Ars Nova and Play Co. Team Up for New Rock Theatre Event with Indie Group Sky-Pony

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The Play Company has announced its 15th anniversary season will feature the world premiere of a new rock theatre event by Brooklyn indie-rock band Sky-Pony, co-produced with Ars Nova. The band's lead vocalist, Tony nominee Lauren Worsham, originated the role of Phoebe in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

The season slate will also feature a developmental stage presentation of Haruki Murakami's short story "Sleep" and the American premiere of Maria Milisavljevic’s poetic thriller, Abyss.

The Play Co.'s 2015-16 season will launch with Abyss, a poetic thriller about a young woman’s disappearance within an immigrant community. Directed by Maria Mileaf, the play was awarded the prestigious Kleist Award, Germany's annual literature prize. Performances will run Nov. 7-Dec. 6 at Theaterlab in Manhattan's midtown.

Kicking off the new year will be "Sleep," adapted for the stage by Japanese playwright Naomi Iizuka and devised and directed by Rachel Dickstein. Co-presented with Ripe Time, the physical theatre piece explores the ways in which insomnia turns the routine life of a Japanese housewife upside down, inviting her into a "haunting and beautiful sleep-deprived world." Performances of this work-in-progress will run Feb. 26-28, 2016, at Japan Society.

Also in February 2016, the Play Co. teams with Ars Nova for Sky-Pony's rock theatre event, directed by Tony nominee Sam Buntrock (Sunday in the Park with George). The show is a collaboration between singer/actress Worsham and her musician/writer husband Kyle Jarrow, who is an Obie nominee.

Concluding the season is the New York premiere of Caught by Christopher Chen. The genre-bending work will spotlight Chinese dissident artist Lin Bo and will feature a special appearance by Bo himself. "Chen explores the notion of art that lives only in the mind, rather than the tangible world, to achieve true artistic freedom, and interrogate the value of authenticity in today's globally interconnected culture," state the Play Co.'s press notes. Performances are slated for May/June 2016.  The Play Co. was co-founded in 1999 by Kate Loewald, Mike Ockrent and Jack Temchin with the mission of producing new works in New York from a global perspective. For more information on the organization and the upcoming season, visit PlayCo.

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