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BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE Plays Performance to Benefit The Actors Fund Today

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Breakfast With Mugabe, Fraser Grace's award-winning and critically acclaimed drama, currently in a limited run engagement at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center, announces the addition of a performance tonight, October 6th at 7:30pm, to benefit the Actors Fund.

Inspired by accounts that Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's President, sought treatment from a white psychiatrist, the play was originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford- Upon-Avon in 2005 and won the highly prestigious John Whiting Award in 2006. The New York production, in a limited run at the Pershing Square Signature Center, is a critic's pick in both the New York Times ("trenchant, magnificently acted") and Time Out ("an excellent cast, directed with forceful simplicity by David Shookhoff").

Likened to a modern day Macbeth, it is a suspenseful, suddenly violent play that highlights issues of our time: the tension between modern ideas and ancient beliefs, the question of whether those who were colonized can live with their former subjugators, and how a man who was oppressed becomes an oppressor.

Ultimately Breakfast With Mugabe is about a country in crisis, a family in turmoil and about the complex nature of the mind. As we watch citizens of countries around the world struggle under dictatorships, this play resonates strongly. Directed by David Shookhoff, it stars Ezra Barnes (Andrew Peric), Yale graduates Michael Rogers (Robert Mugabe) and Rosalyn Coleman (Grace Mugabe), and Che Ayende as the family's loyal bodyguard (Gabriel).

The production plays The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036 and closes on October 6th. Run Time: 90 min. (no intermission). Tickets for both productions can be purchased through Ticket Central via www.ticketcentral.com, by calling 212-279-4200, or in person at 416 W. 42nd Street (12-8pm daily).

The Pershing Square Signature Center is the new, permanent home of Signature Theatre. Spanning an entire city block at 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, the Frank Gehry-designed building features three intimate theatres, a Studio Theatre, rehearsal studio, and a public café and bookstore and serves as both a theatre community hub and neighborhood destination. Working hand-in-hand with Signature leadership and architect of record H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC, Gehry's design is carefully calibrated to foster interaction among playwrights, artistic collaborators and the public. The Pershing Square Signature Center has allowed the Company, to expand and enhance its programming, introduce new initiatives, and build audiences. The Center serves as the artistic home for all its Playwrights-in-Residence, fostering a dynamic creative community where playwrights engage directly with audiences and one another.

Photo Credit: Joseph Henry Ritter


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