Vestments of the Gods, Inspired by LGBT Bullying Starring Jennifer Cody, Begins Today

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09 Aug 2014

Jennifer Cody
Jennifer Cody

Vestments of the Gods, a modern-day take on Sophocles' Antigone written in response to LGBT bullying, begins performances at the New York Fringe Festival Aug 9. 

The musical play is written by Owen Panettieri with music by David Carl and lyrics by Panettieri. Performances are scheduled for Aug. 9 at 4:15 PM; Aug. 14 at 4:30 PM; Aug. 17 at 10:15 PM; Aug. 22 at 7:45 PM; and Aug. 24 at 1 PM at FringeNYC Venue #7: Theatre 80 on St. Marks Place.

Directed by Joey Brenneman, Vestments of the Gods stars Jennifer Cody (Shrek the Musical, The Pajama Game) and Scott Schafer (Raggedy Ann) along with Jennifer Lauren Brown, Erica Diaz, Molly McKenna Dillon, Sean Bennett Geoghan, Sam Perwin and Perri Yaniv. The cast also includes Bryson Bruce, Michael Hull, Max King, Megan Mekjian, Elyssa Renee Ramirez, Lauren Alice Smith, Allison Winn and Andreas Wyder.

Here's how the production is billed: "Vestments of the Gods is a fresh take on Sophocles' Antigone that takes place in a modern day suburban elementary school. When Annie and Hayden wear costumes in violation of school rules to the Thebes Street Elementary Halloween Celebration, a small power struggle between students and faculty erupts into a full-out battle for control… with tragic consequences through songs. Vestments of the Gods is suitable for general audiences age 10+, but handles serious issues such as bullying, peer pressure and discrimination by both children and adults."

Set design is by Elisabeth Svenningsen, and costume design is by Erin Michelle Routh. Sam Gordon is lighting designer. Stage managers are Josh Blye and Lisa Susanne Schwartz. Melanie J. Lisby is authorized company representative for FringeNYC.

The new musical is presented by Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda's 5000 Broadway Productions.

Visit FringeNYC.org for more information.