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Dave Malloy's Octet Extends at Signature

The new performance piece is directed by Annie Tippe.

Dave Malloy is the author of Octet.
Dave Malloy is the author of Octet.
(© David Gordon)

Signature Theatre extended its world premiere of Dave Malloy's Octet, directed by Annie Tippe. It will run April 30-June 16 in the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center, with opening night set for Sunday, May 19.

Adam Bashian, Kim Blanck, Starr Busby, Alex Gibson, Justin Gregory Lopez, J.D. Mollison, Margo Seibert, Kuhoo Verma, Jonathan Christopher, and Nicole Weiss will star.

The creative team will include Or Matias (music supervision and music direction), Amy Rubin & Brittany Vasta (scenic design), Brenda Abbandandolo (costume design), Christopher Bowser (lighting design), and Hidenori Nakajo (sound design).

The musical is described as follows: "Featuring a score for an a cappella chamber choir and an original libretto inspired by internet comment boards, scientific debates, religious texts, and Sufi poetry, Octet explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of 21st century technology. It is the first musical Signature has produced since its founding in 1991."

Writer Malloy and director Tippe will participate in a free pre-show discussion on Tuesday, May 7. Talkbacks with members of the cast and creative team for this production will also take place following the performances on May 9, May 21, May 28, and June 4.