Ars Nova Announces Cast for GAME PLAY, Running 1/29-2/8

Ars Nova kicks off 2014 with Game Play, this year's incarnation of Ars Nova's annual Play Group production. An evening of original short plays and live music inspired by classic board game titles, Game Play features Peter Benson, Marcia DeBonis, Dashiell Eaves, Brandon Gill, Ben Graney, Susan Heyward, Jessica Love and Carmen Zilles. This production plays 10 performances, January 29 - February 8.

Game Play is performed by Peter Benson (Broadway: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Harvey, Promises, Promises, The Pajama Game; at Ars Nova: The Urban Dictionary Plays), Marcia DeBonis (Off-B'way: Fran's Bed; Film: The Truman Show), Dashiell Eaves (B'way: A Time to Kill, A Behanding in Spokane, Coram Boy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, James Joyce's The Dead, 1776, The Sound of Music), Brandon Gill (The Last Goodbye - The Old Globe), Ben Graney (B'way: War Horse; Off-B'way: When The Rain Stops Falling; at Ars Nova - The Netflix Plays), Susan Heyward (B'way: The Trip to Bountiful), Jessica Love (Bottom of the World - Atlantic Theater Company - Stage 2; Bachelorette - Studio Theater; Anna Christie - The Old Globe) and Carmen Zilles (Off-B'way: Chimichangas and Zoloft).

Game Play features new works by Sofia Alvarez, Sarah Burgess, Sarah Gancher, Nick Gandiello, Stephen Karam, Brian Otaño, Daniel Pearle, Max Posner, Erica Saleh, A. Zell Williams and Bess Wohl.

The directors for Game Play are Sash Bischoff, Peter James Cook, Portia Krieger and Andrew Neisler. Game Play includes Costume Design by Tilly Grimes and Daniel Dabdoub, Lighting Design by Richard Chamblin, Sound Design by Anthony Mattana, Projection Design by Caite Hevner Kemp and Prop Design by Noah Mease. Music Direction by Mike Brun and Live Music by Crossfire. The Production Stage Manager is Lisa McGinn. Casting to be announced.

The plays featured in Game Play are as follows (each evening features the full slate of plays):

· Taboo
by Sofia Alvarez, directed by Sash Bischoff
· Settlers of Catan
by Sarah Gancher, directed by Portia Krieger
· Risk
by Max Posner, directed by Portia Krieger
· Snakes & Ladders
by Sarah Burgess, directed by Peter James Cook
· Candy Land
by Nick Gandiello, directed by Sash Bischoff
· Scattergories
by Brian Otaño, directed by Peter James Cook
· Pictionary
by Bess Wohl, directed by Andrew Neisler
· Guess Who?
by A. Zell Williams, directed by Peter James Cook
· Life
by Erica Saleh, directed by Sash Bischoff
· Mousetrap
by Daniel Pearle, directed by Andrew Neisler
· Sorry!
by Stephen Karam, directed by Andrew Neisler

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

About Ars Nova's Play Group: Twice a month, members of Ars Nova's vibrant and eclectic writers' group, Play Group, gather at Ars Nova to share new work and get peer feedback, affording them the opportunity to develop their plays with peer support, form collaborative relationships, and build a strong sense of community within Ars Nova. Each year, Play Group creates an original production - an evening of short plays with a central theme devised by the group. This annual event debuted with The Wikipedia Plays in 2007.

More recent Play Group productions include Playlist, Missed Connections NYC, The Wii Plays, The Urban Dictionary Plays and last year's The Netflix Plays. Play Group alumni include Joshua Allen, Annie Baker, Mike Batistick, Chad Beckim, Rachel Bonds, Bekah Brunstetter, Evan Cabnet, Jenny Connell, Kara Lee Corthron, Dylan Dawson, Kristoffer Diaz, Zayd Dohrn, Dipika Guha, Ron Fitzgerald, Liz Flahive, Sam Forman, Etan Frankel, Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Amy Herzog, Samuel D. Hunter, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kyle Jarrow, Jake Jeppson, Nick Jones, Jon Kern, Josh Koenigsberg, Steven Levenson, Barry Levey, Matthew Lopez, Liz Meriwether, Carly Mensch, Molly Smith Metzler, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Michael Mitnick, Gregory Moss, Janine Nabers, Kim Rosenstock, Sharyn Rothstein, Rachel Shukert, Mat Smart, Aurin Squire, Adam Szymkowicz, Joe Tracz, Samuel Brett Williams and Beau Willimon.

About Ars Nova: Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing theater, comedy and music artists in the Early Stages of their professional careers. Its unique development programs are designed to support outside-the-box thinking and encourage innovative, genre-bending work. By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.

Producing credits include: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy, directed by Rachel Chavkin (now in an Off-Broadway transfer production at Kazino); Eager to Lose, created by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Wes Grantom, Portia Krieger and Tansy; ANT Fest; Core Values by Steven Levenson, directed by Carolyn Cantor; The Lapsburgh Layover by The Berserker Residents, directed by Oliver Butler; Be a Good Little Widow by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Stephen Brackett; Now Circa Then by Carly Mensch, directed by Jason Eagan; Bloodsong of Love by Joe Iconis, directed by John Simpkins; Sax & Dixon: We Thee Wed by John Dixon, Peter McNerney and Matt Sax, directed by Peter McNerney; Mel & El: Show & Tell by Melanie Adelman and Ellie Dvorkin, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel; Two Girls for Five Bucks and the Ten Dollar Heartbreakers by Cathleen Carr and Daiva Deupree, directed by Andy Donald; Jollyship the Whiz-Bang by Nick Jones and Raja Azar, directed by Sam Gold; boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, directed by Alex Timbers; From Up Here by Liz Flahive, directed by Leigh Silverman; Dixie's Tupperware Party by Kris Andersson, directed by Alex Timbers; At Least It's Pink by Bridget Everett and Kenny Mellman, directed by Michael Patrick King; 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother by Kate Moira Ryan with Judy Gold, directed by Karen Kohlhaas; Holy Cross Sucks! by Rob Nash, directed by Jeff Calhoun; Freestyle Love Supreme by Anthony Veneziale and Lin-Manuel Miranda, directed by Thomas Kail; and The Wau Wau Sisters, by Tanya Gagné and Adrienne Truscott, directed by Trip Cullman.

For more information on Ars Nova's programs, visit Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

Game Play schedule: January 29 through February 8: Monday - Saturday at 8:00 PM. Tickets go on sale January 6, 2014. Tickets are $15 and are available at, 212-352-3101 or the Ars Nova box office starting 30 minutes prior to each show (subject to availability). Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019.


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