Working Theater Gives Supernatural King of Shadows World Premiere Sept. 2

News   Working Theater Gives Supernatural King of Shadows World Premiere Sept. 2
Working Theater, the Off-Broadway company devoted to workplace plays and plays for and about working people, presents the world premiere of prolific playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's King of Shadows starting Sept. 2.

Directed by Working Theater artistic director Connie Grappo (Tabletop, The Mystery Plays), King of Shadows "centers around Nihar, a 15-year-old homeless runaway selling sex to survive, who claims he's being pursued by supernatural demons," according to production notes. "When Jessica, a young social worker, takes him in, he forms a dangerous bond with her teenage sister that threatens everything she values. The famous fog of San Francisco mixes with a fog of fantasy and fear as each try to protect against a danger they don't understand."

The production is being produced under an Off-Broadway contract with Actors' Equity and will open Sept. 7, following previews, at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, in Manhattan.


King of Shadows also features Satya Bhabha (most recently seen Off-Broadway in The New Group's production of Ayub Khan-Din's Rafta Rafta), Kat Foster, Sarah Lord and Richard Short.

The creative team includes set designer Wilson Chin, lighting designer Jack Mehler, costume designer Emily Pepper and sound designer M.L. Dogg. Aguirre-Sacasa penned The Muckle Man, Good Boys and True, Rough Magic, Velvet Sky, Based on a Totally Story and Dark Matters. For Marvel Comics, he is a Harvey Award-winning author, known for his work on the comic books, "Marvel Knights 4," "Night Crawler" and "The Sensational Spider-man." A graduate of Yale School of Drama, he is currently part of the writing staff of HBO's acclaimed series "Big Love" and developed "Howl," a television series about werewolves for the Fox Network.

Performances will play Tuesdays-Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM, and Sundays at 7 PM.

Tickets are $25. Union members $23; students and seniors $21. For reservations call SmartTix, (212) 868-4444 or visit

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Mark Plesent is Working Theater producing director. Since the company was founded in 1985, Working Theater's mission has been to produce new plays for and about working people. "With its firm belief that theatre should not be a privilege or luxury, but a staple in people's lives, Working Theater is committed to presenting quality work, with the highest production values at an affordable ticket price."

According to the company's mission statement, "We offer stories that reflect a diverse population of the working majority. We live in a society often polarized by economic, cultural and class differences, and while these differences can sometimes be divisive, they are often the most interesting things about us. We want working people who may not be able to afford commercial theater or who feel that it does not resonate with their lives to make play-going a regular part of their cultural activities."

Among the plays the Working Theater has presented are Tabletop by Rob Ackerman, Ascension Day by Michael Henry Brown, I Am a Man by OyamO, Hold Please by Annie Weisman, and last season's Our Dad Is In Atlantis by Javier Malpica.

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