The play with music is set to perform at the Abe Burrows Theater in New York University's Tisch School of the Arts through Feb. 26.
Based on three works — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther," Roland Barthes' "The Lovers Discourse" and Joseph R. Roach's "The Players' Passion" — the new adaptation is conceived and directed by The Art Party co-founder Nick Philipou (The Booth Variations) and written by Michael Tisdale (actor in Fräulein Else).
The History of Tears is billed as an "experimental drama [that] concerns the themes of youth, love, loss, and suicide, performed by students at the university and with a live rock band performing Cerveris' original compositions."
The design team features Shaun Motley (scenic), Lex Liang (costumes), Liz Tyler Brody (lighting), David Herman (sound) and Marilys Ernst (video/projections). Bethany Weinstein serves as stage manager and Ryan Mekenian is assistant director.
Last season, Cerveris won the Tony Award for his turn as Booth in Assassins. He has appeared Off-Broadway in Wintertime and Fifth of July and also earned a Tony Award nomination for his Broadway debut as the title role in The Who's Tommy. Other stage credits include Passion, Titanic and the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. His latest album of original songs "Dog Eared" is currently available in stores. Reservations for the two-week engagement of The History of Tears at the Burrows Theater, 721 Broadway, and more information are available by calling (212) 998-1860.