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Photo Coverage: Public Theater Celebrates Opening Night of SOUTHERN COMFORT!

The Public Theater presents the new musical Southern Comfort, the true story of a group of transgender friends living life on their own terms in the back hills of rural Georgia, directed by Thomas Caruso and based on the film by Kate Davis. Southern Comfort features book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis, choreography by Ryan Kasprzak, and was conceived for the stage by Robert DuSold and Thomas Caruso. The new musical will run through Sunday, March 27 in The Public's Anspacher Theater. Check out photos from opening night below!

Based on Kate Davis' 2001 Sundance Award-winning documentary, Southern Comfort is a courageous, heart-soaring musical that tells the true story of a group of transgender friends living life on their own terms in the back hills of rural Georgia. Winner of the prestigious Jonathan Larson Award, this folk and bluegrass-inspired musical is a celebration of redefining family and choosing love over every obstacle.

The complete cast of Southern Comfort features Donnie Cianciotto (Sam); Lizzie Hagstedt (Storyteller Musician, Bass); Jeffrey Kuhn (Jackson); Elizabeth Ward Land (Storyteller Musician, Percussion); David M. Lutken (Storyteller Musician, Guitar); Jeff McCarthy (Lola Cola); Morgan Morse (Musician); Annette O'Toole (Robert Eads); Aneesh Sheth (Carly); Robin Skye (Melanie); and Joel Waggoner (Storyteller Musician, Violin).

SOUTHERN COMFORT will feature scenic design by James J. Fenton; costume design by Patricia E. Doherty; lighting design by Ed McCarthy; sound design by Andrew Keister; hair design by David Brian Brown; and choreography by Ryan Kasprzak.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

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Justin Vivian Bond

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Alan Cumming

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Alison Fraser, Mary Testa

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Julianne Wick Davis,Thomas Caruso, Bob DuSold, Dan Collins

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Jeffrey Kuhn, Donnie Cianciotto

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Aneesh Sheth, Jeffrey Kuhn

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David M. Lutken, Joel Waggoner, Elizabeth Ward Land, Lizzie Hastedt

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Robin Skye

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Donnie Cianciotto, Robin Skye

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Jeff McCarthy, Annette O'Toole

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Thomas Caruso, Oskar Eustis, Jeff McCarthy, Annette O'Toole, Kate Davis

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Annette O'Toole, Jeff McCarthy, Michael McKean

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Annette O'Toole

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Aneesh Sheth, Ryan Kasprzak, and guest

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