orphans at theater for the new city

Orphans Play Theater for the New City

On May 17th, 2018,  Michael Luggio will be directing a production of Orphans by Lyle Kessler at the Theater for the New City.  This moving drama will feature students Dennis Michael Hall, Lance Reneker, and Sean Connelly.

The play centers around two brothers. Phillip, the sensitive recluse, and Treat, a violent pickpocket and thief who kidnaps a wealthy businessman (Harold) who’s on the run from Chicago gangsters. Harold turns the tables on the two brothers, and in a hilarious and moving way, becomes their long lost father figure.

The play will run for three nights, May 17th-20th, at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at theaterforthenewcity.net

Stonewall era drama comes to nyc

This past January, Michael directed a new play written by playwrights Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper. This was the US Debut of A Hard Rain, after premiering in early 2014 at the Above the Stag Theater in London to great reviews. It tells the story of a group of New Yorkers struggling with their identities and societal oppression in the late 60's on the brink of the Stonewall riots. A relevant story with relatable characters, this play truly illustrates what it is to discover yourself and your values in New York City. Following a homosexual Vietnam Vet and his relationships with his friends, lovers, and acquaintances, we see his struggle to come to terms with what it is to 'be'.

Angie (Xandra Leigh Parker), Jimmy (Teo Rapp-Olsson), Ruby (Carson Alexander), and Josh (Andrew Schoomaker) in a scene from  A Hard Rain .

Angie (Xandra Leigh Parker), Jimmy (Teo Rapp-Olsson), Ruby (Carson Alexander), and Josh (Andrew Schoomaker) in a scene from A Hard Rain.

It's the sweltering hot summer of 1969. Cross-dressing, quick-tempered "Ruby" has been kicked out of the military after a year in Vietnam. With no prospects, he winds up in high heels and a rage in Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, where he meets Jimmy: the smart-talking, vulnerable street kid who will change his world and send him on the road to activism.

We are proud to present this new work at the Theater for the New City in NYC. Performances begin January 6th and run until January 25th. Don't miss this chance to see a truly entertaining piece of theater and a wonderful take on a historic time in the city. Check out our articles on broadwayworld.com and advocate.com to learn a little more about us. For tickets visit theaterforthenewcity.net or smarttix