Theatre "Family Band" The Petersons Workshops New Show at NYS&F, July 30-Aug. 1

News   Theatre "Family Band" The Petersons Workshops New Show at NYS&F, July 30-Aug. 1 The Petersons, the "family band" that's not really a family, and as much a band as they are a theatrical troupe, will debut their new piece July 30-Aug. 1 at New York Stage and Film's Vassar College headquarters. Trip Cullman directs.

According to press information, in The Petersons Project "the fate of one very unorthodox hard-rockin’ family hangs in the balance when corporate interests threaten to close down a legendary music emporium."

Adam Stein, Keira Naughton, Pete Simpson, Matt Saldivar and Evan Robertson comprise the fictitious clan group from upstate New York. The Petersons have previously performed at the Sh-K-Boom Room's summer series at The Zipper theatre and at Joe's Pub. Each performance is a hybrid of a concert and a play, and often features surprise guests at their shows; past guests include Tony winner James Naughton, Keira's dad, Naughton family friend Paul Newman, John Cameron Mitchell, Ben Shenkman and Michael C. Hall.

According to Stein, every show The Petersons do has its own self-contained narrative.  A recent one concerned the clan's attempt at a traditional Jewish Seder, a sort of "Seder 101."

Stein understudied Kevin Spacey in the Broadway production of The Iceman Cometh and has performed at several regional theatres throughout the U.S., including Steppenwolf, the Old Globe and the McCarter Theatre. Keira Naughton was recently seen in the Kennedy Center production of Company and was on Broadway in Dance of Death. Pete Simpson is a longtime member of Blue Man Group, having performed in Tubes at the Astor Place Theatre for several years. He frequently collaborates with Richard Maxwell and will tour this summer with David Bowie and Moby. Matt Saldivar has worked extensively in theatres around the country, including the Long Wharf, the Guthrie and New York's Blue Light Theatre. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Evan Robertson played Claudio in two recent productions of Much Ado About Nothing in New York.

For tickets and information, call (845) 437-7235 or www.newyorkstageandfilm.org.

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