Photo Coverage: Brutality of Fact Opens Off-Bway

August 22
3:26 PM 2006
Brutality of Fact, a new play by Keith Reddin, opened at Off-Broadway's Urban Stages on August 19th.  The show began previews on August 17th for a run through September 10th.

The play is about "a family tree that is gradually rotting away...In the Brutality brood, we have Maggie, a recovering alcoholic unable to keep either a job or a relationship, and her sister Jackie, who becomes a Jehovah's Witness.  All the while, Val, the daughters' elderly mother is unwittingly enlisted in Jackie's religious crusade.  To further complicate matters, Jackie gets involved in a custody battle with her ex-husband," according to notes on the show.  Brutality of Fact stars Joy Franz (Into the Woods), as well as Amy da Luz, Donna Robinson, Melissa RossMarshall Correro, Bronwen Coleman, D.H. Johnson and Paris Rose Yates.  Stephanie Yankwitt directs the show, which is presented by The Cardinal Group, Robin Mishik-Jett and Jeffrey Schulman.

Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30 Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues).  Call (212) 868-4444 for tickets.  For more information, visit

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Donna McKechnie and Nora Mae Lyng

Nora Mae Lyng, Carolyn Kozlowski, Joy Franz and Donna McKechnie

Melissa Ross, Marshall Correro, Amy da Luz, Paris Rose Yates, Joy Franz, Bronwen Coleman, Donna Robinson, and D.H. Johnson

Melissa Ross, Marshall Correro, Amy da Luz, Paris Rose Yates, Joy Franz, Bronwen Coleman, Donna Robinson, D.H. Johnson with Stephanie Yankwitt (director)

Andrew Kluger, Melanie Swersey (costume design), Miles Partington, Rachel Swersey, and Michelle Swersey

Amy da Luz, Marshall Correro and Joy Franz

Rich Pepenella, Michael Vecchio, Bronwen Coleman, and Ryan Gilbert

Eric Sanders and Justin Swain

Annette Adamska, Hannah Woodward (stage manager), and Joe Powell (set designer)

Adam Purvis, Michael Ferrell, Stephanie Yankwitt, Chris Chalk, and Donna Robinson

Jeffrey Schulman, D.H. Johnson, and Robin Mishik-Jett

Alexa Scott Flaherty and Melissa Ross

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