Queen Bey Meets Chekhov In The NYC Premiere Of Eliza Bent's THE BEYONCE

Adjusted Realists, a company devoted to telling theatrical stories about slightly unhinged worlds, in association with Weber State University, is thrilled to present THE BEYONCÉ, written by Eliza Bent and directed by Stephen Kaliski. THE BEYONCÉ begins performances on Friday, July 27 for a limited engagement through Saturday, August 18. Press Opening is Tuesday, July 31 at 8pm. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Please note: there are no performances Wed 8/1, Thu 8/2, Tue 8/7, and Wed 8/8. Performances are at A.R.T./New York Theatres Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre (502 West 53rd Street (at 10th Avenue). Tickets are $25 -$30. For tickets and more information, call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 or visit visit http://www.adjustedrealists.com.

Nodding to Queen Bey but based on the Anton Chekhov story "The Fiancée," THE BEYONCÉ is a razor sharp and deeply personal coming-of-age conundrum by acclaimed playwright Eliza Bent (Toilet Fire, Aloha Aloha), who was called "this generation's answer to Amy Sedaris: frank, weird and immensely likable" by Time Out New York.

With her wedding approaching, Nadia discovers that her heart doesn't want what it obviously should want: a decent husband and a stable family life. She instead fantasizes about running off to the bright lights of the big city, to the counterculture of self-discovery. Is this a silly daydream or a full-body call to adventure that must be answered?

The cast features Rolls Andre (Beardo), Andrea Aranguren, Maggie Low ("The Blacklist"), Jeremiah Maestas (Broadway's Macbeth, dir. Jack O'Brien), Roger Manix ("True Blood"), Rachel McPhee (Vieux Carre at The Pearl Theatre), and Regan Sims (Sam Wanamaker Festival @ Shakespeare's Globe).

The design team includes Sam Transleau (scenic design); Jessica Greenberg (lighting design); William Mellette (costume design); and Andrew Lynch (sound design and composer).

Eliza Bent (playwright) is a Brooklyn-based playwright and performer. Bent's plays have been developed and presented in productions, readings, and workshops at the Abrons Arts Center, JACK, the Atlantic, and the Bushwick Starr. Residencies: Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor, SPACE on Ryder Farm, New Georges Audrey alum, Target Margin Institute Fellow, MacDowell Colony Fellow, the Abingdon Theatre. The Beyoncé won the 2014 Payne Award for Outstanding Theatrical Event. MFA in playwriting Brooklyn College.

Stephen Kaliski (director) is a director, playwright, and educator. He was recently the Resident Director of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway. He is a co-founder of Adjusted Realists, where credits include the 59E59 productions of Gluten! (writer/director) and The Briefly Dead (writer). He was the SDC Traube Fellow on Evita (Broadway) and Assistant Director of Three Sisters (Classic Stage Company). He is a Visiting Professor of Theatre at Davidson College.

The A.R.T./New York Theatres are a project of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T/New York), which provide state-of-the-art, accessible venues at subsidized rental rates, plus free access to top-line technical equipment, so that the city's small and emerging theatre companies can continue to experiment, grow and produce new works. Founded in 1972, A.R.T/New York is the leading service and advocacy organization for New York City's 380+ nonprofit theatres, with a mission to assist member theatres in managing their companies effectively so that they may realize their rich artistic visions and serve their diverse audiences well. We accomplish this through a comprehensive roster of real estate, financial, educational, and community-building programs, as well as research, advocacy, and field-wide initiatives to seek to improve the long-term health and sustainability of the industry. Over the years, A.R.T/New York has received numerous honors, including an Obie Award, an Innovative Theatre Award, a New York City Mayor's Award for Arts & Culture and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. For more information, please visit www.art-newyork.org.

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