Lyle Kessler's PERP at The Barrow Group
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:40 pm EST 03/05/19


Directed by Lee Brock, Cast Includes Tricia Alexandro, Ali Arkane, Paul Ben-Victor, Craig Mums Grant, and Javier Molina

The Barrow Group presents
Written by Lyle Kessler
Directed by Lee Brock

Previews: March 16–18, 20–24 at 7:30pm
Opening: Monday, March 25 at 7:30pm

Regular performances: Wednesday–Monday at 7:30pm

The Barrow Group (312 West 36th St.)
$25–$60; barrowgroup.org; 866-811-4111

The Barrow Group, under the leadership of Co-Artistic Directors Seth Barrish and Lee Brock and Executive Director Robert Serrell, closes its 2018–2019 season with the world premiere of Perp by Lyle Kessler. Under the direction of Ms. Brock, Perp is scheduled to run at The Barrow Group (312 West 36th St.) from March 16 through April 11, with an opening night of March 25.

In Perp, there’s a vicious killer on the loose and the kindhearted Douglass finds himself the unwitting target of detectives who need a win at any cost. Desperate to seek justice, Douglass sets out on a harrowing, fantastical quest to find the true perpetrator. In this riveting world premiere, the lines between good and evil blur in a divine search for redemption.

The cast for Perp includes Tricia Alexandro (The Unrepeatable Moment) as Jack, Paul Ben-Victor (“The Wire,” “In Plain Sight”) as Harvey, Javier Molina (“The Blacklist”) as Harry, Craig Mums Grant (LAByrinth Theater Company, “OZ”) as Myron, and introducing Ali Arkane as Douglass.

Mr. Kessler began his career as an actor, studying with Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio before turning his attention to playwriting. His dramas, including The Watering Place, which opened on Broadway in 1969, are known for their gritty realism and dark humor. Mr. Kessler is best known for the psychological thriller Orphans, which opened Off-Broadway in 1985 with the Steppenwolf cast of John Mahoney, Terry Kinney and Kevin Anderson, directed by Gary Sinise. Its Broadway revival in 2013, with a cast that included Alec Baldwin, Ben Foster, and Tom Sturridge, received a Tony nomination.

The creative team for Perp includes Edward T. Morris (scenic design), Marika Kent (lighting design), Kristin Isola (costume design), Matt Otto (sound design), Addison Heeren (props master), Allison Raynes (stage manager), Porter Pickard (director of production), Christine Cirker (assistant director), and Quinn Vogt-Welch (assistant director).

Performances of Perp will take place March 16 –April 11 at The Barrow Group, 312 West 36th Street in Manhattan and run Wednesday–Monday at 7:30pm. Critics are welcome as of March 21 for an opening on Monday, March 25. Tickets, priced at $25– $60, can be purchased by visiting barrowgroup.org or by calling 866-811-4111.

About the Cast

Tricia Alexandro (Jack) is elated to be returning to The Barrow Group stage, her artistic home and incubator. She was last seen at The Barrow Group in The Unrepeatable Moment (the New York Times described her performance as “boldly acted; a high point of the show”), and in a one-woman show she wrote called Snapshot, directed by Seth Barrish, with music by Peter Eldridge. Additional credits include We, the Invisibles at The Humana Festival (ATL), The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (Cape May Stage), and The Goddess (Looking Glass Theatre). Alexandro is a member of The LAByrinth Theater Company's Intensive Ensemble and Bob Krakower's Manhattan Film Institute. She regularly performs monologues she's written at Naked Angels Tuesdays at 9, and Bowery Poetry Club. Her latest films include: CODA, Dinner & DNA (Big Apple Film Festival), and Kumquat Kelly. triciaalexandro.com

Ali Arkane (Douglass) is an actor based in his native New York City making his professional debut in Perp. Other notable theater works include Fool for Love (Actors Studio), The Headhunter (The Planet Connections Theatre Festival), and As You Like It (Arden Everywhere). Ali wants to thank “The Maestro”, Lyle Kessler, for recognizing him and making this dream possible.

Paul Ben-Victor (Harvey) Theater: Robbers by Lyle Kessler, Long Wharf Theatre, American Place Theater, and Seattle Repertory Theatre (Director Dan Sullivan). Club Soda and Good Steno by Leah Kornfeld Friedman, Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles. The Actors Studio (Theater): First Born by Lyle Kessler; Italian American Reconciliation by John Patrick Shanley. Film: The Irishman (Director Martin Scorsese), The Banker, Get Hard, Grudge Match, Monster, Once Upon A Time In Queens, Empire State, Daredevil, The Rookie (Director Clint Eastwood), Tombstone, True Romance (Director Tony Scott), A Civil Action, All The King’s Men (Director Steve Zailian), Houseguest, Metro, Gunshy, among others.

