Long Wharf artistic director Gordon Edelstein stages the production that began previews March 27 for a run through April 21. Mastrosimone is also the playwright of Extremities, The Woolgatherer and Sunshine.
According to Mastrosimone, Ride the Tiger is based on an interview he conducted with late singer Frank Sinatra during research for the miniseries "Sinatra."
"At one point in our history, the president of the United States was having an affair with a woman who was having an affair with the head of the Chicago Mafia," Mastrosimone said in a statement. "Any playwright who heard that idea would say that they are writing that play."
Here's how it's billed: "What happens when Jack, a charismatic young senator from Massachusetts, a Chicago mob boss, and Frank, a crooning movie star, all get involved with the same woman? A presidency. During the 1960 presidential campaign Jack becomes smitten with Judy, a ravishing young woman with connections. As Judy goes back and forth between these powerful men, political intrigue mounts as forces move behind the scenes to claim the highest office in the land."
The production team includes Eugene Lee (set design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Tyler Micoleau (lighting design), Ryan Rumery (sound design) and Sven Ortel (projections design).
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