Now including a 50-member artistic ensemble, The Amoralists have moved from basement theaters to off-Broadway in the seven years since the company's founding in 2007. This summer, The Amoralists will continue to expand their company with The Summer of The Amoralists, a season that will feature two premieres in a total of twelve weeks of performances from June 5-September 21.
Opening The Summer of The Amoralists will be the New York premiere of Mark Roberts' Rantoul and Die at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The play follows the characters Rallis and Debbie through their crumbling marriage and explores how far a man will go to salvage a sour relationship. Roberts says, "Rantoul and Die is the only one of my plays I've never directed, and I'm thrilled to be helming the New York premiere with such a daring group of theater artists as The Amoralists. Last fall, when we did the first reading of it, I got that giddy feeling a writer gets when he knows he's in the company of like-minded critters."
Following Rantoul and Die will be the world premiere of company cofounder and resident playwright Derek Ahonen's The Cheaters Club, playing the Abrons Arts Center from August 12-September 21. A murder mystery set in Savannah, GA, the play follows siblings Tommy, Jimmy, and Cathy, and a man named Vonn, who, as members of "The Cheaters Club," go on yearly trips with the goal of "exorcising their sexual demons." On this year's trip, they find themselves at the haunted Chaney Inn, run by a mysterious family and their voodoo-ing housemaid.
"The Cheaters Club will be my ninth play that The Amoralists have brought to life," said Ahonen. "The tremendous courage and endless talent that the ensemble brings to every production has inspired me to push myself farther than I ever imagined I'd go."