The Amoralists Take Aim at Addiction and Network TV Beginning June 26

By Carey Purcell
26 Jun 2014

Derek Ahonen
Derek Ahonen

The boundary-pushing downtown theatre troupe The Amoralists stage The Gyre, a repertory production of two world-premiere dramas by Derek Ahonen and Mark Roberts, beginning June 26. 

Directed by James Kautz, The Qualification of Douglas Evans begins previews June 26 prior to an official opening July 15. Enter at Forest Lawn, directed by Jay Stull, begins previews June 27 prior to a July 14 opening. Both plays continue through Aug. 9.

The cast for The Qualification includes Derek Ahonen, Penny Bittone, Mandy Nicole Moore, Agatha Nowicki, Samantha Strelitz, Kelley Swindall and Barbara Weetman.

"A surrealistic exploration of the pleasures and pains of addiction, The Qualification of Douglas Evans recounts the life of playwright Douglas Evans and his pursuit of acceptance in a warped world of women, family and art," press notes state. "From his trials as a wide-eyed teenager to his descent into the ills of artistic success, this is a coming-of-age tale of rock bottoms, bright skies and the will to rise above one's inner animal."



The creative team includes David Harwell (set design), Brad Peterson (lighting design), Lux Haac (costume design), Phil Carluzzo (sound design), Stephanie Cox-Williams (special effects), Francine Volpe (dramaturg) and Alfred Schatz (assistant director). The production team includes Lico Whitfield (producer), Form Theatricals (general management), Jeremy Pape (production manager) and Jane Davis (stage manager).

David Lanson, Sarah Lemp, Matthew Pilieci, Mark Roberts and Anna Stromberg perform in Enter at Forest Lawn.

Here's how Enter at Forest Lawn is billed: "When America's favorite TV uncle heads into a downward spiral of drugs, prostitutes and criminal activity, how far will the show's megalomaniac producer go to cover up his star's debauchery, keeping the laughter coming and the money train on the tracks? Enter at Forest Lawn is a darkly comic peek inside the not-so-funny world of network television."

The creative team includes David Harwell (set design), Brad Peterson (lighting design), Lux Haac (costume design), Jeanne Travis (sound design), Stephanie Cox-Williams (special effects) and Vanessa Vache (assistant director). The production team includes Lico Whitfield (producer), Form Theatricals (general management), Jeremy Pape (production manager) and Judy Merrick (stage manager).

The Amoralists is a theatre company that produces work of no moral judgment. Dedicated to an honest expression of the American condition, the actor-driven ensemble explores complex characters of moral ambiguity.

Walkerspace is located at 46 Walker Street between Broadway and Church Street. Visit theamoralists.com for more information.