U.S. Premiere of Roof Climber's Rebellion Features Chalfy, Morfogen, Moon, Cleary, Clark-Price

News   U.S. Premiere of Roof Climber's Rebellion Features Chalfy, Morfogen, Moon, Cleary, Clark-Price Off-Broadway's Urban Stages launched the American premiere of Stephen Massicotte's The Oxford Roof Climber's Rebellion — about World War I vets taking a stand — on Oct. 13, toward an Oct. 18 opening.

Roger Danforth directs the play, which premiered in Canada in 2006-07 and received the 2007 Canadian Author's Association award for Best English-Language Play For Adults.

In the drama two heroes return home from the First World War — Lawrence of Arabia "is a leader without an army," and Robert Graves "is a poet who can't forget," according to Urban Stages. "Suffering the aftermath of war and foreseeing the dawning of new ones, [they] lay siege to a sleepy university town…[and] take a stand against stands, a dare to end all daring, a doing that protests all doings; the two haunted men — armed with a talent for practical jokes — grasp at love and dare to imagine a new world."

The cast includes Dylan Chalfy (Ah, Wilderness! and The Rose Tattoo on Broadway), Stafford Clark-Price (Denver Center Theater, Geva Theatre), Erin Moon (The Acting Company, Ford's Theatre), George Morfogen (Royal Theater, HBO's "Oz") and Tom Cleary (Greenwich Street Theatre, Hudson Theatre Guild).

Massicotte's play Mary's Wedding is a popular title in regional theatres. His other plays include A Farewell to Kings, Pervert, The Emperor of Atlantis and the popular "Star Wars"-inspired Boy's Own Jedi Handbook.

The creative team for The Oxford Roof Climber's Rebellion includes Roman Tatarowicz (set design), David Toser (costume design), Josh Bradford (lighting design), Daniel Baker and David Thomas (sound design) and Alex Koch (projections design). Talkbacks will be held every Thursday and Saturday evening after the show with the playwright, the director and special guests.

Performances play 259 West 30th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues) and continue to Nov. 18.

Tickets are $20-$40. Call (212) 868-4444 or order online at www.urbanstages.org.

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Urban Stages "produces new plays with themes that reflect our diverse society." Its most recent productions were the critically acclaimed Marion Bridge by Daniel MacIvor, the Pulitzer Prize finalist Bulrusher by Eisa Davis and Apostasy by Gino DiIorio. At Urban Stages, Frances Hill is artistic director and Sonia Kozlova is managing director.

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