Maxwell Will Perform Scenes From an Execution for Potomac Theatre Project

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Scenes From an Execution, Crave and Somewhere in the Pacific will be part of the Potomac Theatre Project's summer line-up at the Atlantic Stage 2.
Jan Maxwell
Jan Maxwell

The politically charged theatre company officially relocated to New York from Washington, D.C., this past year. The Potomac Theatre Project will embark on its 22nd season July 1.

The three works will be presented in rotating repertory through July 26, with Tony nominee Jan Maxwell appearing in Howard Barker's Scenes from an Execution; Crave and Somewhere in the Pacific will be presented as a double-header.

Late English playwright Sarah Kane is represented with her refracted evening of monologues, Crave. Described as a "fugue of love and obsession," Crave is directed by PTP co-founder Cheryl Faraone and includes Stephanie Janssen, Rishabh Kashyap, Adam Ludwig and Stephanie Strohm in the cast.

PTP co-founder Jim Petosa stages Neal Bell's Somewhere in the Pacific. "Sex and violence underpin every interaction," in the drama set aboard a troopship in WWII, where a restless crew and haunted captain search for the enemy. The cast comprises MacLeod Andrews, Michael Wrynn Doyle, Adam Ludwig, Malcolm Madera, James Smith, John Stokvis and Alec Strum.

Howard Barker, who was previously represented with No End of Blame this past season at PTP, will see his historical drama Scenes From an Execution directed by PTP co-founder Richard Romagnoli. Based on the 15th century painting of the "Battle of Lepanto," Barker explores "the eternally fractious and complex relationship between the artist and the state." Coram Boy's Jan Maxwell is cast as the painter in the center of the story, with a company including David Barlow, Alex Draper, Patricia Buckley, Rachel Ann Cole, Allison Corke, Will Damron, Tim Deenihan, Lucy Faust, Justine Katzenbach, Willie Orbison, Peter Schmitz, Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki and Robert Zukerman.

Designing the 22nd season productions are Laura Eckelman (lighting design), Mark Evancho (set design), Ben Schiffer (sound design) and Hallie Zieselman (production manager). Costume design is by Franny Bohar (Crave/Pacific) and Jule Emerson (Execution).

Tickets are $24 and can be purchased by calling (212) 279-4200, or by visiting For more information and detailed scheduling visit

Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street in Manhattan.


Potomac Theatre Project was founded in 1987 by the artistic team of Cheryl Faraone, Jim Petosa and Richard Romagnoli. In its 20 seasons the voices of Potomac Theatre Project's writers have addressed art, pornography, AIDS, homelessness, censorship, totalitarianism, apartheid and gender wars.

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