New Group's Mouth to Mouth Opens Off-Broadway Nov. 6

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The New Group's production of Kevin Elyot's Mouth to Mouth — featuring Christopher Abbott, David Cale and Lisa Emery — opens Off-Broadway Nov. 6.
Mouth to Mouth star David Cale
Mouth to Mouth star David Cale Photo by Monique Carboni

Mark Brokaw directs the American premiere of the Elyot work at Theatre Row's Acorn Theater. The production, originally scheduled to start Oct. 21, delayed its first performance by a day due to a technical issue. The work has extended its original run two weeks, now playing through Dec. 27.

The cast features Christopher Abbott (Good Boys and True), David Cale (Two Thousand Years), Lisa Emery (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), Darren Goldstein (Guttenberg! The Musical), Elizabeth Jasicki (Abigail’s Party), Andrew Polk (The Accomplices) and Richard Topol (Awake and Sing).

Elyot's Mouth to Mouth concerns "Frank, a gay writer living with AIDS, [who] attends a party at his friend Laura's house to celebrate the return of her teenage son from abroad," according to show notes. "As the story shifts back and forth through time, it's clear that Frank may have played an unscrupulous part in the unraveling of his best girlfriend's family."

The work debuted at the Royal Court Theatre in 2001 and earned an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play and a London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play.

The design team includes Riccardo Hernandez (set), Michael Krass (costume), Mark McCullough (lighting) and David Van Tieghem (sound) — who also provides original music for the production.

The New Group season continues with a revival of Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra, featuring Lili Taylor and Jena Malone (Jan. 13-March 7, 2009) and Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's Handball (previews begin April 27, 2009).

For tickets to The New Group shows at The Acorn @ Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, call (212) 279-4200. For further information visit

Christopher Abbott, Lisa Emery, Richard Topol in <i>Mouth to Mouth</i>
Christopher Abbott, Lisa Emery, Richard Topol in Mouth to Mouth Photo by Monique Carboni
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