Neilson's Penetrator Begins American Place Theatre Run May 31 | Playbill

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News Neilson's Penetrator Begins American Place Theatre Run May 31 Anthony Neilson's Penetrator makes its New York premiere May 31 at the American Place Theatre.

Directed by Jeremy Torres — with an original score by Adam Smith — the Working Man's Clothes Production will officially open June 2 and play a limited engagement through June 23. The cast features Jared Culverhouse, Michael Mason and Cole Wimpee.

Penetrator is described as such: "Playstation, pornography and drug-use are the modus-operandi for two struggling urban roommates, Max and Alan, stereotypes of 20-something American bachelors, whose discussions revolve around pop culture, girls and the ongoing war as seen on TV. When their old friend Bone arrives unexpectedly at their doorstep with nowhere to sleep, their world is turned on its head as they learn that Bone has abandoned his duties as a soldier in Iraq. Max and Alan's friendship is put to the test as they sort out the bizarre stories of Bone's experiences with violent rape and boyhood nostalgia."

The creative team also includes Bekah Brunstetter (dramaturg), Ace Eure (set design), Jake Platt (light design), Adam Smith (sound design) and Candace Thompson (costume design).

The play, written in response to the Gulf War, is a product of British In-Yer-Face Theatre, which "shocks audiences by the extremism of its language and images, unsettles them by its emotional frankness and disturbs them by its acute questioning of moral norms." Penetrator warns that it contains "mature and violent content."

The American Place Theatre is located in Manhattan at 520 Eighth Avenue on the 22nd floor. Tickets, priced $15, are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting

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