Woodshed Collective's Sprawling Staging of The Tenant Opens in NYC Aug. 24

News   Woodshed Collective's Sprawling Staging of The Tenant Opens in NYC Aug. 24
 
Roland Topor's novel The Tenant comes to life in an ambitious, five-story staging by the Woodshed Collective. It opens Aug. 24 at the West-Park Presbyterian Church in Manhattan after previews that began Aug. 10.

Teddy Bergman and Stephen Brackett direct the production, which is offered to audiences free of charge through Sept. 17. The Tenant was also adapted into a film by Roman Polanski.

The Woodshed Collective enlisted playwrights Bekah Brunstetter, Sarah Burgess, Paul Cohen, Dylan Dawson, Steven Levenson and Tommy Smith to pen a story each based on a different character in the novel. Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik and David Van Tieghem create a score for the piece.

"Set in Paris and inspired by the novella that was famously adapted into a film by Roman Polanski, The Tenant is a thrilling, haunting and grotesquely hilarious investigation into the relationship between who we are and where we live," according to Woodshed. "When Monsieur Trelkovsky rents a room recently vacated by a woman who fell from her window, he soon finds his world changing in bizarre ways. Haunted by images of the previous tenant's apparent suicide and terrorized by his new neighbors, Trelkovsky begins a slow descent into paranoia and delirium."

The cast includes Rob Askins, Juliette Cohen, Dan Cozzens, Michael Patrick Crane, Aaron Dias, Evan Enderle, Erin Felgar, Mary Jane Gibson, Stephen Graybill, Judith Greentree, Vanina Kondova, Jocelyn Kuritsky, Maren Langdon, Roger Lirtsman, Malcom Madera, Maria McConville, Melissa Miller, Michael Piazza, Lynne Rosenberg, Caitlin McDonough Thayer, Ian Unterman, Molly Ward and Travis York.

Production design is by Gabriel Hainer Evansohn, with costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Carl Faber, sound design by Brandon Wolcott, video design by Josh Higgason, Alex Koch, Dave Tennet and Kate Freer. To reserve free tickets, visit WoodshedCollective. The West-Park Presbyterian Church is located at 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

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