Hockey Player Turned Actor Leaves NYC World-Premiere Production Two Days Prior to Start Date

News   Hockey Player Turned Actor Leaves NYC World-Premiere Production Two Days Prior to Start Date
Sean Avery, a former professional hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers — who was slated to make his stage debut in Negative is Positive, presented by the Theater for the New City — quit the production two days prior to its Nov. 6 start date, according to the New York Post.

Sean Avery
Sean Avery

Avery was slated to play George in the play by Christy Smith-Sloman, but walked out of a rehearsal Nov. 4. According to the Post, an understudy will replace Avery. Representatives for the production have not yet responded to's request for comment.

Performances are scheduled through Nov. 30.

Also in the cast of the world-premiere play, directed by Andreas Robertz, are Karen Eilbacher as Simone, Joshua Zirger as David, Vivienne Jurado as Brianna and Fulton C. Hodges as Dr. E Kelman.

Negative Is Positive, according to the production's website, "is a full-length Dramedy theater production by Christy Smith-Sloman. The play centers on a newly married interracial, upwardly mobile couple who appears to be leading an idyllic life until an unexpected incident forces them to explore issues of trust, failed expectations, jealousy, friendship, resentment, infidelity, race and social class. In a larger context the play explores the question – 'How well do we really know the people that we love?'"

The play was presented May 7, 2012, as a staged reading at The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater as part of its Professional Playwrights Unit reading series.

Other members of the creative team include assistant director and stage manager Mary McGinley, set and costume designer Jon Collins and lighting designer Alexander Bartenieff.

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