Wounded Welsh Soldier Faces Life After Iraq in NYC Premiere, The Pull of Negative Gravity May 11-June 5

News   Wounded Welsh Soldier Faces Life After Iraq in NYC Premiere, The Pull of Negative Gravity May 11-June 5 The New York premiere of The Mercury Theatre's production of The Pull of Negative Gravity, written by Jonathan Lichtenstein and directed by Gregory Thompson, begins May 11 in Manhattan as part of the Brits Off Broadway festival.
Lee Haven Jones in The Pull of Negative Gravity
Lee Haven Jones in The Pull of Negative Gravity Photo by Geraint Lewis

This "harrowing new play set on a Welsh farm deals with the grim realities and fallout from the war in Iraq, as a wounded soldier returns home to his family and fiancée," according to production notes. "Written with blazing conviction and driving passion, this potent play is given electrifying performances by its original cast of four—Joanne Howarth, Louise Collins, Daniel Hawksford and Lee Haven-Jones—and tender direction by Gregory Thompson."

Performances continue in repertory to June 5 at 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan.

The Pull of Negative Gravity won a Fringe First Award and landed many critics' "best of" list during the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Jonathan Lichtenstein was brought up in Llandrindod Wells and took a degree in Drama at Bretton Hall. The Pull of Negative Gravity is his second stage play. His previous works include Station (Soho Theatre, 2000), Moving the Scrolls (BBC Radio 4, 2000) and Human Rights (BBC Radio 4 and repeated as part of Producers' Choice, BBC Radio 7, 2004). He lectures at the University of Essex.

Director Gregory Thompson's recent work includes As You Like It for the Royal Shakespeare Company (Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Kennedy Center, Washington), Andorra by Max Frisch for the Young Vic/Royal National Theatre Studio, and Still Standing by Val Crookes, for the Mercury Theatre's Essex Playwrights' Festival Naked Talent 2. He is Artistic Director of the theatre company AandBC, for whom he has directed In Transit in Denmark, Reykjavik and London; The Tale that Wags the Dog at the Plymouth Drum, the Lyric Studio Hammersmith, the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh and the Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall; If I Were Lifted up from Earth at the Chapel at Lincoln's Inn and Battersea Arts Centre in London; and Mahabharata at the Netherbow Arts Centre and the Ainslie Leisure Centre (both Edinburgh) and Bridge Lane Theatre and The Place (both London). The Pull of Negative Gravity opens May 15. The performance schedule is Tuesday-Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM and 7 PM. Single tickets are $45 and are available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or online at www.ticketcentral.com. For more information on Brits Off Broadway, visit www.britsoffbroadway.com.

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Brits Off Broadway, the festival featuring the best in new British theatre, continues at 59E59 Theaters through July 3.