THE THING WITH FEATHERS Begins Tonight at The Barrow Group

THE THING WITH FEATHERS Begins Tonight at The Barrow Group

The Barrow Group Theatre Company, recipient of a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award, continues their 2017-2018 season with the World Premiere of The Thing with Feathers, a play by Scott Organ.

Directed by Company Co-Artistic Director Seth Barrish, the four-member cast features Zachary Booth (The Winslow Boy, "Damages"), as Eric, DeAnna Lenhart (Point Last Seen, Phoenix) as Beth, Robert Manning, Jr. (Magic/Bird, "Blue Bloods") as Tim, and Alexa Shae Niziak (Matilda the Musical, A Christmas Story the Musical) as Anna.

Performances begin Saturday, January 13, 2018 for a limited engagement through Saturday, February 10, 2018 at The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor). Opening Night is set for Monday, January 22, 2018 at 8:00PM.

A world premiere, with a cast of four, The Thing with Feathers feels almost like a thriller as Scott Organ masterfully spins the tale of an underage teenager who is seduced by an older man on the internet. Things are not as they seem however.

The creative team for The Thing with Feathers includes: Edward T. Morris (set), Kristin Isola (costumes), Solomon Weisbard (lights), and Addison Heeren (props). The Production Stage Manager is Allison Raynes.

The Thing with Feathers 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. Please note: There is a special added performance on Tuesday, January 16 at 8:00 p.m. and no performances on January 17 & 18.

Single tickets for The Thing with Feathers are priced at $35 (Premium Seats) & $25 and are available by visiting the website at www.barrowgroup.org or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111.

The 2017-2018 season continues with the revival of A Walk in the Woods by Lee Blessing (March 17 - April 15, 2018).

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Zachary Booth (Eric) at The Barrow Group: Spine, Pentecost. Broadway: The Winslow Boy. Off- Broadway: The Mound Builders (Signature Theatre), Me Myself & I, Prayer for My Enemy (Playwrights Horizons). Regional: After All the Terrible Things I Do (Huntington). Films include: After Louie, The Revival, Keep the Lights On, Dark Horse, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. TV: Currently recurring on "The Good Fight, "Damages" (Michael Hewes), "Gone," "Major Crimes." "Blue Bloods," "Person of Interest.

DeAnna Lenhart (Beth) is thrilled to get back to acting with this production after a long hiatus raising her two boys and running a business. She was most recently seen in Point Last Seen which was performed at the Atlantic Second Stage and The Barrow Group's production of Phoenix. Other Barrow Group credits include The Fear Project, Release, Short Stuff II, and Short Stuff III. Other New York credits include Runners at Atlantic Theater Company's 453 New Works, Escape From Happiness and The House of Yes (Tantrum Theatre) and What I Like About Breasts (Exploding Moment). Regional Credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Idaho Shakespeare Festival) and Sincerity Forever (New City Theater, Seattle). Short Films: Curfew and So Grown Up. She has a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts. She has also been seen in several national and regional commercials.

Robert Manning, Jr. (Tim) is a graduate of the University of Washington's Professional Acting Training Program, MFA. Recent Television: "Blue Bloods," "Braindead," "Person of Interest," "Master of None." Film: Frogtown, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Theatre - Broadway: Magic/Bird. Regional: Joshua in The Christians, Sterling in Two Trains Running. 2008 NAACP Theatre Award Nomination: Defiance - Pasadena Playhouse. 2010 NAACP Theatre Award Nomination: Battle Hymn - Ford Theatre. 2012 NAACP Theatre Award Win: Blues for an Alabama Sky - Pasadena Playhouse. For more information and full credits, visit robertmanningjr.com.

Alexa Shae Niziak (Anna) Broadway: Matilda the Musical, A Christmas Story the Musical, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Broadway Tours: Mary Poppins, A Christmas Story. Off-Broadway: Women Without Men, The Mother of Invention. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Far From Heaven. TV/Film: "The Americans," "Orange is the New Black," "The World is Full of Secrets." Two-Time IRNE nominee.

Scott Organ (Playwright) His plays have been commissioned by The Atlantic Theater Company, developed by theaters including The New Group, Page 73, The Barrow Group, South Coast Rep, and have been performed and work-shopped throughout the United States, Europe and South America. Scott's play Phoenix premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays and was subsequently produced at The Barrow Group and through Rattlestick at Cherry Lane Theater. Phoenix has been translated into Portuguese, Spanish and French. His writing has been featured in "Arts in The Armed Forces," performed by Laura Linney and Dianne Wiest. Scott's plays can be found in New Playwrights - The Best Plays 2010, Humana Festival 2010 - The Complete Plays, New American Short Plays 2005, Best American Short Plays and Great Short Plays Volume 9. Scott is a writer on the short films Playdate (TriBeCa Film Festival, 3rd place - London City International Film Festival, Vimeo Staff Pick), The Board (TriBeCa Film Festival), The One (Palm Springs International Film Festival), and the features Phoenix and History of Technology. As an actor, Scott has been in over 50 commercials and films.

Seth Barrish (Director) is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Barrow Group. He directed the award-winning shows All The Rage (Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show), My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, (Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Solo Show-Final performance at Carnegie Hall), Sleepwalk With Me (Nightlife Award for Outstanding Comedian in a Major Performance), The Tricky Part (OBIE Award, Drama Desk Nominations for Best Play and Best Solo Show), Pentecost (Drama Desk Nomination for Best Play), Old Wicked Songs (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award & Garland Award for Best Direction), and Good (Straw Hat Award for Best Direction), among dozens of productions spanning a 35-year career Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, in regional theater and internationally. Seth co-directed Mike Birbiglia's feature film Sleepwalk With Me. Seth is a professional acting and directing teacher and is author of the book "An Actor's Companion-99 Bits of Craft." Seth co-directed the Netflix Comedy Special "Thank God for Jokes" and directed the Netflix Comedy Special "Mike Birbiglia, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend." He was a consulting producer for the film Don't Think Twice and a producer of Mike Birbiglia's CD Sleepwalk With Me Live. As an actor, Seth appears regularly in film and on television. Seth is also a composer (SESAC) and most proud of his affiliation with his family, Lee Brock, Phillip & Rachel Barrish.

For over 30 years The Barrow Group (TBG) has been producing theatre and training people of all ages in the performing arts. TBG's success is due to the exceptional quality of its performance ensemble and teaching staff, as well as the proven techniques it has developed and refined. TBG believes that a well-told story has the power to connect, transform and inspire.

In its 9,000 sq. foot arts center in midtown Manhattan, TBG offers affordably priced classes in acting, directing, playwriting, and filmmaking, as well as a full season of plays and developmental readings. In addition, TBG engages in off-site activities such as youth education outreach and corporate workshops.

TBG has won numerous awards for its theatrical productions, including a Drama Desk and OBIE Award, and received numerous nominations over the years. Alumni have won Academy, Emmy, OBIE, and Lucille Lortel Awards. TBG serves nearly twenty-thousand people each year.

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