the schedule of Ireland and to provide the Obie-winning company sufficient time to locate a new executive director.

"Kane's startling imagery and bleak humor forge a potent theatrical vision of destruction, collapse and, ultimately, redemption and love," read production notes. Opening is Oct. 9.

The work – with scenes of brutal rape and cannibalism – came under critical fire when it made its London debut in 1995. Playwrights Harold Pinter, Caryl Churchill and Martin Crimp all came to the defense of Kane, who committed suicide in 1999.

Designing the production are Louisa Thompson (set design), Tyler Micoleau (lighting design), Theresa Squire (costume design) and Matt Tierney (sound design).

For tickets to Blasted call (212) 941-8632 or visit www.sohorep.org. Soho Rep is located at 46 Walker Street in Manhattan.

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