The Junket, Presented by Culture Project, Opens at Lynn Redgrave Theater March 16
16 Mar 2014
Culture Project's production of The Junket, a work of theatre that examines contemporary American society, officially opens March 16 following previews that began March 14.
The Junket runs in repertory with Dan Hoyle's The Real Americans through April 20 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater. Americans will officially open March 18.
"Mike Albo and Dan Hoyle are expert dramatists with compelling and uniquely American stories to tell," artistic director Allan Buchman said in a previous statement. "These two works — based on the author/performers' personal experiences — give us rare insight into 'the state of the union' from two wildly different points of view."
Written and performed by Mike Albo, The Junket is inspired by actual events. "In this hilarious, harrowing, thinly-veiled tale, a struggling writer (named, um, Mike Albo) gets a freelance gig to pen a column for the country's most influential newspaper," press notes state. "It's a dream come true, and after years of low pay, Albo thinks he may finally be able to afford NYC's new luxury loft lifestyle (he even gets a new stylish boyfriend). But after he goes on an over-the-top, ill-fated press junket, he becomes a gossip item on the city's snarkiest, meanest blog, and is thrown into an acrimonious war between old and new media. The Junket is a much needed investigation into the compromised state of modern journalism, provoking questions about how we get our news and who gives it to us."
The production is directed by David Schweizer and features video effects by Larry Shea.
Culture Project presents artistic work that "investigates urgent social and political issues. By fostering innovative collaboration between human rights organizations and theatre, music and film artists, Culture Project aims to inspire and impact public dialogue and policy, encouraging democratic participation in the most urgent matters of our time."
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.