Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the Cast of Off-Broadway's LAUGH IT UP STARE IT DOWN

Full casting has been announced for Laugh It Up, Stare It Down, a new play written by Alan Hruska (The Man on Her Mind, New House under Construction, Reunion) and directed by Chris Eigeman (known as a filmmaker for Turn The River and as an actor for roles in television's Gilmore Girls and the films Metropolitan, Barcelona, and The Last Days of Disco). Laugh It Up, Stare It Down will premiere at The Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) beginning a limited engagement on August 26th with opening night set for September 9th.

The cast of Laugh It Up, Stare It Down will be Jayce Bartok(Made In Poland, The My House Play), Katya Campbell(Broadway: Disgraced, The Big Knife), Maury Ginsberg (Mother Courage and The Cherry Orchard with Olympia Dukakis) and Amy Hargreaves (Years of the Sky, Homeland).

Rehearsals began yesterday, Tuesday, July 28th. Check out a look inside below!

Laugh It Up, Stare It Down tells the story of Cleo and Joe -- the meeting of their minds, the entwining of their hearts, and their life-long search for a meaningful point in a universe too random to have one. It's a journey marked by a missing baby, a forged painting, a house invader, a tidal wave, and frozen pistou. Will they rise above their outrageous fortune? Will they find ecstatic love?

Director Chris Eigeman said, "I am thrilled and honored to be directing Laugh It Up, Stare It Down. The play is light and funny but, most of all, deeply human."

Laugh It Up, Stare It Down features scenic design by Kevin Judge (Irena's Vow, The Civil War), costume design byJennifer Caprio (Spelling Bee, Joseph...Dreamcoat), lighting design by Matthew J. Fick (Will Rogers Follies, Spamalot), and original music and sound design by Peter Salett (Heart of Mine and Forgetting Sarah Marshallsoundtracks). Casting is by Barden / Schnee Casting.

LISTINGS INFORMATION: Laugh It Up, Stare It Down begins a limited engagement at The Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) on August 26th. Opening night is September 9th. Performances are Tuesdays at 7PM, Wednesdays at 7PM, Thursdays at 7PM, Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2PM and 8PM and Sundays at 3PM and 7PM. Tickets are $59-$79 with premium reserved seating available. Tickets are available through OvationTix at 212-352-3101 / 866-811-4111 or by visiting

Photos by Grant Rice

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