Theatre East Celebrates Romulus Linney's Birthday Tomorrow with HOLY GHOSTS
Theatre East's 2018-19 season kicks off on Friday, September 21, with a celebration of Romulus Linney's masterful play, Holy Ghosts on what would be his 88thBirthday. The play, set in present-day rural Tennessee, a group of broken, Pentecostal outcasts find solace, understanding, and strength in one another as they wrestle with their own serpents and discover their divinity. The production will run at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, from Friday, September 21st through Saturday, October 6th.
Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy replaces Tiffani Sone as Lorena Cosburg and joins the previously announced, Lizzy Jarrett as Nancy Shedman, Oliver Palmer as Coleman Shedman, James Anthony McBride as Obediah Buckhorn, Sr, John Cannon as Obediah Buckhorn, Jr. The supporting cast includes Tom Green as Rogers Canfield, Brandon Fox as Howard Rudd, Corey Whelihan as Orin Hart, Lori Fischer as Bonnie Bridge, Debra Wassum as Mrs. Wall, Matthew Napolias Carl Specter, Jon Kovach as Billy Boggs, Kelsey Sheppard as Muriel Boggs, Alston Slatton as Virgil Tides, and Jerry Colpitts as Cancer Man. They will be under the direction of Theatre East Artistic Director Judson Jones.
The creative team includes Libby Jensen (Production Manager), Steven Brenman (Scenic Design), Zach Murphy (Lighting Design), Sherry Martinez (Costume Design), Margaret Montagna (Sound Design), Julia Rae Maldonado (Production Stage Manager) and Christa Kimlicko Jones (Assistant Director).
Theatre East stirs the human side of current issues by fostering new plays of social relevance through New York and World Premieres. The 501(c)3 nonprofit theatre company's mission is to advance the dialogue of the shared human experience through works that utilize simple storytelling, providing their community with a platform to deepen their understanding of themselves, each other and the world they share.
The company was founded in 2008 by husband-and-wife producing partners Judson Jones (Artistic Director) and Christa Kimlicko Jones (Associate Artistic Director), along with Joseph Mitchell Parks, after producing such hits as the premiere of Christopher Durang's The Vietnamization of New Jersey (NY Times Critic's Pick), and the premiere of Texas playwright David W. Crawford's Harvest (BackStage Critic's Pick, Smith & Kraus Best New Plays of 2008), as well as earning a spot as producers to watch in 2008 on PBS's Theater Talk. Harvey and Kathless Guion are Associate Producers. Since its founding, Theatre East has mounted such critically acclaimed New York and World Premieres as Tim Blake Nelson's Eye of God, Cyndi Williams' A Name for a Ghost to Mutter, Daniel McIvor's The Soldier Dreams, Bennett Windheim's Normalcy, Megan O'Brien's The Jungle Book, and Devil and the Deep with original music and lyrics by Air Supply's Graham Russell.
Tickets start at $30. For more information, visit www.theatreeast.org.