Split Second To Open At The IATI Theater For A Five-Performance Run

Split Second To Open At The IATI Theater For A Five-Performance Run

Split Second, by Dennis McIntyre, produced by Jonathan T. Peck and directed by Lee J. Kaplan, will open at the IATI Theater, 64 East 4th Street, on June 7, 2018. Four additional performances will take place through Sunday, June 10, 2018. The Saturday and Sunday matinee performances will be followed by Q&A sessions, during which the cast will discuss working on the play and its timely messages with the audience in attendance. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase here.

Written and originally produced in the early 1980s, Split Second explores the emotional and societal fallout when a respected black New York City police officer kills a taunting, racist, petty white thief in the midst of an emotional, heated exchange. At its original production, the New York Times called it "an explosive new play dealing with primal dramatic issues, using and lifting the familiar police genre to tell a story about an individual facing a crisis of conscience."

This production stars Jonathan T. Peck as Val Johnson, Christina Trotter (Alea), Heinley Gaspard (Rusty), Timothy Davis (Willis), Anuj Parikh (Parker) and Christian Offer (Charlie). The production team includes Lee J. Kaplan (Director), Faith Connor (Stage Manager), An-lin Dauber & Michael Best (Set Design), Jennifer Fok (Lighting Design), Ange Lopiato (Sound Design), Giulia Scolese (Costume & Prop Design), Jonathan T. Peck (Producer) and Renata Soares (Production Manager).

In light of recent shootings, reports of police brutality and social injustice, the messages of this play are as relevant today as they were decades ago. The play takes place over the July 4th holiday in 1980's New York and the action begins at the corner of 11th Avenue and 28th Street in Manhattan. The ensuing events irrevocably alter the lives of those directly involved, as well as the people closest to Val Johnson.

Jonathan T. Peck is a New York based actor, producer and writer. A recent graduate of the William Esper Studio, he produced and starred in an off-off Broadway production of Tape in November 2017. Before attending the Esper program, he earned his BFA in Philosophy and Theatre at SUNY Albany. Previous theatre credits include Eurydice, Legally Blonde the Musical and Spring Awakening.

The IATI Theater is known for producing work that provokes introspection through cutting-edge performing arts. The theater supports multicultural, diverse and underserved communities while harnessing and empowering unique voices. Additionally, it produces works that are original, exciting, bold, experimental, intimate and engaging. IATI creates theater with subject matter that is culturally relevant, political, challenging and entertaining.

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