A Better Place Opens Tonight

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Wendy Beckett’s play about lusting for the perfect Manhattan apartment premieres Off-Broadway.
Edward James Hyland, Judith Hawking, John FitzGibbon and Rob Maitner in A Better Place Jenny Anderson

The Directors Company and Pascal Productions present the world premiere of A Better Place, Wendy Beckett’s new work about two Manhattan residents who lust for the perfect real estate. The Off-Broadway engagement officially opens May 15 following previews that began May 4 at The Duke on 42nd Street.

Directed by Evan Bergman, the cast features Jessica DiGiovanni (Sleepwalkers), John FitzGibbon (Murder in the First), Drama Desk Award nominee Judith Hawking (Soldier’s Wife), Edward James Hyland (Bridge of Spies, Machinal), Rob Maitner (Urinetown) and Michael Satow (Final Analysis).

The limited engagement is set to play through June 12.

In Beckett’s new play, a male couple become transfixed by their neighbors and their ideal-looking lives. “The lifestyle over there is sumptuous, and they have a quirky daughter whose tastes run to exhibitionism,” state production notes. “Speculation begins...where did they get all that wealth? And what about the kooky brokers who regularly visit them? Who are these funny people in the glorious glass box? We all want what they have! Could it be they have attained- A Better Place?”

The creative team includes David Arsenault (scenic design), Russell H. Champa (lighting design), Valerie Marcus Ramshur (costume design) and Sam Kunetz (sound design).

Tickets can be purchased by visiting dukeon42.org, by calling (646) 223-3010, and in person at the Duke on 42nd Street box office, located at 229 West 42nd Street.

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