The Innocents, Steven Drukman's Darkly Comic Mystery, Makes World Premiere Starting April 15

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Asolo Repertory Theatre launches the world premiere of The Innocents, Steven Drukman's play about a gay man's familial relationship with a woman — and the forces that threaten it — April 15 in Sarasota, FL.

Anders Cato directs guest artists Jason Bradley as Sutter, Jud Williford as Daniel, Kate Hampton as Edie and Scott Kerns as Liron at Asolo's Cook Theatre. The staging of the "darkly comic mystery" plays to May 14.

According to Asolo, "The family unit of Daniel, a middle-aged gay man, and his closest female friend, Edie, is threatened when two compelling young men enter the picture. A fascinating new play that touches on what it means to be an American in the 21st century."

The Innocents was first heard at Asolo's Unplugged New Play Festival.

Producing artistic director Michael Donald Edwards said in a statement, "One of the great joys of working in the theatre is the opportunity to develop new work, to be part of giving expression to what is happening in our contemporary world. We rely on our writers to observe, ask questions and help us grasp our moment. Steven Drukman's The Innocents is a smart, sexy and fresh romance with a political charge that is utterly timely in its depiction of behavior, ideas and language."

The designers are Lee Savage (set design), Amy Cianci (costume design), Tyler Micoleau (lighting design) and resident sound designer Matthew Parker (sound design). The stage manager is resident production stage manager Kelly Borgia. Drukman was the first-ever commission for New York City's Naked Angels. His newest play, The Prince of Atlantis, appears this month at South Coast Rep's Pacific Playwrights Festival in California. His play The Bullet Round received its world premiere at Arena Stage in Portland, OR, in 2009 and his play In This Corner (about the Louis/Schmeling bouts) premiered in January 2008 at The Old Globe in San Diego, earning the Critics’ Circle Best New Play Award. Other produced plays include Another Fine Mess (Portland Center Stage, Pulitzer Prize nomination, 2003), Going Native (Long Wharf Theatre), Flattery Will Get You (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Collateral Damage (Illusion Theater, Minneapolis), Snowmaiden (Bob Hope Theatre, Dallas).

He is the former senior editor of American Theatre magazine. Drukman is an Associate Arts Professor at New York University, where he teaches playwriting.

Asolo Rep is run by producing artistic director Michael Donald Edwards and managing director Linda DiGabriele.

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