What happens when Death comes to claim Cuff Riley, the slickest political operator in Washington? In a bargain that's part Faust and part Frankenstein, Death spares Cuff in exchange for Death getting a shot at the presidency.
That's the premise of Death In A Landslide, a satirical comedy by Jay Martel that opens at Off-Broadway's Grove Street Playhouse Oct. 6. Kirk Jackson directs a cast comprising Joseph McKenna, Chuck Montgomery, Ray Bokhour, Joey Golden, Christopher Hurt, Bruce Katzman and Sue Scarlett.
Jason Sturm provides the set and lighting, costumes are by Liz McGarrity, and Gary Schreiner is doing sound design.
A writer and director for Cucaracha Theatre's Underground Soap, Jay Martel is artistic director of the comedy group, Chucklehead. He also wrote for Michael Moore's television show, "T.V. Nation." Moore, along with Kathleen Glynn, is co-producing Death with Skin & Bones Productions.
Death In A Landslide is another addition to the growing list of comedies -- Off-Broadway and around the country -- poking fun at election year politics. Others include Theresa Rebeck's A View Of The Dome and Chicago City Limits' latest sketch/improv revue, Right To Laugh Party (both in New York), and a revival of First Lady at Yale Repertory. Previews began Oct. 3, and the show is scheduled to run through Oct. 20. For tickets and information on Death In A Landslide, call (212) 726 8142.
-- By David Lefkowitz