World Premiere of Leonard's Unconditional Opens Off-Broadway Feb. 18

News   World Premiere of Leonard's Unconditional Opens Off-Broadway Feb. 18 Brett C. Leonard's Unconditional, starring Anna Chlumsky and John Doman, officially opens Off-Broadway Feb. 18. LAByrinth Theater Company presents the world premiere.
Unconditional scene with Trevor Long and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
Unconditional scene with Trevor Long and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. Photo by Monique Carboni

Mark Wing-Davey directs the work, which began previews Feb. 10 at The Public Theater's LuEsther Hall. (The show was scheduled to start Feb. 7 but delayed due to "technical reasons.") The limited run plays through March 9. From the LAB vet who penned Guinea Pig Solo comes a new play in which "nine New York stories converge in a racially and sexually charged tale of rage, love, justice and betrayal." (The author capitalizes the entire title: UNCONDITIONAL.)

Chlumsky stars in Unconditional opposite Doman (Deputy Commissioner William A. Rawls on "The Wire"), Kevin Geer (Twelve Angry Men, Side Man), Saidah Arrika Ekulona (Well), Yolonda Ross ("Shortbus," "I'm Not There") and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (The Iceman Cometh) along with LAByrinth company members Chris Chalk (The Overwhelming), Trevor Long (Defiance) and Elizabeth Rodriguez (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot). (Doman replaced the previously announced William Forsythe.)

Chlumsky — known for her film work in "Uncle Buck" and "My Girl" — has taken to the stage in recent years, having appeared in Measure for Measure, Darwin in Malibu, Half Life, The Butcherhouse Chronicles and most recently in Off-Broadway's Fabulous Life of a Size Zero.

The design team features Mark Wendland (set), Mimi O'Donnell (costumes), Japhy Weideman (lighting) and Bart Fasbender (sound).

The production is staged in the round, and pricing for the show is tiered. Tickets are available by phone at (212) 967-7555, online at LABtheater.org or in person at the box office (425 Lafayette Street). For more information visit LABtheater.org.

Saidah Arrika Ekulona and Kevin Geer in <i>Unconditional</i>.
Saidah Arrika Ekulona and Kevin Geer in Unconditional. Photo by Monique Carboni
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