Gabriel Barre (Off-Broadway's The Wild Party, Summer of '42 and Goodspeed's upcoming Amazing Grace) directs.
The Coward group surfaced earlier this year with a reading of the British writer's Design for Living. Like that reading, The Vortex, a 1924 tale of family turmoil, repressed passions and substance abuse, is seen at the Gershwin Hotel's "Living Room" at 7 PM. A presentation of songs by Coward featuring cabaret and concert star KT Sullivan precedes the reading at 6:30 PM. Violinist Filip Pogady is also part of the experience.
According to the company, whose artistic director is Merrill, The Vortex is "supremely witty and hilarious" but also a "visceral, hard hitting and potent drama. Drug abuse and sexual compulsion fuel this gritty tale of a family laid bare at the altar of truth."
Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at the door at 6 PM on April 16 but it is highly recommended to purchase them at www.noelandcompany.org.
Noël and Company will also be creating the Summer Salon Series at Lincoln Center for The Noël Coward Festival in June/July.