516, a Grad School-Set Revenge Romance, Will Get World Premiere in Philly

News   516, a Grad School-Set Revenge Romance, Will Get World Premiere in Philly
Katharine Clark Gray's 516 (five sixteen), a so-called "revenge romance" set in the world of graduate-school term papers and deadlines, will get its world premiere by Philadelphia Theatre Workshop 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."

Bill Felty directs. He said 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).

The play will run at Walnut Street Theatre's Studio 5. 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.

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