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GANGPLANK Begins Two Week Engagement At Chernuchin Theatre 4/19

Gangplank, a searing comedy-drama by Ward Morehouse III and Mark Druck, begins a 12-performance, two week engagement at Off-Broadway's Chernuchin Theatre, 314 West 54th Street in Manhattan, on Monday, April 19. The play, which will run through Saturday, May 1, is presented Mondays through Saturdays at 8 PM. (Critics are invited starting Wednesday, April 21.) Tickets are $20. To reserve call 212-581-3044. Mr. Druck is directing; veteran stage, TV and film actress Caitlin O'Heaney is assistant director.

Angela Bernhard Thomas and J. Everett Sherman co-star in the cast of five in this Equity Showcase production. Gangplank, which has compassion, excitement and violence, is set on former Time Magazine reporter David Montgomary's vintage cabin cruiser, now a ramshackle nightclub and hotel moored on Lake Ontario near the Canadian border. Early on we find the half-soused yet remarkably articulate Montgomary, his piano virtuoso daughter on the brink of suicide and the woman he once loved (not) strangely reappearing after 22 years of silence.

Angela Bernhard Thomas (The Countess) is a native Texan and began acting at an early age. She has worked in commercials, theater and film. Her favorite roles include starring and featured parts in productions of Oliver Twist, A Midsummer's Night's Dream and South Pacific. She is currently co-producing and directing a documentary film on the life of inventor and artist Herman Margulies. She studies at Stella Adler in New York City.

J. Everett Sherman (David Montgomery) has appeared in productions for the Ensemble Studio Theatre, playing leads in Runway, Break and Enter and Daylight Savings; Forgive Me, Father and Judgment Day at Pulse Ensemble Theatre; and Superiority Complex at Hudson Guild Theatre.

Julia Giolzetti (Kathleen) holds a BFA in Theatre from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory. Among her New York stage credits are Dear Brutus (Wings Theatre), American Soldiers (Theater for the New City), PINK!, Henry V, The Back Line, T.A.B. (Downtown Urban Theater Festival & Manhattan Rep) and Three Sisters. In San Diego, she played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, winning the Youth Playbill Award for Best Actress Her film credits include HappyThankYouMorePlease (Sundance, this year), White Irish Drinkers, Maconheiro, Sweet Lorraine and Last Chance.

The two-act play is presented by the American Theatre of Actors (ATA), which has an honorary board including Robert DeNiro, and is directed by Mr. Druck. The ATA was founded 34 years ago by James Jennings, who continues as its President and Artistic Director.

Mr. Morehouse, a longtime theater columnist for the New York Post, New York Sun, amNewYork and others and editor of the website, has had two previous Off-Broadway productions, The Actors, which ran for nine months, and If It Was Easy, which he co-wrote with Broadway producer Stewart F. Lane. He is the author of 9 books, including Discovering the Hudson, about Broadway's landMark Hudson Theater, and Inside the Plaza.

"Mr. Morehouse demonstrates a flair for flavorful, well-paced dialogue and a keen-command of the lore and the spirit of a vanished Broadway era," said Frank Rick in his review of The Actors in the New York Times. Mr. Morehouse's father was the late drama critic and columnist Ward Morehouse who covered New York theater for half-a century. His mother, the late actress/publisher Joan Marlowe, co-published the Theater Information Bulletin for half a century.

Mark Druck is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter and director whose Off Off Broadway plays include Keylight, Chairman of the Board, Soho Boxes, Xrdzk, Murder in the Garden, Half A Loaf and The Most Decorated Man in Town. He has directed the musical, Bogie's Back at the North Stage in Glen Cove, LI, as well as a number of staged readings, using his own method for ‘staging' cast readings. He has published four novels - The Final Mission, Instant Dead, Bix & Bones and Look Who I Won in a Poker Game!

In the 1950s, Mr. Druck was a writer of screenplays and teleplays, among them the TV series The Three Musketeers and a feature film, William Tell, produced by Errol Flynn's company. He also directed three intimate love scenes for the Indian film, New York, New York. From 1969 to 2004, he was head of Mark Druck Productions in New York, where he produced and directed industrial films, videos and TV commercials.

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