Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard

SIMPATICO  will play a limited engagement at Off-Broadway’s The Chain Theatre.

By: Jun. 06, 2024
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CHAIN THEATRE will present the Off-Broadway return of Sam Shepard’s SIMPATICO, directed by DAVID ZAYAS JR. A quintessential Shepard dark comedy that expertly explores film noir, loyalty, and restitution, 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.

Tickets

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: Luis Amador

Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard

Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard
Brandon Hughes and Kirk Gostkowski

Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard
Brandon Hughes

Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard
Christina Elise Perry (Rosie) and Brandon Hughes

Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard
Christina Elise Perry (Rosie) and Monica Park (Kelly)

Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard
Christina Elise Perry (Rosie)

Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard
Elizabeth Bays (Cecilia) and Kirk Gostkowski

Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard
Elizabeth Bays (Cecilia) and Pete Mattaliano (Simms)

Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard
Elizabeth Bays (Cecilia)

Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard
Kirk Gostkowski and Brandon Hughes

Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard
Kirk Gostkowski and Elizabeth Bays (Cecilia)

Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard
Kirk Gostkowski and Elizabeth Bays (Cecilia)

Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard
Kirk Gostkowski

Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard
Kirk Gostkowski and Elizabeth Bays (Cecilia)

Photos: Chain Theatre Presents SIMPATICO By Sam Shepard
Pete Mattaliano (Simms)




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