Off-Broadway’s Chashama Sees an Apparition, Nov. 7-23

News   Off-Broadway’s Chashama Sees an Apparition, Nov. 7-23
“An uneasy play of the unknown” is how the new Anne Washburn play Apparition is being billed. The show, developed at Soho Rep, will have its premiere at Chashama, the quirky West 42nd Street space in Manhattan. Linsay Firman directs.

Among the aspects of the plot: the telling and retelling of Macbeth; back yard demons; a couple in the attic; ghost stories; and Latin. As the press materials explain: “it ends badly.” The cast includes downtown theatre favorites Steven Rattazzi and T. Ryder Smith, as well as Scott Blumenthal, David Brooks and Heidi Schreck.

Apparition was workshopped at Soho Rep in 2001. That theatre also gave Washburn's The Communist Dracula Pageant a workshop. The playwright's greatest notoriety perhaps comes from being a member of the rising Off-Off-Broadway group The Civilians, which staged a short run of her The Ladies earlier this year. The ladies examined in the play were four infamous dictators' wives: Elena Ceausescu, spouse of the former Rumanian Communist strongman; Imelda Marcos, the shoe-collecting half of the Phillipines' Marcos regime; Eva Peron, whose short reign as the wife of Argentina's Juan Peron brought her international fame and derision (as well as a musical based on her life); and Jiang Qing, a.k.a. Madame Mao.

Tickets are $15. Chashama is located at 125 W. 42nd Street. Call (212) 868-4444.

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