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Feasting on Cardigans in Midtown Theatre Fest, July 22-Aug 6

Feasting on Cardigans, Mark Eisman's "comedic sci-fi parable about love, family, exterminators and moths," will be performed from July 22nd to August 6th at the WorkShop Theatre's MainStage Space (312 West 36th Street) as part of the Sixth Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival. Presented by the Oberon Theatre Ensemble, the show is directed by Amy Henault.

"Set during the 2005 Great Moth Clothing Infestation of New York City, (where the slogan is 'Be Safe, Wear Cotton'), Haff thinks he has it all. He's working regularly, the current emergency has made people more respectful of his profession, and he has a loving fiancée in Lenah. Haff and Lenah believe they have found the perfect relationship and agree on almost everything, including the fact that neither of them wants children. However, Haff finds his paternal feelings awakened when, on an extermination call, he meets a somewhat troubled teenager named Duncan and his eccentric aunt, Crescent. Bonding with Duncan during a series of visits, Haff begins to question his decision about fatherhood, a change of attitude which does not sit well at all with Lenah. Complicating things further, Haff's exterminating partner Rose-Marie wants to have a child of her own and feels Haff would be the ideal contributor. Faced with these events and the questions they raise, Haff is forced to reexamine his deeply held priorities. Meanwhile, there's still an infestation to control and a city of clothes to save!," as the show is described in a press article.

Ian Pfister*, Kate Sandberg*, Katie Barrett*, Andrea Gallo* and Tyler Samuel Lee are featured in the production, which is an Equity Showcase.

Eisman has had plays produced and workshoped at various regional theatres across the United States including The Magic Theater (San Francisco), Center Stage (Baltimore), the Y.E.S. Festival at Northern Kentucky University, U.S. West TheaterFest (Denver Center Theatre Company), Boston Theatreworks Unbound Festival and Charlotte Repertory Theatre's New Play Festival. His work The Guy Upstairs (Charlotte Repertory Theater), received a nomination for the Best New American Play Award of the American Theatre Association. He has written questions for Jeopardy and the children's shows The Great Space Coaster, Reading Rainbow and the Ramona series for PBS. He has also received two daytime Emmy nominations, a NY state playwriting fellowship, the Beverly Hills Theater Guild/Julie Harris Playwriting Award, the Charles MacArthur Friendship and a playwriting scholarship from Primary States. He recently completed two novels for children.

Henault's recent directing credits include Patience and Monster Tales (Published in Martin Denton's Plays and Playwrights 2004) for Boomerang Theatre Co. For Oberon, she's directed Funeral Parlor and The Stronger, as well as various readings. Assistant Directing credits include Of Mice and Men, directed by Eric Parness (Top 10 plays of 2003, Theatremania.com) and Moonchildren, directed by Tim Errickson (OOBR Favorite Production).

Founded in 1993 (and revitalized in 1997), the Oberon Theatre Ensemble is a New York based, not-for-profit theatre group committed to cultivating and invigorating a diverse theatre community by confronting contemporary issues through classic and original works and by employing non-traditional casting and supporting the process of developing original material.


Show times are: Friday, July 22nd at 5:30pm, Sunday, July 24th at 1:30pm, Monday, July 25th at 9:30pm, Saturday, July 30th at 8pm, Thursday, August 4th at 5:30pm and Saturday, August 6th at 1:30pm.


Tickets to Feasting on Cardigans are $19 and $15 for students and seniors. Reservations can be made at Smarttix.com by calling 212-868-4444 or by going to www.smarttix.com. The running time of the show is approximately 90 minutes.

 

Further information on Feasting on Cardigans can be found at: www.oberontheatre.org. 

 



 



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