Cave Theatre Co. to Premiere Lauren Wimmer's DIVORCE PARTY at UNDER St. Marks

Cave Theatre Co. to Premiere Lauren Wimmer's DIVORCE PARTY at UNDER St. Marks

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with Cave Theatre Co. will present the World Premiere of Lauren Wimmer's DIVORCE PARTY, directed by James Masciovecchio, April 21-May 7 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) with performances Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets ($20) may be purchased in advance at www.horseTRADE.info. The performance will run approximately 80 minutes, with no intermission.

In this absurdist black comedy, six college friends get together to celebrate a recently failed marriage. Tensions run high, despite the cookie cake. Add in the complicating factors of alcohol, emotional instability, and firearms, and you've got six people deeply in need of a reality check...and in one case, a qualified taxidermist.

The cast will feature Kiley Caughey, Elizabeth Chappel, Alex Etling, Trevor Wade, Cassie Wood-Triplett, and Josh Wood-Triplett.

LAUREN WIMMER (Playwright) is the author of several plays including Divorce Party, which has been developed at Sewanee Writers Conference after a reading at Theater For The New City. Lauren was a playwriting apprentice at New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College where her play, Vocation Vacation, received its first reading. Her play, Stream, was developed at Swarm Artist Residency this past summer. In addition, Lauren was a finalist for The Ingram New Works Project at Nashville Repertory Theater. The Annoyance produced her one-act play, Do As I Say, in March 2016. Her short play, Everything You'll Miss In Minutes, was selected for the 2017 Theater Masters' National MFA Playwrights Festival with performances in both Aspen and New York. Samuel French will publish the play in the Fall of 2017. Lauren's short story, My Time With Lennifer Jawrence, was published on the blog "Fictitious." She has worked in various capacities with Upright Citizens Brigade, York Theatre Company, The New Group, New Dramatists, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Chicago Shakespeare, Writers Theatre, and Soho Rep. Lauren is a graduate of The Second City's Conservatory & Writing Programs. She earned her B.A. in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University.

JAMES MASCIOVECCHIO (Director) is a Brooklyn Based Director and a 2011 Graduate of Point Park University's Conservatory of the Arts. James has spent his post college years Directing and Production Managing throughout the downtown theatre scene. Recently he directed Cave Theatre Co.'s inaugural season of Row After Row, Touch, and Gruesome Playground Injuries. He also serves as Production Manager for the Obie Award Winning Fire This Time Festival now entering its 8th season.

CAVE THEATRE CO. It is within caves that the first art appeared - tales of humanity carved or painted on the rock walls. Our ancestors walked deep into the earth away from all light and created stories with paint, with fire, with song. We now venture into the dark as our ancestors did and strive to do the same. The lines and shadows flicker and dance in our torchlight. The flickers on the walls create visions of worlds unknown. In this dark, raw, and fertile space - in this cave - anything is possible. Visit www.cavetheatre.org.

FRIGID NEW YORK is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID's Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.

Pictured: Alex Etling, Kiley Caughey, Josh Wood-Triplett, Elizabeth Chappel, Trevor Wade & Cassie Wood-Triplett. Photo by A. Etling Photography.

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