Will Pomerantz Replaces Marilyn Fried As Director of Manipulation; Performances Resume June 21

News   Will Pomerantz Replaces Marilyn Fried As Director of Manipulation; Performances Resume June 21 Victoria E. Calderon's Manipulation, which played its final performance at the Cherry Lane Theatre May 29 after only two weeks of previews, will resume previews at the Off-Broadway venue June 21 prior to an official press opening June 28.

Will Pomerantz
Will Pomerantz Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Will Pomerantz joins the company as director, succeeding Marilyn Fried. Brendan McMahon, Rafi Silver and Marina Squerciati also join the previously announced ensemble, which includes Robert Bogue, Gabriel Furman, Jeremy Stiles Holm and Saundra Santiago.

"Cristina seemingly has it all," according to press notes. "And yet, her husband torments her with infidelity while her mother condones it, encouraging Cristina to behave in the same sordid way. Clearly conflicted, she seeks professional help from a psychiatrist who is determined to take advantage of her troubles and satisfy his own lewd intentions. Has Cristina lost all control of her life, mind and body? Or can she turn the tables and cut the ties that bind her? We learn her fate as this provocative modern interpretation of an overlooked biblical story ends with a shocking twist that's as seductive as it is dark and dangerous."

The production features scenic design by Bill Stabile; lighting design by Kirk Bookman; costume design by Alejo Vietti; sound design by Jeremy Lee; technical supervision by Jay Janicki; and fight direction by Rick Sordelet.

Performances will continue through Aug. 21.

Will Pomerantz has directed and developed new plays and musicals with such theatres as The Guthrie, American Repertory Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theatre, Hartford Stage, NYTW, The Signature Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theater, Soho Rep, Culture Project, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Studio Theatre and Epic Theatre Ensemble. He has directed world premieres by such playwrights as John Guare, David Auburn, Neil LaBute, Craig Lucas, Kia Corthron, David Lindsay-Abaire, Stephen Belber, Noah Haidle and Linda Cho. His recent production of The Blue Flower for A.R.T. swept all the major awards in the Boston Area, winning both the Elliot Norton Award, as well as Independent Reviewers of New England Awards for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Design, and Best Musical of the Year. Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street. Tickets are $68.50; visit Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250. For more information, visit www.manipulationtheplay.com.

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