NEGLECT Opening Off-Off-Broadway in NYTF Festival
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 08:53 am EDT 10/05/22

in association with Iris Rodrigo and Cyril Marion



a new Off-Off-Broadway play
by Ry Armstrong

NEGLECT is a story of survival, love, and the unending pursuit of joy in the worst of circumstances. The first part of the show is a memory play based in 1939 Germany as the atrocities attributed to the Second World War began. The second part takes place in real time, but 48 years later in rural Missouri showing our main character towards the end of his life. Centered around the disease hemispatial neglect, we see our main character struggle to make sense of his world as he tries to remember who he is and was.

The show is written by and starring Ry Armstrong (HBO's The Gilded Age) with fellow cast members Hannah Balagot, Brayson Williams, and Sascha Henryk. The show will have innovative direction from the esteemed Joe Barros with indispensable creative contributions from associate Jennie Hughes. Joining this team are also two brand new producers to our industry and Co-Producers for this production: Iris Rodrigo and Cyril Marion. Helmed by producing organization RYCO Theatricals, this team hopes that you enjoy the show!

NEGLECT is set to open at the Teatro Latea (107 Suffolk Street) on October 11th at 6:15pm as a part of the upcoming Fall/Winterfest with New York Theater Festival. There will be two other performances as well on October 14th at 4:00pm and a late-night closing show on October 15th at 9:00pm.

General seating tickets start at $25 and are available at ryco.org/neglect.

Further information with bios for the creative team:

Ry Armstrong (Playwright / Kurt) is an American, genderqueer artist who was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest surrounded by nature and the arts. Their upbringing, which did contain both white and male-presenting privilege, was full of arts education and ultimately compelled them to follow a career in storytelling. Shortly after finishing an undergraduate degree in theatre arts, they moved from the Emerald City to the Big Apple and quickly became involved, as an actor, in productions Off-Broadway (Pete the Cat, Orphans & Outsiders) and in regional houses across the country. Complementary to their acting, their focus lies on their international creative endeavors of producing and writing new works of art to be experienced on the stage and screen. After finishing graduate studies in International Relations, they took an interest in environmental activism as that issue is set to be the defining crisis of their lifetime. Most recently, Armstrong can be seen in HBO's The Gilded Age. @ryontheryse - ryarmstrong.co

Joe Barros (Director) is an award-winning queer director, choreographer and writer working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, and in film. Artistic Director: New York Theatre Barn, an inclusive home for original culture shifting musicals during incubation. Broadway: Gigi (associate director). Off-Broadway: The Evolution of Mann, Bastard Jones, Cagney (associate dir.). Nat'l Tours/Regional/Int'l: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Beaches (Chicago's Drury Lane, associate dir.), Aida (Singapore), Breathe (with Matt Doyle and Max Clayton), plus Goodspeed, DC's Signature Theatre, Broadway in Chicago, The Phoenix Theatre Company (Keynote Speaker, 2022 Festival of New American Theatre), Bucks County Playhouse, Kaixinmahua (Shanghai). Film: The Girl Who Left Home with Paolo Montalban. Barros is co-writing Buried with Michael Ferrara - a musical about Ruth Coker Burks which excavates an untold chapter of the AIDS crisis and a muted time in queer history (Barn on Fire Residency on Fire Island, Jerry Mitchell mentor), and the musical Winner with Nico Juber. www.joebarros.com

Jennie Hughes (Associate Director / Casting Director) is an NYC based director, choreographer, performer and the founding director of Forager Theatre Company. She prioritizes work that is women led and tells stories that are often overlooked in commercial theatre. Her most recent credits include: Spring Awakening (director/choreographer) with Forager Theatre Company, Beauty and The Beast (choreographer) at Paris Summer Theatre, Judy Moody and Stink (director/choreographer) at ArtsPower National Touring Theatre. @jenniemarie7

Hannah Balagot (Actor 1) is an actor, dancer, singer, and educator who loves to tell stories in collaborative and innovative ways. She believes art is a way to investigate how we are connected and that by seeing ourselves more clearly, we can cultivate a path to healing. Past credits include many mountings of West Side Story as Anybodys, Pioneer Theater's Hello Dolly! as Ermengarde, and as an associate choreographer for Prospect Theater's Notes From Now. She continues to perform and collaborate on development of new works in New York City as well as foster up-and-coming artists through Broadway Dance Center's pre-professional programs.

Brayson Williams (Actor 2) - REGIONAL: A Christmas Carol, Concerto, The Polar Express. FILM: Treasure Lies, Sherwood Forest, Apt 203. OTHER THEATRE: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Cymbeline, King John. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: B.F.A from Oklahoma City University, MIO 2017 British American Drama Academy.

Sascha Henryk (Swing) is a proud queer actor, singer and dancer, and is ecstatic to be making her professional, American debut with NEGLECT. Born with a strong passion for the stage, she left her small hometown of Adelaide, Australia to dive headfirst into the world's epicentre of theatre. Sascha is a graduate of AMDA New York Conservatory and previously attended the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Her Australian credits include Amber Von Tussle in ‘Hairspray' and the South Australian premiere of ‘Bring it On: The Musical' which won the Adelaide Theatre Guide award for Best Musical in 2017. Sascha has also toured various variety shows and parades internationally, including Hong Kong Disney, Euro Disney (Paris), Walt Disney World Orlando and Universal Studios Orlando. She would not be here without her biggest supporters - mum, dad, Zac, Jonty and Malachi - thank you! Instagram: @saschahenryk

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