U.S. Play Minor Gods to Make U.K. Premiere with New York Cast

News   U.S. Play Minor Gods to Make U.K. Premiere with New York Cast
Minor gods, a new American play that received its first public reading at The Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage Festival and received its first developmental grant from Lincoln Center Theater's Directors Lab before being presented Off-Broadway in July 2007 as part of the annual Summer Play Festival, will make its U.K. premiere at the Above the Stag Theatre in Victoria, London.

Performances will begin performances May 12, prior to an official opening May 13, for a run to May 31.

Tony Speciale, who currently serves as associate artistic director for Off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company (where he has directed productions of Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew), will direct the New York cast, comprising Chad Lindsey and Brian Patacca.

According to press materials, the play is set in a dingy motel room outside Washington D.C., where Henry, a prominent geneticist hires a rent boy, Felix, only hours prior to testifying before a senate sub-committee on his "life's work." As the night unfolds a life-long connection that has haunted these two men since childhood reveals itself in the separate paths they've chosen. With years of research at Henry's back, Felix is asked to answer the simplest of questions: If he could erase the source of all of the alienation in his entire life, would he do it — whatever the cost? Teetering between ethics and genetics, sin and sexuality, love and lust, these two men must confront their pasts, their desires, and their deepest fears before the sun rises and Henry announces his devastating discovery to the world.

Forbes' other plays include Us @ 80 (Actors Theatre of Louisville,) The Humidity of Fish (Backstage West Best Playwriting of '03), Courting Prometheus (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Stirring (59E59/Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Full Ginsberg (Finalist, Drama League's New Works Grant), The Brownian Motion of Molecules Explained and The Manhattan Crusades. For film and TV, he has written "Bearing Witness" (a series developed for Mark Wolper/Warner Bros) and "Goldstein: The Trials of an American Pornographer" (New York Underground Film Festival) as well as serving as a writer/producer on several television series.

The play is being produced in London by John Arthur Pinckard, in association with Peter Bull for Shameless Theatre Company, the resident company at the Above the Stag Theatre. To book tickets contact the box office at 0844 478 0030 or visit www.abovethestage.com.

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