Kate E. Ryan's Mark Smith Bows Off-Broadway June 3

News   Kate E. Ryan's Mark Smith Bows Off-Broadway June 3
Kate E. Ryan's new play Mark Smith—the second of two back-to-back productions by the playwright-driven, Off-Broadway troupe 13P to premiere in the next month—will play at Walker Space in Soho June 3-24. Opening is June 5.

The six-member cast (who all play multiple roles) will feature Hannah Cabell, Andrew Dinwiddie, Alissa Ford, Kristen Kosmas, Melissa Miller and Eric Dean Scott. Ken Rus Schmoll directs. The run will slightly overlap that of a second 13P offering, At Said by Gary Winter, which began May 13 and will run until June 4 at Performance Space 122.

According to press materials, Mark Smith is about "an '80s American rock star who has fallen into obscurity. We go behind the music to the people who knew him—his high school music teacher, his mother, his girlfriend, his dead father and his hair stylist. Told mainly in documentary form the play takes us on an unusual drive through a mythical town complete with reenactments and a secret basement jam session."

Past 13P premieres include The Internationalist by Anne Washburn, The Penetration Play by Winter Miller, and Aphrodisiac by Rob Handel. The members of 13P (which stands for 13 Playwrights) are Sheila Callaghan, Erin Courtney, Madeleine George, Rob Handel, Ann Marie Healy, Julia Jarcho, Young Jean Lee, Winter Miller, Sarah Ruhl, Kate E. Ryan, Lucy Thurber, Anne Washburn and Gary Winter.

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