Photos: Cast And Crew Of SIMPATICO Celebrate Opening Night At The Chain Theatre

Performances begin Thursday, June 6 and continue through June 29th.

By: Jun. 12, 2024
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CHAIN THEATRE is presenting the Off-Broadway return of Sam Shepard’s SIMPATICO, directed by DAVID ZAYAS JR. See photos from the production. 

SIMPATICO launches the audience into the netherworld of horse racing, where high society meets the low life and the line between winners and losers is as treacherously thin as a razor blade. Carter ought to be managing his thoroughbred business in Kentucky. Instead, he is in a desolate room in Cucamonga, Nowheresville, U.S.A., trying to get back in the good graces of ex-best friend Vinnie, the one man who has the power to destroy him. 

Following another successful rendition of the annual Winter One-Act Festival, featuring the directorial debut of Academy award nominee Jesse Eisenberg, CHAIN THEATRE is excited to be producing their own production of a lesser-known Shepard classic.

Additionally, SIMPATICO is the Off-Broadway directorial debut of David Zayas Jr., who grew up working with Labyrinth Theatre Company including his father, Tony-nominated David Zayas (Dexter). Zayas Jr. has recently worked with Pulitzer Prize Winner Stephen Adly Gurguis, directing presentations of his new plays. 

“I’m so excited to make my Off-Broadway Directorial debut with my friends at the Chain Theatre,” Zayas Jr. says. “Simpatico is a hidden gem with all the signatures of Shepards most famous works. I think people are going to be shocked that it isn't seen more often. It’s hilarious and intense in the best way possible.”

The production stars Kirk Gostkowski (World Premiere Garbageman/Off-Bway) as Carter, Brandon  Hughes (Charles Whitman on A Crime to Remember/Investigation Discovery) as Vinnie, Pete Mattaliano (The Boom Boom Room/Off-Bway) as Simms, Elizabeth Bays as Cecilia, Christina Elise Perry (This G*d Damn House/Off-Bway) as Rosie, and Monica Park (CPR/Off-Bway) as Kelly. 

The production features scenic design by Jackson Berkley, costume design by Debbi Hobson, lighting design by Michael Abrams, and dramaturgy by G.D. Kimble. The producer/managing director is Rick Hamilton. The production is stage managed by Nicole Amaral with assistant stage manager Gabby Macallister. The production assistant is Uma Rao-Labrecque. Publicity by Katie Rosin/Kampfire PR.

SIMPATICO will play a limited engagement at Off-Broadway’s The Chain Theatre (312 West 36th Street, New York, NY). Performances begin Thursday, June 6 and continue through June 29th. Opening Night is Saturday, June 8 (7 p.m.).  Tickets are $30 and available at www.chaintheatre.org.

Photo Credit: Uma Labrecque-Rao/Christina-Elise Perry

Photos: Cast And Crew Of SIMPATICO Celebrate Opening Night At The Chain Theatre
The cast and creative team of SIMPATICO

Photos: Cast And Crew Of SIMPATICO Celebrate Opening Night At The Chain Theatre
Gabriel Rysdahl and Monica Park

Photos: Cast And Crew Of SIMPATICO Celebrate Opening Night At The Chain Theatre
Monica Park and Elizabeth Bays

Photos: Cast And Crew Of SIMPATICO Celebrate Opening Night At The Chain Theatre
Monica Park , Elizabeth Bays , and Christina Elise Perry

Photos: Cast And Crew Of SIMPATICO Celebrate Opening Night At The Chain Theatre
Nicole Amaral and David Zayas Jr.

Photos: Cast And Crew Of SIMPATICO Celebrate Opening Night At The Chain Theatre
Nicole Amaral, Uma Labrecque-Rao, and Gabby Macallister




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