Alcatraz Drama Murder in the First Launches New Theatre Company in NYC April 7-24

News   Alcatraz Drama Murder in the First Launches New Theatre Company in NYC April 7-24
Invictus Theatre Company, a new professional New York City troupe devoted to undiscovered artists, stages its inaugural production, the New York premiere of Murder in the First, April 7-24 at Theatre 3.

The Off-Broadway company is overseen by co-artistic directors John Stanisci, Thomas Ryan and Laurie Ann Bulman.

The legal drama is adapted from the 1995 Warner Bros. motion picture of the same name. Michael Parva directs.

"Inspired by actual events, Murder in the First is the story of a passionate, young attorney who must prove that one criminal's cruel treatment during three years in Alcatraz turned him into a vicious killer," according to Invictus. "Through his defense, he uncovers the surprising truths that ultimately lead to the closing of the most notorious correctional institution in human history."

The Invictus Theatre Company's mission "is to provide opportunities to highly-skilled artists who are as yet unrecognized by the entertainment industry." The troupe "wishes to support the undiscovered talents of artists who work to see their dream fulfilled, year after year, refusing to give up. Thus the company's name Invictus – the Latin for 'unconquered' – is born."

The fresh faces of the new production include Jeremy Bobb (Baliff/Guard), Laurie Ann Bulman (Mary McCasslin), Suzie Cho (Blanche), James Ecklund (Swenson), James Michael Farrell (Hoolihan), Daren Kelly (Bill McNeil), Mike Lim (Jury Foreman), Allen McCullough (Glenn), Thomas Ryan (Judge Clawson), Stelio Savante (Derek Simpson), Gene Silvers (Willie Moore) and John Stanisci (Henry Davidson). Author Dan Gordon is the screenwriter of such films as "The Hurricane" and "Wyatt Earp." The feature film "Murder in the First," with an original screenplay by Gordon, starred Christian Slater, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman and William H. Macy.

The production is designed by Mark Nayden (sets), Astrid Brucker (costumes), David Castaneda (lighting) and Quentin Chiappetta (sound).

Parva's directing credits include theatre, film and television. He has developed and produced numerous plays including Bad Girls by Joyce Carol Oates, Kilt with Tovah Feldshuh, The Passion of Frida Kahlo with Priscilla Lopez and Bat Boy: The Musical. He currently serves as artistic director of The Directors Company.

Theatre 3 is in midtown Manhattan at 311 W. 43rd Street.

The Invictus Theatre Company's production of Murder in the First is presented through special arrangement with The Directors Company. The play was originally presented by The Rubicon Theater Company of Ventura, CA., and originally directed by Linda Grey.

Tickets are $17.25 each (including a $2.25 handling surcharge) and are now available for purchase by calling at (212) 352-3101.

Tickets may also be purchased at the box office (311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor) 30 minutes prior to the start of show time for $15 (cash only).

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