TREVOR Begins Today at Theater for the New City

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Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Director) will present Lesser America's World Premiere of Nick Jones' (Jollyship the Whiz-bang with Ars Nova/The Public; The Coward with Lincoln Center) Trevor, tonight, February 28-March 17 at Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th Street).

The production will be directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God with EST; My Base and Scurvy Heart with Studio 42) and will feature Steven Boyer* (Hand to God; Jollyship the Whiz-Bang), Geneva Carr* (Hand to God; Boise), Nathaniel Kent (The Three Seagulls at HERE; Doctor Faustus at The Brick), Andy Nogasky*, Shawn Randall* (Big Tex at EST; Blue Man Group), Amy Staats* (One Thing I Like To Say Is with Clubbed Thumb) and Colleen Werthmann* (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Mistakes Madeline Made). The creative team will include Set Design by Andrew Boyce, Props Design by Sarah Dowling, Costume Design by Elizabeth Groth, Lighting Design by Mike Inwood, and Fight Direction by RoBert Westley. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association.

Trevor is a show-biz chimp whose career is on the rocks, and who, despite biting a woman in the supermarket parking lot last week, still has dreams of a TV comeback with Morgan Fairchild. He lives alone with Sandra, a middle-aged widow. Sandra knows it was a fluke, that Trevor would never do anything to hurt anybody, especially not paranoid next-door neighbor Ashley and her precious newborn baby. Trevor is a new play about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep people from taking away our erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee.

TREVOR, presented by Lesser America in residence at Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th Street) will play a three-week engagement tonight, February 28-March 17; Thursday through Sunday at 8pm. Tickets ($18; $15 students) may be purchased online at www.smarttix.com or by calling 212-868-4444.

Nick Jones (Playwright) Produced shows include: The Coward (Lincoln Center/LCT3; 4 Lortel Nominations) Jollyship the Whiz-Bang (Ars Nova, The Public), The Wundelsteipen (the Flea) The Sporting Life (Studio 42), and The Nosemaker's Apprentice (with Rachel Shukert). His puppet horror musical Homunculus is in development with Center Theater Group (music by Dave Malloy, directed by Sam Gold) and Grizzly Adams, a rock musical performed by bears, with the Huntington (music by Corn Mo, directed by Peter DuBois). He also holds commissions from The Old Globe, Manhattan Theater Club, and Lincoln Center. The Coward is being developed into a film with Big Beach Films/American Work. He is currently a staff writer on Orange is the New Black, premiering this summer on Netflix. Schooling: Bard College, Juilliard, Chugach Elementary. More at nickjonesland.com

Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Director) is the Artistic Director of Studio 42, New York's producer of "unproducible" plays. Recently, he directed Robert Askins' Hand to God at Ensemble Studio Theatre, which was named one of the best productions of the year by New York Magazine, Time Out New York, and the Huffington Post, and also starred OBIE-winner Steve Boyer. Other recent New York credits include Daniel Reitz's Turnabout at EST, Mel & El: Show & Tell at Ars Nova, Gary Sunshine's Best Sex Ever at Rising Phoenix Rep, Michael Mitnick's Spacebar: A Broadway Play by Kyle Sugarman and Adam Szymkowicz's My Base and Scurvy Heart both at Studio 42. Regionally, his work has been seen at the Alliance, Williamstown, the Kennedy Center, Millbrook Playhouse, American Stage Festival, the Red Barn, Allentown Shakespeare, and Boston Playwrights Theatre. Moritz has also helped develop new plays at the Lark, MTC, NYTW, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theatre, Dramatists Guild, Ma-Yi, New River Dramatists, Partial Comfort, 2G, TBTB, Williamstown, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Goethe Institute, and Young Playwrights. www.moritzvs.com

LESSER AMERICA is a pop theater ensemble of renegade artists dedicated to smart, quality entertainment that puts the audience first, fulfilling the promise of affordable, accessible theater for the 21st century. The company's past productions include Squealer by Jonathan Blitstein, directed by Daniel Talbott,Too Much Too Soon, a series of six short plays, featuring writing by Nikole Beckwith, Dean Imperial, Nick Jones, Melissa Ross, Emily Schwend, and Ken Urban. The series was directed by Portia Krieger alongside Stephen Brackett. In the summer of 2012, Lesser America also presented American River, a world premiere by Micheline Auger, directed by Stephen Brackett. The company is currently in residence at Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director. The Lesser Americans were also named nytheatre.com's 2011 People of the Year.

Photo Credit: Nick Choksi

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