The Sacrifices and Whore Begin Summer Play Festival Runs July 14

News   The Sacrifices and Whore Begin Summer Play Festival Runs July 14 The Summer Play Festival enters its second week of performances with Alena Smith's The Sacrifices and Rick Viede's Whore.

Presented at the Public Theater through Aug. 2, the sixth annual summer play festival launched July 7 with Zayd Dohrn's Reborning and Kevin Christopher Snipes' The Chimes.

Created and produced by Tony-winning producer Arielle Tepper Madover (Mary Stuart, Hair, 33 Variations Frost/Nixon, The Pillowman), SPF 2009 takes place in the Anspacher and Martinson Theaters at the Public Theater's Lafayette Street home.

The works running July 14-19 include:

The Sacrifices by Alena Smith. "At first glance the family has everything. But once they leave on a Caribbean cruise, the winds change, privilege becomes a prison, and their vacation will be anything but smooth sailing in this touching comedy drama." (Martinson Theater). Sam Gold directs Gabe Ebert, Mimi Lieber (Brooklyn Boy, I'm Not Rappaport), Mackenzie Meehan and John Gould Rubin.

Rick Viede's Whore. "Sara just wants to be interesting, and an unexpected one-night stand propels her into a high stakes relationship with worldly Tim. As they are drawn into the fringes this thriller exposes a world of greed, lies, and fear which threatens to break the rules that hold them together." (Anspacher Theater). Stephen Brackett directs Aya Cash (From Up Here, Offices), Andrew Garman (Salome: The Reading), Matthew Montelongo (The Ritz, The Mineola Twins), Sean T. Parker (The Memoirs of Don Walker) and Mark Setlock (Rent, Fully Committed). Upcoming SPF works follow:

Tender by Nicki Bloom. "A random act of violence leaves a family shattered and searching for a way to be whole again. Amid the ramifications, mystery, memory, and potential murder set the stage for this haunting drama about love, loss, and grief." (July 21-26 in the Anspacher Theater).

Under the direction of Daniella Topol, the cast features Betsy Aidem (Celebration), Kerry Bishé (Pygmalion, "Sex in the City"), Michael Cullen (Dark Matters) and Matt Dellapina.

The Happy Sad by Ken Urban. "Finding love is easy. Defining love is not. New York City provides the backdrop to a contemporary comedy of sex, love, and dating in a city where there are too many options and not enough time." (July 21-26 in the Martinson Theater).

Trip Cullman directs Christopher Abbott (Mouth to Mouth), Ari Graynor (The Little Dog Laughed), Sue Jean Kim (The Drunken City, "Gossip Girl"), Maulik Pancholy ("Weeds," "30 Rock"), Peter Scanavino (subUrbia, Shining City), Heidi Schreck (The Internationalist, Drum of the Waves of Horikawa) and Eddie Kay Thomas ("Till Death").

Departure Lounge by Dougal Irvine. "It's the end of vacation as four guys wait for their flight home in this testosterone-driven new musical. With time to kill they recount the hilarious antics of the week, and as secrets tumble out we learn more about the lads than they know about themselves." (July 28-Aug. 2 in the Anspacher Theater).

Tony nominee Christopher Gattelli directs the musical that features Nick Blaemire (The Black Suits, Cry-Baby), Doug Kreeger (Rooms, Thrill Me), Kathleen Monteleone ("Grease-You're the One That I Want"), Alex Tonetta (The History Boys) and Jonathan B. Wright (Spring Awakening).

We Declare You a Terrorist by Tim J. Lord. "Eight hundred civilians are taken hostage during the performance of a hit Moscow musical. In the aftermath, the playwright is plagued by the story of his captor — a young woman willing to die for her cause — in an intense drama where one person's patriotism is another's act of terrorism." (July 28-Aug. 2 in the Martinson Theater).

Niegel Smith stages the work that includes David Bishins (A Mother, a Daughter and a Gun), Keira Keeley (Green Girl, The Thugs) and Katie Sigismund (Opus).

For tickets, priced $10, and more information visit SPFNYC.

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SPF, which operates under the umbrella of Living Room for Artists, has produced over 70 original works, providing writers a financially supported protected environment in which to explore and hone their material with the aid of established professionals.