Michael John Garcés Delivers Acts of Mercy: passion-play World Premiere in NYC

News   Michael John Garcés Delivers Acts of Mercy: passion-play World Premiere in NYC
New York director Michael John Garcés offers his latest work as a playwright when Acts of Mercy: passion-play begins its world premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Feb. 8.

Gia Forakis directs the debut which will open Feb. 16 for a run through March 19 at the downtown Manhattan venue.

Acts of Mercy spans "the course of one sweltering night [in which] two sons must reconcile themselves to their dying father hoping to gain redemption through small but life-giving, acts of mercy," according to show materials.

The cast features Veronica Cruz, José Febus (A Monster's Tale), Jenny Maguire (Karla), Bryant Mason, Andrés Munar (Kissing Fidel), Ivan Quintanilla and Tommy Schrider.

The design team includes Robin Vest (sets), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costumes), Peter West (lights) and Daniel Baker (sound). Matthew Suttor provides original music and Anne Michelson serves as production stage manager.

Garcés — known as a director of such works as Kissing Fidel, The Cook, Havana is Waiting, Finer Noble Gases and Light Raise the Roof among others — has also penned points of departure, audiovideo, agua ardiente, caught (el sueño sueña el soñador), now and then, suits, frag, up for air, between visits, Punto Baldí and deeper, sandlot ball, tell her that, just the thought of someone and dirt and customs. The Rattlestick season — which began with Craig Wright's The Pavilion — continues next with Christopher Denham's Cage Love as directed by Adam Rapp. The previously scheduled run of Roberto Aguiree-Sacasa's Dark Matters has been postponed.

Tickets to Acts of Mercy: passion-play at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place (between West 11th & Perry Streets), are available by calling (212) 868 4444. For more information, visit www.rattlestick.org.

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