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Photo Coverage: Final Installment of The Cartells


Drama Dept. recently turned the talents of its acclaimed theatrical company to the world of prime time soaps with The Cartells, by Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed, As Bees in Honey Drown).  Directed by Carl Andress, The Cartells was a live, four-part, weekly stage series that played at Comix (353 W. 14th St.) in New York's Meatpacking District.  The last installment--"Cast a Stone"--took place on November 6th.

Starring Vanessa Aspillaga, Alana O'Brien (filling in for original star Elizabeth Berkley), Cheyenne JacksonKeith Davis, Brad Aldous, Joanna Gleason, Jason Butler Harner, Peter Frechette, Peter Hermann, Cady Huffman, Brian D'Arcy James, Pedro Pascal, David Rakoff, Kristen Schaal, and Joey Slotnick, The Cartells concerns "about a wealthy oil family having too much fun in an Aaron Spelling kind of way," state press materials.

"What will happen when Craven Cartell's missing wife Titsiana reappears on the day he is to wed Karma Smugg? Will Craven go back to laying his pipeline with Titsiana or will he go all green with Karma? When Gamine says 'action' before sex with Dank, is it just foreplay? Why can't Sterling find the right girl? And why does he spend so much time with Samson? And how does Hubris the butler always know the perfect Bible verse? Find out answers to all these and more at The Cartells."

Photo Coverage: Final Installment of The Cartells
The cast takes its curtain call to an SRO house

Well-wisher, Douglas Carter Beane and Frank DeCaro

Photo Coverage: Final Installment of The Cartells
Leslie Kritzer and Cheyenne Jackson

Jason Butler Harner, Douglas Carter Beane, Carl Andress and Joanna Gleason

Photo Coverage: Final Installment of The Cartells
Joey Slotnick and Vanessa Aspillaga

Chris Sarandon and David Rasche

Photo Coverage: Final Installment of The Cartells
Peter Frechette, Vanessa Aspillaga and Alana O'Brien

Photo Coverage: Final Installment of The Cartells
Charles Busch, Carl Andress and Kristen Schaal

Kristen Schaal, Alana O'Brien and Cady Huffman

Alana O'Brien and Brad Aldous

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has been a working photographer for 20+ years. His work has been published in a multitude of magazines and websites.