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George S. Irving, and Daphne Rubin-Vega Among February 13 Benefit Reading

The Boomerang Theatre Company celebrates St. Valentine's Day with a one-night-only benefit reading of Jay D. Hanagan's FIRST KISSES, which introduces one couple's very special love story. The reading will take place on Sunday, February 13th, at 7pm at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, located at 121 Christopher Street, just off of Hudson Street.

Directed by Cailin Heffernan, FIRST KISSES is the remarkable and touching tale of one couple's relationship over the course of more than 60 years. A span which includes a first kiss, love, marriage, birth, death, grandparenthood, and the challenge of loving and staying with the same person for the rest of your life. Among the 16 different actors who will be portraying the couple during various periods of their lives are Broadway veteran George S. Irving (Broadway's original Oklahoma!), Daphine Rubin-Vega (Anna in the Topics and Rent), Brian O'Halloran (Dante in the film "Clerks"), Kay Walbye (Urinetown and Titanic) and Megan McGinnis (Little Women). Additional casting will be announced shortly. This reading will mark the New York Premiere of FIRST KISSES.

The evening is a benefit for Boomerang Theater Company's capital campaign for a permanent performance space in a revitalized Lower Manhattan. Boomerang is a non-profit theatre dedicated to presenting new, classic and neglected plays. Their 2004 season consisted of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," as well as Eugene O'Neill's "Beyond The Horizon;" the New York Premiere of Jason Sherman's "Patience," and the World Premiere of Kelly McAllister's "Burning The Old Man." The company's 2005 season will begin in June with a free outdoor production of a Shakespeare work, followed by three more shows in the fall.

Jay D. Hanagan's plays have been produced in numerous U.S. cities, as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom. Several of his one-act works have been produced in various New York theatre festivals including, the Samuel French Annual Off-Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival, the Riant Theatre Company Strawberry Festival, and Love Creek. He has been published by Riant, Dramatic Publishing, and Samuel French. Jay has also won a Theatre Association of New York State Merit Award for Outstanding Playwriting.

Cailin Heffernan most recently directed the productions of "Beyond the Horizon" and "The Substance of John" for Boomerang. Other works she has directed and/or choreographed in New York include "Gardens of Frau Hess," "Banat el Emir;" "La Commedia," "Yentl" and "Dr. Valentine's Delirium Waltz." Regional credits include "Barnum," "Brigadoon," "The Color of Flesh," "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," and "Billy Bishop Goes To War". Cailin is also the Founding Artistic Director of Manhattan Dance/Theatre, a company which focuses on developing new plays, musicals and theatrical dance pieces containing a linear storytelling element.

Tickets for the Benefit Reading of FIRST KISSES are $70 and $25 and can be purchased by calling 212-279-4200, or by going to

More information on the reading, and on the Boomerang Theatre Company, is available at or by calling 212-501-4069.

Directions to the Lucille Lortel Theatre: Take the 1 or 9 trains to Christopher Street and walk west towards Hudson Street.

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