KILLING TIME Makes US Premiere At Brits Off Broadway At 59E59 Theaters
59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled welcome the US premiere of KILLING TIME written by Zoe Mills and directed by AnTony Eden. Produced by Word Mills and Dead Letter Perfect in association with the Stephen Joseph Theatre, KILLING TIME begins performances on Thursday, April 18 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 12. Press Opening is Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Friday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM; and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison). Single tickets are $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or visit www.59e59.org.
Time is up for the vivacious Hester Brooke: celebrated cellist, wild woman, lover, mistress, friend, recluse. She's lived her life on her terms and, with a cancerous death sentence looming, she is raising a glass of Rioja to her fate with no regrets. But into her world drops Sara, an enduringly adolescent social worker obsessed with death and social media. Deep and muddy waters are stirred and death is not as easy as it looks.
Called "a fun and irreverent romp" by The Upcoming, this spiky dark comedy, which was inspired by an original cello composition by star Brigit Forsyth and features live cello played by Forsyth throughout, explores inspiration, music, life, and the right to die.
The production stars Brigit Forsyth with her daughter Zoe Mills and features a special appearance by Robin Herford.
The design team features Paul Colwell (production design); Harry Johnson (sound design); Kostis Mousikos (video design); and Alan Walsh (cinematography). The Production Stage Manager is Jynelly Rosario.
Zoe Mills (playwright/Sara) trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her work in theater includes Macbeth- Directors Cut for Volcano Theatre Company; The Drowned Man for Punchdrunk/The National Theatre; Lost Lending Library for Punchdrunk; Hweol for LASTheatre; Great Expectations, Dry Rot,and Bedroom Farce for Theatre By The Lake; Brazil and Back to the Future for Secret Cinema; and many others. She has also helped to develop and create work with numerous companies including Punchdrunk, Hope Theatre Company, Fabler Theatre Company, Waking Exploits, Elan/Frantoio, and Baz productions. For TV, she has appeared in Emmerdale and the internet pilot Mindgames. Film work includes The Casimir Effect, Mr. Nice, and numerous short films. Zoe also enjoys work a professional voice artist. KILLING TIME is her first play.
AnTony Eden (director) has had a career in theater spanning 27 years, since he was 9 years old. As an actor, he has worked in regional theater, toured nationally and internationally, as well as working in the West End in shows such as The Woman in Black and Les Miserables. He has also worked with Alan Ayckbourn and played the part of Anthony Spates in Alan's A Brief History Of Women at 59E59 Theaters last year. As co-founder of his company Dead Letter Perfect, he most recently directed and produced The Gathered Leaves by Andrew Keatley at Park Theatre, starring Jane Asher and Clive Francis. He is also now associate director on Robin Herford's The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre, West End. When not acting, Antony has pursued directing. As Assistant Director, his credits include Vanity Fair, Trumpets and Raspberries (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, dir. Tony Cowney). As Director: The Gathered Leaves (Park Theatre); Effie's Burning (Soho Theatre); Sweeney Todd, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (C venues, Edinburgh Fringe); Sweet Charity (Bloomsbury Theatre); The Vice, State of Affairs (The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks).
Brigit Forsyth (Hester) trained at RADA where she won the Emile Littler prize. West End credits include Dusa in Pam Gems hit play Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi and Mare in Calendar Girls. She has toured with The National Theatre in Alan Bennett's play People and recently enjoyed working at the Arcola on Now This is Not the End. Brigit has a considerable television CV, and is best remembered as Thelma in Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? She can currently be seen as Madge in the long-running British sit-com Still Open All Hours. She recently appeared on Holby City and the new drama The Rovers for Sky. She is also a musician, composes for the cello and sings with a band of actors called The Fircones. Brigit has done countless radio plays.
Robin Herford (George). Much of Robin's early career was involved with Sir Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, first as an actor, then Associate Director and finally a stint as Artistic Director. Robin has appeared in the original production of more Ayckbourn plays than any other actor amongst which are Ten Times Table, Joking Apart, Sisterly Feelings, Taking Steps, Seasons Greetings, Way Upstream, It Could Be Any One Of Us, Woman In Mind, Henceforward, and the enormous 16-play two-hander Intimate Exchanges, performed both in Scarborough and the West End. He is often asked to direct Alan's plays and has notched up over thirty productions in this country and abroad. His most successful production started life in Scarborough, The Woman in Black, which he commissioned and directed in 1987, has now been running in the West End for 30 years, and completed 12 UK tours. Directing, and occasionally performing in this play has taken him to Japan, USA, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand. He now directs much more than he acts, varying his choice of play and venue as much as possible. His most recent productions include Gaslight in Oldham, Ten Times Table in Sonning and a tour from Bath Theatre Royal of Relatively Speaking starring Robert Powell, Liza Goddard, and AnTony Eden. As well as being on stage at 59E59 he is also currently on stage in Visitors by Barney Norris at the Oldham Coliseum UK.