“SEVEN DEADLY SINS” ANNOUNCES EXTENSION DUE TO OVERWHELMING TICKET DEMAND
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2021, PLEASE
“SEX AND SPECTACLE ARE ON THE MENU IN ‘SEVEN DEADLY SINS,’
A SUMPTUOUSLY STAGED, DELICIOUSLY OUTFITTED EXPLORATION
OF VICE PERFORMED IN THE MEATPACKING DISTRICT.”
– THE NEW YORK TIMES
– THE OBSERVER
“WHO KNEW INIQUITY COULD FEEL SO PULSATING AND IMMENSELY PURIFYING?”
THE TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT & MADISON WELLS LIVE
“SEVEN DEADLY SINS”
ANNOUNCES EXTENSION DUE TO OVERWHELMING TICKET DEMAND
THE SEXY & ADVENTUROUS THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE
MUST END LIMITED ENGAGEMENT ON SUNDAY, JULY 25
New York, NY (June 30, 2021) –Tectonic Theater Project (Moisés Kaufman, Founder & Artistic Director) and Madison Wells Live are pleased to announce that due to overwhelming demand, their production of Seven Deadly Sins, which opened last night to critical acclaim, is extending by one-week with tickets available via www.sevendeadlysinsnyc.com or via TodayTix at www.todaytix.com or through the iOS and Android app.
The sexy and adventurous outdoor theatrical experience which has been electrifying New York City’s Meatpacking District must end its limited engagement on Sunday, July 25.
Production b-roll of Seven Deadly Sins is available with permission granted for press usage here.
Moisés Kaufman said, “Bringing Seven Deadly Sins to New York has been one of the highlights of my career. This is testament to theater’s ability to survive and thrive. I have the most profound sense of love and respect to this team of writers, designers, cast, and crew who have made this production a magical experience.”
Gigi Pritzker, Founder and Producer at Madison Wells Live, said, “We owe our deepest thanks to our partners Jared Epstein, Aurora Capital, William Gottlieb Real Estate, TF Cornerstone, the Meatpacking District BID, and the New York City Department of Transportation. This has been a terrific example of the power of public-private partnerships that make a city more vibrant. When arts organizations, the business community, and city government come together to make a space where artists can create, everybody wins. The shared vision of bringing live performance back to New York has allowed 123 arts workers to once again make live theater.”
Critics are hailing the production with Maya Phillips of the New York Times calling Seven Deadly Sins, “a deliciously outfitted exploration of vice, sumptuously staged by Moisés Kaufman. This fun interactive experience is feast for the eyes with remarkable scenic and site design by David Rockwell and stunning costumes by Dede Ayite.”
The Observer’s David Cote exclaimed the production is, “Damned enjoyable! This is a smartly modulated survey of human frailty in modern times. It made me rejoice seeing writers, actors, and designers stretching their talents.”
Ayanna Prescod of Variety observed, “No subject is off limits and no body part is left sacred in this well-curated and innovative theatrical experience. Under Moisés Kaufman’s marvelous direction, the show stretches the limits of traditional performance and explores what can be done once live theater is resurrected.”
Theatermania critic Zachary Stewart said, “The seven new American plays presented in Seven Deadly Sins are all excellent. Seven Deadly Sins’s arrival right at the tail end of a pandemic feels momentous. Kaufman, his Tectonic Theater Project, and Madison Wells Live have staged a high-quality Off-Broadway show for an audience ready to go back to the theater. This show proves that with a little flexibility and ingenuity, the theater will always find a way. It may be a sin, but it’s hard not to feel proud of that.”
Tim Teeman of The Daily Beast said, “The hardworking performers, doing an amazing nine shows a night, are giving you their all in this extremely welcome joy of the evening. You are out. Art is happening on the streets. You are on the streets. You are not at home. Seven Deadly Sins shows how art can and should be a collective exchange between artists and audience; and after a year of relative inactivity, the show welcomes you back to, well, life.”
The cast of Seven Deadly Sins features a diverse troupe of leading New York theater actors and exciting new comers including Tricia Alexandro (Perp at the Barrow Group), Shuga Cain (S11 of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race”), Shavanna Calder (HBO’s “Los Espookys”), nationally ranked pole dancer and movement artist Donna Carnow, Shamika Cotton (HBO’s “The Wire”), Brandon J. Ellis (Bandstand), Brad Fleischer (LCT’s Golden Boy), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Kahyun Kim (STARZ’s “American Gods”), Morgan McGhee (Ain’t Too Proud), Bianca Norwood (New York stage debut), Caitlin O’Connell (The Crucible), Cody Sloan (Off-Broadway debut), and Eric Ulloa (On Your Feet).
This brand-new production, under the direction of Moisés Kaufman, features a titillating collection of keenly observed works from the country’s most provocative playwrights. These writers have each selected one of the Deadly Sins as the inspiration for their short play: Ngozi Anyanwu (Gluttony), Thomas Bradshaw (Sloth), MJ Kaufman (Pride), Moisés Kaufman (Greed), Jeffrey LaHoste (Envy), Ming Peiffer (Wrath), and Bess Wohl (Lust).
