Stephen Bogardus and Kacie Sheik Among Cast of Lauren Pritchard and Michael Kimmel's Songbird, New Play with Songs
08 Jul 2014
Casting has been announced for the one-night-only presentation of singer-songwriter Lauren Pritchard and writer Michael Kimmel's whiskey-soaked new play Songbird, which will make its debut July 21 at Joe’s Pub.
Set in Pritchard’s home state of Tennessee, the play looks at the darker side of country music and the musicians that create it. The 9:30 PM reading of this "play with songs" will be directed by JV Mercanti.
Based on Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, Songbird is a story of whiskey-soaked nights and hangover dreams in Nashville's country music scene. Country music star Tammy Trip returns to the bar she was discovered years ago to help launch her son Dean's burgeoning songwriting career. But she may be doing more hurt than help…
At the crossroads where chart-toppers become has-beens, and country hits are tested below dim lights and sticky floors, Kimmel and Pritchard's play is a raw and acoustic look at a community of creatives, fueled on talent, passion and booze.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.