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OHenry Productions and Stellar, in association with Soho Theatre, Announce Transatlantic Production of HERDING CATS by Lucinda Coxon, May 20–23
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OHENRY PRODUCTIONS AND STELLAR, IN ASSOCIATION WITH SOHO THEATRE, ANNOUNCE TRANSATLANTIC PRODUCTION OF LUCINDA COXON'S HERDING CATS

Groundbreaking Production Combines In-Person and Streamed Theater to Create First-of-its-Kind Transcontinental Live Event

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New York-based, Olivier-winning, and Tony-nominated OHenry Productions and Stellar, in association with Soho Theatre, is proud to announce a transatlantic production of Herding Cats by Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl) that combines in-person and streamed theater to create a first-of-its-kind, transcontinental live event. Marking a new type of international collaboration, the production is simultaneously accessible online to audiences across the globe via Stellar and in-person in London at Soho Theatre. Running May 20-23, 2021, Herding Cats is a Stellar Original production.

This groundbreaking revival of Coxon's "brave, brutal" (Guardian) play features two actors performing for an in-person audience on Soho Theatre's London stage with a third actor performing live via video from the United States. Directed by Anthony Banks (The Girl on the Train, West End) - reunited with Coxon following their collaboration on the 2010 world premiere - this production uses the technical feats that adventurous theater artists have discovered during the pandemic and combines them with the raw intimacy of in-person performance. The full cast will be announced shortly.

Herding Cats is a chillingly funny play about a generation negotiating intimacy and independence in the 21st century. Meeting the demands of modern life is as impossible as herding cats for Justine, Michael, and Saddo. To deal with work, Justine talks - a little too much - to her roommate Michael who earns a living by chatting with strangers like Saddo. But all three will soon find that in a cold, disconnected world, words may not be enough.

Playwright Lucinda Coxon said, "Ten years on from the première of Herding Cats, I'm excited to share the story with audiences once again. It strikes me that the play's exploration of acute loneliness and of the striking inequality between genders and generations feels incredibly of the moment, particularly as I reflect on the events of the last year."
Anthony Banks, director, also commented, "I directed the first production of Herding Cats over a decade ago and I can't wait to revisit the characters of Justine and Michael. Returning to direct a new production of the play, the universe around it is drastically different. Justine's rant about the property market has become an austere reality for young adults. The #MeToo movement has busted characters like Justine's boss out of the safety of their back-offices and gender identity is recognized not only by the health service but also by education. We're entering the twenties reassessing each other, it's a bumpy ride, like herding cats. Like Michael, over the last twelve months, many of us experienced extraordinary isolation. The play explores disappointment - in the footsteps of Beckett and Chekhov - but it also contains a rallying, raging cry for fairness, for equality, for justice."

Upon its 2010 premiere, The Times called Herding Cats "arresting," while The Evening Standard noted, "Lucinda Coxon's brutal but icily funny three-hander is the dramatic equivalent of a triple shot of something bitter and delicious... fine theatre." The Guardian declared, "What a brave, brutal 75 minutes this is from Lucinda Coxon, who turns a cool gaze on the disconnectedness of contemporary life and lets nobody off the hook."

The additional creative team includes Olivier-nominee lighting designer Howard Hudson (&Juliet - Olivier nomination, West End, In the Heights King's Cross Theatre), costume designer Susan Kulkarni (Secret Cinema), video designer Andrzej Goulding (& Juliet, West End, Groundhog Day, Broadway), set designer Grace Smart (Susanna, Royal Opera House), and sound designers Ben and Max Ringham (Blindness, Donmar Warehouse, Cyrano de Bergerac, West End - Olivier nomination). UK Casting, Stuart Burt (2021 CDG Award Winner) and US Casting, Taylor Williams (2021 Artios Award Winner).
Herding Cats is co-produced by Jeff Hollander and executive produced by Josh McTaggart.

Streaming tickets start at $29 with the first 100 to each performance available now at $20 until Midnight EST on April 23. Limited in-person tickets are £35. Visit www.herdingcatsplay.com for more information.

