Robert Askins' Comic Book-Inspired Tale, P.S. Jones and The Frozen City, Will Get NYC World Premiere
By Adam Hetrick
P.S. Jones and The Frozen City, a new world-premiere play by acclaimed Hand to God playwright Robert Askins, will debut at the New Ohio Theatre Dec. 3. Joe Paulik, Bobby Moreno, Preston Martin and Sofia Jean Gomez are part of the cast.
José Zayas will direct P.S. Jones and The Frozen City, which will play a limited run through Dec. 23. It officially opens Dec. 10. The play is described as "a comic book superhero adventure story." Askins earned critical praise for his religious puppet satire Hand to God, which played an Off-Broadway run last winter.
The cast features Paulik (Timon of Athens at the Public) in the title role, with Moreno (Hand to God) as Lothar, Martin (Far from Heaven) as Benjamin, Gomez (Angels in America, Regrets Only) as The Great Glass Spider/Momma, Diana Oh as Maude, Steven Rishard (The Bacchae at The Public) as Gunslinger and Jenny Seastone Stern (North Atlantic) as Chastity/Charlene.
Here's how it's billed: "The World as we know it is long gone. Appetite and hubris have divided the world in three. Our hero, the diminutive and unassuming P.S. Jones, dreams of visiting The Frozen City, a utopian world just visible beyond the forbidden Burning Waste. Only thing worse than knowing he'll never set foot in The Frozen City is finding out that his handsome and incurably vapid brother is about be deified there on account of being so darn pretty. Soon after his brother’s departure, P.S. stumbles upon something that will change his life forever. What will he do when the fate of all three worlds rests in his hand?"
The design team includes Jason Simms (scenic design), Ryan O'Gara (lighting design), Carla Bellisio (costume design), Jane Shaw and Emma Wilk (sound design), Jane Shaw (original music), Imaginary Media (video design), and Eric Wright and The Puppet Kitchen (puppet design).
For tickets, priced $25, visit TerraNovaCollective.org or phone (800) 838-3006. The New Ohio Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street.
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