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THE BEAUTIFUL DARK to Play The Barrow Group, 4/23-5/18

The Barrow Group announces its production of The Beautiful Dark by Erik Gernand. The play will run in the TBG Studio Theatre, 312 West 36th Street, floor 3, New York, NY from April 23 through May 18, 2014. Tickets are $18 and available at: or by calling 212.868.4444. For more information, visit

In The Beautiful Dark, Nancy's life is turned upside down when her 18-year old son Jacob fails out of college and returns home. She tries everything she can think of to help the troubled young man get his life back on track. Nancy appears to be succeeding, until she discovers disturbing news: Jacob didn't flunk out; he was kicked out for writing a graphic play about a shooting spree on campus, carried out by a young protagonist eerily similar to her son.

The Beautiful Dark will feature Brant Spencer Amundson (Pentecost); Colleen Clinton (Blue Bloods, Law And Order, Rescue Me, Third Watch); Drew Minard; Chelsea Mojallali; Stephen Singer (The Sopranos, White Collar, Rescue Me, The Good Wife) and Jesse Turits. The play will be directed by long time Barrow Group actor/director Shannon Patterson.

Erik Gernand is a playwright and filmmaker. His plays have been in production and/or development at theaters including Redtwist, American Theater Company, and Chicago Dramatists (all Chicago), Actors Theatre of Louisville, as well as The Barrow Group and T. Schreiber Studio (NY). His award-winning short films have screened at more than 100 film festivals around the world including SXSW, Mix Milan (Italy), and Cinequest, as well as been broadcast on IFC, PBS, and the Logo Channel. Erik is a lecturer in Radio-TV-Film at Northwestern University.

Shannon Patterson is a longtime member of The Barrow Group. At TBG she has directed Night Mother, Short Stuff 7 and multiple play readings. She has appeared on stage in many productions in New York, including The Standard of the Breed, Desdemona in Paula Vogel's Desdemona and she originated the role of Tory in Arlene Hutton's 40 Stat.76. As a teacher, Shannon helped to develop The Barrow Group's teen and tween acting and programs. She is also an active member of FAB Women (For About and By Women) where she has been developing, directing and originating roles in emerging work. Shannon has her BFA in theatre performance from The University of Northern Iowa and has been part of The Barrow Group Community since 2001.

About The Barrow Group: Founded in 1986, The Barrow Group is an award-winning non-profit Off-Broadway theatre company, acting school and arts center located in the heart of New York City. Past productions include Martin Moran's All the Rage and The Tricky Part, (Obie Winner); Pentecost, (Drama Desk Nominee); Orange Flower Water, Grey Area, The Timekeepers, Old Wicked Songs, Lonely Planet, God's Country, Low Level Panic, Good, The Thickness of Skin, Blue Window and many, many more. Developmental works include off-Broadway hits Sleepwalk With Me (Lucille Lortel Award) and My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, by Mike Birbiglia; The Temperamentals by Jon Marans, (Drama Desk Winner) "Honey Brown Eyes" by Stephanie Zadravec (Charles MacArthur Award for Best New Play) and many, many more.

The Barrow Group Acting School offers courses in acting and directing. These classes include scene study intensives, monologue workshops, solo-show performance workshops, script analysis, Alexander technique, theatrical clowning, voice, Shakespeare, beginner acting and teen/tween classes. The TBG School also offers a 1.5-year Acting Program and a 6-week Summer Acting Program and One Year Apprentice Program.

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