Where Will Lightning Strike Next? Award-Winning FringeNYC Play Gets Commercial Shepherd

News   Where Will Lightning Strike Next? Award-Winning FringeNYC Play Gets Commercial Shepherd
Producer Jana Robbins has snagged commercial rights to The Lightning Field, the well-reviewed new play by David Ozanich that was extended beyond its initial New York International Fringe Festival run.

Three performances remain at the Flea Theater at 41 White Street in Manhattan: 7 PM Sept. 26 and 9 PM Sept. 27-28.

Jared Coseglia directed the summer staging, produced by Banner New York. Robbins and Better World Productions will shepherd the drama to its commercial future. Jamie Cesa will general manage and David Friedlander is the legal representation, she said. Robbins was a producer on Broadway's Little Women.

Producers have been circling the play since it got solid notices in the fringe fest — including an embrace from the New York Times, which quibbled that it wanted the play to be longer.

The Lightning Field won the award for Outstanding Play of the 2005 FringeNYC.

The Lightning Field explores the shifting and re-definition of the American family, according to production notes from the summer run: "With the looming possibility of a marriage proposal, a gay New York couple — Sam and Andy — make a pilgrimage to Walter De Maria's world famous art installation, The Lightning Field. When they realize that their relationship mirrors that of their divorced parents, the resulting storm is an explosion of startling and raw emotions." The cast included Ron McClary as Gerrit, Bekka Lindström as Lori, Cory Grant as Andy and H. Clark as Sam. The Lightning Field played Aug. 13-28 and was extended for nine shows between Sept. 12-28.

David Ozanich's other plays include Sex Farce and Skating Becomes Vermoutha.

Visit www.lightningfieldtheplay.com for more information.

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