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Rope to Wind Up Off-Broadway Run, December 23

Drama Dept. has announced that the revival of Patrick Hamilton's Rope, directed by David Warren, will conclude its run on Friday, December 23, 2005 at The Zipper (336 West 37th Street).   The production will have played a total of 14 previews and 23 performances at the time of its closing.

Rope's cast includes Christopher Duva (The Elephant Man), Ginifer King (Steel Magnolias), John Lavelle (The Graduate), Lois Markle (True West), Zak Orth (Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda), Sam Trammell (Tony-nominated for Ah, Wilderness! at Lincoln Center), Neil Vipond (Strange Interlude) and Chandler Williams (Kinsey, The Mysteries at CSC).

According to production notes, "Rope tells the story of two young Oxford men who attempt "the perfect murder" to prove that they are above ordinary people. After killing a college friend, Brandon and Granillo hide the body in a trunk in their living room and host a cocktail party, serving dinner off of the trunk. The play has many similarities with the Leopold and Loeb murder case from Chicago. Alfred Hitchcock adapted the play (which, originally titled Rope's End, opened at The Theatre Masque in September 1929) for his celebrated 1948 film. In keeping with Drama Dept.'s mission of rediscovering neglected works, this production marks the first revival of the play in New York in more than 40 years."

Rope features scenic design by James Youmans, costume design by Gregory Gale, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Kai Harada. Rope marks the first of three planned collaborations between the critically-acclaimed Drama Dept. and The Zipper.

Rope plays through Friday, December 23.  The schedule is: Monday, 12/19 at 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 12/20 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 12/21 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Thursday, 12/22 at 8 p.m.; and  Friday, 12/23 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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