Photo Flash: Clean Energy Gets Dirty In WHIRLWIND

Executive producer and playwright Jordan Jaffe, along with co-producer Rebecca Crigler (Mike Birbiglia's The New One, Chris Gethard: Career Suicide), are pleased to announce the world premiere of Jaffe's new eco-comedy Whirlwind. The second entry in the playwright's "Energy" series (following up the world premiere production of Crude), concerning the dirty dealings and messy relationships at a clean energy wind farm, Whirlwind begins previews at The Wild Project (195 E. 3rd St., between Ave. A and Ave. B) on January 23 toward an opening on January 28, with a limited engagement scheduled through February 10. Tickets, priced at $25, are available at www.WhirlwindPlay.com.

Jordan Jaffe's new eco-comedy Whirlwind centers around the operations at Arrow Energy, a wind developer whose hundreds of turbines are directly in the migratory path of endangered birds. Bethany, a health and safety manager for Arrow, is tasked with distracting and diverting the efforts of Michael, a wildlife advocate, from challenging the expansion of their wind farm-an assignment that becomes all the more complicated when the two become romantically entangled, while Bethany also dodges inappropriate courting from her boss, Cooper. Darkly comedic and unpredictable, Whirlwind explores the precarious intersection of business, science, and sexual politics involved when "going green."

The cast of Whirlwind features Annapurna Sriram (The New Group's The Spoils, Second Stage's The Happiest Song Plays Last) as Bethany, Christian Conn (Broadway's Desire Under the Elms, Red Bull Theater's The School for Scandal) as Michael, and Johnny Wu (Broadway's Chinglish, Ma-Yi's Washer/Dryer) as Cooper. Scenic design is by Gabriel Firestone; costume design by Loren Shaw; lighting design by David Sexton; sound design by Matthew Fischer; and props design by Sarah George. Laura Malseed serves as Stage Manager. Casting is by Calleri Casting. Whirlwind is directed by Dan Amboyer.

The world premiere of Whirlwind will play The Wild Project (195 E. 3rd St., between Ave. A and Ave. B) from January 23 to February 10, according to the following schedule: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 8pm; and Sunday at 2pm. An additional performance on Monday, January 28 at 7:30pm, marks the production's opening night. Tickets, priced at $25, are available at www.WhirlwindPlay.com.

Photo by Monique Carboni

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