New York Theatre Workshop Reaches Valhalla with New Rudnick Work, Jan. 16

News   New York Theatre Workshop Reaches Valhalla with New Rudnick Work, Jan. 16
The New York Theatre Workshop presents the new Paul Rudnick comedy, Valhalla, which intertwines the worlds of the mad Bavarian King Ludwig II and a 1940s teenager from Texas, starting Jan. 16.
Playwright Paul Rudnick
Playwright Paul Rudnick Photo by Jerry Eaderesto

Christopher Ashley directs the work, which opens Feb. 5, 2004 at the downtown company's 79 East 4th Street venue, is currently slated to run through April 4.

"Valhalla is an uproarious examination of passionate and highly strung individuals incapable of censoring their more hallucinatory urges," reads the show's press materials.

Scott Barrow (The Shape of Things at DC's Studio Theatre), Candy Buckley (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Sean Dugan (Flesh and Blood), Peter Frechette (Our Country's Good), Samantha Soule (Dinner at Eight) and Jack Willis (The Crucible) star.

The design team for Valhalla includes Thomas Lynch (set), William Ivey Long (costume), Kenneth Posner (lighting) and Mark Bennett (sound).

Rudnick and Ashley are longtime collaborators, having teamed up on The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (which began at NYTW), Rude Entertainment, The Naked Truth and Jeffrey. The playwright's latest comedy, Valhalla, received a two-week workshop at the downtown theatre space in 2002 with Christopher Ashley directing.

Rudnick's other works include I Hate Hamlet and Poor Little Lambs. Ashley received a Tony Award nomination for his direction of the revival of The Rocky Horror Show. Other credits include The Smell of the Kill, Mondo Drama, Wonder of the World and Newyorkers.

For tickets to Valhalla at NYTW, 79 East Fourth Street, call (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit the website at

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