LAB's All the Bad Things Begins Performances Tomorrow

LAByrinth Theater Company (Co-Artistic Directors Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz and Executive Director Steve Asher) presents the second developmental production of the 2005-06 season, ALL THE BAD THINGS by Cusi Cram, directed by Paula Pizzi. ALL THE BAD THINGS will begin performances tomorrow, Wednesday, February 15th at the Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street) for 15 performances only through Sunday, March 5th.

ALL THE BAD THINGS is part of LAByrinth Theater Company's developmental theater program where new plays are presented as works-in-progress in a review-free environment. Through this program, audience members are given the unique opportunity to be part of the process of developing new plays.

Fernanda is having a bad day. A very bad day. She lives with her ailing mother in a tiny apartment in the West Village, her husband has braces and is unemployed, her brother-in-law has suddenly converted to Mormonism, the creditors won't stop calling AND she finds out her rent stabilized apartment is about to be de-stabilized. Where can the fragile, the artistic, the underemployed find refuge in a city that is no longer kind to its eccentrics and Bohemians? Is Manhattan over? Are there sane Mormons? ALL THE BAD THINGS asks these questions and a few others, while searching for hope in unexpected places.

The cast includes Vanessa Aspillaga, Jennifer Lauren Grant, Peter Hirsch, Justin Reinsilber, Alexa Scott-Flaherty, and Phyllis Somerville. The same cast read the play as part of LAByrinth's 2005 Barn Series Festival on December 6th and 8th at the Public Theater.

In addition to Pizzi, the ALL THE BAD THINGS creative team includes Andromache Chalfant (Scenic Design), Sarah Sidman (Lighting Design), Maggie Dick (Costume Design), and Rob Kaplowitz (Composer and Sound Design).

LAByrinth Theater Company was founded in 1992 when thirteen actors joined forces to form a place to work. The idea was to create a home where the group, for three hours each week, could engage in a variety of theatrical exercises designed to push each others' limits and bind together into a tightly knit, uninhibited and impassioned ensemble - one in which each member is given the opportunity and support not only to act, but to write, direct, produce, sweep, paint, hang lights, etcetera. The fact that the company now consists of 92 members from a wide array of cultural perspectives did not occur through some political design. It grew out of a shared artistic sensibility and a desire to create personal work that reflects the community in which the company lives: New York City. LAByrinth Theater Company has produced 41 new American plays including The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street, Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train, and In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings by Stephen Adly Guirgis; Guinea Pig Solo by Brett C. Leonard; Dutch Heart of Man by Robert Glaudini; The Trail of Her Inner Thigh by Erin Cressida Wilson; Stopless by David Deblinger; Dreaming in Tongues by the LAByrinth Ensemble; Cutting Open Wings by Lidia Ramirez; Queen Latina and Her Power Posse Versus The Evils of Society (a musical comic book for the stage) by David Anzuelo; and Sailor's Song, Where's My Money, A Winter Party, and Dirty Story by John Patrick Shanley.

ALL THE BAD THINGS' playing schedule will be Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are available now by calling at 212-239-6200 or visiting Tickets are also available in person at The Public Theater box office, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC. The Public Theater box office is open Sunday - Monday, 1-6pm and Tuesday-Saturday 1-7:30pm. For advance ordering privileges, get a LABPASS™. Call 212 260-2400. Your $45 LABPASS™ gets you $15 admission to each production during LAByrinth's 2005-2006 season. Without a LABPASS™, tickets are $25.

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