HBO: True Detective, Vinyl (Director Martin Scorsese), The Wire, Entourage, John from Cincinnati, Curb Your Enthusiasm. Other TV: Goliath, Preacher, Three Stooges, The Mick, Santa Clarita Diet, In Plain Sight, Everybody Hates Chris, NYPD Blue, among others.

Craig Mums Grant (Myron) is a proud member of the LAByrinth Theater Company and Poetic Theater Productions. A select list of stage appearances includes the original productions of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Stephen Adly Guirgis; The Public), A View from 151st (Robert Glaudini; The Public), Penalties and Interests (Rebecca Cohen; The Public), Collision (Lyle Kessler; Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Insurgents (Lucy Thurber; LAByrinth Theater Company)

Javier Molina (Harry), born in Puerto Rico and raised in New Jersey, received his MFA in directing from Pace University and is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio. Molina is currently recurring on NBC’s Blacklist. FILM: Bent and 99 Homes. THEATRE: Last Days of Judas Iscariot (La Mama) and Our Lady of 121st (Actors Studio), directed by Academy Award-Winner Estelle Parsons. Molina recently co-created and directed a short/pilot for the new series Wonder. Directing credits include 2016 Best Director 120 Hour Film Festival and 2nd Unit on Bobby Moresco's Bent. He currently teaches at ATC Studios in Clifton, NJ.

About the Creative Team

Lyle Kessler (playwright) is the author of the internationally-acclaimed play Orphans, which received two Tony nominations for its Broadway revival starring Alec Baldwin and Ben Foster. Albert Finney won the Olivier Award in London’s West End production, and Al Pacino and Jesse Eisenberg have also appeared in the play. Orphans continues to be produced in almost every country in the world, including Australia, Turkey, France, Spain, Japan, and will open in Brazil this season. Other plays include Robbers; Possession; The Watering Place; and Unlisted. House on Fire opened at Palm Beach Drama Works this past December. Films include Orphans; The Saint of Fort Washington; Gladiator; and Touched, written by and co-starring Kessler. He is the Director of the Actors Studio Playwright/ Directors Unit and is a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company. Kessler served as Artistic Director of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab and currently runs a Master Class for actors, writers, and directors every Monday night in the East Village. He and his wife, actress Margaret Ladd, developed an original artistic modality for use in the Imagination Workshop, the longest running Arts and Mental Health Program in the world.

Lee Brock (director) has overseen, developed, and/or produced more than 150 projects with The Barrow Group. Directing credits include: Abigail’s Party (NYT Critic’s Pick), The Pavilion, The Timekeepers, Orange Flower Water, Save Me, Art, and Uncle Vanya, among others. She has appeared in theaters throughout the country including Manhattan Theatre Club, The Kennedy Center, and La Mama. Her television appearances include: Orange is the New Black, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, among others. In 2009, Brock created F.A.B. (For, About, and By Women), a developmental wing of The Barrow Group dedicated to creating women’s projects. One of Brock’s personal missions is to help artists create their own work. She teaches classes with The Barrow Group. Thousands of students from all over the world have studied with her in the last 30 years.

Edward T. Morris (scenic design) has designed many plays at The Barrow Group and is excited to return for Perp! Morris has designed scenery or projections for Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Yale Repertory Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, La MaMa, The Barrow Group, Goodspeed Opera House, Cherry Lane Theatre, Minetta Lane Theatre, The Magic Theatre, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Weston Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, and the comedian Colin Quinn. Education: BFA, University of Michigan; MFA, Yale School of Drama. Lecturer: New School for Drama. Member: United Scenic Artists Local #829 and Wingspace Theatrical Design. Portfolio: edwardtmorris.com

Marika Kent (lighting design): Also at The Barrow Group: Abigail's Party (The Pond); Short Stuff 7. Recent/upcoming: Roan @ The Gates (Luna Stage), Peter and the Starcatcher; Memphis (Cape Fear Regional Theatre), Generation NYZ; Alaxsxa/Alaska; Beyond Sacred (Ping Chong + Co), Public Enemy (The Pearl), Skinnamarink; Now is the Time... (Little Lord), How To Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You on the Moors Now (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble), The Snow Maiden; Albert Herring (Manhattan School of Music) She; No Words; Box (Ariel Rivka Dance), Ajijaak on Turtle Island (IBEX Puppetry, The New Victory). Proud member of Wingspace. marikakent.com

Kristin Isola (costume design) Credits include: What The Butler Saw, Richard III (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), A Walk in the Woods, The Thing with Feathers, Muswell Hill, Abigail’s Party, Enemy of the People, Expecting Isabel (The Barrow Group), The Language Archive (Bristol Riverside Theater), The Understudy (McCarter Theatre Center), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Next in Line Productions), Solo Rites: 7 Breaths (Roulette), Two Point Oh, Touched (59E59), A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Assistant Design credits include: Fosse/ Verdon (FX), The Girl From the North Country, Mlima’s Tale (The Public Theater), The Sound of Music (National Tour), Therese Raquin (Roundabout Theatre), La Boheme (Washington National Opera) Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Park). MFA, Yale University.

