O'Connell and Thornton to Headline Keen's Pyretown, Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2005

News   O'Connell and Thornton to Headline Keen's Pyretown, Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2005
Dierdre O'Connell and Christopher Thornton will make up the cast of the Keen Company's Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2005, staging of John Belluso's Pyretown. The production will take place Off-Broadway at Urban Stages, 259 W. 30th St.
John Belluso
John Belluso

Carl Forsman will direct. It's a rare leading role for character actress O'Connell, who recently received good notices for Spatter Pattern at Playwrights Horizons. Other notable credits in O'Connell's long New York stage career include Three Birds Alighting on a Field, In the Blood, Approximating Mother, Mud, A Lie of the Mind and Love and Anger. Her sole Broadway credit was as Molly Malloy in the 1986 mounting of The Front Page at Lincoln Center Theater.

Thornton had a promising career in film and theatre when, at age 25, a rock climbing accident left him paralyzed below the waist and confined to a wheelchair. Encouraged by friends, he fought back, taking a role opposite Mark Ruffalo in a production of Waiting for Godot, for which he won a Dramalogue Award. He has since worked in the television shows "Family Law," "Alias" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." He previously acted in Belluso's The Body of Bourne at the Mark Taper Forum and in Pyretown at the Geva Theatre in Rochester, New York.

Pyretown is described as "a contemporary love story about a young man in a wheelchair, a middle-aged single mom, and a pregnant doctor as they struggle to protect their dignity and maintain their humanity in the modern medical age."

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