Why Torture Is Wrong Begins Public Run March 24

News   Why Torture Is Wrong Begins Public Run March 24
The world premiere of Christopher Durang's Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them begins performances at the Public Theater March 24.
Kristine Nielsen in Why Torture Is Wrong
Kristine Nielsen in Why Torture Is Wrong Photo by Joan Marcus

Tony Award winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy, Into the Woods) and Amir Arison (Queens Boulevard) star as unlikely newlyweds. Nicholas Martin directs the production, which will officially open April 6 and run through April 26. The cast also features David Aaron Baker (Dead Man's Cell Phone), Kristine Nielsen (Crazy Mary), John Pankow (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), Audrie Neenan (Oklahoma!, "Doubt") and Richard Poe (Cry-Baby, Journey's End).

According to press notes, "Why Torture Is Wrong tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father's hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange, and red alerts."

The Public premiere has scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by Ben Stanton, original music by Mark Bennett and sound design by Drew Levy.

Tickets are available by phoning (212) 967-7555 or by visiting PublicTheater.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

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