World Premiere Superhero Drama, Save the World, Opens Jan. 19

News   World Premiere Superhero Drama, Save the World, Opens Jan. 19 Save the World – Chris Kipiniak's new superhero-themed play – officially opens at the American Theatre of Actors Jan. 19. Previews began Jan. 17.

The Roundtable Ensemble presents the world premiere of Save the World, penned by Chris Kipiniak (original cast member of Broadway's Metamorphoses) and developed with Michael Barakiva.

The production stars Craig Bridger (Roach), Charissa Chamorro (Umbra), Christine Corpuz (Quake), Noshir Dalal (Legend), Kelly Hutchinson (Prodigy/Reporter), Danielle Skraastad (Future-Knight) and Jonathan Woodward (Stagger). Co-creator Michael Barakiva – who has staged the premieres of the Barrington Stage Company workshop of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Wendy Wasserstein's Welcome to My Rash and Third in Washington, D.C. – directs.

Save the World "is a globe-spanning adventure, exploring the moral limitations of incredible power," according to production notes. "The superheroes of the Protectorate (Legend, Umbra, Stagger, Prodigy, Quake, Roach, and Future-Knight) fight bravely to protect the earth from a series of seemingly unrelated disasters. But when the unthinkable occurs the team begins to splinter. In their desperate search for the cause of the threat, compromises are made. So are mistakes. With their incredible powers and their human failings, the heroes risk becoming threats themselves to the good they’ve sworn to uphold."

Creative duties are handled by Shoko Kambara (set design), Oana Botez-Ban (costume design), Nick Francone (lighting design) and Shane Rettig (music and sound design). The production stage manager is Danielle Teague-Daniels.

The four-week engagement will continue through Feb. 9. Tickets, priced $18, are available by calling (800) 838-3006 or by visiting www.roundtableensemble.org. The American Theatre of Actors is located at 314 West 54th Street in Manhattan.

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