"1-2-3 Manhunt," a new play by Tony DiMurro and starring two-time Emmy nominee Ilene Kristen at Theater For The New City...10/7-10/24
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Two desperate men on the edge of a NYC rooftop ... Who jumps first?

A new play by Tony DiMurro

Limited engagement
October 7-24

Opening October 10


Ilene Kristen, Anthony Barile,
Chris Paul Morales, and Santo Fazio

Theatre for the New City
(155 First Avenue)


1-2-3 Manhunt (www.123Manhunt.com) a new play by Tony DiMurro ((The Coyote Bleeds, Moe Green Gets It In The Eye) and directed by William Roudebush (Equus; Glengarry Glen Ross) will play The Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue between Ninth and Tenth Streets) for a limited engagement from October 7-24, it was announced today by Crystal Field, artistic director of Theater for the New City. The Opening is set for October 10.

1-2-3 Manhunt uses a tenement rooftop to set the stage for a smackdown between two vastly different natives of the Lower East Side - an old-school middle-aged Italian back in the neighborhood for his last hurrah and a Chinese American teenager whose dreams of playing major league baseball started to fade even before the pandemic turned his life upside down. Things get physical before this diverse pairing finds surprising common ground, turning their attention outward toward the city and world at large.

Developed at Naked Angels Tuesdays @ 9 and through the Naked Angels First Monday Reading Series, 1-2-3 Manhunt was also a semi-finalist at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. The play was also given a two-night staged reading by The Access Theater in their Access Association Series and was given a staged reading at The Actors Studio as part of the Playwrights Directors Unit.

The cast of 1-2-3 Manhunt features two-time Emmy nominee Ilene Kristen (One Life to Live, Ryan's Hope), Anthony Barile (Tony 'n Tina's Wedding), Chris Paul Morales (Handiwork), and Santo Fazio ("The Accidental Husband").

"1-2-3 Manhunt uses the changing landscape of the Lower East Side to examine what gentrification and 'progress' have wrought," said playwright Tony DiMurro. "My goal in writing this play is to show the importance of friendships and owning your own sins no matter how difficult or painful the consequences."

1-2-3 Manhunt has scenic design by Julie DiMurro, lighting design by Herrick Goldman, sound design by Andy Cohen, Special Effects by Cosimo Mariano, Fight choreography by Randall Rodriguez, and Ali Walensky is the stage manager.

1-2-3 Manhunt plays at The Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue between Ninth and Tenth Streets) from October 7-24. The performance schedule is as follows: Thursday - Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 3PM.

All net proceeds go to The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New York City.

For tickets and information, please visit: www.123Manhunt.com

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Tony DiMurro (playwright) is a New York City-based writer and actor and a graduate of NYU. His first play Moe Green Gets It In The Eye was produced Off-Broadway by the Rapp Arts Center. The Coyote Bleeds (New York Times Critic's Pick) was produced Off-Broadway by the Worth St. Theater and ran to critical acclaim. A revised version of Moe Green Gets It In The Eye (NY1 Critic's Choice Passport to Off-Broadway Series) was produced at La Tea Theater. Minnesota Fats Is Right Around The Corner (Sundance Theatre Lab semi-finalist) was given a workshop production by The Directors Company. Bergin Pines received its world-premiere production at ARTS/WEST Theater in Athens, Ohio. Waiting For My Man was produced Off-Broadway at The DR2. 3 For The Road was produced by Jim Farrell at The Splinter Group in Milwaukee and then in Los Angeles at The Road Theatre Company in their Off-Road Series. 1-2-3 Manhunt (O'Neil Center semi-finalist) was developed with Naked Angels Tuesdays @ 9 and received its first public staged reading in their First Mondays Series. He has written several screenplays for David Sonenberg's DASFilms and for Snoot/Occupant Films. He is currently working with Don Kurt (Justified, Manhunter, New York Undercover etc.) on an original television pilot currently titled Eminent Domain . He recently completed his first short film, titled St. Martin of Tours which is being submitted to film festivals. In his spare time, he likes to ride the subway, worry, and follow the New York Yankees. www.tonydimurro.com

William Roudebush (Director) A current member of the Playwright/Director Unit at The Actor's Studio where 1-2-3 Manhunt was first read. He lives in New York City with his wife, actress Terri Garber, and teaches a weekly acting class based on his book Acting By Mistake. Since (retiring) a few years ago his primary focus has been developing new works. Bill has been directing for over forty years in the "regions": Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Cleveland Play House and, later, producing and directing at Cleveland's Hanna Theatre. He's directed 14 productions at Philadelphia's historic Walnut Street Theatre where he spent an additional four years developing far reaching, award winning theatre outreach programs as well as enrolling over five hundred students in Walnut's professional development programs. He was presented with a Barrymore award for Best Director of the Mumpuppettheatre production of Peter Shaffer's Equus. Most recently he directed Austin Pendleton in a Cleveland revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross (Voted #2 in Cleveland's top ten for 2019) as well as the world premiere of William Mastrosimone's Rules of Desire at New York's Playroom Theatre. He has taught at seven different universities including: The University of the Arts, Temple University, The New World School of the Arts, the University of Miami and, currently, at Long Island University while continuing his freelance directing at such theatres as: Syracuse Stage Company, Delaware Theatre Company, The Barter Theatre and The Fulton...well over 200 productions in all. Bill also directed and taught in the early days of the Mint Theatre genesis as well as the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. www.williamroudebush.com.

Link http://www.123Manhunt.com

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