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“A sharp, true and quite eviscerating new play from the young Irish writer, Belinda McKeon; Arthur Miller might have been happy to have orchestrated its humane and subtle ironies.” – Sebastian Barry, playwright & novelist

Friends, neighbors, countrymen….can they really co-exist?

Three men from very different walks of life set about reopening an abandoned restaurant in the old Italian section of Williamsburg. Each of these men has a stake in the old place, and each of them has something from which they want to hide. Behind the dusty storefront’s still-shuttered door, they will not allow one another to escape as they are forced to face the secrets and the fears which stalk them all.

Funny, poignant and cutting…….this is a story about the complexities of calling a place home.

Graham & Frost is a commission by The Sullivan Project to the award-winning Irish playwright Belinda McKeon who has been recognized with the prestigious RTE P.J. O’Connor Award in 2005 for Word of Mouth; the Irish Times Theatre Judge’s Special Award in 2007 for her play Drapes as part of Fishamble’s Whereabouts; and RTE Radio 1 Fringe Audience Choice Award in 2008 for Two Houses. She is currently under commission to the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and recently workshopped a new play, Strut, at the Abbey. Her debut novel, Solace, will be published in 2011 by Scribner (US) and Picador (UK).

The Sullivan Project is an independent production company focused on developing film and theatre projects that reach right into the core of human nature and speak to a wide, cross-cultural audience. Recent projects include the award-winning feature film “Last Call” (distributed by Moving Pictures), and the American Premiere production of Thomas Kilroy’s play “The Shape of Metal” at 59E59 Theatres, starring Obie award winner Roberta Maxwell, and directed by Tony award nominee Brian Murray.

The world-premiere production is directed by celebrated director/actor Thomas G. Waites (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night/TGW Acting Studios) and stars Steven Randazzo* (The Sopranos, Law & Order), Enrico Ciotti (The Silver Rope/ Abu Dhabi, Nantes, Puchon’s PIFAN 2007) and Dan Shaked (Stone Cold Serious/Theatre Row-Clurman Theatre). The production features lighting and set design by Tsubasa Kemei and Jennifer Stimple; sound design by Jeremy Joyce; and costume design by Brian Einersen.

The Sullivan Project is proud to be part of 1st Irish 2010, New York’s annual
Festival of Irish theatre. The Festival runs from September 7th to October 3rd at venues across
New York. For a full list of events visit www.1stIrish.org

*Actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. Equity approved Showcase.

Further information: www.thesullivanproject.com

Run Time: 50 min

Sept 17 – Oct 3 2010
Wed-Sat 7pm
Sat, Sun 1pm
$18, $15 (students/seniors)

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