Move Over, George and Martha — Stitching's Stu and Abby Get U.S. Premiere

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25 Jun 2008

Promotional art for <I>Stitching</I>
Promotional art for Stitching
British playwright Anthony Neilson's Stitching — a play about relationship games that would make Edward Albee's vicious characters sit up and take notice — will open June 25 in its U.S. premiere. Previews for the Off-Broadway production directed by Timothy Haskell began June 17.

Adamanto Productions and Electric Pear, in association with Liebman Entertainment, present the limited run of the "twisted, intricate drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat" at The Wild Project on East 3rd Street in the East Village.

Acclaimed Israeli actress Meital Dohan and Gian Murray Gianino are featured as Abby and Stu, who "love each other so madly, they're driving each other crazy," according to the producers. "Stitching follows the increasingly disturbing and inventive games the couple plays in order to connect. As they circle and test each other, they role-play with reality and fantasy to the point where even they don't seem sure what is real anymore. When Abby discovers she's pregnant, the choices they make will haunt them forever. The visceral poetry and physicality between the lovers creates a surprisingly tender, often humorous, brutal romance. Stitching challenges the notions of modern romance in an increasingly complex world."

Performances continue to July 19 at The Wild Project, 195 East Third Street, between Avenues A & B.

Neilson is part of the "In Your Face" theatre movement in Great Britain, where Stitching was a controversial title. Neilson has been compared to Pinter and Ravenhill. His plays include The Menu (National Theatre), Welfare My Lovely, Normal, Penetrator, The Years of the Family, Heredity, The Censor (winner of the Writers Guild Award for Best Fringe Play 1997), Amazing Feats of Loneliness, The Lying Kind (Royal Court) and The Wonderful World of Dissocia. Neilson directed the U.K. premiere of the John Adams opera The Death of Klinghoffer for Edinburgh International Festival/Scottish Opera (Herald Angel Award). His new play Relocated will be presented at The Royal Court in June 2008.



Director Haskell's credits include the critical and popular hit of the stage version of Road House (Barrow Street Theatre), the 14-month run of I Love Paris (about Paris Hilton) at the Blue Heron Arts Center, Fatal Attraction (starring Corey Feldman) at the East 13th Street Theatre and the extended martial arts fantasy The Jaded Assassin at the Ohio Theatre. He is also the originator and creative director of the very popular haunted house franchise Nightmare, approaching its fifth year in New York City and opening in Miami Beach, FL, in October 2008.

Dohan was recently seen as Yael Hoffman, the sexy rabbinical scholar, in the hit Showtime series "Weeds." Dohan was born and raised in Israel, and graduated from Nissan Nativ, the country's prestigious acting school, and has starred in many theatre, television and film productions. She earned Israeli Oscar nominations for her performances in "Gods Sandbox" (2002 Manchester Film Festival winner) and "Giraffes" (2003 Scottsdale Arizona Film Festival winner). Dohan played a central comedy role in "Ugliest Esti" — the Israeli "Ugly Betty," which won the Israeli Emmy for Best Comedy Series. Her theatre credits include Best Friends at Cameri Theater, for which she won the Israeli Tony for Most Promising New Actress in 2000. Other credits include Romeo and Juliet, and in 2002 she gave an award-winning performance in Bad Children (the role was especially written for her by the celebrated Israeli playwright Edna Mazya). Dohan co-wrote and starred in Bath Party at Here Theatre.

Actor Gianno's credits include Paradise Park, Eurydice, Radio Macbeth, Bone Portraits, Psyche, bobrauschenbergamerica and Salome with Al Pacino.

The design team for Stitching includes Garin Marshall (set and costume design), Wendy Ang (costume design), Brooklyn Art Department/Justin and Aaron Haskell (prop design) and Daron Murphy (sound design). Maggie MacDonald will be the fight choreographer.

Stitching will play Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 PM; Wednesdays-Fridays at 8 PM; Saturdays at 2 PM & 8 PM.

Tickets are $45 and can be arranged through www.OvationTix.com or by calling (212) 352-3101.

A limited number of student rush tickets will be available for purchase at the box office (cash only) two hours prior to each performance. For more information please visit www.StitchingThePlay.com.