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Bedlam's HAMLET and ST. JOAN to Play in Repertory Off-Broadway, Beg. 11/8

Producers Meredith Lucio and Sarah Hancock in association with Perry Street Theatricals present the critically acclaimed Bedlam productions of William Shakespeare's Hamlet and George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, directed by Eric Tucker.

Played in repertory and with four actors, Hamlet and Saint Joan are boldly theatrical, stripped down, immersive productions of classic plays by one of America's most innovative downtown theatre companies.

Playing at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre in NYC (formerly the 45 Bleeker Street Theatre), Saint Joan begins performances on Friday, November 8th and officially opens Thursday, November 14th. Hamlet begins performances on Friday, November 15th and officially opens on Tuesday, November 19th.

The cast features Ted Lewis, Tom O'Keefe, Andrus Nichols and Eric Tucker. The design team includes John McDermott (Sets). The rest of the design team will be announced shortly.

Saint Joan is based on the life and trial of Joan of Arc. Fascinated by the story of Joan of Arc (canonized in 1920), George Bernard Shaw presents a realistic portrayal of Joan: proud, intolerant, naïve, foolhardy, always brave-a rebel who challenged the conventions and values of her day.

Bedlam is a company committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience. With large ideas and modest budgets, Bedlam creates theatre in a flexible, raw space, presenting new writing, contemporary reappraisals of the classics and small-scale musical theatre. Their productions always include the audience. Storytelling is paramount. Bedlam believes that innovative use of space can collapse aesthetic distance and bring the audience into direct contact with the dangers and delicacies of life--inciting laughter and chaos, provoking thought and recreating the thrill of live experience.

Bedlam's critically acclaimed productions of Hamlet and Saint Joan played in repertory at the Access Theatre in NYC from February 7th - April 7th and will play at the Olney Center in Montgomery County, Maryland from September 4 - October 20, 2013.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning September 8th, 2013. Tickets will be available by calling Ovation Tix at 866-811-4111, online at www.theatrebedlam.org and www.cultureproject.org and at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre box office (45 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012). Box office opens two hours prior to the performance. For information on group tickets please contact: Meredith Lucio at 347-562-1206 or by contacting BedlamGroups@gmail.com. Tickets range from $25-75. Premium tickets are available at $99.00. Ticket packages to attend both productions are available for a special price. Hamlet and Saint Joan are appropriate for ages 12 and up.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Hamlet and Saint Joan will play in repertory. Check www.theatrebedlam.org for the performance schedule.

Curtain times are:

Tuesday at 7:30PM

Wednesday at 7:30PM

Thursday at 7:30PM

Friday at 7:30PM

Saturday at 2:30PM & 7:30PM

Sunday at 2:30PM & 7:00PM

Eric Tucker has worked with playwrights Tony Kushner, David Henry Hwang, David Ives, Paula Vogel and Ellen McLaughlin. He has directed such esteemed actors as William Hurt, Ed Asner, Campbell Scott and Laura Esterman. In July 2011, Eric directed a workshop production of Mate by Lolly Ward at The Actors Gang in Los Angeles. Recent work in New York includes Tina Packer's Women of Will, the world premiere of Diana Arnolds 86'd (Theatre Row), Stephen Jeffreys' The Libertine (Fools Theatre and Playhouse Creatures), and Nate Edelman's The Belle of Belfast (Cherry Lane). Regional highlights include the upcoming production of Bridge Repertory Theater's The Libertine (Boston), Hamlet (with William Hurt, Stella Adler Theatre, Los Angeles), the world premiere of Deb Royal's adaptation of Richard Adams' Watership Down (Burning Coal), the North American premiere of David Williamson's Sanctuary (Veterans Center for the Performing Arts, L.A.), Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet and Measure for Measure (Redlands Shakespeare Festival), Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet (Trinity Rep) and Dan OBrien's Voyage of the Carcass (Brown Playwrights Festival). For his Los Angeles based company, Bighead, he has directed Macbeth (nominated Best Overall Production and Best Director by LA Weekly) and Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan (L.A. Critics Circle Top 10). He is currently in development with Ed Asner and Peter Cook on his play Uranium + Peaches. He is founder of the Trinity Shakespeare Summer Project, a former member of the Breadloaf Acting Ensemble, as well as an acting and directing teacher. He received his M.F.A. in Acting from the Trinity Rep Conservatory and is a proud member of Equity since 1996. He resides in New York City.

Andrus Nichols. In recent seasons: Hamlet (Gertrude) with The Shakespeare Forum, Tennessee Williams' Hello From Bertha (title role) at The Abingdon Theater, Hamlet (title role) in a site specific production that used most of the buildings, several off-limits spaces, and all 22 acres of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco (with We Players), Elizabeth Malet in The Libertine (with The Fools Theatre), Electra inIphigenia & Other Daughters (We Players, also on Alcatraz.) www.andrus-nichols.com

Ted Lewis. Theatre: Sackville/Harris in The Libertine (The Fools Theatre, NY); Mark in The Philadelphia, Kafka in Words, Words, Words; Sir David Attenborough in Time Flies (Bang Theatre Collective, NY); Antonio in Twelfth Night; Oronte in The Misanthrope; Pozzo in Waiting For Godot; Creon in Antigone (Pilot House, NY); The Father in One Way To Babylon; Banquo in Macbeth (Chimera Theatre, NY); Ned in Calling Nancy Drew; Ashley in I'll Never Be Hungry Again (CBT Theatre, KY). Television: "All My Children," "As the World Turns." Ted is the original voice of James and a number of other characters in "Pokemon."

TOM O'KEEFE. Recent: Richard II (Shakespeare & Company) NYC: The Best of Everything (HERE Arts Center); Barking Girl (4th St. Theater);Hamlet (The Shakespeare Forum); A Hard Wall at High Speed (APAC); Midsummer Night's Dream (Riverside Theatre); The Libertine (Kirk Theater). Regional: The Taster, Measure for Measure (Shakespeare & Co., MA); From Orchids to Octopi (Central Square Theatre, MA);Humble Boy (Publick Theatre, MA); Questa (Court Theater, CA); The Little Gentleman, Choice Words (Hollywood Court, CA). Television: "CSI," "Criminal Minds," "The Shield," "ER." Film: A New Tomorrow, Avenging Angel, and Crash N' Burn.

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