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Purple Rep Presents THE UN-MARRYING PROJECT, 4/9-30


Purple Rep will present the world premiere of Larry Kunofsky's (What To Do When You Hate All Your Friends at Theater Row; A Guy Adrift in the Universe) play about marriage equality, THE UN-MARRYING PROJECT, April 9-30 at The Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery). The play will run in rep with Mariah MacCarthy's The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret as part of Purple Rep's inaugural project, Gay Plays for Straight People (and also gay people). The production will be directed by Rachel Eckerling (The Diary of a Teenage Girl at 3LD; Burnt Umber at The Brick) and will feature Jolly Abraham*, Abraham Ampka, Katie Atcheson*, Nic Grelli, Diana Oh, and Bill Weeden*. The creative team will include Lighting Design by Lois Catanzaro, Video Design by Daniel Heffernan, Set/Properties Design by Tim McMath, Costume Design by Polina Roytman, and Sound Design by Jay Spriggs.

Welcome to The Un-Marrying Project, a documentary film where legally (and "happily") married couples will divorce! In the name of gay marriage! And not re-marry until marriage is legal for everyone! An act of civil disobedience that becomes a hard lesson: When you try to change the world, the world changes you.

The production, presented by Purple Rep will run in rep with The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret at The Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery). Performances are April 9,13, 15, 19, 21, 23, 27 & 29 at 8pm, April 10 at 7pm, and April 16, 17 & 30 at 2pm. Tickets ($18) may be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Larry Kunofsky (Playwright) is a New York-based playwright whose work includes My Therapist, a monologue play for forty-five actors; The Cat Person, a two-hander, with live cats; "Oh, Magic Bag..." about a bag of porn possessed by demons; Vicky Victim, about vicious office friendships among women; So Retarded - A Play For Idiots, a kind of Vagina Monologues-takeoff on the mentally challenged; bender/gender/straight/&neutered, a play-cycle on the ever-changing nature of sexuality; Death and The Pizza Man, a satire on developmental theatre; Thanks For Having Me, about a well-educated homeless guy who couch-surfs a lot; The Lunch Anxieties, which is kind of like the movie Groundhog Day, but with lunch, and without Bill Murray, and much scarier; Social Work (a nightmare), about health care, race, and Internet dating; and The Worst Person In The Whole Entire World Of All Time Ever, which is about everybody's mom. His current, ongoing project is THE GENESIS TAPESTRIES; a cycle of plays inspired by stories or themes from the Book of Genesis. The three plays completed so far in this project are The Myths We Need - or - How to Begin; ‘think-yer-better-than-me?!; and The Big Ear. He has been a three-time winner of the John Golden Award for Drama and a resident at the Edward Albee Foundation. His work has been excerpted in the 2009 editions of "The Best Men's and Best Women's Stage Monologues and Scenes", published by Smith & Kraus, and his full-length play What To Do When You Hate All Your Friends - an anti-social comedy, will be published by Playscripts in early 2011. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

RACHEL ECKERLING (Director) is a New York based director. She worked for several years with Francis Ford Coppola on both theatre and films projects. Mr. Coppola commissioned her film adaptation of the best-selling novel, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank. In 2005, she led a screenplay-writing workshop with writer/director Paul Schrader. Most recently she co-directed Marielle Heller's The Diary of a Teenage Girl at 3LD Arts & Technology Center; and also directed Robin Gelfenbien's My Salvation has a first name -The Wienermobile Journey at First Person Arts Festival in Philadelphia, Andrea Caban's Questions My Mother Can't Answer at New York Theatre Workshop FringeNYC 2010, Rachel Evan's Jew Wish at Players Theater FringeNYC 2010, and Burnt Umber with The Combustibles at The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Rachel is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and is an affiliated artist of New Georges.

PURPLE REP was founded by playwrights Larry Kunofsky and Mariah MacCarthy in order to produce their work in rep, so that when their plays are presented together, a larger story can be told. Over time, Purple Rep will expand in order to include other playwrights in our repertory model. We are committed to plays that provoke, plays that crack you up and crack you apart so that you can put yourself together again, plays that make you see red and hear the blues...until it all mixes in your mind's eye into a purple rush.


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