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59E59 Theaters Announces Fall 2018 Season

An adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night and a musical about America's first female soldiers are among the selections.

Richard Masur will star in Erin Mallon's The Net Will Appear at 59E59 Theaters this fall.
(© Tristan Fuge)

59E59 Theaters has announced its fall 2018 season.

It will begin with an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night (October 5-November 3) written and directed by Brian Katz, produced by the Custom Made Theatre Company, featuring a cast of seven including Andrea Gallo, Gabriel Grilli, Trish Lindstrom, Matthew Van Oss, Eric Rice, Dave Sikula, and Dared Wright.

Running concurrently is Goodbody (October 6-November 4), written by Joseph Ernst, produced by the Crook Theater Company, directed by Melissa Firlit, and starring Raife Baker, Brian Keane, Alex Morf, and Amanda Sykes. It is described as follows: "Marla awakes in a barn upstate to find herself standing over a freshly murdered corpse with the smoking gun in her hand. Can she trust Spencer, the beaten and bound man cowering in the corner to jog her memories of the events that brought them all here? What heinous acts could she be capable of? What ensues is an ultra-violent, profane fantasia of hilarious and shocking proportions."

Next is the world premiere of Bernie and Mikey's Trip to the Moon (November 8-December 2), the debut play by Scott Aiello, produced by Strangemen Theatre Company, and directed by Claire Karpen. It is described as follows: "Bernie and Mikey are perched on the edge of adulthood — a sister and brother trapped between the lives they crave and the circumstances they were born into. The children of a working class Italian family in 1990s Chicago, Mikey is torn between unrequited potential and loyalty to his sister, while Bernie, living with a cognitive disability, longs to find her voice but faces a world unwilling to listen." The cast will be announced at a later date.

At the same time, the Prospect Theater Company will present The Hello Girls (November 13-December 22), a new musical about America's first female soldiers. The musical will feature music and lyrics by Peter Mills, book by Mills and Reichel, and direction by Reichel, with choreography by Christine O'Grady. The cast will be announced at a later date.

Good Works Productions will present Vivian's Music, 1969 (November 15-December 2), written by Monica Bauer, directed by Glory Kadigan, and starring Russell Jordan and Kailah S. King. "Inspired," according to a press release, "by real events, in 1969, in a segregated city in the American Midwest bursting with racial tension, a 14-year-old black girl, Vivian, was shot by a white cop, igniting one of the worst race riots in American history. No one knew anything about her: just her name, her age, and how she died."

Richard Masur will star in Erin Mallon's The Net Will Appear (December 5-30), produced by Mile Square Theatre and directed by Mark Cirnigliaro. It is described as follows: "Bernard just wants to sit on his roof to enjoy a drink and get some peace and quiet. When his 9-year-old new neighbor, Rory discovers him out there, peace and quiet are the last things on her mind. A funny story full of heart, in which two eccentric people form an unlikely friendship." An additional actor will be announced at a later date.

Finally, running December 7-23 is Bitter Greens, written by Clea DeCrane, produced by Station 26 Productions, and directed by Kevin Kittle. DeCrane, Jessica Darrow, and Andy Do will star. It is described as follows: "Reyna thought she had life all figured out. As a straight-A student, health and fitness guru, and a prestigious internship at Green Communications (a monstrous Think Tank with eco-friendly goals) she was on top of the world. But life after graduation is a lot messier than expected and when she discovers she's rejected for a position within the company and that her boyfriend Andrew gets the job instead…her resentment drives her to make some bad — and dangerous — choices." Two additional actors will be announced at a later date.

For more info on 59E59's fall 2018 season, click here.