Photo Coverage: 'Pumpgirl' Opening Night Party

December 5
9:20 PM 2007

The Manhattan Theatre Club production of Abbie Spallen's Pumpgirl officially opened Tuesday December 4 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street).

Directed by Carolyn Cantor, the cast features: Hannah Cabell, Geraldine Hughes, and Paul Sparks.

"In this gripping play from one of Ireland's brightest new talents, playwright Abbie Spallen shapes a startling tale of three lives colliding in rural Ireland. The play unfolds with the story of a homely, tomboyish pump girl (Cabell) at a rundown gas station. When a local racetrack star (Sparks) becomes the focus of her obsession, the affair threatens more than the feelings of his disenchanted wife (Hughes). A blazing success last season in Edinburgh and at London's renowned Bush Theatre, the play is in the best tradition of richly detailed and unforgettable Irish storytelling," explain press notes.

Tickets for Pumpgirl are $50. Group and student ($25) rates are available. Call (212) 581-1212 for further information. For information visit

Now – December 9 Tuesday – Sunday at 7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm.
After December 10: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30pm; Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm.

Photos by Ben Strothmann

Josh Charles and Adam Bock (Playwright, The Receptionist)

Geraldine Hughes

Geraldine Hughes

Abbie Spallen (Playwright)

Hannah Cabell

Hannah Cabell and Abbie Spallen

Paul Sparks

Hannah Cabell, Paul Sparks and Geraldine Hughes

Hannah Cabell, Paul Sparks and Geraldine Hughes

Carolyn Cantor (Director), Hannah Cabell, Paul Sparks, Geraldine Hughes and Abbie Spallen

Carolyn Cantor, Hannah Cabell, Paul Sparks, Geraldine Hughes, and Abbie Spallen

Carolyn Cantor (Director)

Carolyn Cantor (Director) and Abbie Spallen (Playwright)

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.


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