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Tangent Theatre Company Extends LOBBY HERO Through 5/3

Tangent Theatre Company, based in the intimate Carpenter Shop Theater in Tivoli's village center, announces a fifth week of performances for their Spring 2015 production: the contemporary moral drama Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan. The play will now run through Sunday, May 3. Set in a Manhattan apartment building lobby, the story examines the shades of grey between right and wrong, and centers on the main character, Jeff, the building's security guard, and three other diverse characters, including Jeff's supervisor William and two New York City police officers (Bill and Dawn). Remaining performances of Lobby Hero are Thursdays - Saturdays 8pm; Sundays 3pm.

Lobby Hero is written by award-winning writer Kenneth Lonergan, best known for his plays This Is Our Youth and The Waverly Gallery and the films You Can Count on Me, Margaret and Gangs of New York. This is Tangent's sixth main-stage show since relocating from New York City to the Hudson Valley in 2009. The show features New York-based actors Jacob Horstmeier, Kelsey Landon and Brandon Jones, along with Tangent's artistic director, actor Michael Rhodes (Landon, Jones and Rhodes are members of Actors' Equity Association). The play is directed by the Hudson Valley's Amy Lemon Olson, a veteran actress (and AEA member). Olson directed Tangent's production of The Vandal by Hamish Linklater in March 2014. Horstmeier, Landon and Olson recently appeared in Tangent's NEWvember New Plays Festival this past November. A student ticket program was initiated for Lobby Hero, whereby 40 tickets were paid for by individual community benefactors, allowing that many college and high school students to see the show for free. A majority of students have come from Bard and Dutchess Community College.

"I've always been an enormous fan of Lonergan's work and Lobby Hero in particular," says Rhodes. "There's a timeliness to it now, in its examination of the grey areas of police, race, crime and sex. But there is a fantastic timelessness, too, in the moral quagmire of right and wrong. With these actors in these roles, and with Amy, a great actor's director, we knew this would be a knockout show," he adds.

Playwright Lonergan's The Waverly Gallery was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001; his screenplay You Can Count on Me won several industry awards in 2000/2001, including the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics award for Best Screenplay and the American Film Institute award for Best Film and New Writer; it was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay. He also directed the film, executive produced by Martin Scorsese and starring Laura Linney (Academy Award nominee) and Mark Ruffalo. Lonergan was also a co-writer on the Martin Scorsese film Gangs of New York.

Gaining wide visibility after their highly acclaimed productions, including The Vandal (2014), the American Premiere of Christian O'Reilly's The Good Father in 2012, and along with their trademark pub-readings, Tangent Theatre has now become a destination for character-driven, compelling works. Tangent, in association with AboutFACE Ireland, recently wrapped their fourth popular NEWvember New Plays Festival to record-breaking attendance, a weekend showcase of new plays by talented writers.

Founded in New York City in 2000 by Dutchess County natives Andrea and Michael Rhodes and Keith Teller, the company re-located to Tivoli in 2009. In addition to The Vandal, The Good Father and NEWvember, Tangent has produced such plays as Sight Unseen by Donald Margulies, John Patrick Shanley's Doubt: A Parable, The Zoo Story by Edward Albee and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.



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