Photo Flash: First Look at EST and Page 73's KENTUCKY
Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) and Page Seventy-Three Productions (Page 73) present KENTUCKY, written by Leah Nanako Winkler, and directed by Morgan Gould. KENTUCKY is currently playing previews at EST's Curt Dempster Theatre (549 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019) for an official opening on Sunday, May 1. The strictly limited run plays through Sunday, May 22. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
KENTUCKY features Ako (Twelve) as Masako, Satomi Blair ("Rescue Me") as Hiro, Mikumari Caiyhe (The Mayhem Poets) as Ernest, Curran Connor (A Picture of Autumn, "House of Cards") as Larry, Merissa Czyz (Hair National Tour) as a bridesmaid, Megan Hill (The Jazzercize Play) as Nicole, Sasha Diamond (The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!) as Sophie, Lynnette R. Freeman (A Raisin in the Sun at Trinity Rep) as Amy, Alex Grubbs(These Seven Sicknesses) as Adam, Marcia Haufrecht (All is Bright) as Grandma, Emily Kunkel ("Nurse Jackie") as Laura, Jay Patterson (Broadway's August: Osage County) as James, Ronald Alexander Peet (The Golum of Havana) as Da'Ran, Samantha Sembler (Shooting Blanks into the Afterlife) as a bridesmaid, Shannon Tyo ("30 Rock"), as a bridesmaid, and Amir Wachterman(Losing Tom Pecinka) as Sylvie.
KENTUCKY follows Hiro, who has to stop her baby sister from marrying a man she hardly knows, but that means returning to Kentucky and the home she's put behind her. Hiro's quest will confront forgotten friends, former flames, and the family she fled. Will she save her sister and escape back to Manhattan, or will years of therapy be undone by a single wedding weekend back in her old Kentucky home?
KENTUCKY includes scenic design by Nick Francone (Six Rounds of Vengeance), costume design by Suzanne Chesney (Fast Company), lighting design by Ryan Seelig (The Room), sound design by Shane Rettig (When January Feels Like Summer), choreography by Katie Spelman(Adding Machine), and musical direction by Sariva Goetz (The Jerusalem Syndrome). Joe Lankheet will serve as production manager, and production stage manager will be Eileen Lalley.
Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased online at www.estnyc.org or www.page73.org, or by phone at (866) 811-4111. EST is proud to be working in association with The Radio Drama Network (Melina Brown, President) on KENTUCKY.
Photo Credit: Jody Christopherson
Merissa Czyz, Sasha Diamond, Shannon Tyo, and Samantha Sembler
The cast of KENTUCKY