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Casting is now complete on THE F#@%ING WRIGHT BROTHERS, part of the New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC 2018. This production is the New York Premiere of this comedy by David Zellnik (Yank!) with songs by David Zellnik and Eric Svejcar (Caligula), directed by Abigail Zealey Bess (The Radicalization of Rolfe).

The cast is: Harrison Chad (Caroline, or Change), Jarid Faubel (The Blacklist), Jordan J. Ford (Dogfight @Speakeasy Stage), Montana Lambert Hoover (Old Names For Wildflowers), Joseph Medeiros (Groundhog Day), Randy Merrill (Really, Really) and Tam Young (Law & Order: SVU).

Sex! Drugs! Children's theatre! The F#@%ing Wright Brothers is a backstage comedy about non-equity actors on a 58-city van tour of America. For two hours a day they sing about the Wright Brothers. Which leaves 22 hours for hook-ups, meltdowns, petty crime, showmances, seedy hotels, and Broadway dreams.

This play with songs was originally developed under the title Orville and Wilbur Did It! with the New Colony Theatre Ensemble in Chicago in 2013/2014. The revised version now feature five songs and was presented by The York Theatre Company's Developmental Reading Series. The FringeNYC production is produced by Glenn Krutoff (The Radicalization of Rolfe).

Author David Zellnik says: "Creating the first draft with The New Colony was a blast, and working on this newer version - with more songs, and deeper character development - with an amazing New York cast is so exciting. I can't wait for audiences to share in the lunacy of these tours and the improbable love story at the heart of it."

Director Abigail Zealey Bess adds: "The love story isn't just between the actors in the van, but for these rather amazing children's theatre van tours themselves, which is how so many actors get their Equity cards. I'm fascinated by the giddiness and strangeness of driving through America with five other people who you love, loathe, perform with, have sex with, and, well, expose everything to. And it's the funniest show I've worked on!"


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David Zellnik (author) Off Broadway's Yank! (composer: Joseph Zellnik) which received 7 Drama Desk nominations including for his book and lyrics; in 2017/18 Yank! played both in London's West End and Rio de Janeiro, where it won Best Musical of Brazil. David and Joe also adapted the play Flight for TheaterworksUSA, creating the musical First in Flight.

Eric Svejcar (composer) wrote the scores to Caligula, An Ancient Glam Epic (NYMF inaugural Audience Award winner), A Rockin' Midsummer Night's Dream (the subject of the feature documentary Midsummer In Newtown), The Murder Of Isaac (CenterStage Baltimore), and did the musical adaptation of Disney's Peter Pan Jr. in collaboration with David Zellnik.

Abigail Zealey Bess (Director) is an award-winning filmmaker and theatre director. She has been specializing in new work since she established her company, Weird Sisters in '97. Under the auspices of Weird Sisters she has worked on numerous projects in collaboration with writers, both established and newly, emerging on the New York scene. She directed the 2016 Fringe Excellence Award-winning play, The Radicalization of Rolfe by Andrew Bergh.

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