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Casting Set for Off-Bway Production of Rope, Nov. 21-Jan. 15

The full cast has been announced for the upcoming production of Patrick Hamilton's 1929 thriller, Rope; the show is a co-production of the Drama Dept. and The Zipper. Rope will begin performances at The Zipper (336 W. 37th St.) on Monday, November 21st and will play a limited eight-week engagement through January 15th, 2006.

Directed by David Warren (Holiday, Summer and Smoke, Matt & Ben), Rope's cast will include Christopher Duva (The Elephant Man), Ginifer King (Steel Magnolias), John Lavelle (The Graduate), Lois Markle (True West), Zak Orth (Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda), Sam Trammell (Tony-nominated for Ah, Wilderness! at Lincoln Center), Neil Vipond (Strange Interlude) and Chandler Williams (Kinsey, The Mysteries at CSC).

According to production notes, "Rope tells the story of two young Oxford men who attempt "the perfect murder" to prove that they are above ordinary people. After killing a college friend, Brandon and Granillo hide the body in a trunk in their living room and host a cocktail party, serving dinner off of the trunk. The play has many similarities with the Leopold and Loeb murder case from Chicago. Alfred Hitchcock adapted the play (which, originally titled Rope's End, opened at The Theatre Masque in September 1929) for his celebrated 1948 film. In keeping with Drama Dept.'s mission of rediscovering neglected works, this production will mark the first revival of the play in New York in more than 40 years."

Rope will feature scenic design by James Youmans, costume design by Gregory Gale, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Kai Harada. Rope marks the first of three planned collaborations between the critically-acclaimed Drama Dept. and The Zipper.

The performance schedule for Rope is Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m (see website for holiday schedules). Tickets for Rope, which are priced from $35 - $55, will go on sale on Monday, October 10 via (212-239-6200), or in-person at The Zipper Box Office (hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 12 Noon to 5 p.m., and one hour prior to curtain beginning November 21).

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