WASHER/DRYER to Open Off-Broadway in January

WASHER/DRYER, a new comedy by Nandita Shenoy about a recently eloped young couple- Michael and Sonya- who discover they haven't been entirely truthful with each other as they settle into Sonya's Manhattan studio apartment with its own stackable washer/dryer as a key perk - is being given its NY premiere by the award-winning Asian-American Off-Broadway company MA-YI THEATER COMPANY at the Beckett Theater at Theater Row (410 W. 42 St.) in NYC (www.theatrerow.org). Previews begin January 26 prior to its official opening night on February 2.

Directed by Benjamin Kamine, WASHER/DRYER comes to NY following its world-premiere at East West Players in Los Angeles last winter, and a subsequent production in Chicago this fall.

The cast of WASHER/DRYER features Annie McNamara (GATZ, Public Theatre), Nandita Shenoy (TROUBLE COMETH), Jade Wu (THE PRIMARY ENGLISH CLASS), Johnny Wu (CHINGLISH) and Jamyl Dobson (THE ANTHEM).

WASHER/DRYER is described as a contemporary farce that examines the pressures of modern-day marriage against the backdrop of New York City. Sonya and Michael's recent elopement in Vegas seemed like a dream come true for both of them until they try living together in Sonya's Manhattan studio apartment. As they discover that they haven't been entirely honest with each other or themselves, their secrets come home to roost along with an intrusive mother, the co-op's strict Board president, a harsh best friend, and a fabulous washer-dryer. Mayhem ensues as the couple is forced to re-evaluate their relationship and decide whether all really is fair in love and real estate.

Scenic design for WASHER/DRYER is Anshuman Bhatia, costume design is by Dede Ayite, lighting design is by Jonathan Cottle and sound design is by Miles Polaski.

Nandita Shenoy is a writer/actor, who has written the plays LYME PARK (Round House Theatre), SAFE HAVEN (Abingdon Theatre) and others. Key acting credits include Eric Pfeffinger's SOME OTHER KIND OF PERSON and Richard Dresser's TROUBLE COMETH. She is a member of Ma-Yi's ever-popular Writer's Lab.

Benjamin Kamine directed Thomas Bradshaw's CARLYLE at the Goodman Theatre, as well as Mr. Bradshaw's JOB and A CAUTIONARY TALE at the Flea, where he is an Associate Artist.

Scheduled through February 21, WASHER/DRYER will perform Tuesdays at 7; Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8; and Sundays at 3. Tickets range in price from $25-$30-$35 and can be purchased via Telecharge at 212 239 6200 or online at www.telecharge.com or www.ma-yitheatre.org.



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