516, a Grad School-Set Revenge Romance, Gets World Premiere in Philly May 15

News   516, a Grad School-Set Revenge Romance, Gets World Premiere in Philly May 15
Philadelphia Theatre Workshop stages the world premiere of Katharine Clark Gray's 516 (five sixteen), a so-called "revenge romance" set in the world of graduate-school term papers and deadlines, May 15-June 6.

In the play, Annalee (played by Emilie Krause), a professional term paper writer, meets Sigurd (Kevin Meehan), a cocky grad student who hires her to pen his "chore" assignments while he works on a mysterious thesis. According to PTW, "When the two become lovers, they find themselves embroiled in a blood-sport romance that leads to betrayal. When Annalee exposes their arrangement, they must confront Sigurd's professor Martie Hodge (played by Ann Gundersheimer). They strike a deal and save their skins, but Martie is exacting in her price."

The play runs at Walnut Street Theatre's Studio 5. Director Bill Felty said that the play is "a powerful, thought-provoking piece that will speak to the student or teacher, employee or employer, friend or lover in all of us."

Philadelphia playwright Gray is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Her work USER 927 was premiered by BRAT Productions and earned national attention for being the first dramatic work based on a web search log. Other credits include writer/performer for collaborative work Three Chord Fiction (2007 Barrymore Award winner, also with BRAT]; You see me comin' you better run (a Village Voice Choice), The B Side (Governor's Laundress), Riot Standard (NextFest, Edmonton AB), True Dreams of Wichita (People's Improv Theatre) and Francis Bacon (winner, Ithaca Great Playwrights contest, Kitchen Theatre Company).

The creative team includes Stephen Hungerford (set design), Shon Causer (lighting design), Vandy Scoates (costume design) and Carl Cheeseman (original music and sound).

Tickets cost $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Walnut Street Theatre is located at 825 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, PA. For information, visit www.philadelphiatheatreworkshop.org.

<i>516</i> stars Emilie Krause and Kevin Meehan
516 stars Emilie Krause and Kevin Meehan
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