Plum Theatre Company Presents SOUTH BEACH RAPTURE at FringeNYC until 8/25

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The Plum Theatre Company presents David Caudle's SOUTH BEACH RAPTURE as part of the 14th Annual New York International Fringe Festival with remaining performances set for Saturday, August 21 at 11:00pm; Sunday, August 22 at 4:15pm; Monday, August 23 at 3:45pm and Wednesday, August 25 at 7:45pm at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street). Michelle Bossy, Associate Artistic Director of Primary Stages, is set to direct. Running time is approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at www.fringenyc.org or by calling 866-468-7619.

A hot night on South Beach in 2001 gets even hotter when three strangers meet to watch an unprecedented meteor shower. In SOUTH BEACH RAPTURE, Cynthia (Amelia Jean Alvarez), a pretty New York socialite encounters two very different men: Albert (John G. Preston), local college professor, and Felipe (Bobby Moreno), a seductive hustler. But which meeting was written in the stars? The forty-something failed artist, or the sexy Latino rentboy? Or both?

SOUTH BEACH RAPTURE features Amelia Jean Alvarez, seen Off-Broadway in Neil LaBute's play, THE DISTANCE FROM HERE, which won the Drama Desk Award for outstanding ensemble; Bobby Moreno, whose credits include OFFENDING THE AUDIENCE (Flea), ReENTRY (Urban Stages), ORESTES 2.0 (HERE), and AL'S BUSINESS CARDS; and John G. Preston, who recently starred opposite Kristen Johnston in Mint Theatre Company's Off-Broadway revival of SO HELP ME GOD!

The production features set design by Charlie Corcoran (Irish Repertory Theatre's THE EMPEROR JONES); costume design by Tamara Kopko; original music and sound design by Ryan Rumery; fight direction by Autumn Horne; lighting design by Jill Nagle; and casting by Kelly Gillespie.

SOUTH BEACH RAPTURE was developed in the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages.

Playwright David Caudle is the award-winning author of THE SUNKEN LIVING ROOM, which will have its New York premiere in the HOWL! Festival in September, directed by renowned Italian director Enrico Maria LaManna. THE COMMON SWALLOW premiered in last year's HOWL! Festival. His play LEG MAN, about the inventor of Nylon, was recently named as a finalist of the prestigious STAGE International Script Competition. IN DEVELOPMENT and LIKENESS premiered at New Theatre in Miami. VISITING HOURS was a finalist in last year's New Plays Festival at Premiere Stages. He is a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, where he developed SOUTH BEACH RAPTURE. Mr. Caudle wrote the screenplay adaptation of the book "Major Conflict: One Gay Man's Life in the Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell Military," by Retired US Army Major Jeffrey McGowan. For more information, visit www.davidcaudle.org.

Director Michelle Bossy is the Associate Artistic Director of Primary Stages. She runs the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer's Group and teaches playwriting and acting for the Einhorn School of Performing Arts at Primary Stages. She also produced the independent production of DREAD AWAKENING, and directed and produced the premiere of SARAJEVO'S CHILD in FringeNYC 2005.

FringeNYC is now in its 14th year. A production of The Present Company, the New York International Fringe Festival is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 17 days in more than 20 venues. FringeNYC runs through August 29, 2010.

Photo Credit: Mark Champion; Bobby Moreno (left) as Felipe, John G. Preston (center) as Albert, and Amelia Jean Alvarez (right) as Cynthia in SOUTH BEACH RAPTURE.

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