Underbelly of NJ 'Burbs Exposed in New Comedy Where the Sun Never Sets

News   Underbelly of NJ 'Burbs Exposed in New Comedy Where the Sun Never Sets Playwrights Theatre in Madison, NJ, will present the world premiere of Bob Clyman's Where the Sun Never Sets, a new comedy about suburban New Jersey life, Feb. 1-18, 2007.

According to the resident Equity theatre, "Annie, beloved wife of Bob, mother of two, and liberal attorney, starts spouting trickle down economics, trades in the Subaru for a SUV, and takes off on day-long shopping sprees after being welcomed to their new neighborhood by one Monsignor Calibar. One day, on a trip to the mall, she disappears. Bob's valiant search in the dark underbelly of the New Jersey suburbs leads him to the elusive Hitchhiker, three cops named Halihan, Hoolihan and Moynahan, and the FBI agents known as Figure and Ground, until he arrives in the 'Valley,' a utopia in the North Jersey hills. A comedy that proves the axiom 'Hearts never lie.'"

The cast includes Andrea Biachi, Robert Fass, Jane Keitel, Joel Leffert, Jim Ligon, Michael Irvin Pollard and Daniel Robert Sullivan.

Directed by Playwrights Theatre's artistic director, John Pietrowski, Where the Sun Never Sets has a creative team that includes Bettina Bierly (costume designer), Richard Turick (set designer), Richard Currie (lighting designer) and Jeff Knapp (sound designer). Danielle Constance is the production stage manager and Samantha Holgate the assistant stage manager.

"This play was a finalist at Premiere Stages New Play Contest this past summer," stated John Pietrowski, artistic director of Playwrights Theatre. "Audiences who saw the reading couldn't stop laughing at this play. We're very pleased to be able to bring our audiences another comedy in the vein of Big Boys."

Bob Clyman's plays have been performed Off-Broadway and at regional theatres, such as the Denver Center Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, Williamstown Theater Company, Philadelphia Festival Theater, Colony Studio Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theater and Playwrights Theater, in addition to touring Scotland. He has also been awarded a number of national prizes, including a Eugene O'Neill Summer Conference Fellowship, New Jersey State Arts Council Award, Geraldine Dodge Fellowship, Berilla-Kerr Foundation Award, Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, Djerassi Foundation Fellowship, Shenandoah Valley Playwrights Fellowship, Playwrights First Award and Theater in the Works Fellowship. He was a member of the Circle Rep Lab in New York, where four of his plays were produced. For tickets and information, visit www.ptnj.org or call the box office at (973) 514-1787 ext. 30.

Performances take place at Playwrights Theatre, 33 Green Village Road in Madison, NJ.

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Playwrights Theatre's New Play Development Program is a multi-step process through which playwrights, theatre artists, and audiences collaborate to bring selected texts from rough draft to finished production.

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