Mee's Paradise Park Will Now Launch Feb. 14 | Playbill

News Mee's Paradise Park Will Now Launch Feb. 14
It takes a little extra time to perfect paradise, especially on stage. Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre Company announced that its first preview of the world premiere of Charles Mee's Paradise Park will be Feb. 14 rather than Feb. 12.
Veanne Cox
Veanne Cox

The Feb. 12-13 public previews have been canceled "due to the complex technical requirements involved in producing this world premiere play," according to a Signature statement.

There will be an invited dress rehearsal Feb. 13 at the troupe's home at the Peter Norton Space on West 42nd Street. Opening remains March 2.

The play by 2007-08 Signature playwright-in-residence Mee is set in an American amusement park of the imagination. Mee (Iphigenia 2.0, Big Love, True Love) is known for constructing texts by drawing on many sources, often creating theatrically complex collages.

Paradise Park, produced in association with True Love Productions, is directed by Daniel Fish (Mee's True Love at the Zipper), with choreography by Peter Pucci.

Performances will continue to April 6. The cast includes Vanessa Aspillaga (Anna in the Tropics), Satya Bhabha (Queens Boulevard (the musical)), Veanne Cox (Caroline, or Change; The Dinner Party), Gian-Murray Gianino (Eurydice), William Jackson Harper (Queens Boulevard (the musical)), Christopher McCann (True Love), Paul Mullins (The Torch-Bearers), Alan Semok (The Brothers Karamazov) and Laurie Williams (True Love).

According to Signature notes, Paradise Park is "an amusement park that opens up into all of America and beyond. Meet the inhabitants of this bizarre carnival of life, including a ventriloquist, his dummy, and a teenage girl on the run. From Futureworld to Londonland, the Grand Canyon to Fred's Polynesian Dive Shop, step right up to this wild ride of fruit cake tosses, underwater ballets, square dances, and star gazing, too."

Paradise Park features music direction and arrangements by Bill Schimmel, scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Mark Barton, sound design by Elizabeth Rhodes and video design by Joshua Thorson.

Paradise Park marks Signature's third production with Mee this season. Iphigenia 2.0 had its New York premiere in fall 2007, and most recently, Signature presented the world premiere of Mee's Queens Boulevard (the musical).

Peter Norton Space is located at 555 West 42nd Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues.

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