Matt Otto (sound design) Credits include: Abigail’s Party, Muswell Hill, Thing with Feathers, Enemy of the People - The Barrow Group (NYC); Patron of the Arts, Nollywood Dreams, Esai’s Table and King Lear - Cherry Lane (NYC); Arden Everywhere/As You Like It - LDK Productions (NYC); Triggered, Stained, and Armed - The Amoralists (NYC); Cadaver of Synod - New York Musical Festival (NYC); Empathitrax - Colt Couer (NYC); Regional: Our Town and Love Labour’s Lost - Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (NY); Macbeth, Neil Gwynn, and Timon of Athens - Folger Theater (DC); Fly - Alabama Shakespeare Festival (AL); James and the Giant Peach – Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (OK); Stone Cold Dead Serious and Vibrator Play - Brown/Trinity Rep (RI); Stones in His Pockets - Yale Repertory Theatre (CT); Johnny Meister and the Stitch - Solas Nua (DC and Helen Hayes Award nomination.) Matt received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama and his BFA from Boston University. To hear some of his work please go to mattotto.co

Allison Raynes (stage manager) NYC credits: Intelligence, Selkie, The Providence of Neighboring Bodies [NYC & Edinburgh Fringe], Latter Days, The Sister [Edinburgh Fringe] (Dutch Kills); Random Acts (Renata Hinrichs); Situations (Palmy Inn); A Walk In The Woods, The Thing With Feathers, Muswell Hill, Expecting Isabel, Abigail's Party (The Barrow Group); Half Moon Bay (Lesser America); Pass Over (Cherry Lane, Mentor Project); Trump Lear[Edinburgh Fringe], The Gun Show [WiT Festival], Connected [59E59] (Project Y). Favorite Chicago credits: Lunacy!, Crumble: Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake, Exit Strategy, The Peacock (Jackalope); Music Hall, The Dumb Waiter, Baal (TUTA).

Addison Heeren (prop master) is an NYC-based Prop Master who is currently the Resident Prop Master at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Freelance credits include Abigail’s Party, Muswell Hill, The Thing With Feathers (The Barrow Group), Fiddler Afn Dakh/Fiddler on the Roof, The Golden Bride (NYTF), Jersey Boys, Havana (NCL Bliss), Ordinary Days (Keen Company), A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages), Pericles (Public Theater), A Room of My Own (Abingdon), Street Children (Vertigo), First Love (Cherry Lane Theatre), and Dolphins and Sharks (LAByrinth) Instagram: @propstitutenyc

Porter Pickard (director of production) Production credits with The Barrow Group include Muswell Hill, Abigail’s Party, Enemy of the People, The Thing With Feathers, A Walk in the Woods, Pentecost, The Fear Project, The Timekeepers, Gray Area, Short Stuff 7, The Temperamentals, Art, Dying City, Orange Flower Water, among others. He recently produced and co-wrote the short film Enjoy the Day, directed by Kristi Ng.

Christine Cirker (assistant director) is an Off-Broadway director and producer, focusing primarily on new work. Most recently, she was dramaturg & associate director for Awake by K. Lorrel Manning. Other NY directing credits include works presented by Lucille Lortel, F.A.B. Women@tbg, Pulse Ensemble, Core Ensemble, Neighborhood Playhouse, Our Workshop East, Resonance Theatre, Strawberry Festival and #MeToo Festival. Producing credits: Random Acts, Letters to Sala, The Basement Plays, The R Word, Downsizing, Einstein & Mileva, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. Christine has produced for F.A.B. Women@TBG, the women’s development group at TBG since 2010.

Quinn Vogt-Welch (assistant director) has directed and performed in NYC, regional theaters throughout the US, and Internationally. She was recently nominated by BroadwayWorld for Best Actress in a Musical in the DC Metro Area for her role of Maria in West Side Story. Other favorite roles include, most recently, Eliza in My Fair Lady, Christine in Phantom, Madeleine True in The Wild Party, Carla in Nine, and Wanda in The Barrow Group production of The Baby Dance. Quinn is co-Artistic Director and one of the founding members of Core Artists Ensemble, a NYC theatre company that sprouted out of a TBG master class in 2012. Vogt-Welch is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where she studied Classical Voice and International Studies.

Funding Credits

PERP is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Production design support provided by the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York).

About The Barrow Group

The Barrow Group is a New York City theatre company and performing arts training center committed to sharing compelling, relevant stories that build community, inspire empathy, and create a more tolerant, open-minded society. Founded in 1986 by co-Artistic Directors Seth Barrish and Lee Brock, the company has grown into an award-winning theatre company and performing arts training center that reaches over 25,000 students, patrons, and artists every year. The Barrow Group helps its patrons avoid feeling disengaged from art and each other by offering a wide variety of engaging classes and intimate productions that feel real and inspire new understandings of their own humanity.

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