THE WATCH TOWER to Open 9/12 at American Theatre of Actors
Playwright Steve Silver and director Laurie Rae Waugh remind us of the dangers that once lurked beyond Eighth Avenue in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen in The Watch Tower, Silver's drama about racial tensions and organized crime. Seen through the eyes of Eileen, a resident since childhood, The Watch Tower opens in 1979 at a "sit-down" between the Irish and Italian mobs and moves briskly to St. Patrick's Day 1986 when Eileen must decide between family loyalty and her own survival. Love may conquer all - including Eileen herself.
The Watch Tower is the fourth play written by Steve Silver produced for the stage. He is the recipient of two Jean Dalrymple Awards (Partners and The Prince of Hell's Kitchen directed by Laurie Rae Waugh) and has received acclaim in New York, Washington, and California. Director Laurie Rae Waugh - who has helmed all previous versions of this play - won the Jean Dalrymple Award in 2011 for Code Name Daniel. Her numerous credits are topped by that of stage manager of the Broadway Cares July 4, 1987 performance benefiting STAMP OUT AIDS dedicated to Michael Bennett. This is the second time Steve and Laurie have teamed-up together.
This rewritten, full-length version of the play began as a one-act at The American Theatre of Actors - ironically located at The Edge of what was once the real Hell's Kitchen. Caroline M. Smith returns to the role of Eileen, which she created for the one-act version. She is joined by Ken Bari Murray, Ken Coughlin, andJulia Yarwood. Mr. Silver and Ms. Waugh also appear in this production.
Thursday - Saturday
September 12 - 14 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 15 @ 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Saturday
September 17 - 21 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 22 @ 3:00 p.m.
The American Theatre of Actors
314 West 54th Street
New York City
Tickets: (212) 581-0344