Hiding Behind Comets Extends at 29th Street Rep

29th Street Rep (Tim Corcoran and David Mogentale, Artistic Directors) and Darren Lee Cole are thrilled to announce that Hiding Behind Comets will be extended due to unprecedented ticket demand. Hiding Behind Comets, written by Brian Dykstra and directed by David Mogentale, has been extended through Sunday, April 17. Beginning Monday, March 14, the ticket price will be $40 on Friday and Saturday evenings; $35 for all other performances. The performance schedule will be Monday, Thursday - Sunday at 8:00 PM, with matinee performances Saturday at 3:00 PM. Performances are at 29th Street Rep (212 West 29th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues). Tickets can be purchased by calling SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or on line at www.smarttix.com. For more information, visit 29th Street Rep¹s award winning website, www.29thstreetrep.com. PLEASE NOTE, AS OF MONDAY, MARCH 14TH, HIDING BEHIND COMETS WILL MOVE TO AN OFF-BROADWAY CONTRACT.

Hiding Behind Comets began previews on Thursday, February 10 with an opening night on Thursday, February 17. The original closing date was scheduled for Sunday, March 13. Beginning Monday, March 14, 29th Street Rep company member Steve Payne, who won rave reviews for channeling Bukowski in 29th Street Rep's hit Off Broadway production of South of No North, will be stepping into the role of Cole.

Critics are raving about Hiding Behind Comets. Theatermania enthuses, "To ticket buyers who reveled in Killer Joe as well as in Letts' Bug, Dykstra's speeding-on-sheer-nerve melodrama ought to satisfy any craving for new shocks!" NYTheatre.com calls it, "Hands down one of the finest new plays of the season!" And Variety raves, "29th Street Rep is a ballsy company that offers audiences a chance to walk on the wild side. Its plays steam with cheap sex, dirty dialogue and blunt-force violence; it works in an edgy ensemble style that hangs tough and looks dangerous."

In Brian Dykstra¹s "tense barroom thriller" (Variety), fraternal twins Honey and Troy share an unusually strong bond. When a menacing stranger walks in and tells bone-chilling tales, it becomes clear that his visit to this small-town dive is not purely coincidental. The extent of his journey, its underlying motivation and the past horrors that direct it, takes audiences on a roller coaster of suspense that spirals into a harrowing, vicious, edge-of your-seat thriller.

Hiding Behind Comets made its world premiere at the Tony Award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in the Spring of 2004. The play made headlines when the Rosenthal family, who has sponsored a new play award at the renowned regional theater for the past 15 years, pulled their funding after reading the play, due to it's graphic language and intense sexuality.

The cast includes 29th St. Rep¹s ensemble members Moira MacDonald and Steve Payne joined by guest artists Amber Gallery and Robert Mollohan.

The design team includes Mark Smyczak (set), Doug Cox (lights),Tim Cramer (sound) and J. David Brimmer (Fight/Special Effects). Walter Guzman is the Production Stage Manager.

This is David Mogentale¹s (director) directorial debut, after acting in 23 plays at 29th Street Rep, as well as on Broadway and television. 29th Street Rep highlights included, most recently "Jack Henry Abbott" in The Belly of the Beast Revisited (2004), High Priest of California (Best of off-Broadway‹New York Times 2003) as well as "Eddie" in the first major New York revival of Fool for Love (2002) and the original "Killer Joe Cooper" in Killer Joe (1994). He has been instrumental in bringing the visceral, raw work audiences have come to love and expect at 29th St Rep.

Brian Dykstra (playwright) just closed his critically acclaimed one-man show, Brian Dykstra: Cornered & Alone. He is working on a follow up, currently working-titled, Brian Dykstra: Indicting War Criminals One U.S. President At A Time. Other plays include Forsaking All Others, STRANGERHORSE, Clean Alternatives, A Sane Policy, Spill the Wine, A Play on Words, and Silence. Screenplay credits include Baggage Claim (Fox 2000), Amazombies, The Artist, Un-Screwed, and Double Down, among others. Brian is also an actor with extensive credits.

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