Works by Jeff Key, Boo Killebrew, John Kolvenbach, et al. Set for 59E59's Americas Off Broadway
The festival will begin with the 2007 Olivier Award-nominated comedy, Love Song (April 5-May 8), written and directed by John Kolvenbach. The play concerns Beane, an oddball, his well-meaning sister, Joan, and brother-in- law, Harry. Following a burglary on Beane's apartment, Joan is baffled to find her brother blissfully happy and tries to unravel the story behind his mysterious new love, Molly.
Works will also include Triangle (April 14-30), written by Jack Gilhooley and Daniel Czitrom, and directed by Stephan Morrow; Julia (April 19-May 15), by Vince Melocchi, directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos and featuring Haskell Vaughn Anderson III, Richard Fancy, Marley McClean, Justin Preston Roses Prichard and Keith Stevenson; City Love Song (May 3-15), written and performed by Jack Finnegan, directed by Tralen Doler; and World Trade Center view, written by Brian Sloan, directed by Andrew Volkoff.
The new musical I Married Wyatt Earp (May 20-June 12), features a book by Thomas Edward West and Sheilah Rae, lyrics by Sheilah Rae, music by Michele Brourman, and is directed by Cara Reichel. Suggested in part by the book of the same name by Glenn G. Boyer, it focuses on young Josie Marcus, who leaves behind her upper class Jewish family for the adventure of Tombstone, Arizona--home of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp.
The festival will also include Play About My Dad (June 16-July 2), by Boo Killebrew, directed by Lee Sunday Evans, in which the author's story about her dad Larry, and the hurricane that almost drowned their Mississippi hometown, becomes about an entirely different storm. The festival will close with Jeff Key's autobiographical solo, Eyes of Babylon, directed by Yuval Hadadi about the ex-Marine's experience as a 34-year-old gay man at the heady start of the Iraq invasion.
One additional show is still to be announced.