U.S. Premiere of Djerassi's Three on a Couch Opens in NYC June 8 | Playbill

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News U.S. Premiere of Djerassi's Three on a Couch Opens in NYC June 8 Three on a Couch, a new comedy by Carl Djerassi, emeritus professor of chemistry at Stanford and renowned inventor of the birth control pill, opens in its U.S. premiere June 8 at Soho Playhouse in Manhattan.
Brad Fraizer
Brad Fraizer

Previews began May 29. Redshift Productions' Scientist's Studio presents the staging, directed by Elena Araoz. Performances continue to June 22. "Commedia meets film noir in this comedy about art, ego, obsession ...and sticky fruit," according to Redshift. "A famous writer obsessed with reputation fakes his death in order to read his own obituaries. His shrink knows what's going on, but can't tell anyone, not even the writer's wife. But she's soon on his trail, as his 'death' ignites a chain of outrageous events."

The cast includes Mark Pinter, Lori Funk and Brad Fraizer.

Three on a Couch was seen in a London production. Djerassi has spent the past 20 years writing on "the human aspects of science," and has written fiction and non-fiction works as well as eight plays. He was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Nixon, at a time when he appeared on Nixon's infamous "Enemies List." His play Phallacy was seen at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2007, with a cast that included Simon Jones and Lisa Harrow.

Performances of Three on a Couch play Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM.

Soho Playhouse is located in Manhattan at 15 Vandam Street. Tickets are $30-$42.50 and can be purchased at www.sohoplayhouse.com or (212) 691-1555.


Redshift Productions' Scientist's Studio is run by Max Evjen, artistic and executive director, and Megan Halpern, artistic and producing director.

For more about Redshift Productions and its upcoming productions, visit www.redshiftproductions.com.

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