Alan Ariano, Pun Bandhu, and More to Star in Zhu Yi's A DEAL at Urban Stages

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Alan Ariano, Pun Bandhu, and More to Star in Zhu Yi's A DEAL at Urban Stages

Urban Stages, Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director, will kick-off its 34th season with the World Premiere of Zhu Yi's A DEAL, directed by John Giampietro. This limited engagement at Urban Stages (259 West 30th Street), begins performances on November 15, opens on Monday, November 20 and will run through December 10, 2017. Tickets for are $35 ($25 during previews; $50 on opening and $15 student rush) and may be purchased via OvationTix at or by phone at 1.866.811.4111.

Like many new upper-middle-class Chinese families, Mr. and Mrs. Li are proud to give their only daughter a life they could only dream of (an Ivy League degree in art and an apartment in Manhattan), until they realize she's turning into a dangerous stranger. A DEAL is a dark comedy that features a Chinese family's home buying journey in New York in winter 2015, a time of increased real estate property ownership by overseas Chinese and a sharp decline in the value of the RMB against the US dollar. It reveals the ideological conflicts between the East and the West in contemporary society by tracking a little stream of the global cash flow.

International known playwright Zhu Yi has had her work presented by theaters in Canada, Norway, China, Mexico, Italy, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A DEAL at Urban Stages will be her first Off Broadway production, and will be simultaneously touring China in Mandarin.

Cast includes: Alan Ariano (Broadway: The King and I; Miss Saigon), Pun Bandhu (Broadway: Wit. NY: The Treasurer), Helen Coxe (Film: Julie & Julia Broadway: Side Man. NY: Tail! Spin!), Lydia Gaston (Broadway: The King and I; Miss Saigon), Wei Yi Lin (Gable Stage: 4000 Miles. TV: "Zero Hour") and Seth Moore (NY: Agnes!). Rebecca Kane (Stage Manager), Rachel Kartiganer (Assistant Stage Manager), Frank Oliva (Set Designer), John Salutz (Lighting and Sound Designer), Audrey Nauman (Costume Designer), Ryan Belock (Projection Designer) and Kim Sharp (Technical Director), Peter Napolitano (Associate Producer), Antoinette Mullins (Development & Literary Director), Olga Devyatisilnaya (Company Manager/Financial Administrator), and Ilanna Saltzman (Program Director).

Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinski

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