Short Premieres by Neil LaBute, Kate Moira Ryan and Bekah Brunstetter to Play the Clurman

News   Short Premieres by Neil LaBute, Kate Moira Ryan and Bekah Brunstetter to Play the Clurman
Theater Breaking Through Barriers will stage Some of Our Parts, a collection of new ten-minute plays by Neil LaBute, Kate Moira Ryan and Bekah Brunstetter, June 22-30 at the Clurman Theatre.

Bekah Brunstetter
Bekah Brunstetter

TBTB, which stages productions that integrate both disabled and able-bodied actors, commissioned the seven plays that focus on disabilities.

In addition to Tony Award nominee LaBute (Reasons to Be Pretty, Fat Pig), Ryan and Brunstetter, the playwrights include Samuel D. Hunter, Diana Son, Jeff Tabnick and Emily Chadick Weiss.

The cast will include Mary Theresa Archbold, Melanie Boland, Shannon DeVido, David Harrell, Anita Hollander, Kenneth Kimmins, John Little, J.M. McDonough, Gregg Mozgala, Pamela Sabaugh and Nicholas Viselli.

Some of Our Parts will have lighting design by Wolfram Ott and sound design by Alden Fulcomer.

Here's a look at the plays: Bekah Brunstetter's Gorgeous "is set in a gym locker room, post-yoga, where two disabled women confront Gorgeous, a woman who is perfect -- or so they think." Christina Roussos directs.

In Samuel D. Hunter's Welcome to Walmer, "an experienced, disabled Walmart greeter introduces a newbie to dealing with customers." Kimothy Cruse directs.

In Neil LaBute's Cripples, "three older men on a park bench discuss making it with disabled women." TBTB artistic director Ike Schambelan directs.

Kate Moira Ryan's Casting Call "follows a character named 'Ike Schambelan' as he tries to interest producers in casting disabled actors." Nicholas Viselli directs.

In Diana Son's Blind Date, a "smooth-talking man in a wheelchair meets a woman in a cafe. Is he the blind date she's been waiting for? What you see is not always what you get." Cruse directs.

Jeff Tabnick's The Big Paycheck "exposes a mother and son who wish each other well, wish each other ill, and discover they have amazing powers." Schambelan directs.

In Emily Chadick Weiss' Good Dancer, "a young couple is ready to take the next step in their relationship until it's time to announce the white boyfriend's disability to the black girlfriend's parents." Roussos directs.

For tickets, phone (212) 239-6200 or visit The Clurman Theatre is located at 410 West 42nd Street.

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