The Brick Theater, Inc. will present the World Premiere of Robert Honeywell's (Ich Liebe Jesus!; Greed: a Musical Love $tory) all-female rock musical, Mass, April 11-28 at The Brick (579 Metropolitan Ave at Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn).
The production will be directed by Edward Elefterion (Rabbit Hole Ensemble; NYIT Award for Outstanding Director) with Music Direction by Maria Dessena (2012 MAC nominated Jessye Normous Show) and will feature Esther Crow, Rebecca GRay Davis, Melissa DeLancey, Kaitlan Emery, Amanda LaPergola, Tracy Shar, Pheobe Silva*, and Moira Stone*.
The creative team will include Set Design by Lianne Arnold, Special Effects by Stephanie Cox-Williams, Choreography by Sarah Doudna, Lighting Design by Joe Levasseaur, Video Design by Daniel McKleinfeld, and Costume Design by Iracel Rivero.
The live band will feature Derek Davidson, Maria Dessena, Ryan Ferreira, Michael Rafalowich, and Sparkie Sandler. The production Stage Manager/Assistant Director will be Raffaela Vergata. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association.
How far is too far in love and art? Pissing on a museum sculpture to make a statement? Mutilating yourself, or your lover, as performance art? Two girlfriends test their boundaries in a modern retelling of the tortured relationship of van Gogh and Gaugin. Set in 2015-2026 in New York, Vancouver and Shanghai, Mass is a new musical featuring an all-female cast accompanied by a live rock band.
The production will play a three-week engagement at The Brick Theater (579 Metropolitan Ave at Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) April 11-28; Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets ($18; $10 previews) may be purchased online at www.bricktheater.com or by calling 866-811-4111.
Robert Honeywell (Playwright & Composer) has been writing, composing and acting in New York since 1997, and co-founded the award-winning Brick Theater in Williamsburg in 2002. Prior works include Every Play Ever Written ("gleefully funny ... a must-see for anyone who has been onstage"-New York Times); Ich Liebe Jesus! ("brilliantly conceived"-nytheatre.com); Greed: a Musical Love $tory (NYIT Award Nominee-Outstanding Musical; "one of the best new musicals in town right now"-nytheatre.com); Lord Oxford Brings You the Second American Revolution, Live!; Françoise changes her mind (the things bondage can do); Jenna is nuts; World War III shall be a lovely daydream; and the libretto Meetings at American Opera Projects. Acting credits include the FringeNYC and Brick re-mount hit Notes From Underground ("summoned in all his scattered, sweaty psychosis by Robert Honeywell"-Village Voice; "[Honeywell's] performance is sublime"-nytheatre.com); In a Strange Room ("Honeywell delivers Faulkner's words with a hypnotic insouciance, like a bourbon-soaked Alan Rickman"-Time Out New York; "[Honeywell is] especially convincing as the brooding Darl Bundren"-Village Voice); Memoirs of My Nervous Illness ("astoundingly good"-nytheatre.com); Martian Holiday ("[Honeywell's] performance here is immeasurably affecting"-nytheatre.com); and Three Sisters ("Honeywell's diminutive Kulygin is a particular gem ... oddly endearing and, ultimately, heartwrenchingly real"- Theatre2k.com).
EDWARD ELEFTERION (Director) is the Artistic Director and founding member of Rabbit Hole Ensemble, a critically acclaimed Brooklyn-based theatre company. Awards: NYIT (New York Innovative Theatre) Award for Outstanding Director, 2008; MITF (Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival) Award for Outstanding Direction, 2007. Nominations: Outstanding Choreography/Movement, NYIT Awards 2009, and Outstanding Lighting, MITF 2007. Publications: Alone, Before Your Very Eyes and The Siblings. Notable productions: The Tragic Story of Doctor Frankenstein, Candide Americana (FringeNYC 2009); Shadow of Himself (world premiere by Neal Bell); Big Thick Rod (FringeNYC 2008); The Night of Nosferatu; A Rope in the Abyss; The Transformation of Doctor Jekyll (FringeNYC 2006); The Siblings (MITF 2006); In the Jungle of Cities; Macbeth; and The Misanthrope. Edward developed and directed the world premiere of Therese Raquin by Neal Bell in 1991 at New York University, which has now been adapted for the film Therese featuring Jessica Lange. He is currently developing Savage Night, a thriller based on the work of pulp master Jim Thompson. Memberships: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC); Lincoln Center Directors Lab; New York Theatre Workshop's Usual Suspects. Education: BFA from NYU's TISCH School of the Arts; MFA from Indiana University. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Hofstra University where he has served on the faculty since 2001.