New York Premiere of THE LAW OF RETURN Set for 4th Street Theatre, 8/1-24
Newsom Zipoy Productions presents the New York premiere of THE LAW OF RETURN, an original spy thriller by Martin Blank ("Closing Time," "Avenue of the Americas" Outstanding New Play @ the Washington Theater Festival). Directed by Elise Thoron ("County of Kings: the beautiful struggle"), previews of THE LAW OF RETURN begin August 1 prior to an official press opening of August 7 at the 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street, between Bowery and Second Ave.).
Inspired by the events surrounding the polarizing Jay Pollard espionage case, THE LAW OF RETURN depicts the actions of a notorious intelligence analyst abusing his level of access and threatening U.S. National security. Or is he?
Whether driven by ideology or personal gain, Pollard, a United States Naval Intelligence analyst based in Suitland, Maryland, removes thousands of classified documents and turns them over to Israel. Once found out by the United States, Pollard leads police on a wild chase through Washington, D.C., desperately hoping to get to the Embassy of Israel and seek asylum.
On April 3, 2014 Jay Pollard, who is serving a life sentence in a federal prison, was the number one trending topic on The New York Times website. President Obama is currently considering pardoning Pollard as part of a hotly debated Middle East peace deal. Pollard appears in the press regularly alongside stories of WikiLeaks, the NSA, and Edward Snowden. His case asks the question: what must be made public and what must be kept secret?
The cast for THE LAW OF RETURN will be announced at a future date. The creative team includes Alexis Distler (scenic design), Debra Bergsma Otte (costume design), Karie Koppel (casting director) and Mary Spadoni (stage manager).
Newsom Zipoy Productions brings together two members of the team that brought Martin Blank's play AVENUE OF AMERICAS to New York in 2011. The producing team has over 20 years of experience presenting award-winning plays and musicals-from SUPER SIDEKICK THE MUSICAL (Best of FringeNYC 2012) to the Brooklyn premiere of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, and plays Aaron Kozak's THE BIRTHDAY BOYS and Mac Rogers' UNIVERSAL ROBOTS (2009 ITBA Best Off-Broadway Play, four New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations).
Scheduled August 1 through 24, THE LAW OF RETURN performs at the 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue, Subway: F to 2nd Avenue or 6 to Bleecker) Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm (with the following exception - additional performance Wednesday, August 20 at 8:00 pm). Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 or on-line at http://lawofreturn.brownpapertickets.com. For additional information, please visit www.thelawofreturnplay.com.