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9 CIRCLES Stars, Creative Team to Kick Off Talkback Series at The Sheen Center

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, in partnership with Bedlam Veterans Outreach, will begin a 9 Circles Talkback Series, taking place immediately following the performance on Thursday evenings (March 2, 9, and 16) and Saturday matinees (March 4, 11, and 18).

The talkbacks are free for ticketholders of 9 Circles and will feature veterans, veteran advocacy leaders, well as cast and creative team. The series will begin following the 8pm performance tomorrow, Thursday, March 2.

9 CIRCLES TALKBACK SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, MARCH 2:

Bill Cain (Playwright, 9 Circles)

Josh Collins (Actor, 9 Circles)

Ryman Sneed (Actor, 9 Circles)

David St. Louis (Actor, 9 Circles)

Aaron Roman Weiner (Actor, 9 Circles)

SATURDAY, MARCH 4:

Stephan Wolfert (Director of Veterans Outreach, Bedlam)

COCO CULHANE (Director, Veteran Advocacy Project, Urban Justice Center)

DR. YVETTE BRANSON (Coordinator, VITAL Initiative, VA NY Harbor)

HAYLEY HOVATTER JOHNSON (Actor/Playwright, Member of Bedlam Veterans Outreach)

Kent Nicholson (Director, 9 Circles)

Josh Collins

Ryman Sneed

David St. Louis

For confirmed participants for the talkbacks on March 9, 11, 16, and 18, visit www.sheencenter.org.

Inspired by a true story and based on the nine circles of hell in Dante's Inferno, the play centers on Daniel Reeves, who is arrested and prosecuted for acts that he may have committed while serving in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War. Thrown into a labyrinth of military bureaucracy, the confused and troubled teenager tries to navigate through layers of commanding officers, public defenders, pastors, army psychiatrists and, essentially, his own personal hell. This is the New York premiere of the play following several critically-acclaimed regional productions; Robert Hurwitt of The San Francisco Chronicle called the play, "a dense, fiercely performed and provocative journey," and Backstage Magazine raved that 9 Circles is "an electrifying psychological drama with riveting, tour-de-force performances... with its myriad intellectual riches, this important work packs a powerful emotional punch, examining timeless social issues with insight and compassion."

Josh Collins makes his North American stage debut as Daniel Reeves. Collins is joined by Ryman Sneed (Skylight, The City of Conversation), David St. Louis (Side Show, Harlem Song) and Aaron Roman Weiner ("The Americans", Fool For Love). Completing the creative team are Set & Costume Designer Lex Liang (The Mountaintop & The Crucible at Cleveland Playhouse; Blues for an Alabama Sky at ALLIANCE THEATRE), Lighting Designer Kirk Bookman (Bedbound for Irish Repertory Company, Recent Tragic Events for Playwrights Horizons), and Sound Designer Victoria Deiorio (A Christmas Carol at Theatre at St. Clements, Queens for a Year at Hartford Stage).

Tickets for 9 Circles are now on sale via bit.ly/2lUDU4p or by calling Ovation tix at (866) 811-4111. The regular performance schedule is as follows: Wednesday - Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday 2:00pm & 8:00pm, and Sunday at 2:00pm.

Committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience, Bedlam creates works of theatre that reinvigorate traditional forms in a flexible, raw space, collapsing aesthetic distance and bringing its viewers into direct contact with the dangers and delicacies of life. In this new, fresh, active environment storytelling becomes paramount and the result is a kinetic experience of shared empathy.

Named after the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, best known for his popular radio and TV ministry in the 1950s and 60s, The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture is a project of the Archdiocese of New York with the mission of showcasing works in the performing and visual arts, lectures and symposia that highlight the true, the good, and the beautiful as they have been expressed throughout the ages. The state-of-the-art complex has a 270-seat proscenium theater equipped with five-camera high-definition livestream capability and a multi-track recording studio with thirty-two onstage inputs; an 80-seat black box theater; four rehearsal studios; and an art gallery. This facility is the newest arts center in Manhattan in 35 years and a great addition to the growing artistic community in the East Village/NoHo.


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