Syrian-Jewish Community Is Stunning Setting of Adjmi Play Starting June 1

News   Syrian-Jewish Community Is Stunning Setting of Adjmi Play Starting June 1 David Adjmi's Stunning, a portrait of a diverse Brooklyn neighborhood, featuring Sas Goldberg, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Cristin Milioti, Steven Rattazzi, Jeanine Serralles and Charlayne Woodard, makes its New York City premiere June 1 as a production of LCT3 — Lincoln Center Theater's new initiative devoted to emerging artists.
Cristin Milioti, Danny Mastrogiorgio and Charlayne Woodard
Cristin Milioti, Danny Mastrogiorgio and Charlayne Woodard

Anne Kauffman directs the play, to officially open Off-Broadway June 18. Performances will play to June 27 at The Duke on 42nd Street — where LCT3's inaugural project, Clay, ran — at 229 West 42 Street.

"Set in the insular Syrian-Jewish community in Midwood, Brooklyn Stunning tells the story of Lily (Cristin Milioti), a teenager newly married to a much older man (Danny Mastrogiorgio), whose sheltered life is disrupted when Blanche (Charlayne Woodard) enters her life," according to LCT3 notes.

Stunning has sets by David Korins, costumes by Miranda Hoffman, lighting by Japhy Weideman and sound by Rob Kaplowitz.

Adjmi is the author of the plays Strange Attractors (Empty Space Theatre), The Evildoers (Yale Rep), Elective Affinities (Royal Court, RSC/Stratford and Soho Theatre), Marie Antoinette (Sundance/Public NYSF Residency) and Caligula (Soho Rep).

Kauffman received an Obie Award for her direction of The Thugs by Adam Bock at SoHo Rep. Other recent directing credits include God's Ear by Jenny Schwartz (New Georges Theatre and the Vineyard Theatre), Have You Seen Steve Steven by Ann Marie Healy (13P), Doubt by John Patrick Shanley and Expecting Isabel by Lisa Loomer (Asolo Repertory Theater) and Act a Lady by Jordan Harrison (Humana Festival). Woodard, a playwright-actress, is known for her appearances in Fabulation or, the Re-Education of Undine by Lynn Nottage, In the Blood by Susan Lori Parks (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination), Sorrows & Rejoicings by Athol Fugard (Audelco Award, Best Actress), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, directed by George C. Wolfe, and more.

Tickets to Stunning, priced $20, are available at The Duke box office, by visiting Dukeon42.org or by calling (646) 223-3010.

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"Citing the need to develop strong relationships with a new generation of artists, and recognizing the frustrations that young playwrights have with the current system of readings and workshops," Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of artistic director Andre Bishop and executive producer, Bernard Gersten) created LCT3 "to offer emerging artists fully staged, modestly budgeted productions."

All tickets to LCT3 productions will be priced at $20. Lincoln Center Theater's long term plans for LCT3 call for the creation of a permanent venue to present the work of these artists; to that end a 99-seat theatre will be built in or near Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. During its first three years, until its new theater is ready, LCT3 will present its productions each year at an off-site theatre."

Paige Evans is the director of LCT3.

Stunning premiered at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's home in Washington, DC.

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