British Playwright Torben Betts Arrives for U.S. Premiere of MUSWELL HILL at The Barrow Group
British playwright Torben Betts arrives from Across the Pond to attend a performance of his play Muswell Hill, which is enjoying its New York Premiere in a co-production between The Barrow Group Theatre Company (Seth Barrish and Lee Brock, Co-Artistic Directors; Robert Serrell, Executive Director), and The Pond Theatre Company at The TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street), and to take part in two special surround events related to the production.
On Tuesday, November 28th at 2:30pm, Mr. Betts will be at The Drama Book Shop (250 West 40th Street - between 7th & 8th Avenues) to participate in a Q&A with members of the cast to discuss Muswelll Hill, as well as his distinguished career. It will be moderated by Lily Dorment, Co-Founder of The Pond Theatre Company. The event is free of charge. To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Betts will attend the show on Wednesday, November 29th at 8pm, and immediately following the performance participate in a post-performance discussion, moderated by playwright Arlene Hutton. The talk back is free of charge to ticket holders.
"Torben Betts is one of the most talked-about and prolific playwrights in Britain at the moment," says Colleen Clinton, a co-founder of The Pond Theatre Company. "We are thrilled to introduce his work to a wider audience with the New York premiere of Muswell Hill, a play that resonates so strongly in today's social and political climate, and we are delighted that New York audiences will have the opportunity to meet Torben at these two events."
Directed by Shannon Patterson, the six-member cast features Jason Alan Carvell (War Horse), as Mat, Colleen Clinton (Proof) as Jess, Lily Dorment (Abigail's Party) as Karen, Richard Hollis (The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time) as Simon, John Pirkis ("Blue Bloods") as Tony, and Sarah Street (Abigail's Party) as Annie.
Performances began November 11, 2017 for a limited engagement through Saturday, December 16, 2017 at The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor). Opening Night was celebrated on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:00PM.
Following the sold-out run of Abigail's Party last fall, The Barrow Group Theatre Company and The Pond Theatre Company reunite to present the New York premiere of Muswell Hill by Torben Betts. Set in the leafy north London suburb of Muswell Hill, a dinner party turns dangerously fraught, yet increasingly comical, as the host and guests rattle their upper middle class complacency to a point of no return. Amidst this domestic disaster, an earthquake in a developing nation rocks the rest of the world. How can they justify their everyday worries in an ever more fragile world? Torben Betts is a multi award-winning British playwright, described by Alan Ayckbourn as "one of the most exciting theatre writing talents I have come across in many a year."
The creative team for Muswell Hill includes: Edward T. Morris (set), Kristin Isola (costumes), Solomon Weisbard (lights), Matt Otto (sound) and Addison Heeren (props/video design). The Production Stage Manager is Allison Raynes.
Muswell Hill will play the following performance schedule: Monday at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 7:00 p.m.