"Sopranos" Star Produces Off-Broadway Premiere of Ponies

News   "Sopranos" Star Produces Off-Broadway Premiere of Ponies Michael Imperioli, who recently won an Emmy Award for his work on television's "Sopranos, and his wife Victoria, will step into the role of producers with Ponies, a new play by Mike Batistick set to run Oct. 12-Nov. 6 at Studio Dante at 257 West 29th Street.

The 60-seat Studio Dante was created by the Imperiolis to develop new theatre work. Though best known for "The Sopranos," Imperioli has worked on such New York stage productions as Aven'u Boys, Displaced Persons, Half Deserted Street, The Writing on the Wall and Little Blood Brother. Victoria, meanwhile, has worked in the areas of architecture and design, having studied those disciplines at The School of Visual Arts. Imperioli gets a little help from a television colleague for this inaugural production. John Ventimiglia, who played Artie Bucco on "The Sopranos," is in the cast, as are Babs Olusanmokun, Tonye Patano and Otto Sanchez. Nick Sandow directs.

Ponies, developed by the LAByrinth Theatre Company, was first seen by New Yorkers at the 2003 New York International Fringe Festival, where is was produced by Rising Phoenix Rep. It opened in London in August 2004, courtesy of The New Company. The plot concerns two denizens of the Lower East Side—Drazen, a Croatia native who spends his days playing the ponies at an OTB, and Ken, a Nigerian banished from his own country who is trying to make payments on his new livery cab.

  Tickets (at $35) are available at Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or by visiting www.ticketcentral.com.

Michael Imperioli (seated) and the cast of <i>Ponies</i>
Michael Imperioli (seated) and the cast of Ponies