The Horse Trade Theater Group and DMTheatrics co-present the work (which uses Two Gentleman of Verona as a starting point) that has gained notoriety since the adaptation materialized online and through Facebook. Early performances are already sold-out. The engagement runs through April 4.
The cast will feature Brianna Tyson as Maude Lebowski, Josh Mertz as Geoffrey Lebowski, Matthew Gray as Joshua Quince, Becky Byers as Bonnie Lebowski and Craig Kelton Peterson in a variety of roles. The production is designed and directed by Frank Cwiklik and choreographed by Becky Byers.
Inspired by, but unaffiliated with the Coen Brothers' film "The Big Lebowski," Two Gentleman of Lebowski asks, "What if... William Shakespeare wrote 'The Big Lebowski?'" The work is described as a "parody of Shakespearian archetypes, theatrical convention, modern pop culture, and especially the most beloved work of the Brothers Coen..."
"The Big Lebowski" is the Coen Brothers' 1998 film that starred Jeff Bridges as an unemployed slacker (and bowler) who meets a multimillionaire with the same name. The cast also featured John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore and John Turturro.
For tickets, priced $20, phone (212) 868-4444 or visit HorseTrade. The Kraine Theatre is located at 85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery.