Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits

The Amoralists are currently presenting the World Premiere of The Bad and the Better, written by Derek Ahonen, directed by Obie Award winner Daniel Aukin and featuring The Amoralists acting ensemble. The acclaimed downtown theater company moved uptown for this six-week Off-Broadway run that began on June 14, and continues through July 21 at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, located at 416 West 42 Street between 9 and 10 Avenues in New York City. The show officially opened on June 19. Check out a series of portraits of the 26-member cast below!

The Bad and the Better is a riveting detective noir centered around the Lang brothers. One with everything to lose. One with everything to prove. Both in too deep. Set in the basements, balconies and bars where secrets are whispered and revealed, join a group of local anarchists, law enforcement officials and political power players. All are waging war: against injustice, corruption and, ultimately, the people they love the most. A cautionary tale about the hypocrisy of extreme principles, The Bad and the Better explores the dangers of maintaining loyalty and protecting your family, whoever they are, at any cost. When it comes to the bad and the better, what’s the difference?

The cast is comprised of 26 actors and features Amoralists ensemble members ByRon Anthony (HotelMotel), William Apps (Happy in the Poorhouse, The Hallway Trilogy), Selene Beretta (Happy in the Poorhouse), James Kautz (The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side, Dedalus Lounge, The Hallway Trilogy), Nick Lawson (The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side, Happy in the Poorhouse), Sarah Lemp (The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side, The Hallway Trilogy), Sarah Roy (Bring Us the Head of Your Daughter), Anna Stromberg (HotelMotel), Jordan Tisdale (HotelMotel) and Vanessa Vache (HotelMotel). The cast also includes first time Amoralists actors Clyde Baldo (“The Sopranos”), Reuben Barsky, Penny Bittone, Regina Blandon (Lead role of Bibi in Mexican sitcom “La familia P. Luche”), Ugo Chukwu (These Seven Sicknesses), Wade Dunham, Edgar Eguia (She Kills Monsters), Chris Lanceley (The Day Everything Changes Between Us at Cannes), David Lanson, Judy Merrick, David Nash, Cassandra Paras, James Rees, Dan Stern, Kelley Swindall and Chris Wharton.

The creative team includes Alfred Schatz (Set Design), Natalie Robin (Lighting Design), Philip Carluzzo (Sound Design), Moria Clinton (Costume Design), Matthew Pilieci (Assistant Director), Whitney Dearden (Stage Manager), Judy Merrick (Prop Master) and Danica Novgorodoff (Artwork). The production team consists of Kelcie Beene (Producer), Form Theatricals (Anthony Francavilla and Zachary Laks), Sean Bauer (Director of Production), Caroline Hendrix (Director of Development) and Seena Hodges (Director of Marketing).

Derek Ahonen is the Resident Playwright, Co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of the award-winning Amoralists Theatre Company. Ahonen is the author of the full-length plays Like the Fog to the Sun, Pink Knees on Pale Skin, Happy in the Poorhouse, The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side, Amerissiah, Pokin’ the Bears in a Zoo, Bring Us the Head of Your Daughter and While Chasing the Fantastic.

Daniel Aukin most recently directed Amy Herzog’s critically lauded 4000 Miles at Lincoln Center. His selected credits include Marius von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One at Soho Rep, Melissa James Gibson’s This at Playwrights Horizons and for Center Theater Group, and Adam Rapp’s Paraffin at Rattlestick. His other credits include Melissa James Gibson’s [sic] (OBIE Award for Direction), Mark Schultz’s Everything Will Be Different, Quincy Long’s The Year of The Baby, Melissa James Gibson’s Suitcase and Brooklyn Bridge, Mac Wellman’s Cat’s-Paw and Maria Irene Fornes’ Molly’s Dream (OBIE Award), all world premieres. He also directed Itamar Moses’ Back Back Back, Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine and Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. His work has been seen at Center Theater Group, Rattlestick, Lincoln Center, The La Jolla Playhouse, The Guthrie, Arena Stage, The Children’s Theater of Minneapolis, Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons and Woolly Mammoth. From 1998-2006 Daniel was Artistic Director of Soho Rep where he developed, produced and occasionally, directed plays by many of the country’s most iconoclastic playwrights and theater-makers including Richard Maxwell, Adam Bock, The Flying Machine, Anne Washburn, Big Art Group and Young Jean Lee.

The Amoralists is a theatre company that produces work of no moral judgment. Dedicated to an honest expression of the American condition, our ensemble explores complex characters of moral ambiguity. Leaving no stone unturned, we plunge the depths of the social, political, spiritual and sexual characteristics of human nature.

For more information on the show visit http://www.TheBadandtheBetter.com.

Photo credit: Russ Rowland Photography

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Anna Stromberg as Faye

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
ByRon Anthony as Nino

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Cassandra Paras as Matilda

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Chris Lanceley as John March

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Chris Wharton as Edmond

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Clyde Baldo as Zorn

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Dan Stern as News Anchor

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
David Lanson as Eugene Moretti

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
David Nash as Venus

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Edgar Eguia as Cop 1

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
James Kautz as Justice

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
James Rees as Cop 2

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Jordan Tisdale as Julio

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Judy Merrick as Connie

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Kelley Swindall as Jane March

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Nick Lawson as Scotty

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Penny Bittone as Lenny

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Regina Blandón as Inez

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Reuben Barsky as Protester

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Sarah Lemp as Miss Hollis

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Sarah Roy as Julie

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Selene Beretta as Charity

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Ugo Chukwu as Gun Dealer

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Vanessa Vache as Medical Examiner

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Wade Dunham as Cop 3

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
William Apps as Lang

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
Playwright Derek Ahonen

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits
The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER

Photo Flash: The Amoralists' THE BAD AND THE BETTER Portraits


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