Photos: First Day of Rehearsals for THE LUCKY STAR at 59E59 Theaters

The production stars Alexandra Silber, Skye Alyssa Friedman, and more!

By: Apr. 07, 2022
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Producer Douglas Denoff and 59E59 Theaters have announced the full cast and creative team of The Directors Company's production of The Lucky Star by Karen Hartman, part of the inaugural VOLT Festival at 59E59. Directed by Noah Himmelstein (Rooted), The Lucky Star begins previews on April 26, 2022, in Theater A and opens May 5 for a run through June 12, 2022.

The cast of The Lucky Star will include Skye Alyssa Friedman (Kimberly Akimbo) as Genka, Danny Gavigan (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) as Joseph, Nina Hellman (Greater Clements) as Mania, Eva Kaminsky (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as Klara/Felicia, Alexa Shae Niziak (Matilda) as Luisa, Alexandra Silber (Indecent) as Dola/Vita, Steven Skybell (Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish) as Richard, Sky Smith ("The Blacklist") as Craig, Dale Soules ("Orange is the New Black") as Berta/Arnold and Stuart Zagnit (Caroline, Or Change) as Salo/Blaustein.

The Lucky Star has had two critically acclaimed, sold-out runs under the title The Book of Joseph at the Everyman Theatre in Baltimore and at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, which first commissioned the play.

Like so many great mysteries, it all began in an attic with a dusty old suitcase... The discovery of a stash of over two hundred letters in three languages opens clues to an untold history in The Lucky Star-a gripping true story of resilience and determination, a family torn apart by war, fighting to immigrate, escape and survive. With scenes alternating between past and present, this mesmerizing, uplifting, and at times irreverent drama brings Richard Hollander's book, Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family's Correspondence from Poland to the stage, restoring a family's uncharted legacy.

VOLT is an unprecedented festival of three New York City premieres by one underrepresented writer. In its inaugural year, 59E59 Theaters has selected local playwright Karen Hartman as the focus of the festival and invited three different non-profit theater companies to produce her plays The Lucky Star (April 26-June 12); New Golden Age (April 28-June 9), presented by Primary Stages; and Goldie, Max and Milk (May 1-June 4), presented by Mary J. Davis and MBL Productions. All three productions will be presented simultaneously across 59E59 Theaters' three spaces from April 26-June 12, 2022.

The Lucky Star will feature scenic design by Daniel Ettinger (The Importance of Being Earnest), costume design by David Burdick (Flyin' West), lighting design by Cory Pattak (Little Shop of Horrors), sound design by Elisheba Ittoop (The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe) and projection design by Catie Hevner (In Transit). Casting is by Stephanie Klapper Casting.

The performance schedule for The Lucky Star is as follows: Tuesday - Saturday at 7:00pm, Saturday - Sunday at 2:00pm.

Tickets to The Lucky Star begin at $25 and are on sale now at 59e59.org/shows/show-detail/the-lucky-star. Discounts for groups of 10+ are available at theatre4groups.com or by calling 212-265-8500.

Douglas Denoff is a 7-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway producer and is proud to return to 59E59 - the 2013 home of Witnessed by the World, which was his second production as lead producer. His other off-Broadway productions include Handle With Care starring Carol Lawrence, Clever Little Lies starring Marlo Thomas, and the 2015 revival of The 39 Steps.

On Broadway, he has been co-producer on Slave Play, Sea Wall/A Life, Latin History for Morons, Fiddler On The Roof, Torch Song, Pretty Woman, Nice Work If You Can Get It, China Doll and The 39 Steps. Upcoming productions as lead producer on Broadway for 2022-2023 are That's Broadway, The Moves, The Music, The Magic, and the star-studded hilarious revival of The Pirates of Penzance. Off Broadway comes an immersive new production of Lulu, Earth Spirit by Frank Wedekind.

Take a look at the photos from the cast of The Lucky Star's first day of rehearsal below.

Photo Credits: Douglas Denoff

Photos: First Day of Rehearsals for THE LUCKY STAR at 59E59 Theaters
Alexandra Silber and Steven Skybell

Photos: First Day of Rehearsals for THE LUCKY STAR at 59E59 Theaters
Alexandra Silber and Steven Skybell embrace while Mike Shapiro looks on.

Photos: First Day of Rehearsals for THE LUCKY STAR at 59E59 Theaters
Alexandra Silber holds an envelope filled with stamps.

Photos: First Day of Rehearsals for THE LUCKY STAR at 59E59 Theaters
Director Noah Himmelstein addresses the cast.

Photos: First Day of Rehearsals for THE LUCKY STAR at 59E59 Theaters
Director Noah Himmelstein listens as projection designer Caite Hevner shares her vision.

Photos: First Day of Rehearsals for THE LUCKY STAR at 59E59 Theaters
Playwright Karen Hartman addresses the cast.

Photos: First Day of Rehearsals for THE LUCKY STAR at 59E59 Theaters
Rich Hollander talks to the cast about his book, EVERY DAY LASTS A YEAR, which the play is based on.

Photos: First Day of Rehearsals for THE LUCKY STAR at 59E59 Theaters
Skye Allisa Friedman looks at costume design sketches by David Burdick and scenic designs by Daniel Ettinger.

Photos: First Day of Rehearsals for THE LUCKY STAR at 59E59 Theaters
The cast and the creative team of THE LUCKY STAR on the first day of rehearsal.

Photos: First Day of Rehearsals for THE LUCKY STAR at 59E59 Theaters
The cast listens as Steven Skybell reads a personal letter from his father.



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