Players Ready to Tell Belber's A Small Melodramatic Story for Off-Broadway Run | Playbill

News Players Ready to Tell Belber's A Small Melodramatic Story for Off-Broadway Run
The LAByrinth Theater Company has announced the cast and dates for its upcoming 15th anniversary season opener, Stephen Belber's A Small Melodramatic Story.
Cast member Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
Cast member Isiah Whitlock, Jr. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Lucie Tiberghien directs the work which is slated to begin previews Oct. 10 and open Oct. 22 for a limited run through Nov. 5 at The Public Theatre. Tickets go on sale Sept. 15, but are available now by purchasing a LABPASS.

LAByrinth Company members Carlo Alban (References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot) reprises the role he created in the Barn Series reading of this new work opposite Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Matt & Ben), Lee Sellars (The Alchemist) and Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Four).

The Washington D.C.-set play follows a widow (Bernstine) who is timid about re engaging in her life when she meets a cop through a male friend. When he discovers secrets about the new beau's past, she struggles with how much she wants or needs to know.

Alban appeared in the Barn Series reading opposite Portia, Ron Cephas Jones and Chris McGarry.

A Tectonic Theatre Company member who helped pen The Laramie Project, Belber is the playwright of Match and Tape — the latter which enjoyed an Off-Broadway run and film adaptation. Other plays include McReele, Carol Mulroney, One Million Butterflies, Finally, The Death of Frank, The Transparency Of Val, Through Fred, The Wake, Broken Fall, Steve, Wind and Stone Cold Lyricism. Director Tiberghien has staged The Pavilion, The Winning Streak, The Quiet Room/Quand J’Avais Cinq Ans Je M’ai Tue, the world premiere of Flag Day as well as Only the End of the World, The Last Schwartz, The Death of Frank, Through Fred and Finally.

The LAB 15th season will continue with Bob Glaudini's Jack Goes Boating, starring Beth Cole, Daphne Rubin-Vega, John Ortiz and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Eric Bogosian's This Is Now! penned with musician-composer Elliott Sharp as well as developmental productions of Carlo Alban's intríngulis and Andrea Ciannavei's Pretty Chin Up.

LABPASS season subscriptions are available by calling (212) 260-2400 or through the LAB website at

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