Tony Winner Beverley Set for New York Premiere of Marko the Prince

News   Tony Winner Beverley Set for New York Premiere of Marko the Prince Tony Award-winning actress Trazana Beverley will star in the New York premiere of Jovanka Bach's Marko the Prince at the Barrow Group Theatre in June.

Immigrants' Theatre Project founder and artistic director Marcy Arlin will stage the production that begins previews June 20 and officially opens June 26.

Beverley, who earned a 1977 Tony Award for For Colored Girls…, will lead a cast that also includes Jelena Stupljanin, Tony Naumovski, Lanna Joffrey, Aaron Lohr, Christo Christov, Josh Clayton, Matthew Schmidt, Herman Petras, and Paul Barry.

Marko the Prince is part of late playwright Jovanka Bach's Balkan Trilogy (Name Day, A Thousand Smiles) that explores the lives of Yugoslavians and Serbian-Americans during Tito's communist rule of Yugoslavia.

The play, according to press notes, "is set in Sabor, a village on the border of Bosnia and Serbia, at the start the 90s Balkan War. Michael, a first-generation American, returns to Sabor to bury his mother in the village of her birth. Michael's plans are derailed when he discovers smoldering religious and ethnic resentments surrounding the ownership of Sabor's tiny village cemetery. Gossip, innuendo, passion, and politics cause uneasy alliances and dangerous conflict."

The creative team comprises Art Rotch (set design), Lucas Krech (lighting design), Carol Brys (costume design), Nikos Brisco (musical director), Ryan Bartruff (fight coordinator) and Elizabeth Rhodes (sound design). Bach's plays include Chekhov and Maria, O'Neill's Ghosts, Sylvie, A Matter of the Heart and Mercy Warren's Tea.

Marko the Prince plays a limited engagement through July 13. Tickets, priced $20, are available by phoning (212) 352-3101.

The Barrow Group Arts Center is located at 312 West 36th Street in Manhattan.

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