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Ego Actus' LOVE STINKS to Open at MITF in Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 7/16

Ego Actus and Kim M. Jones present Love Stinks, a sexy comedy by Kate Plumb Rader opening at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre on July 16th as part of theMidtown InterNational Theatre Festival. Joan Kane directs. The cast features Rosie Cosch* and Matthew Collier Hammond. (*Member of Actors Equity)

Colleen, an assistant district attorney is working on an odd case she finds amusing that involves a defendant who has exhibited irrational behavior by shooting his girlfriend in the face for almost saying something mundane. Colleen's boyfriend Jack, another attorney, does not think it's funny and finds the man in question a candidate for the psychiatric ward. But Colleen maintains that it's possible for a sane person to discover themselves doing and saying things they never dreamed possible with the right provocation. She makes a bet with Jack to prove her point and he doubles her offer to prove her wrong. What follows is a battle of the sexes in which Colleen accuses Jack of having said the "L" word in a moment of passion yet never being able to follow through on a committed relationship, eventually threatening him with bodily harm. Is she serious or just finding a way to demonstrate that love stinks?

Director Joan Kane was named one of the 2011 People of The Year in independent theatre by Some of her directing credits include Play Nice! Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters, Aliens With Extraordinary Skills at Theater 54, Safe in the 2012 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Pizza Man at Bridge Theater, a critically acclaimed production of Penny Jackson's I Know What Boy's Want at the WorkShop Theater and a recent revival of Kate Fodor's 100 Saints You Should Know at Urban Stages. She is also directing Safe at this year's East to Edinburgh Festival at 59E59 Theaters. She has directed plays and readings at the Lark Play Development Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Theatre for the New City, The Samuel French Short Play Festival, The Players Club and The Actors Studio.

Producer and lighting designer Bruce A! Kraemer has done lighting design for Roundabout Theatre and Soho Rep and designed shows at Ensemble Studio Theatre, 59E59 Theaters and Bleecker Street Theatre, among others. Well skilled in many technical aspects of theatre and TV, he's worked on a variety of events including the Tony Awards, the Grammys and the Olympics.

Ego Actus (Latin for "my way") was founded in 2009 by Joan Kane and Bruce A! Kraemer. They produce, direct and develop plays that are meant to be a complete audience experience using all the elements of theatre contributed by a talented team of playwrights, actors and designers who have made these disciplines the focus of their lives. Each associated artist brings their own creative vision to the shows produced by Ego Actus and their work is unified into a collective "My Way".

Love Stinks opens at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 1st Floor) on Tuesday July 16th. The performance schedule is as follows: Tues. July 16 at 6PM, Wed. July 17 at 8PM, Thurs. July 18 at 6PM, Fri. July 19 at 8PM and Sat. July 20 at 4:45PM. Tickets are $18. For tickets, go to and or call (866) 811-4111.

Pictured: Matthew Hammond and Rosie Cosch. Photo Credit: Joan Kane.

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