THE CRUSADE OF CONNOR STEPHENS Starts Off-Broadway This Weekend
The Crusade of Connor Stephens, a new play written and directed by Dewey Moss, will begin an open-ended run at Off-Broadway's Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theater Center on June 17, 2017. Opening night is scheduled for June 26.
In The Crusade of Connor Stephens, extreme loss shakes a Texas family as it comes to terms with a tragic act of violence. In the midst of widespread media attention, their story becomes an allegory for the national debate over religion, tolerance, and the seedlings of hate. With humor and resilience, they will confront the ghosts of the past and discover the brutal universal truths that define the American family in the 21st century.
The cast of The Crusade of Connor Stephens will feature James Kiberd (All My Children, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Taming of the Shrew), former "Dell Dude" Ben Curtis (Take Me Out, Buried Child), Julie Campbell (Beautiful Thing, King Lear), Kathleen Huber (An Ideal Husband), Kathryn Leask (The Exonerated, The Right Kind of People), Jacques Mitchell (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Clifton Samuels (Follies), and Alec Shaw (How to Transcend a Happy Marriage).
James Noone (Broadway's Sunset Boulevard, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Jekyll and Hyde) is the scenic designer. Teresa Snider-Stein (Broadway's I'm Not Rappaport, Everett Beekin) is the costume designer. Zach Blane (Roundabout's Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, Suicide Incorporated) is the lighting designer. David Lawson (The York's You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Urban Stages' Angry Young Man) is the sound designer.
The Crusade of Connor Stephens made its world premiere at the 2017 Midtown International Theater Festival to sold out audiences and critical acclaim. It won 7 MITF awards, including: Best Overall Production (DMoss Productions), Best Play (Dewey Moss), Best Director (Dewey Moss), Best Actor (James Kiberd), Best Actress (Kathryn Leask), Best Supporting Actor (Ben Curtis), and Best Supporting Actress (Kathleen Huber). It was nominated for 11 total awards, including an additional nomination for Best Supporting Actor (James Padric), Best Lighting Design, and Best Sound Design.
The production is produced by DMoss Productions with co-producers HHWTS Productions, Wildcatter's Network, and Rex Hollywood and Lana Lagoon Inc. Lisa Dozier King is the executive producer and general manager. Marketing services are provided by Red Rising Marketing. Public relations services are provided by John Capo Public Relations. Stephanie Klapper Casting is the casting director. Jaime McWilliams is the production stage manager. Sofia Cabrales is the company manager. Karen Walcott is the production manager. Bobby Eddy is the assistant director.
Performances will be held on Mondays at 7:30pm, Tuesdays at 8pm, Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm and 7:30pm.
Tickets, priced $59, are available by visiting Ticketmaster.com or by calling (212) 921-7862. Special preview pricing, for performances through June 25, is $49. Premium tickets are available for $79.
The Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street in New York City.
Dewey Moss is an award-winning director, writer, and actor whose performance career has spanned Broadway shows, concert appearances, film/TV work, and opera. As a writer and director, his debut feature film A Normal Life won critical acclaim in film festivals worldwide and is currently in distribution. His screenplay All the Way from Arp, Texas is currently in pre-production. His play, Death of the Persian Prince, about Iranian gay men forced to have sex changes to avoid execution, made its world premiere at the 2015 Midtown International Theater Festival. The play subsequently ran at the South Asian International Theater Festival where it won Best Play, and then a run at the historical Duo Theater.
As a Creative Director for several major advertising firms, Dewey has written and produced/directed numerous commercials, industrials, and webisodes, many of which have been Telly Award-winning. Dewey is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, he is author of the acting handbook Learning the Art of Imperfection.
For more about the production, visit www.Crusade2017.com.