Presented by Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company, performances are set to run through March 13 at Walkerspace in Manhattan.
Directed by Cosmin Chivu, the production includes the world premiere of A Recluse and His Guest and the New York premiere of The Remarkable Rooming-House of Mme. Le Monde. The cast features Kate Skinner, Ford Austin, Declan Eells, Anne Wechsler and Jade Ziane.
The creative team is made up of Justin West (set design), Brooke Van Hensbergen (associate set design), Angela Wendt (costume design), John Eckert (lighting design), Joseph W. Rodriguez (producing artistic director), Thomas Keith (creative producer), Olivia D’Ambrosio (managing director, Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company), Dana Greenfield (associate director) and Scott Davis (assistant director).
Here's how the two plays are billed: In A Recluse and His Guest, "we meet a tall person of indeterminate gender—who, we later discover, is a woman named Nevrika. She has walked all winter through the Midnight Forest to a fictional town in a mythical, cold, northern country. In this poignant fable, it is her destiny to always move forward, never back. Looking for someone in the town to care for, she finds a miserable little creature named Ott. He is the Recluse and she is the Guest who transforms him into a more-human human being, at least for a while."
"The Remarkable Rooming-House of Mme. Le Monde is a black comedy steeped in the brutal and the fantastic. Using acutely direct, comic, and unflinching action, Williams gives us a theatrical preview of the world we live in now. His vision is filled with humility for those who suffer while highlighting the greed of those who withhold sustenance along with our growing fetish for money and violence, both emotional and physical." Walkerspace is located at 46 Walker St., Manhattan. Tickets can be purchased by visiting playhousecreatures.org or by calling (800) 838-3006.