InViolet Repertory Theater Presents THIS IS FICTION, Richard Massur Stars Tonight, 6/12

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InViolet Repertory Theater presents the World Premiere of THIS IS FICTION by Megan Hart. Richard Masur stars in this dramedy directed by Shelley Butler. Previews tonight June 12 at Cherry Lane Studio Theatre. Press opening is set for Saturday, June 15.

THIS IS FICTION centers on Amy, an aspiring young writer. Amy is on the verge of having her first novel published, but before she does, she has to break the news to her family that it's not entirely fiction. When she shows up at her childhood home in New Jersey, it's time to tell the truth. Fiction is easy. Life is hard.

In addition to Richard Masur, THIS IS FICTION also stars Bernardo Cubria, Aubyn Philabaum, and Michelle David with a production team that includes Obie and Lucille Lortel Award winner Lauren Helpern (set), Les Dickert (lighting), Leon Rothenberg (sound), Hillary Poirier (stage manager), and Michael Henry Harris (producer).

Richard Masur has starred in more than 45 feature films, including Risky Business, My Girl, Heaven’s Gate, Heartburn, Under Fire, and Todd Solondz’ Palindromes. He received an Emmy nomination for The Burning Bed opposite Farrah Fawcett. He first appeared on Broadway in 1973 in The Changing Room. His recent theater credits include Michael Frayne’s Democracy, The Exonerated, Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise at The Public Theater, Mike Leigh’s 2000 Years, Leslie Ayvazian’s Make Me at the Atlantic Theater and The Oldsmobiles at The Flea. Masur served as National President of Screen Actors Guild from 1995 to 1999.

Megan Hart is a New York based actor and writer. She is a founding member of InViolet Rep. Her acting credits include: Wolves (59E59), Hello Failure (PS122), Degeneracy (3-Legged Dog), Hell House (Les Freres Corbusiers), and The Wikipedia Plays (Ars Nova). Megan studied playwrighting with Stephen Adly Guirgis and her first short play was produced by Developing Artists at Center Stage. This is Fiction is her first full-length play. Megan is a graduate oF Brown University and NYU.

Director Shelley Butler spent two seasons as artistic associate in charge of new play development for Hartford Stage and three seasons as artistic associate for Great Lakes Theater Festival. She has directed and developed new work for Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory (Pacific Playwrights Festival & New SCRipts), New York Stage and Film, New Dramatists, Primary Stages, the Lark, New Georges, and Women’s Project, among others. Shelley is the recipient of a Drama League Directing Fellowship and a member of SDC and the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab.

InViolet Repertory Theater was founded in 2008 by an assembly of actors committed to diversifying their talents into writing, directing, and producing. The company is under the Artistic Direction of Michael Henry Harris and Angela Razzano. Their inaugural production was Richard Etchison’s Force Majeure at Abingdon Theater in 2008, followed by critically acclaimed productions of Melanie Maras' Kiss Me on the Mouth (directed by Stephen Adly Guirgis) in November 2009 and Michael Henry Harris' 40 Weeks (directed by Danton Stone) in 2011.

THIS IS FICTION runs tonight, June 12 through June 30, Mondays, Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7PM with an added performance on Tuesday, June 26th at 7PM to benefit happydoll.org. Cherry Lane Studio Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street between 7th Avenue & Hudson Streets, accessible from the 1 train at Christopher Street-Sheridan Square.) Tickets are $18, available at 212-352-3101 or www.InVioletRep.com.

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