Seth Numrich, Ana Reeder Will Take Part in Free Performances of Radiance and Break My Face... in NYC

By Michael Gioia
06 Jun 2012

Rising Phoenix Repertory will present the final two plays in the company's Cino Nights Series, Cusi Cram's Radiance and Daniel Talbott's Break My Face on Your Hand, June 10 and June 17, respectively, at the Seventh Street Small Stage in Manhattan.



In Radiance, directed by Suzanne Agins, "it's 1955. A dive bar around the corner from the El Capital Theater. A man. A woman. And the kind of secrets that glow brighter with time and whiskey." The 7 PM free performance will feature J. Eric Cook, Peter Hirsch, Ana Reeder (Hedda Gabler, Top Girls, Sight Unseen) and Kohl Sudduth (Take Me Out).

Portia Krieger (Seminar assistant director) will direct the 7 PM performance of Break My Face on Your Hand, which features Noah Galvin and Seth Numrich (War Horse). Here's how the work is described: "Break My Face on Your Hand follows high schoolers Bear and Trev. Flashes of violence have slammed the young men into one another, and now they have to sit together in the afternoons at Bear's grandmother's kitchen table, their shared history and peach cobbler between them."

The Cino Nights series is a year-and-a-half-long series of 19 world-premiere plays commissioned by Rising Phoenix Rep to be performed in the intimate basement space of downtown restaurant Jimmy's No. 43.

Rising Phoenix Rep artistic director Talbott describes the series as "a place to tap into the raw, inspired, inventive, and pioneering work of the Caffe Cino, where the love of theatre and new plays was joined with a scrappy, do-it-yourself work ethic." All shows are rehearsed for a week and then fully mounted and produced for one night only.

Seventh Street Small Stage is located at 43 East Seventh Street. For more information and to make a reservation, call (212) 946-5198 or visit RisingPhoenixRep.org.