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The Gallery Players presents SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH

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Gallery Players announces the fifth show of its 50th season with the critically acclaimed and timely, Sweet Bird of Youth, which tells the story of a gigolo and drifter, who returns to his home town as the companion of a once-was movie star.

Fading Hollywood legend Alexandra Del Lago flees the disastrous premiere of her comeback film, and travelling incognito, she seeks refuge in drink, drugs and the arms of Chance Wayne, an idealistic young dreamer turned gigolo, determined to achieve his own movie stardom. A trip to Chance's hometown in a bid to win back his childhood sweetheart sees their relationship of convenience unravel in Williams's vivid and haunting portrait of the destruction of dreams.

This is a rare treat to be produced in Brooklyn and is a must-see for Tennessee Williams fans. Sweet Bird of Youth was first produced in 1959 on Broadway starring Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Sidney Blackmer, Madeleine Sherwood, Diana Hyland, Logan Ramsey, John Napier, and Rip Torn. It was nominated for four Tony awards, and has seen Broadway revivals in both 1975 and 2012.

Sweet Bird of Youth opens Saturday, March 11th, and runs for only 12 performances through Saturday, March 26thth, 2016 at 8 PM. Performances will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 3:00 PM, and the second and third Saturdays at 2:00 PM.

Tickets are $25 for Adults and $20 for senior citizens, students, and children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased 24/7 online at www.galleryplayers.comor by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101 (phone hours 9-9 weekdays, 10-6 weekends). Sweet Bird of Youth is an Actors' Equity Association approved showcase.

Bringing Sweet Bird of Youth to the Gallery stage is Producer, Mark Harborth; Director Jesse Marchese; Set Designer, Matthew Crane; Lighting Designer, Zach Weeks; Costume Designer, Dominique Fawn Hill; Properties Designer, Roxanne Goodby; Sound Designer, Eric Glauber; and an ensemble featuring Erin Beirnard*, David Couter, Lisa Fernandez*, Mike Dylan Flanagan, Adam Fontana*, Chad W. Fornwalt, James Harter*, Cory McCants, Megan McDermott*, Noelle McGrath*, Nancy Rich, Benjamin Russell*, Thanos Skouteris, Benjamin Standford, Greg Pragel and Erika Vetter.

(*courtesy of Actors' Equity Association).

ABOUT THE GALLERY PLAYERS

A New York institution since 1967, this is Gallery's 50th Anniversary Season, which is typically comprised of three plays and three musicals from both the classic and contemporary repertoire. The season finale is the annual Black Box New Play Festival, which workshops and presents world premier productions of works by emerging playwrights. Gallery has received the Off-Off Broadway Review's 2000 Award for Lifetime Achievement, as well as Innovative Theater (IT) awards for outstanding musical for Urinetown, Yank, and Like You Like It, and has earned the reputation of "New York's Best Kept Secret."

The Gallery Players is located at 199 14th Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues, in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Take the F Train to 4th Avenue or the R Train to 9th Street. By car: the BQE to Hamilton Avenue, to 14th Street. Website: http://galleryplayers.com.


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