Performance Schedule

Thursday, May 20 at 2:30 PM ET / 7:30 PM GMT
Friday, May 21 at 2:30 PM ET / 7:30 PM GMT
Saturday, May 22 at 11:00 AM ET / 4:00 PM GMT
Saturday, May 22 at 2:30 PM ET / 7:30 PM GMT
Sunday, May 23 at 11:00 AM ET / 4:00 PM GMT
Sunday, May 23 at 2:30 PM ET / 7:30 PM GMT

About the Artists

Lucinda Coxon's theatre writing credits include Alys, Always; Herding Cats, Happy Now, The Eternal Not, Nostalgia, The Shoemaker's Wife, Vesuvius, Wishbones, Three Graces, The Ice Palace and Waiting at the Water's Edge. Her screenwriting credits include the multiple award-winning The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, The Crimson Petal and the White starring Romola Garai for BBC, Wild Target starring Emily Blunt, The Heart of Me starring Paul Bettany and Helena Bonham-Carter and The Little Stranger starring Domnhall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson.

Anthony Banks has directed world premieres of many new plays including The Girl On The Train (West End/National Tour), Nick Dear's Hogarth's Progress (Rose Kingston, Ryan Craig's Games For Lovers (Vaults), Kevin Elyot's Twilight Song (Park Theatre), Jim Cartwright's Raz (West End/UK tour), Lucinda Coxon's Herding Cats (Hampstead Theatre/Theatre Royal Bath); James Graham's Bassett (Bristol Old Vic), Dennis Kelly's DNA (UK tour), Bryony Lavery's Cesario and More Light, Lucinda Coxon's The Eternal Not and Michael Lesslie's Prince of Denmark (National Theatre), Snoo Wilson's Pignight (Menier Chocolate Factory), Mark Ravenhill's The Experiment (Soho Theatre/Berliner Ensemble). He has also directed some twentieth century classics including Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel by Joseph O'Connor, Patrick Marber's After Miss Julie (Theatre Royal Bath), Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train; Patrick Hamilton's Gaslight, and Dial M For Murder (UK tours) and Tennessee Williams' The Hotel Plays. Banks was an associate director at the National Theatre 2004-2014 where he commissioned and developed a hundred new plays for NT Connections.

About OHenry Productions
OHenry Productions is an Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-nominated New York-based production company founded in 2014 by Oliver Roth. Situated at the intersection of art and commerce, OHenry Productions is dedicated to promoting the world's most vital voices on the world's most distinguished stages. Its mission is to produce work that is as engaging as it is inspiring, and as challenging as it is entertaining. Producing credits include - Broadway: Slave Play (Tony Nomination), Burn This (Tony Nomination), Sea Wall/A Life (Tony Nomination), The Inheritance (Tony Nomination), Derren Brown: Secret, Head over Heels; West End: The Inheritance (Olivier Award); Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors, Invisible Thread; National Tour: Hundred Days, Escape to Margaritaville; Upcoming: Lempicka. http://ohenryproductions.com/

About Stellar
Stellar is the only full-service livestream partner for professional live entertainment organizers, committed to delivering premium interactive online shows to paying audiences. Stellar's industry-leading Total Show Management (TSM) system enables producers and artists to sell tickets to a global audience, manage customer data, securely stream events, and accept payments on one platform, providing full technical support and guidance along the way. Launched in October 2020, Stellar was created by the Goldstar team to aid an industry in need of engaging audiences and generating revenue during the pandemic. The platform has grossed millions in ticket and merchandise revenue and generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations. Fans from around the world now have access to the best online live events, streaming to multiple devices with high-quality video and audio, and interactive features. For more information and upcoming events go to www.stellartickets.com.

About Soho Theatre

Soho Theatre is London's most vibrant producer for new theatre, comedy and cabaret. We pursue creative excellence, harnessing an artistic spirit that is based in our new writing roots, the radical ethos of the fringe and the traditions of punk culture and queer performance. We champion voices that challenge from outside of the mainstream, and sometimes from within it too. We value entertainment, accessibility and enjoy a good show. We are a registered charity and social enterprise and our audiences are diverse in age, background and outlook.

Ordinarily our work plays to live audiences of 250,000 audiences a year in our Dean Street venue, at the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond. Since our temporary closure due to Covid-19, we have re-launched our online platform Soho Theatre On Demand, which hosted the phenomenally successful live recording of Fleabag and recently released the critically acclaimed Typical. We've partnered with Amazon Prime Video (UK) for a three-series deal, bringing existing and new comedy shows to the platform (2020-21). We are also working towards the opening of an exciting second venue, a "local theatre with a national profile" in Walthamstow, currently slated to open in 2022.

Soho Theatre's board is chaired by Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE and the company is led by Executive Director Mark Godfrey and Creative Director David Luff. sohotheatre.com| sohotheatreondemand.com
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