Walmartopia Begins Encore Engagement Sept. 15

News   Walmartopia Begins Encore Engagement Sept. 15
Walmartopia The Musical!, a hit at the recent New York International Fringe Festival, begins its encore engagement Sept. 15 at the Hypothetical Theatre on East 14th Street.

The Sept. 15-23 mounting of the musical — which also enjoyed a record-breaking run in Madison, WI, in 2005 — is part of "FringeNYC Encores."

Directed by Catherine Capellaro, Walmartopia is described as a musical send-up of "big business and eternal smiley faces" and was penned by director Capellaro (libretto) and Andrew Rohn (score).

The 17-member cast comprises Tara Ayres as Michelle/Audience Member, Chris Babiarz as Dr. Normal/SecurityMart, Mikhael Farah as Zeb/Bob, Frank Furillo as Scott Lee, John Gustafson as Pearson/Alan/Phil, Joe Hammes as Darin/Ted, Doug Holtz as Husband/Sam Walton/Lieutenant, Jake Jacobson as Customer#1/Otis/Eugene, Kelly Kiorpes as Urban Grrl/Rachel/Throttled Guppie, Kelly Kriesel as PR Rep/Hooters Gal/Captain, Anna Marquardt as Vickie Latrell, Kelly Murphy as Mia/Lab Rat/Stage Manager/Audience Member, Jennifer Pluff as PR Rep/Counselor James, Stefanie Resnick as Urban Grrl Leader/Lab Rat/Audience Member, Marcy Weiland as Annie/Commander, Sarah Whelan as Wife/Mary/Lenore and Kristy Wilson as Cust#2/Urban Grrl/Daphne.

Walmartopia, according to press notes, tells the "hilarious and timely tale of Vicki Latrell, a single mom who speaks out against her company's working conditions and finds herself jettisoned to 2036, into a future where Wal-Mart dominates the entire world."

The creative team also includes Shannon Barry (choreography), Kelly Murphy (costume design), Paul Schaefer (lighting design), Ehren Tresner (sound design) and Kim Zunker (properties design). Walmartopia The Musical! will offer performances Sept. 15 at 4 PM, Sept. 17 at 6:30 PM, Sept. 18 at 4 PM, Sept. 19 at 6:30 PM, Sept. 22 at 4 PM and Sept. 23 at 2 and 5 PM. Tickets, priced $18, are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting

The Hypothetical Theatre is located in the 14th Street Y at 344 East 14th Street, between First and Second Avenues.

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