Photo Coverage: 'Paradise Park' Opening Night

By: Mar. 03, 2008
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Signature Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Paradise Park by 2007-2008 Playwright-in-Residence Charles Mee.  Directed by Daniel Fish and with choreography by Peter Pucci, Paradise Park began performances on Tuesday, February 14 at Signature Theatre Company's Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues) and officially opened on Sunday, March 2.

"Welcome to Paradise Park, an amusement park that opens up into all of America and beyond. Meet the inhabitants of this bizarre carnival of life, including a ventriloquist, his dummy, and a teenage girl on the run. From Futureworld to Londonland, the Grand Canyon to Fred's Polynesian Dive Shop, step right up to this wild ride of fruit cake tosses, underwater ballets, square dances, and star gazing, too. The third and final play of the Charles Mee Series, Paradise Park is a collage-like journey through all of America," explain press notes.

The cast of Paradise Park includes Vanessa Aspillaga (Anna in the Tropics), Satya Bhabha (Queens Boulevard), Veanne Cox (Caroline, or Change; The Dinner Party), Gian-Murray Gianino (Eurydice), William Jackson Harper (Queens Boulevard), Christopher McCann (True Love), Paul Mullins (The Torch-Bearers),  Alan Semok (The Brothers Karamazov) and Laurie Williams (True Love).

Paradise Park features music direction and arrangements by Bill Schimmel, scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Mark Barton, sound design by Elizabeth Rhodes and video design by Joshua Thorson.

Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience, all regularly-priced single tickets ($65) are available for $20 during the regular runs of each production this season.

The performance schedule for Paradise Park is Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM, Saturday and Sunday at 2PM.  Please note that there is no performance on Sunday, February 24.  Tickets are available online at and by phone (212) 244-PLAY (7529) and in person at the Box Office (555 West 42nd Street)

Photos by Peter James Zielinski

Playwright Charles Mee and Veanne Cox

Charles Mee and Veanne Cox

Paul Mullins and Dylan Baker

Paul Mullins and Dylan Baker

Romulus Linney

Romulus Linney

Romulus Linney

Vanessa Aspillaga and Laurie Williams

Satya Bhabha, Peter Pucci, Christopher McCann, William Jackson Harper, Daniel Fish, and Gian Murray Gianino

Vanessa Aspillaga, Peter Pucci, and William Jackson Harper

Alan Semok and Laurie Williams

Jennifer Taylor and Jordan Dyniewski