Tabloid Caligula Gets NYC Premiere May 24 in Brits Off Broadway Fest

News   Tabloid Caligula Gets NYC Premiere May 24 in Brits Off Broadway Fest Tabloid Caligula, Darren Murphy's dark comedy about a criminal and his protégé, begins New York premiere performances May 24 as part of the Brits Off Broadway festival at 59E59 Theaters.

Produced by Tror Taa and Kay Ellen Consolver for KLN Productions Limited, Tabloid Caligula continues in rep to June 12.

Lisa Forrell directs the play, which "centers on Robert, an aging criminal and wannabe businessman," according to production notes. "Part mentor, part historian, part psychopath, he strides about his storeroom like a low-rent Godfather, filling his young protégé, Joe, with tales of underworld glamour and ancient historical conquests. Joe dreams of being just like Robert. But, Robert's not telling Joe everything he knows. Then in walks Mary, and Robert's game is up."

The cast includes Peter Tate, Suzanne Sylvester and Chris Harper.

Playwright Darren Murphy graduated from Surrey Institute of Art & Design in 1997. In 2002 he was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award for his play The Flats (Chelsea Theater, London) and won The Westminster Prize for A Road in Winter, both for the Soho Theatre. Tabloid Caligula was a prize winner in the London Writers' Competition in 2000 and was produced at the Arcola Theatre in London.

Other productions to date include The Derelicts (Battersea Arts Centre, London), Bag of Monkeys (Dublin Festival), The Suffocators (Hampstead Start Night Season, London), Charlatan (Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe). He is co-founder of the Penny Dreadful Theatre Co., established in 2002. Opening night of Tabloid Caligula is May 26 at 8:15 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday-Friday at 8:15 PM, Saturday at 2:15 PM and 8:15 PM and Sunday at 3:15 PM and 7:15 PM. Single tickets are $35 and are available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or online at www.ticketcentral.com.

Brits Off Broadway, plucking works of contemporary British theatre and giving them a platform in Manhattan, continues at 59E59 Theatres through July 3.

For more information on Brits Off Broadway, visit www.britsoffbroadway.com.

From Left: Peter Tate, Suzanne Sylvester and Chris Harper in <i>Tabloid Caligula</i>
From Left: Peter Tate, Suzanne Sylvester and Chris Harper in Tabloid Caligula Photo by Hugo Glendinning
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