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Steven Carl McCasland’s Memorare Gets Run

Steven Carl McCasland’s Memorare Gets Run
MEMORARE

Members of the cast of MEMORARE in rehearsal

As previously announced, the critically acclaimed Beautiful Soup Theater Collective will present the world premiere production of Steven Carl McCasland’s Memorare this winter. The new drama, featuring an all female ensemble, will bow at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Christopher Street in January of 2018. Set to star in the production is Helen Hayes Award-winner Patti Mariano as Sister Mary Cecelia (Broadway: Original Cast of The Music Man, George M!, The Full Monty and more) and newcomer Ashleigh Awusie as Sister Mary Azu (Ain’t Never Been Easy). Award-winning director Peter Darney (5 Guys Chillin’) directs the limited engagement.

Peter Darney

Director Peter Darney with members of the cast

In Memorare, a young Nigerian postulant arrives at a New York City convent for refuge, prayer and a new beginning on a hot summer day in July, 1964. Meanwhile, a 14-year-old black boy has been shot and killed by a white police officer in Harlem. The streets are raging with riots. The questions that arise in the aftermath of in the postulant’s arrival will change the Sisters of Mercy, and the postulant, forever.

Janet Fanale,Kristen Gehling

Janet Fanale as Sister Mary Eugenia and Kristen Gehling as Sister Mary Agnes

Also joining Mariano and Awusie are PennyLynn White (Little Wars, What Was Lost, TV: Louie, Bull) as Mother Superior, Janet Fanale (Forbidden Broadway National Tour) as Sister Mary Eugenia, Kristen Gehling (Little Wars, neat & tidy) as Sister Mary Agnes, Joyce Nolen (Broadway: Smile, Stop The World, I Want to Get Off) as Sister Mary Bridget, JoAnn Mariano (The Patti Duke Show, Out Cry) and Sabina Petra (NYMF – Forest Boy, Outstanding Individual Performance Award) as Sister Maria Celeste.

Kristen Gehling

Kristen Gehling as Sister Mary Agnes

Steven Carl McCasland’s writing has been acclaimed by New York critics as “brilliant”, “riveting”, “mesmerizing” and “extraordinary”. Produced regionally and in Manhattan, his plays include neat & tidy, BLACK [Billy Learns About Captain Kirk], BLUE: a fable, When I’m 64, Hope & Glory, The Tip, Opheliacs Anonymous, Fifth Position, Little Wars, Pulchritudinous, Shades Of Blue: The Decline and Fall of Lady Day, What Was Lost, 28 Marchant Avenue: Six Summers at Hyannis Port, and Der Kanarienvogel (The Canary). Little Wars has been produced in New York and Minnesota, as well as internationally in Bermuda and Costa Rica. Critics hailed Steven as a new Thornton Wilder with the production of neat & tidy, declaring it a Top Dramatic Play of the Year. He won First Place in the Huntington Award forPlaywriting with Pulchritudinous. When not writing, Steven produces abridged musicals in concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Steven’s plays Shades of Blue, What Was Lost, 28 Marchant Avenue and Little Wars are all published and available on Amazon.com and at www.dramabookshop.com28 Marchant Avenue will receive its Vermont and Ohio debuts in 2018. Steven is currently at work on a new play about Stratford-Upon-Avon during The First World War. To learn more, visit www.stevencarlmccasland.weebly.com.
Penny Lynn White,Janet Fanale,Kristen Gehling

Penny Lynn White as Mother Superior with Janet Fanale as Sister Mary Eugenia and Kristen Gehling as Sister Mary Agnes

Director Peter Darney, based in London, returns to New York after his acclaimed production of his internationally acclaimed play Five Guys Chillin’ last year to direct this world premiere production. Five Guys Chillin, which received the Brighton Fringe LGBTQ Award and double winner at Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival, will receive its Australian debut this September at The New Theatre in Sydney
MEMORARE

Members of the cast of MEMORARE in rehearsal

Performances for the world premiere production are as follows: Wednesday, January 10th at 8pm (preview performance); Friday, January 12th at 8pm (Opening Night); with Saturday and Sunday matinees and weeknight performances continuing through January 27thFor a full performance schedule and tickets, which go on sale this Friday, October 20th at 10am, please visit www.showclix.com.
January 10th – 8pm
January 12th – 8pm
January 13th – 3 and 8pm
January 14th – 3pm
January 15th – 7pm
January 16th – 7pm
January 20th – 3pm and 8pm
January 21st – 7pm
January 22nd – 7pm
January 23rd – 7pm
January 26th – 8pm
January 27th – 3pm and 8pm

Off Broadway

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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