Downtown Troupe The Amoralists to Bring Noirish The Bad and the Better to Midtown

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4000 Miles director Daniel Aukin will stage the world premiere of Derek Ahonen's The Bad and the Better, a new dark detective tale from The Amoralists, which will debut Off-Broadway June 14 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

Playwright Derek Ahonen
Playwright Derek Ahonen

The Bad and the Better marks an uptown move for the acclaimed downtown theatre company that has presented Hotel/Motel, The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side, Happy In The Poorhouse, Amerissiah, Ghosts in the Cottonwoods and Chasing the Fantastic in recent seasons.

The six-week engagement officially opens June 19 for a run through July 21. Ahonen is the Amoralists' resident playwright.

The cast includes Amoralists company members Byron Anthony, William Apps, Selene Beretta, James Kautz, Nick Lawson, Sarah Lemp, Sarah Roy, Anna Stromberg, Jordan Tisdale and Vanessa Vache, as well as newcomers to the troupe including Clyde Baldo, Reuben Barsky, Penny Bittone, Regina Blandon, Ugo Chukwu, Wade Dunham, Edgar Eguia, Rebeca Fong, Chris Lanceley, David Lanson, Judy Merrick, David Nash, Cassie Paras, James Rees, Lucas Seigal, Dan Stern, Kelley Swindall and Chris Wharton.

The Bad and the Better design team includes Alfred Schatz (set design), Natalie Robin (lighting design) and Philip Carluzzo (sound design).

The premiere is characterized as "a riveting detective noir centered around the Lang brothers. One with everything to lose. One with everything to prove. Both in too deep. Set in the basements, balconies and bars where secrets are whispered and revealed, join a group of local anarchists, law enforcement officials and political power players. All are waging war: against injustice, corruption and, ultimately, the people they love the most. A cautionary tale about the hypocrisy of extreme principles, The Bad and the Better explores the dangers of maintaining loyalty and protecting your family, whoever they are, at any cost. When it comes to the bad and the better, what’s the difference?" The Amoralists is a theatre company that produces work of no moral judgment. Dedicated to an honest expression of the American condition, the actor-driven ensemble explores complex characters of moral ambiguity.

Tickets are $49.95 and go on sale to the public May 3 at or by calling (212) 279-4200. The Peter Jay Sharp Theater is located at 416 West 42 Street.

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