U.S. Premiere of Eight Launches 2009 COIL Festival at PS 122 Jan. 6 | Playbill

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News U.S. Premiere of Eight Launches 2009 COIL Festival at PS 122 Jan. 6 The U.S. premiere of British playwright Ella Hickson's ensemble drama Eight begins performances at Performance Space 122 Jan. 6 as part of the 2009 COIL Festival.

Hickson directs her work that will officially open Jan. 11 and continue through Jan. 25. The production earned praise for its Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut and later transferred to a sold-out London engagement.

The cast of Eight features Alice Bonifacio, Simon Ginty, Ishbel McFarlane, Holly McLay, Solomon Mousley, Henry Peters, Gwennie Von Einseidel and Michael Whitham.

"In a decade when the shock factor is hard to come by and the media is scrabbling around in the dirt to find the not-yet-exploited," press notes state, "Eight's characters come from the fringes of a society that has been invaded by normal. From life-partners hanging by Hermès scarves to finding friendship in morgues, Eight looks at the refugees created by the dissolution of social, sexual and national boundaries, resulting in hard-hitting drama that has dared to confront the toughest of topical issues.

2009 COIL productions also include The Crumb Trail, Jester of Tonga, Lewis Forever: Freak the Room, Pent Up: A Revenge Dance, Welcome to Nowhere (bullet hole road), Trash Warfare, Geisha, Holiday House, Blind Spot, The Passion Project and Architecting.

Tickets are available by phoning (212) 352-3101 or by visiting PS122. PS 122 is located in Manhattan at 150 1st Avenue at East 9th Street.

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