U.S. Premiere of Hickson's Eight Opens at PS 122 Jan. 11 | Playbill

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News U.S. Premiere of Hickson's Eight Opens at PS 122 Jan. 11 British playwright Ella Hickson's ensemble work Eight officially opens at Performance Space 122 Jan. 11.

Following an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a sold-out London transfer, the U.S. premiere of Eight is presented as part of the 2009 COIL Festival of new works at PS 122. Eight began performances Jan. 6 and will continue through Jan. 25.

Playwright Hickson directs a cast including Alice Bonifacio, Simon Ginty, Ishbel McFarlane, Holly McLay, Solomon Mousley, Henry Peters, Gwennie Von Einseidel and Michael Whitham.

"In a decade when the shock factor is hard to come by and the media is scrabbling around in the dirt to find the not-yet-exploited," press notes state, "Eight's characters come from the fringes of a society that has been invaded by normal. From life-partners hanging by Hermès scarves to finding friendship in morgues, Eight looks at the refugees created by the dissolution of social, sexual and national boundaries, resulting in hard-hitting drama that has dared to confront the toughest of topical issues.

2009 COIL productions also include The Crumb Trail, Jester of Tonga, Lewis Forever: Freak the Room, Pent Up: A Revenge Dance, Welcome to Nowhere (bullet hole road), Trash Warfare, Geisha, Holiday House, Blind Spot, The Passion Project and Architecting.

Tickets are available by phoning (212) 352-3101 or by visiting PS122. PS 122 is located in Manhattan at 150 1st Avenue at East 9th Street.

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