Lori Petty To Make Her NYC Directorial Debut In Trial A New Play By Ashley Griffin

Lori Petty To Make Her NYC Directorial Debut In Trial A New Play By Ashley Griffin


Trial, a new play by Ashley Griffin (Snow, Twilight the Unauthorized Musical Parody) and directed by Lori Petty (Orange is the New Black, A League of Their Own) is set to open at The American Theatre of Actors at the Beckmann Theater on January 11, 2018. This production is produced by THML Theatre Company (Cagebirds, Where Angels Fear To Tread), a women-led company dedicated to engaging audiences with stories of women who survive and thrive.

Trial is about a  young woman waiting for her own judgment in the bureaucratic system of the afterlife finds herself in the role of judge and jury to determine the fate of the man responsible for her death. An intimately difficult yet moving play, Trial questions the morality of justice versus mercy.

The ensemble cast features Gisela Adisa* (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ), Jennifer Bareilles,  Ryan Clardy* (One Life to Live),  George Drance*,  Ashley Griffin* (The Greatest Showman, “Hamlet” in Hamlet ), Malloree Hill, Jeté Laurence (The Snowman), and Malcolm Stephenson*.  * Appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Trial was developed with Lori Petty during a reading at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2016, featuring Geneva Carr (Tony Nomination for Hand to God), Oona Laurence (Tony Award for Matilda, Southpaw), Xanthe Elbrick (Tony Nomination for Coram Boy), Jillian Louis (It Shoulda Been You), Ryan McCurdy (Once), and Ray Virta (Therese Raquin). Previous readings of the play were produced by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, The Ivy Theatre Company, and Red Fern Theatre Company with notable film actor Finn Wittrock (The Big Short, American Horror Story).

After her breakout starring role in Point Break, Lori Petty quickly achieved celebrity status in Hollywood starring in A League of Their Own, Tank Girl and others. Most recently she has become the fan favorite star of Orange Is the New Black and Gotham. Lori made her directorial debut with the feature film The Poker House (Jennifer Lawrence’s first film) which Lori co-wrote.

Trial: The American Theatre of Actors Beckmann Theater (314 W 54th St, New York, NY) January 11-28, 2018   Times:  Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 PM;  Sunday at 3:00 PM


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, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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