Dickstein's 'Betrothed' Opens Off-Broadway May 10

Ripe Time will present the world premiere of Betrothed, written and directed by Rachel Dickstein (the Ohio Theatre's Innocents). The show is is based on S. Ansky's The Dybbuk, Anton Chekhov's Betrothed, and Jhumpa Lahiri's The Treatment of Bibi Haldar. Performances begin Friday, May 4, at 8pm at the Ohio Theatre, 66 Wooster Street, between Spring and Broome Streets.  Opening Night is Thursday, May 10 at 8pm.

Press notes state, "A triptych of tales that cross time and cultures, Betrothed features ensemble story-telling, a live score by Vijay Iyer, and Ripe Time's signature dynamic imagery.  Inspired by Indian Kathak folk dance, Marc Chagall, and wedding ceremonies from South Asian and Western cultures, the play offers a unique look inside three women's struggle between marriage and personal independence, to explore what is one of the most controversial ceremonies of our time."

The cast of Betrothed features Mahira Kakkar (Miss Witherspoon, The Cave Dwellers), Derek Lucci (An Enemy of the People, David Gordon's Aristophanes in Birdonia), Paula McGonagle (Lily Bart, Innocents) Laura Butler, Lula Graves, Daniel Irizarry, Ryan Justesan, Gita Reddy, and Alok Tewari.

The creative team includes original score by Vijay Iyer, set and properties design by Susan Zeeman Rogers, costume design by Oana Botez-Ban, lighting design by Nicole Pearce, and live music by Greg Heffernan (cello and electronics) and Natacha Diels (flute and electronics). The production manager is Gary Levinson, the production stage manager is Joanna Jacobson, and the show is produced by Catherine Ward.

Betrothed plays Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 7 and 10pm, and Sunday at 7pm, through Saturday, May 26, at the Ohio Theatre. There is a special preview performance Saturday, May 5 at 8 pm.  Tickets are $25 and available at www.smarttix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444.  For more information, visit www.ripetime.org.




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