World Premiere of Night Games Among Marvell Rep's Desire & Delusion Winter Repertory Project
By Michael Gioia
Marvell Repertory Theatre's winter 2013 repertory project, Desire & Delusion: 3 plays in repertory, continues through March 17 at TBG Theatre in New York City. The project features the company's first world premiere, Night Games, written and directed by Marvell artistic director Lenny Leibowitz.
Night Games, which runs through March 6, is adapted from the novella "Spiel im Morgengrauen" by Arthur Schnitzler and features John Windsor-Cunningham, Kevin Gilmartin, Angus Hepburn, Susannah Jones, George Michael Kennedy, Drake Nester, Markus Potter, Emma Rosenthal, Geddeth Smith, Jeremy Smith, Emelie Faith Thompson and Isaac Woofter.
In Night Games, according to Marvell, "the protagonist, Lt. Willi Kasda, agrees to help a friend in need. Short of cash, Willi turns to cards and finds himself on a winning streak so extraordinary, that it promises to change his life forever. When his luck turns, he seeks the help of a former lover. With his fate in her hands, Willi gambles all he has to hold on to his honor and to win back this mysterious lady of great fortune."
Night Games will be followed (in repertory) by Secrets, The Untold Story of Sigmund Freud & Carl Jung, an original play written and directed by Ken Wydro (through March 10); and Flirtation, written by Arthur Schnitzler and directed by Leibowitz (Feb. 19-March 17).
Secrets, The Untold Story of Sigmund Freud & Carl Jung, according to Marvell, "dramatizes the intense personal and professional relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung, during the early years of psychoanalysis, 1907-1913, and is based on the 1,000 letters shared between both men."
Starring in Secrets are Anita Anthonj, Demetri Bonaros, Cooper Grodin, John Michalski and Natalia Volkadaeva.
In Flirtation, "Fritz, a dashing young officer with only pursuits of love to occupy his days, obsesses about the married woman with whom he has been having an affair," according to press notes. "But, in this beguiling romantic drama, it is Christine, the lovely and innocent milliner who has fallen passionately in love with Fritz, who refuses to play the game of love according to the rules of the time."
Starring in Flirtation are Bonnie Fraser, Kevin Gilmartin, Rita Harvey, Jed Peterson, Christopher Ryan, Sky Seals and Caitlin Wise.
Scenic design is by Kenichi Takahashi (Night Games, Flirtation) and Zhanna Gurvich (Secrets); costume design is by Jennifer Raskopf (Night Games, Secrets) and Susan Nester (Flirtation); and lighting design is by Nicholas Houfek.
The TBG Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street on the 3rd floor. For more information and tickets, call (866) 811-4111 or visit MarvellRep.com.
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