Gillespie stars opposite Nick Afka, Louiza Collins, Sarah Ann Masse, Lillian Meredith and Laura Wiese. Leta Tremblay directs.
"The Desk has sat in the same classroom in the same school for generations," according to press notes, "watching generations of children grow into generations of young ladies. Today, on the first day of school, Hazel Millet makes her way towards him. Will she be just like all the other little girls, or will she be different – special – his own beautiful darling?"
The creative team includes set designer Jacquelyn D. Marolt, costume designer Laura Weise, lighting designer Brian Tovar, sound designer Chelsea Morgan Hoffmann and stage manager Meryl Ballew.
Hangman School is Gillespie's first full-length play. She has written a novella, The Pith and the Peel, and is working on a second play, tentatively titled The Atwater Project, in collaboration with terraNOVA Collective's Groundbreakers Program.
The Manhattan Theatre source is located at 177 MacDougal Street. To purchase tickets in advance for $15, call (866) 811-411; $20 tickets are available at the door. Visit www.fullstopcollective.org for more information. *
Hangman School for Girls is the first production in the 2010 season of the Vagabond Theatre Ensemble, whose previous productions include Peter-Wendy, The Wendigo, The Cabin Fever Festival, Endoftheworld Lovesong, The Wendy Complex and Speaking Boheme.
Hangman continues Full Stop's 2010-2011 season, which has so far included FOREPLAYS. The company's previous productions include Clean Sheets, Negative Space and Girl Words.