Photo Flash: First Look at Company XIV's NUTCRACKER ROUGE

Company XIV and The Saint At Large present the New York Premiere of Nutcracker Rouge, conceived, directed and choreographed by Austin Mccormick, with a script adapted and written by Jeff Takacs. Nutcracker Rouge runs Off-Broadway from November 29, 2013 to January 5, 2014 in a limited 6-week engagement at the Minetta Lane Theatre, located at 18 Minetta Lane between MacDougal Street and 6th Avenue in New York City. Previews begin November 29 for a December 4 opening. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Nutcracker Rouge is a sparkling reimagining of the beloved Nutcracker tale told with erotic, sensual and opulent flair. From the celebrated director/choreographer Austin Mccormick comes a Baroque-Burlesque confection of theatre, dance, circus and sumptuous design. Immerse yourself in a hedonistic display of gorgeous and decadent winter entertainment that includes opera performed by Shelly Watson, text inspired by E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker and 19th century poetry. The show contains partial nudity - no one under 16 years old will be admitted.

The cast includes Laura Careless as Marie-Claire, Jeff Takacs as Monsieur Drosselmeyer, Shelly Watson as Madame Drosselmeyer, circus artists Rose Bonjo, Courtney Giannone, Nicolas Maffey and Benn Mendoza, and dancers Marisol Cabrera, Katrina Cunningham, Molly Griffin, Jakob Karr, Nicholas Katen, Kana Kimura, Tyler Philips, Davon Rainey and Alison Ulrich.

The creative team includes Zane Pihlstrom (Set and Costume Design), Jeanette Yew (Lighting Design), Austin Mccormick (Sound Design), John Starmer and Michael Givey (Technical Directors) and Nataliya Vasilyeva (Production Stage Manager). Company XIV is sponsored by MAC Cosmetics.

Company XIV's work is a unique mash up of classical texts, Baroque choreography, eclectic music, pop culture, opera, burlesque, ballet, gender bending, high fashion, theatrical staging and sumptuous design that has wowed both audiences and critics. Company XIV shows are cutting-edge, yet extravagantly classical. Taking his cue from theatre/dance/opera under the reign of Louis XIV, Director/Choreographer Austin Mccormick creates a compelling 360-degree experience for audiences. The Players of Company XIV are theatrical libertines, who tempt, delight and fully immerse their audiences in the experience of their performances, inviting them to be seduced and liberated!

Performances are Mondays - Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm. There are no performances on December 8, 15, 24 and January 1. Tickets from $39 to $79 with premium seats starting at $99. Visit or call 1-800-745-3000. Running time: 90 minutes. The theater is accessible from the A, B, C, D, E, F, or V trains to West 4th St. or the 1 train to Christopher St. For info visit, Like them on Facebook at, join the conversation at #NutcrackerRouge, and follow them on Twitter at @Company_XIV and on Instagram at CompanyXIV.

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Cast members of NUTCRACKER ROUGE. Photo by Steven Schreiber.

Laura Careless. Photo by Corey Tatarczuk.

Cast members of NUTCRACKER ROUGE. Photo by Steven Schreiber.

Laura Careless & Jeff Takacs. Photo by Steven Schreiber.

Katrina Cunningham. Photo by Nir Arieli.

Cast members of NUTCRACKER ROUGE. Photo by Steven Schreiber.

Laura Careless. Photo by Steven Schreiber.

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