Gerard Canonico and Allison Thomas Lee Will Star in Jesse Swenson Short Film, "Five Noble Truths" (Plus Video)
By Michael Gioia
Gerard Canonico, who will appear in the upcoming Off-Broadway production of Bare, and Allison Thomas Lee, who was seen on Broadway in The Addams Family and In The Heights, will star in "The Five Noble Truths," a short film by Jesse Swenson.
Swenson, of Broadway's Spring Awakening and The Addams Family as well as TV's "Gossip Girl," will also direct the project. The cast also includes Ariana Swenson and Olli Haaskivi ("Unforgettable").
Here's how the film is described: "In line for the men's room at his favorite restaurant, 17-year-old Sam (Canonico) recognizes and strikes up a conversation with Rory Coxxx (Lee), a recently retired, fortysomething porn star. When admission of the encounter enrages his girlfriend, Sam struggles to keep his relationship intact. With his rascally best friend at his side and through visits from Rory Coxxx in his dreams, Sam must confront his future on the precipice of high school graduation."
The project, which will begin production in Boston in September, is aiming for a New York City premiere in early 2013 and is raising funds via an Indiegogo campaign. Fans who donate to the film can receive "perks" for their contribution, including tickets to the first Off-Broadway preview of Bare and a meet and greet with Canonico.
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