Casting Announced for NYC Premiere of Lauro's All Through the Night

News   Casting Announced for NYC Premiere of Lauro's All Through the Night
Casting has been announced for the New York City premiere of Shirley Lauro's All Through The Night, a new play inspired by the playwright's interviews with German gentile women who experienced Hitler's Germany.

The cast starting performances on Oct. 2 at Off-Broadway's Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater (5 West 64th Street at Central Park West) will include Theo Allyn, Hana Kalinski, Michelle Lookadoo, Lesley McBurney and Andrea Sooch. Opening is Oct. 5. Performances play to Oct. 25.

Lauro is best known for her play A Piece of My Heart, about Vietnam war nurses. All Through the Night had its world premiere in Chicago and was nominated for a Jeff Award as Best New Play.

Directed by Melanie Moyer Williams, the play is produced by The Red Fern Theatre Company, a troupe known for producing socially conscious work and partnering with philanthropies whose mission seeks to assist those affected by the issues addressed in each new project. Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to generating change through education, will be the philanthropy partner for All Through the Night.

Here's how the play is billed by the producers: "Inspired by interviews with German gentile women, and set during and after the Third Reich, All Through the Night speaks directly with a warning for today. Both stylistic and surrealistic, the play sweeps through the lives of four women — their teen years, young adulthood during the Holocaust and then beyond. Making overwhelmingly hard choices, they survive or succumb to Hitler's Reign and are changed forever."

* All Through the Night will feature scenery designed by Adrienne Kapalko, costumes designed by Emily DeAngelis and lighting designed by Jessica Greenberg.

Award-winning playwright Lauro's latest play, The Radiant, won a 2008 Sloan Science Commission and enjoyed its first staged reading, June 2009, at The Actors Studio. A Piece of My Heart premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club and was revived in New York by the Red Fern Theater Company in 2008, Melanie Moyer Williams, directing. With over 1,000 other productions around the world, the play was recently designated by VW Veterans, Inc.: "The most enduring American play on Vietnam." Her play Clarence Darrow's Last Trial received a 2006 Carbonell nomination as Best New Play and an NEA Access to Excellence Award. On Broadway, her Open Admissions received one Tony nomination, two Drama Desk nominations, and a Theatre World Award, and she later adapted it for a CBS special starring Jane Alexander and Estelle Parsons. A Guggenheim Fellow, Lauro is a three-time NEA and a New York Foundation for the Arts winner.

All Through the Night will play Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with Sunday matinees at 3 PM. Tickets are $25.

For more information and tickets phone (212) 352-3101.

To learn more about The Red Fern Theatre Company, visit


The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) is an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. SWC confronts important contemporary issues including racism, antisemitism, terrorism and genocide. The New York Tolerance Center, the educational arm of the SWC's eastern office, is a professional development and educational center that focuses on the dynamics of racism, prejudice and international human rights while exploring diversity, tolerance and democracy. SWC is accredited as a non-governmental organization at the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, Council of Europe and Latin American Parliament. With a membership of over 400,000 families and 250,000 e-members, SWC is headquartered in Los Angeles and maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Jerusalem, Paris and Buenos Aires.

Hana Kalinski, Michelle Lookadoo, Lesley McBurney, Theo Allyn and Andrea Sooch
Hana Kalinski, Michelle Lookadoo, Lesley McBurney, Theo Allyn and Andrea Sooch Photo by Nathan Johnson
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