Photo Flash: LOVE SONG Opening Night
59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) launches Americas Off Broadway with the New York City premiere of the Olivier Award-nominated comedy LOVE SONG, written and directed by John Kolvenbach. Produced by Jaimie Mayer Phinney/Don't Eat The Pictures Productions in association with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, LOVE SONG begins previews on Tuesday, April 5 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 8. Press opening is Wednesday, April 13 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:00 PM; Friday at 8:00 PM; Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM; and Sunday at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The regular ticket price is $55 ($38.50 for 59E59 Members). The preview ticket price (available April 5 - April 12) is $45 ($31.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.ticketcentral.com. For more information, visit www.59e59.org.
The 2007 Olivier Award-nominated comedy makes its New York debut! Beane is an exile from life - an oddball. His well-meaning sister, Joan, and brother-in- law, Harry, try and make time for him in their busy lives, but no one can get through. Following a burglary on Beane's apartment, Joan is baffled to find her brother blissfully happy and tries to unravel the story behind his mysterious new love, Molly. Funny, enchanting and wonderfully touching, John Kolvenbach's offbeat comedy is a rhapsody to the power of love in all its forms.
The cast features Ian Barford (the Broadway-bound Detroit), Laura Latreille (Theresa Rebeck's The Understudy at Lyric Stage Boston), Andrew Pastides (John Kolvenbach's Goldfish at the Magic Theater) and Zoe Winters (Hater at the Ohio).
The design team includes Ji-Youn Chang (set and lighting designer), Deborah Newhall (costume designer), Scott Killian (sound design) and Mary Fritz (props). Original composition is by Jonathan Bell.
John Kolvenbach (playwright/director) is the author of Goldfish, Mrs. Whitney, Love Song, on an average day, Gizmo Love, Fabuloso and a new one, Stalemate. Goldfish premiered at South Coast Repertory in the spring of 2009, directed by Loretta Greco. Goldfish was then produced at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco in the fall of that year. The Magic also premiered Mrs. Whitney in the fall of 2009, under Kolvenbach's direction. Love Song premiered at Steppenwolf in Chicago in the spring of 2006, directed by Austin Pendelton. Love Song went to the West End, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award for best new comedy. The London production was directed by John Crowley, and starred Neve Campbell, Cillian Murphy, Kristen Johnston and Michael McKean. Love Song has been produced in Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington, Seoul and Rome. There have been dozens of productions in the US. On An Average Day premiered at the Comedy Theatre in the West End in 2002, with Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan, also directed by Mr. Crowley. Average Day has been produced in Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, and Lisbon among many other places. Fabuloso premiered at the Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theatre in 2008, directed by Mr. Kolvenbach. Kolvenbach's plays are published by Methuen and licensed by DPS. He has outstanding commissions from South Coast Repertory and Steppenwolf. Kolvenbach's first screenplay, Clear Winter Noon was selected for the Black List in 2008.
Photo credit: Ryan Trupp
Celia Rowlson-Hall, Andrew Pastides and Elysabeth Kleinhans
Jaimie Mayer Phinney and John Kolvenbach