DESPERATE MEASURES Heads Into Final Weeks, Closing December 31

DESPERATE MEASURES Heads Into Final Weeks, Closing December 31

Final Weeks! The clever, funny and hilarious new musical Desperate Measures, with book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina)and music by David Friedman (Scandalous), presented by The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), in association with Pat Flicker Addiss and Cecilia Lin & Hu Guo, concludes its thrice-extended run on Sunday afternoon, December 31, 2017 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue) where performances began September 19, 2017. Desperate Measures will celebrate its milestone 100th performance on Thursday afternoon, December 28!

Directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino and with music direction by David Hancock Turner, the six-member cast features Emma Degerstedt as Susanna/Sister Mary Jo,Gary Marachek as Father Morse, Lauren Molina as Bella Rose, Conor Ryan as Johnny Blood, Peter Saide as Sheriff Green, and Nick Wyman as Governor von Richterhenkenpflichtgetruber. Understudies are Anthony Festa, Celia Hottenstein, and Tom Souhrada.

In 1890, in a territory out West, Johnny Blood, a hot-tempered young cowboy is sentenced to hang for killing a man in a bar fight. His sister, a novice nun in a nearby mission, is persuaded to plead with a corrupt governor to spare her brother's life. The governor promises to pardon Johnny if his sister, the Sister, will 'do his bidding' for the night. Adding to the humorous complications are a hard-bitten sheriff, a voluptuous saloon girl and a priest who reads Nietzsche.

The creative team includes James Morgan (set), Nicole Wee (costumes), Paul Miller (lights), Julian Evans (sound), Deb Gaouette (props), Carol Hanzel (casting), Joseph Hayward (associate director), and Kevin Maloof (production manager). The Production Stage Manager is Christine Lemme with Assistant Stage Manager Laura C. Nelson.

Desperate Measures plays the following performance schedule: Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at2:30 p.m. (*Audience discussion follows the matinee performance.) Please note: There are no performances on December 25 & 26 with special added matinees onWednesday, December 27 and Friday, December 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Desperate Measures will be filmed for posterity and for archival purposes by the Theater on Film and Tape Archive at Lincoln Center on Friday evening, December 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Join the York Theatre Company for some Holiday Cheer on Christmas Eve, December 24 at 2:30 p.m. Complimentary holiday cocktails and light snacks will be served in the lobby prior to the matinee performance. Pre-show festivities begin at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets for Desperate Measures are priced at $79.50 - $72.50 and may be purchased by calling (212) 935-5820, online at www.yorktheatre.org, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter's (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Senior Rush tickets are available in-person beginning one hour prior to performances for $20 cash only. Student rush tickets can be purchased anytime in advance at the box office during regular box office business hours. Limit one ticket per valid student ID and tickets are subject to availability. Student Rush tickets are $20.00 cash or credit. The York Theatre also offers $25 tickets for guests aged 35 years and under. Groups of 10 or more, contact Great White Way at 212-757-9117, or GreatWhiteWay.com.

York Theatre Company Holiday Gift Cards are available for performances of Desperate Measures, or any production in the new year, by visiting the box office or calling (212) 935-5820, or online at www.yorktheatre.org

York Theatre Company offers the York! Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $75.00-with elite benefits that include up to 35% off tickets to York Theatre Productions, exclusive Member pre-sale opportunities, 50% off on all lobby concessions, 20% off on all lobby merchandise, in addition to special Member-only receptions. The York also offers a York Plus! Membership Program with additional perks, including complimentary tickets to Mainstage productions and invites to several VIP-only presentations throughout the season.

York Memberships can be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org/membership, or by visiting the York Theatre Company Box Office (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), or by calling the Box Office at (212) 935-5820 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org.

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