The itinerant Off-Off-Broadway troupe, Cucaracha Theatre (along with Outcast Productions) will close its latest production, The Moment of Aha , Dec. 19, at the Ohio Theatre in Soho. Leslie Nipkow's play is directed by Richard Caliban, artistic director of the Obie-winning Cucaracha. The play began performances Dec. 3 and opened Dec. 6.
The Moment of Aha is the first play for Nipkow, an actress who has worked on "Law & Order." It examines one Lydia's struggle to find meaning in her life as a photographer for Martha Stewart Living. With the help of a guardian buzzard, she jumps back and forth to different moments in her life.
Missy Hargraves plays Lydia. Though she has acted in productions of Warren Leight's Glimmer Brothers and Richard Greenberg's The American Plan , Hargraves may be most familiar to the public as a model who has graced the covers of Vogue, Elle and Harper's Bazaar. According to a press release, she was a protégé of Armani and Vera Wang's muse for her evening wear line.
The cast also features Ruth Bauers, Robert O'Gorman, Frank S. Palmer, Kathryn Rossetter and Sean Runnette.
Caliban has directed many of his own plays at Cucaracha over the years, including Budd and Rodents & Radios. He is also known as an interpreter of playwright Mac Wellman, having directed the premieres of Sincerity Forever and Second Hand Smoke. For information, call (212) 314-3123.
-- By Robert Simonson