Cast And Creative Announced For STILL AT RISK By Tim Pinckney
Theater for the New City, in association with MBL Productions, has announced, today, the cast and creative team for the New York premiere of the new play, Still at Risk by Tim Pinckney (Message to Michael). Performances begin Thursday, March 7, 2019 for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 31, 2019 in the Community Space Theater at Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue, between 9th & 10th Streets).
Directed by Carl Andress (The Divine Sister; Die, Mommie, Die!), the five-member cast will feature Robert Gomes (Dada Woof Papa Hot, The Tempermentals) as Kevin, Christopher J. Hanke (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Buyer & Cellar) as Christopher, Amy Hohn (November, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Susan, Ryan Spahn (Daniel's Husband, Summer and Smoke) as Byron, and Jonathan Walker (The Assembled Parties, The Divine Sister) as Marcus.
Kevin, a surviving activist from the front lines of the AIDS crisis, finds himself struggling to find his place and purpose in contemporary gay culture. When a gay fundraising event threatens to erase the history he was part of creating, Kevin's anger and passion are renewed and he is confronted with the challenge of how to motivate change in this new climate of visibility. Along the way, Kevin's raw and slightly unhinged methods provoke everyone who can help him, damage long friendships and eventually expose some dark secrets. Hilarious, sharp, and deeply moving, Still at Risk is a powerful look at the personal and political hazards of rewriting the past and one man's attempt to move forward.
Still at Risk received its world premiere in San Francisco at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. The San Francisco critics raved and shared, "Tim Pinckney laces through his tight script a mixture of one survivor's lingering anger, guilt, and regrets with generous helpings of razor-sharp humor, ego-packed hubris, and genuinely felt heart."
The creative team will include Jason Lee Courson (Scenic Design), Gregory Gale (Costume Design), Steve O'Shea (Lighting Design), and Adrian Bridges (Sound Design). The Production Stage Manager is Giles T. Horne and Assistant Stage Manager is Jessica Fleischman. The General Manager is Tony Spinosa with Company Manager Greg Santos. Graphic Design is by Sr a Vasiljevi .
"The dream has always been to have a production of Still at Risk in New York City, shared playwright Tim Pinckney. And now, after a fantastic world premiere in San Francisco at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, I'm very excited to bring my play home. He went on to say, Theater for the New City in the East Village is the perfect venue to tell this story. What makes this whole experience even sweeter is that I get to be on this thrill ride with my dear pal Carl Andress. And concluded by stating, I'm completely bowled over by the skill and creativity of all the amazing artists involved with this production. I'm looking forward to sharing this story.
"I'm excited to return to Theater for the New City to collaborate with Tim Pinckney on bringing his fearless, poignant and seriously funny new play, Still at Risk to the stage, stated director Carl Andress. Only Tim could tell this story. He focuses his unique sensibility to explore the tragedy that the AIDS crisis wreaked upon a generation now lost to us, while celebrating those brave men and women who took up arms and went to war to fight for basic human rights. He went on to add, Tim was one of the fighters who chose to reframe his life as an artist into one of service as well. Tim's own experience informs Still at Risk and it is his passion that asks us to recall, through a contemporary lens, a time that is increasingly easy to forget. You won't soon forget Still at Risk.
Still at Risk will play the following performance schedule: Tuesday Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
NOW ON SALE, tickets for Still at Risk are priced at $25 and may be purchased online at www.smarttix.com.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Robert Gomes (Kevin) Broadway: The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Racing Demon. Off-Broadway: Dan Cody's Yacht (Manhattan Theater Club), Dada Woof Papa Hot (Lincoln Center), The Temperamentals, As Is and Only You (both Circle Rep), Two Boys in a Bed... (Rattlestick), Shmulnik's Waltz, A Quiet End. Regional: Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Dallas Theater Center, George Street Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Seattle Rep, Huntington Theater, Geva Theater, Long Wharf. Film: The Way I Remember It, Body/Antibody, An Englishman in New York, Daddy, Deflated (producer). TV: Forever, Unforgettable, Sex and the City, Ed, Law and Order. In pre-production for the film standby (writer, director), starring Reed Birney.
Christopher J. Hanke (Christopher) is an actor, director, and theater nerd. He stars in the upcoming feature film, Breaking Fast, and stars alongside Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, Cynthia Erivo & Jon Cameron Mitchell in the soon to be released musical podcast, Anthem, penned by JCM. Recent NYC: Jon Tolins' hit one-man comedy, Buyer & Cellar, in NY and Toronto; and Perfect Arrangement at Primary Stages. Broadway: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Bud Frump), Rent (Mark), Cry-Baby (Baldwin), and In My Life (JT). Additionally, Hanke played Tommy Boatwright in The Normal Heart directed by George C. Wolfe, and starred as Claude in The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of Hair. Christopher's TV credits include 3 seasons as Devon on Odd Mom Out (BRAVO); recurring role on the sitcom Kevin Can Wait (CBS); Fabian in the last season of Devious Maids ; series regular Ryan Abbot, Three Rivers (CBS); recurring as Stuart on HBOs Big Love ; guest starred on Nashville, Major Crimes, The Client List, Brothers & Sisters, and Younger.
Amy Hohn (Susan). Broadway: November, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Off-Broadway: A Few Stout Individuals (Signature); The Country Club, June Moon (Drama Dept); also Vineyard, Naked Angels, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theatre. Regional: Two River, Shakespeare Theater, Old Globe, George Street, Baltimore Center Stage, McCarter Theater, O'Neill Playwrights, Papermill Playhouse, Hudson Theatre (LA). TV: Bull (recurring), Madame Secretary, Mozart in the Jungle, House of Cards, The Blacklist, Alpha House (recurring), The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Film: Coin Heist, Only Living Boy in New York, War of the Worlds, Hitch, Meet the Parents, Along Came Polly, The Impostors.
Ryan Spahn (Byron). Off-Broadway: Daniel's Husband (Westside Theatre/Primary Stages), Summer and Smoke (Classic Stage/Transport Group), Exit Strategy (Primary Stages), Gloria (Vineyard Theatre). Regional: Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Hamlet (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Goodman Theatre. Film: Woven (co-writer), He's Way More Famous Than You (co-writer with Halley Feiffer), Grantham & Rose (writer), Shirley (upcoming). TV: The Blacklist, Half Life, Ugly Betty, Tanner on Tanner, Star Trek: Voyager. Web: What's Your Emergency (co-creator). Training: The Juilliard School.
Jonathan Walker (Marcus). Broadway: The Assembled Parties, 20th Century, After The Fall, Rocky. Off-Broadway: World premieres include plays by Richard Greenberg, Donald Margulies, Wendy McCloud, Doug Wright, James Lapine, Peter Parnell and Charles Busch at MCC, The Pubic Theater, Playwright's Horizons, Primary Stages, Roundabout, Manhattan Theater Club, The Cherry Lane, The New Group. Film includes: The Chaperone, Bridge of Spies, It Had To Be You, Man On A Ledge, Michael Clayton, People I know, Heights, Far From Heaven. TV: Madam Secretary , Quantico, Person of Interest, The Blacklist, Elementary, The Good Wife, The Big C, Sex and The City, Chapelle's Show, Lots of Law And Order. Recurring roles Zero Hour, The Carrie Diaries, Daredevil.