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Theatre East Announces Cast for Premiere of a New American Play

Theatre East presents A Name for a Ghost to Mutter by Cyndi Williams at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street NYC. Performances begin for the limited engagement on Friday, November 11, 2016 and the Opening is Monday, November 14 at 8:00 pm. Performances are: Wednesday - Sunday at 8:00 p.m., and a Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. No performance on Thanksgiving 11/24. For tickets and information visit www.theatreeast.org. The director of the new American play is Judson Jones. The cast includes: Rachel Caplan, Lori Fischer, Ryan George, Tom Green, Kathleen Huber, Christa Kimlicko Jones, Kelly Kunkel, Emily Verla, and David Volin. Scenic Design is by Jessie Bonaventure, Lighting Design by Zach Murphy, Costume Design by Sherry Martinez, and Sound Design by John D. Ivy.

A Name for a Ghost to Mutter follows Lucretia and her three grown children that have come to clean out the home of Lala, her recently deceased cousin and lifelong friend. They instead uncover a mystery. Lucretia and her children journey back to previous generations, visit the ghosts of the past, confront how much they really know about their own family. And ask: "What happens when a woman boldly chooses herself over her duty?" A Chekhovian tale with Horton Foote sensibilities.

Judson Jones is an award winning actor, director, and producer that has been working professionally for well over a decade. As a producer, he has had the privilege of collaborating Off Broadway on the premieres of Daniel MacIvor's THE SOLDIER DREAMS, Tim Blake Nelson's EYE OF GOD, Christopher Durang's THE VIETNAMIZATION OF NEW JERSEY (NY Times Critic Pick), David W. Crawford's HARVEST (Smith and Kraus Best New Plays of 2008; Backstage Critic's Pick), Bennett Windheim's NORMALCY, Megan O'Brien's THE JUNGLE BOOK, and the new musical DEVIL AND THE DEEP with music and lyrics by Air Supply's Graham Russell. Some of his regional directing credits include: BASH with the dirigo group (Critics Table Nomination), S-MAN with Scriptworks, and THE ELF and GIFT for Salvage Vanguard. He is an adjunct professor at the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and an instructor the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.

Theatre East is a 501(c)3 nonprofit theatre company whose mission is to provide the community with a platform to deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world we share through works of theatre that utilize simple storytelling. The company was founded in 2008 by husband-and-wife producing partners Judson Jones (Artistic Director) and Christa Kimlicko Jones (Associate Artistic Director), along with Joseph Mitchell Parks, after producing such hits as the premiere of Christopher Durang's The Vietnamization of New Jersey (NY Times Critic's Pick), and the premiere of Texas playwright David W. Crawford's Harvest (BackStage Critic's Pick, Smith & Kraus Best New Plays of 2008), as well as earning a spot as producers to watch in 2008 on PBS's Theater Talk. Since its founding, Theatre East has mounted such critically acclaimed New York and World Premieres as Tim Blake Nelson's Eye of God, Daniel McIvor's The Soldier Dreams, Bennett Windheim's Normalcy, Megan O'Brien's The Jungle Book, and last season's Devil and the Deep with original music and lyrics by Air Supply's Graham Russell.


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