Moises Kaufman Project, One Arm, Eyes New York Berth

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After receiving a batch of positive reviews in Chicago, the team behind One Arm—Moises Kaufman's latest project, an adaptation of a Tennessee Williams short story—are looking forward to a New York production.

A spokesman for the show said discussions are currently underway with a variety of nonprofit and commerical theatres across the United States. Kaufman and company hope to eventually bring the play to New York.

In Chicago, One Arm had the backing of three companies: Kaufman's own Tectonic Theater Project, as well as Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company and the About Face Theatre.

The resulting co-production, One Arm, was presented at Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre for three weeks beginning Dec. 2. Kaufman, the director of I Am My Own Wife, directed his own stage adaptation. Kaufman's Tectonic projects include Gross Indecency and The Laramie Project.

Williams wrote "One Arm," about a military boxer who loses a limb, in 1945. It was published in 1948 and Williams converted it into a screenplay in 1967. The script was never filmed, however. In the tale, boxer Ollie, crippled in a car accident, turns to hustling, a road that eventually leads to prison. A press account describes it as "an erotic fever dream of an American nightmare."

The cast of One Arm included Marilyn Bielby, Josh Bywater, Jason Denuszek, Steve Key, Sandra Marquez, John McAdams, David Parkes, Reynaldo Rosales, Kelli Simpkins, Michael Stahl-David, Joe Van Slyke, Eltony Williams and Shané Williams. The designers were Mike Baldassari (lights), Derek McLane (set), Andre Pluess (music and sound), and Janice Pytel (costumes).

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