The show, being produced by Ayal Miodovnik in association with Holy Moses Inc. and Brent Leffel (New Evolution Ventures), has book and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila (Altar Boyz, Madagascar Live) and music by Michael Shaieb (Go Go Beach).
Attendance to presentations of the 29-hour reading is by invitation only. Alchemy Production Group is serving as general manager.
Here's how the creatives characterize the project: "Once upon a time, The Protagonists was a mighty group of superheroes bound against the forces of evil. Twenty years later, the powers of alcoholism, infidelity and super-egos have torn the group apart and left them all pining for their glory days. When an old nemesis re-emerges with a sinister new plan, can the middle-aged superheroes pull their dysfunctional lives together to save the world one last time? Stay-Tuned."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.