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Derek Smith, Ron Menzel, and More to Star in The Comedian's Tragedy

Matthew Amendt's play will be directed by Bill McCallum.

Derek Smith will star in The Comedian's Tragedy.
(© Tricia Baron)

Access Theater Black Box will present The Comedian's Tragedy, a new play by Matthew Amendt, June 21-July 6.

The play is described as follows: "423 BCE. The Gods are hungry. The greatest city of her age, Athens has fallen: wracked with plague, war, drink, lust, gods, demons, and a dark fog of nihilism eating away at her light. Censored and labeled a pervert for standing up to the state, a young Aristophanes passes his nights in a haze of booze and sex, spitting into the face of tomorrow with the courage of the damned. When the unlikeliest of heroes emerges, can a guilty, drunken soul become Orpheus and sing life back into the ashes?"

Bill McCallum will direct a cast that includes Amendt (Bernhardt/Hamlet), Sarah Baskin (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Stephen D'Ambrose (August: Osage County tour), Truett Felt, Gary Lowery (Law & Order), Ron Menzel (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Galen Molk (Julius Caesar), Julian Remulla (Julius Caesar at Theatre for a New Audience), Derek Smith (The Lion King), Anna Sundberg, and Asma Thabet.