Sit Onstage With HOUSE OF CARDS' Nathan Darrow in Stolen Chair's KILL ME LIKE YOU MEAN IT Next Month
Stolen Chair presents KILL ME LIKE YOU MEAN IT, a film noir for the stage, written by Kiran Rikhye and directed by Jon Stancato with a score composed by Sean Cronin. Previews run February 5-8 and February 12-15, with a press opening slated for February 16, 2015.
When Private Investigator Ben Farrell reads his death prophesied in the pages of a pulp serial, he finds himself at the center of his most mysterious case yet. Onstage seating provides a uniquely cinematic view of this hostile and hilarious "stage noir," equal parts Raymond Chandler and David Lynch.
When Private Detective Ben Farrell reads a gritty and eerily specific description of his own impending murder written up in a popular pulp serial by the name of Kill Me Like You Mean It, he steps down a rabbit-hole where truth and fiction seem entirely interchangeable. Soon Farrell realizes he's got to figure out whom he can trust and how he can find his killer before his killer kills him. Kiran Rikhye's Kill Me Like You Mean It invites the audience into a dizzying and disorienting world of rapid-fire dialogue, smoking guns, and femmes fatales. Limited "Director's Cut" onstage seating provides an intimate view of the action, with the steep angles, dark shadows, and obscured vantage points of classic film noir adapted for live performance. While no audience member can see everything that happens on stage, each will see something uniquely intriguing.
With a cast led by House of Cards' Nathan Darrow, Stolen Chair (three-time Drama Desk Award nominees for The Man Who Laughs) presents a new production of their 2007 hit film noir for the stage, Kill Me Like You Mean It. The limited run at Fourth Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street between Bowery and 2nd Ave) begins Thursday, February 5th. Tickets start at $18 and may be purchased online at www.stolenchair.org. The show runs approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.
The production will be directed by Jon Stancato (The Man Who Laughs; Potion) and features Nathan Darrow* (Edward Meechum, House of Cards), David Skeist* (Richard Foreman's Old Fashioned Prostitutes), Natalie Hegg* (Potion), Sarah Skeist (Frankenstein at New York Theater Workshop) , and Jon Froehlich* (The Man Who Laughs) with an original, 1940's-inspired score composed by multi-instrumentalist Sean Cronin (Potion). The creative team includes Set Design by Michael Minahan (The Man Who Laughs), Lighting Design by David Bengali (Tectonic Theater Project's Square Peg Round Hole), Costume Design by Angela Harner (The Wholehearted), Props by Aviva Meyer (The Man Who Laughs), and Fight Direction by Noah Schultz (Potion).
*Appearing courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association.
ABOUT STOLEN CHAIR - Stolen Chair creates original works of theatre that are playful, stylish, and textually acrobatic. We refuse to draw the line between high art and great entertainment or between thinking and feeling. We are New York's only company committed to the collaboration between a playwright and a director, Stolen Chair's co-founders and co-artistic directors Kiran Rikhye and Jon Stancato. Stolen Chair's previous 15 original works include The Man Who Laughs (Drama Desk "Unique Theatrical Experience", "Outstanding Music in a Play," and "Outstanding Lighting Design" nominations), Bachelors' Tea Party, Kinderspiel, Theatre is Dead & So Are You, and Potion. Stolen Chair is supported, in part, by public funds from the NYSCA and The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York's Nancy Quinn Fund. Kill Me Like You Mean It was developed, in part, through a residency SPACE @ Ryder Farm. www.stolenchair.org
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