Monsterface, Tale of a Couple Facing Crisis, Plays NYC June 5-28 | Playbill

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News Monsterface, Tale of a Couple Facing Crisis, Plays NYC June 5-28 Monsterface, Daniel Roberts' new play about a family retreating to New Hope, PA, to heal, begins Off-Broadway performances June 5 by The Audax Theatre Group at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan.

Alex Lippard directs the production (running to June 28), featuring Sarah Grace Wilson (The Story at the Public), Anna Wood (Schoolhouse Rock), Ted Schneider (Oswald in Lanford Wilson's adaptation of Ghosts at CSC), Stuart Rudin (the memorable character Multiple Miggs in "Silence of the Lambs"), Jason Blaine (Pippin at Goodspeed Musicals), Davis Hall (Edward II with Red Bull Theater) and Karen Lynn Gorney ("Saturday Night Fever," Irish Rep and the Mint).


According to Audax, "After Melanie Crane, a beautiful but middling actress suffers a mental breakdown, her husband Paul brings her to her childhood home of New Hope, PA to heal. On the night of a snowstorm and after an unspeakable secret is revealed, can the historical town of New Hope, where George Washington staged his famous Delaware crossing, help the Cranes save their marriage and their lives? Will it be Victory or Death for this troubled, modern couple?"

Opening is June 6. Irish Arts Center is located at 553 West 51st Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues.

Roberts' plays include The Beginning of the And, The Gold Standard, Frankie and Brando. Currently, he is developing a project for HBO based on his award-winning, one-act play Ost and teaching poetry at Harlem's PS 101. Director Lippard is the artistic director of Friendly Fire, for whom he directed Hecuba at 45 Bleecker. He re-teams with Audax after directing the world premiere of Frankie. Most recently he directed Daniel J. Travanti in The Last Word at Theatre at St. Clement's.

The designers for Monsterface are Michael Moore (sets), Kirche Zeile (costumes) and Graham Kindred (lighting).

The schedule is Thursday through Saturdays at 8 PM. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased by calling Smarttix at (212) 868-4444, or online at


Audax ("bold" in Latin) Theatre Group was founded in 2000 by two members of the Atlantic Theater Group's 24-Hour Play festival, Daniel Tisman and Daniel Roberts. The group is "dedicated to audacious plays that add spice to the available stock of reality."

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