Dark Luna Productions Presents Us vs. Them 3/4-26

By: Feb. 08, 2011
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Dark Luna Productions presents the World Premiere AEA showcase of Us vs. Them, a dark and witty new play about broken people surmounting their inner cracks and outer conflicts. Performances will be held at Roy Arias Studio's Payan Theatre, 300 West 43rd Street in New York City on Thursdays through Saturdays from March 4-26, 2011 with a preview performance on Wednesday, March 3rd. A special benefit for The Actors Fund will be held on Sunday, March 6th at 3pm. Michelle Seaton directs a cast of eight including Wesley Broulik* (TV: Law & Order SVU, As The World Turns, Guiding Light), Dannie Flanagan, Eric Michael Gillett* (Bway: Kiss Me Kate, Sweet Smell of Success, The Frogs), Christopher Halladay* (TV: The Unusuals, All My Children, Guiding Light), Brooke Page, Maria Itzel Siegrist, Michelle Seaton, and Siouxsie Suarez. *Member, Actors' Equity Association

Kris is a single dad of sexually-active teen Danielle, Katy and Nicole are unlikely sisters, Nicole and Teresa are rocky partners, and Howard and Barbara's marriage is on its last leg. Us vs. Them is a dark and humorous look at broken individuals whose decisions and relationships cross moral boundaries. We see the inner cracks and outer conflicts of these individuals who are surprisingly connected. We may judge the decisions they make, but all is not what it seems as each attempt to forgive and move on while being true to themselves. With themes ranging from bigotry to violence, Us vs. Them is told unapologetically from the gut.

Director Michelle Seaton holds an MFA in Directing from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a BA in Theatre from Linfield College. She is a graduate of the Portland Actor's Conservatory in Portland, OR, where she was also a member of the Stark Raving Theatre company, dedicated to premiering new works. Ms. Seaton's directing credits include Cloud Tectonics, Voir Dire, Dog Sees God, Stop Kiss, Wilde Abandon, Electro Puss and Weeping Woman. Her acting credits include Andromache in Women of Troy, Viola in Twelfth Night, Janie in Isn't it Romantic, Elma in Bus Stop, Mary in Serenading Louie, Sorel in Hay Fever, and Fanny in Dark Step and Dawning. Michelle is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer's Society (SDC).

Playwright Wesley Broulik is an actor and writer for television, theater and film. His work can been see on Law and Order SVU, Six Degrees, As The World Turns, Guiding Light, The Onion News Network and IFC. He recently performed in the films Experiment 7 and Three Backyards. His theater credits include Off-Broadway with Red Bull Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Carolinian Shakespeare Festival, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and Riverside Theatre. Wesley can also be caught in the occasional commercial. He teaches, coaches, and directs. WesleyBroulik.com

Us vs. Them opens Friday, March 4 and runs through Saturday, March 26 at 8pm with a preview performance on Thursday, March 3rd at 8pm. A special benefit for The Actors Fund will be held on Sunday, March 6th, where 100% of the ticket proceeds will be donated to organization. Performances take place Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm. There will be no performance of Us vs. Them on Saturday, March 12th when Dark Luna Productions will premiere their new one act, Pas?sage, which will run on evenings when Us vs. Them is dark. A complete calendar of performances can be found at www.darkluna.org.

Us vs. Them is 80 minutes with no intermission.

Tickets are $18 plus a $3 convenience fee and can be purchased 24/7 online at www.darkluna.org/events.htm. More information on Us vs. Them can be found at www.darkluna.org.

Dark Luna Productions is producer of Us vs. Them. Director: Michelle Seaton; Technical Director: Ed Hill; Costume Design: Caitlin Doukas; Makeup Design: Christopher Halladay; Set/Lighting Design: Ed Hill; Sound Design: Michelle Seaton; Stage Manager: Courtney Farrell; Publicist: Paul Siebold.

Dark Luna Productions is a New York based theater company seeking to address social and political issues while promoting diversity. Through storytelling, Dark Luna strives to create a safe-haven for inspiration, curiosity and expression which can challenge societal conventions in order to facilitate change.


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