The Amoralists Season to Include Premieres by Derek Ahonen, Lyle Kessler and Mark Roberts

By Adam Hetrick
December 10, 2012

The downtown theatre troupe The Amoralists will stage the world premiere of The Cheaters Club, written by company member Derek Ahonen, as well as two premieres by Lyle Kessler and Mark Roberts as part of its 2013 season.



The Amoralists have received praise for their unconventional, gritty works including Hotel/Motel, The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side, Happy In The Poorhouse, Amerissiah, Ghosts in the Cottonwoods and Chasing the Fantastic in recent seasons.

Collision, penned by Kessler (Orphans) and directed by David Fofi, will run Jan. 10-Feb. 17, 2013, at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The cast will feature Michael Cullen (Bus Stop, Bug), Craig 'muMs' Grant ("Oz"), James Kautz (The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side, The Hallway Trilogy), Nick Lawson (The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side, Happy in the Poorhouse) and Anna Stromberg (The Bad and the Better, HotelMotel).

Here's how the 90-minute work is billed: "In Collision, chance encounters prove calculated when three students, a professor, and a stranger come together in this incendiary black comedy. Set in a college dormitory somewhere in the heart of America, this band of incongruous intellectuals with hidden scars embarks on a dangerous course to create order out of chaos. Their united moral compass will guide them to the edge of the cliff…and beyond. What happens when all the wrong people meet at exactly the right time?"

Roberts will direct New York premiere of his play Rantoul and Die in summer 2013. According to the Amoralists, "How far will a man go to hang onto his lady? It's a thin line between love and hate."

Ahonen's "Savannah horror story," The Cheaters Club, will receive its world premiere in fall 2013.

The Amoralists is a theatre company that produces work of no moral judgment. Dedicated to an honest expression of the American condition, the actor-driven ensemble explores complex characters of moral ambiguity.

For tickets to Collision, priced $55, visit CollisionThePlay.