Tell Me Everything You Know (inspired by Gluttony) by Ngozi Anyanwu
Two women in a garden (Shavanna Calder and Morgan McGhee). One knows everything, the other hungry to know anything. Tell Me Everything You Know is a lesson in curiosity, information overload, and generally just minding your own damn business.
Hard (inspired by Sloth) by Thomas Bradshaw
Viagra is just about the only thing Jeff (Brandon J. Ellis) isn’t consuming these days. His and his wife’s (Shamika Cotton) sex life is going through a dry spell thanks to Jeff’s commitment to video games and not much else, but tonight she won’t take no for an answer.
Wild Pride (inspired by Pride) by MJ Kaufman
Not all advice is good advice… Wild Pride follows a trans YouTube influencer’s (Cody Sloan) quest to give his followers (Bianca Norwood) the confidence he thinks they need…no matter the cost.
Watch (inspired by Greed) by Moisés Kaufman
Two siblings (Tricia Alexandro, Eric Ulloa), one inheritance. Things get dirty even when they’re not the ones digging the grave six feet under.
Naples (inspired by Envy) by Jeffrey LaHoste
In the Palace of Versailles, Princess Charlotte (Caitlin O’Connell) discovers a secret that might bring ruin to her husband’s young lover, Philippe (Andrew Keenan-Bolger). Will she protect him or throw him to the lions? A love triangle with only two sides can be very unstable. But who will prevail when their envy gets the best of them?
Longhorn (inspired by Wrath) by Ming Peiffer
What sins will you confess when pushed to the limit? A professional dominatrix (Kahyun Kim) whips her newest client (Brad Fleischer) into shape (literally and figuratively) as she discovers his questionable beliefs.
Lust by Bess Wohl
An exotic dancer (Donna Carnow) takes to the pole, business as usual, but when her worst nightmare walks in, it’s not just her clothes that get stripped away.
Seven Deadly Sins takes audiences on a tantalizing tour of their inner demons. No subject is taboo as audiences rotate through seven uniquely designed storefronts, exploring the depths of desire, jealousy, rage, and more in a thrilling evening that merges live theater with performance art, dazzling design, and CDC-mandated regulations. Helmed by Moisés Kaufman and Tony Award®-winning scenic designer David Rockwell, Seven Deadly Sins is a carnival for the senses, welcoming New Yorkers back to live entertainment.
In a format that was conceived by Michel Hausmann and originally produced by Miami New Drama, audiences will gather and be welcomed with a brief performance by Shuga Cain at their first stop of the evening, Purgatory. They will then depart on their journey as they divide into small, socially distanced pods, safely exploring the perils and pleasures of each sin’s storefront window. Sanitized headphones will be provided, or audience members can bring their own standard jack, hardwired headphones if preferred.
The design team is led by David Rockwell (scenic and environmental design), Dede Ayite (costume design), Yuki Link (lighting design), Tyler Kieffer (sound design), X Casting / Victor Vazquez CSA (casting director), and Amy Marie Seidel (dramaturg). Additional set design for Greed by Christopher & Justin Swader.
Seven Deadly Sins is produced by Tectonic Theater Project and Madison Wells Live, in association with Miami New Drama. The production is presented in partnership with the Meatpacking Business Improvement District and made possible by the support of real estate partners Aurora Capital and William Gottlieb Real Estate.
Tectonic Theater Project (Producer) is a not-for-profit theater company based in New York City, founded in 1991. Led by founder and artistic director Moisés Kaufman, Tectonic’s work has been seen by millions worldwide. The company has created and staged over 20 plays and musicals, including Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Laramie Project (written by Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project company), Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, and Kaufman’s Tony Award-winning 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda. Kaufman also co-wrote and directed the Emmy Award-nominated HBO film adaptation of The Laramie Project. In 2009, President Barack Obama invited the company to witness the signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act at the White House, recognizing Tectonic’s contribution to the national dialogue around anti-LGBTQ hate crimes.
Madison Wells Live (Producer) is the live entertainment arm of Madison Wells, Gigi Pritzker’s award-winning, independent production company. Led by Executive Producer Jamie Forshaw, Madison Wells Live focuses on producing purpose-driven projects through collaboration with partners who are aligned in the belief that good storytelling sparks important conversation. The division is building a robust-but-curated slate of stage productions and entertainment ventures focused on essential, artist-driven storytelling. Broadway credits include Million Dollar Quartet (Tony nomination for Best Musical), Hadestown (Tony Award for Best Musical), The Inheritance (Tony nomination for Best Play), the upcoming Broadway premiere of Pass Over, and the eagerly anticipated revival of Company. For more information about Madison Wells Live, visit www.madisonwellsmedia.com
The Meatpacking District BID (Business Improvement District) is the not-for-profit business alliance for the area whose mission is to support the business community and promote the neighborhood as an appealing destination for locals and visitors. The BID keeps the area clean, safe, and beautiful through the expert work of its clean-team and landscapers. In partnership with the City’s Department of Transportation, the BID also managers and maintains the district’s public spaces and Open Streets program, represents the area’s business interests, produces events, and manages marketing and public relations campaigns for the neighborhood.
The Meatpacking District is located on the west side of Manhattan and contained within the boundaries of Horatio Street, Eighth Avenue, and West 17th Street. For more information, visit www.meatpacking-district.com and follow @meatpackingny on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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