Will Emperor Jones Evict Made in Heaven Twins?

PlayBlog   Will Emperor Jones Evict Made in Heaven Twins?
The producers of Made in Heaven, Jay Bernzweig's Off-Broadway comedy about conjoined-twin brothers, were surprised to read that their home at the Soho Playhouse may soon be ruled by The Emperor Jones, Irish Repertory Theatre's acclaimed new revival of the play by Eugene O'Neill.

On Nov. 24, Soho Playhouse executive director Darren Lee Cole announced that he and Irish Rep will move Emperor Jones from the Rep to a seven-week commercial run at the Playhouse starting Dec. 15.

On Nov. 25, the producers of Made in Heaven said they have no intention of vacating the Soho Playhouse. Made in Heaven producer Barbara Ligeti said, "I am bemused at the image of the cast of Emperor Jones sitting in the laps of the company of Made in Heaven on that small stage. The (conjoined) twins will love it!"

According to the Made in Heaven people, the only contract that exists is that Made in Heaven must give four weeks' notice before they exit. There is no "stop clause" agreement by which the landlord can toss them out if their grosses dip below a certain number.

The producers of Emperor Jones were traveling for the holiday and could not be immediately reached by Playbill.com.

One thing is for sure: The publicity (at least temporarily) is good for Made in Heaven, which concerns conjoined brothers who share a penis. (As if a play about conjoined twins who share a penis needs publicity!)

Made in Heaven had previously announced a Jan. 3, 2010, end date. Soho Playhouse is at 15 Vandam Street.

Stay tuned.

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