By: Mar. 17, 2017

The 29th Street Playwrights Collective present a staged reading of Carrie Robbins' bittersweet paean to science and love, THE DEATH & LIFE OF DR. CUTTER, A VAUDEVILLE, Monday, April 3, 7 pm, at the Bernie Wohl Center.

Carrie Robbins's play "SAWBONES & THE DIAMOND EATER" (HERE Arts Center, NYC), received six nominations from the NY Innovative Theatre Awards & her other work has been both Semi-Finalist and Finalist in the NY New Works and Thespis Theatre Festivals. Robbins is also known as a Broadway costume designer.

Dr. Cutter is very sick. Now he can see every minute of what's left of his future. A mortality tale. With songs.

The unusual format of the play with music was inspired by the observations of RD Robbins, MD, the playwright's late husband, whose humor and medical knowledge permeates the piece.

Music composed and arranged by Shelly Gartner (The Adding Machine/6th annual TRU New Musicals Reading Series); Gartner will accompany on piano and keyboard, with Ed Conte on bass. Lyrics by Robbins. The reading will be directed by Luke Tudball.

The company features a veteran Broadway cast: Lori Hammel (Broadway: Mamma Mia!, Natl: 9 to 5; Forbidden Broadway & album; Film: Coen Brothers' Burn After Reading; Season 2 of Master of None); Ben Livingston (Broadway: 1 Man, 2 Guvnors, The Heiress, Mama Mia; TV: The Knick; House of Cards); Neal Mayer (Broadway: Les Miz; Mark Felt Superstar & Berlin to B'way at York; Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame; TV: Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon); and Erika Rolfsrud (Good People/CT Critics Circle Award, Best Actress; The Little Dog Laughed /Kevin Kline Award, Best Actress; Broadway: Coast of Utopia, Rabbit Hole, Exit the King; TV: House of Cards).

As a designer, Robbins has spent years designing costumes on Broadway & Off, here & abroad. In 2012 she received the TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. In 2011 she became only the 2nd costume designer to be honored with a Monograph of her work ( Drama-Bookshop/NYC). She has several Tony nominations, 6 Drama Desk Awards, Maharam, Henry Hewes, L.A. Dramalogue, Audelco, Salmagundi Fine Arts, 3 Prague Quadrennial, among others.

The 29th Street Playwrights Collective is dedicated to developing the voices of emerging, mature playwrights through weekly craft discussions and fostering new work for the stage through public readings and workshop performances of member's works. It is committed to serving at least 50% women writers and other collaborators.

29th Street Playwright Collective New Works Series is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Bernie Wohl Center 647 Columbus Avenue (btw 91st and 92nd Streets). Tickets are Available on Eventbrite. No Charge; Donations of $10 appreciated. Light supper served.