Cancer Diagnosis Prompts Public Theater to Postpone Total Bent Musical

News   Cancer Diagnosis Prompts Public Theater to Postpone Total Bent Musical
The Public Theater announced Oct. 7 that the upcoming premiere of the Stew-Heidi Rodewald musical The Total Bent, which was scheduled to premiere in spring 2015, has been postponed following director Joanna Settle's recent diagnosis with breast cancer.

The Public has delayed its production of The Total Bent to the 2015-16 season in order to accommodate Settle's treatment and recovery, the theatre said. Settle is a frequent collaborator with Stew and Rodewald, having incorporated their work into her productions during her tenure as artistic director of Shakespeare on the Sound. Buzzer, a new play by Tracey Scott Wilson, whose play The Good Negro premiered at the Public in 2009, will be produced in place of The Total Bent. Anne Kauffman will direct. Complete production dates will be announced shortly.

According to the Public, "Buzzer is a darkly funny, intensely gripping new play about love, fear and the high costs of choosing who we make a home with, and where. Jackson left his tough Brooklyn neighborhood by winning a scholarship to Exeter, where he met Don, a play-hard rich boy who became his unlikely best friend. Now a Harvard-educated lawyer, Jackson’s bought a place in the newly gentrifying area he grew up in. But Jackson’s white girlfriend, Suzy, isn’t so sure she belongs in a community 'on the verge.' When Don comes to crash with his old buddy and stay clean, his stories of the neighborhood's dangerous past collide with the growing disconnect between Jackson and Suzy, and the treacherous sexual and racial tensions waiting just beyond the door and demanding to be let in."

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