“The Drawer Boy” Heads Off-Broadway to the Soho Playhouse—begins 4/19
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
“THE DRAWER BOY”
TO THE SOHO PLAYHOUSE
STARRING THE ORIGINAL NEW YORK PREMIERE COMPANY:
ALEX FAST, BRAD FRYMAN, WILLIAM LANEY
8-WEEK LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
BEGINS FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013
OFFICIAL OPENING SET FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
New York, NY (April 3, 2013) – The SoHo Playhouse and Darren Lee Cole, Artistic Director of the SoHo Playhouse, are pleased to announce the addition of The Drawer Boy to the theater’s Off-Broadway lineup. The Drawer Boy, written by Michael Healey, and directed by Alexander Dinelaris begins performances at the SoHo Playhouse on April 19 until June 16 and will star Alex Fast, Brad Fryman, and William Laney.
Winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, a Chalmers Award, and a Governor General's Award, The Drawer Boy made its New York City premiere in March 2013 in a workshop presented by The Oberon Theatre Ensemble at the June Havoc Theatre in The Abington Theatre Arts Complex. Called “a beautifully written piece, humorous and heart-wrenching” by The New York Times, The Drawer Boy will play the SoHo Playhouse with the original New York Premiere cast and creative team.
Today, director Alexander Dinelaris was a speaker at the United Nation’s conference, “Toward Preventing Genocide: Nations Acknowledging their Dark History: Practicing Mindful Non-Violence”. At this event, Dinelaris received the 2013 Armenian American Society for Studies on Stress & Genocide (AASSSG) Outstanding Achievement Award For Genocide Awareness for his play Red Dog Howls.
Set in 1972 on a farm near Clinton, Ontario, The Drawer Boy replays the adventures of Miles, a young actor from a Toronto theatre group, who visits the rural Ontario home of two elderly bachelor farmers, Morgan and Angus, to “research” farm life for a new play. Morgan is the caretaker of Angus, who suffers from impaired mental capacities due to an injury suffered during World War II. When Miles enters the lives of the farmers, he brings the story of Angus’ injuries to the surface in this classic outsider-intrudes-on-a-closed-world play.
The creative team will feature Rebecca Lord-Surratt (Scenic Design), David Murin (Costume Design), Amith Chandrashaker (Lighting Design), and Nick Moore (Sound Design/Composer).
The Drawer Boy plays at the SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street, NYC) Tuesdays through Sundays at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m., starting April 19, 2013 until June 16, 2013. The running time is approximately 2 hours with a ten minute intermission. Tickets are available for $79 (Premium) and $65 (Reserved). During preview performances, all tickets are available for $35. To purchase tickets, visit: www.sohoplayhouse.com or call (866) 811-4111.
Michael Healey is a Canadian playwright and actor. He graduated from the acting program at Toronto’s Ryerson Theatre School in 1985. His acting credits include the plays of Jason Sherman (The League of Nathans, Reading Hebronand, Three in the Back, Two in the Head) and George F. Walter (The End of Civilization, Better Living). His plays include The Drawer Boy, Plan B, and Rune Arlidge. The Drawer Boy has received international acclaim and productions all over the world, most notably by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and earned Healey the 1999 Governor General’s Award for Drama. According to the Wall Street Journal, it was the fourth most-produced play in the United States during the first decade of the 21st century. Healey is a former writer-in-resident at Tarragon Theatre and a star of This Is Wonderland. With his play Generous, in 2007 Healy won Canada’s leading theater award, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play. The European premiere of Generous was presented at London’s Finborough Theatre in August 2009. The Australian premiere of Generous was presented at Melbourne’s Chapel-off-Chapel by PMD productions in June 2010.
As a playwright, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr.’s productions include Red Dog Howls with the New York Theater Workshop; The Bodyguard, Current West End Productions; Still Life at Manhattan Class Company. As a director, American Rapture for Oberon Theatre Ensemble. The Chaos Theories with Shotgun Productions and After Hours for Dramatists Rep Co. Alexander has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards and has recently begun work on the latest film by director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams, Biutiful). He has also just completed work on two original screenplays, The Year of the Monarchs, and In This, Our Time. Alex is a member of the Dramatists Guild and NYTW’s Usual Suspects.
Founded in 1997, Oberon is an off-off Broadway ensemble theatre company. Now in its 15th season, it has produced 55 full-length productions and more than 50 staged readings of original plays. Oberon now has about 25 active members and many more regular collaborators, including award-winning actors, playwrights, directors and designers. The Oberon Theatre Ensemble is an active player in New York’s independent theatre community. Each season it combines classic, contemporary, and new works in a format that allows each to highlight and enhance the other.
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