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Hansen's Cab

Focusing on a battle between science and spiritual belief, Hansen's Cab, a new play by Mark R. Giesser, will open Tuesday, May 9th at Off Broadway's Jose Quintero Theatre, 534 W. 42nd Street. Directed by Mark R. Giesser, the production features a cast including Heather Randall, Melissa Hart, Michael Pemberton and Avrom Berel and is presented by Alces Productions. Preview performances begin Friday, April 28th (8PM).

Set in the American Southwest of 1958, Hansen's Cab charts the journey of Jennifer Talavera, a young woman diagnosed with Hansen's Disease - more commonly known as leprosy. During that time, American public health policy stated that victims of the disease were to be forcibly transported to and involuntarily detained at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Carville, Louisiana. While stopped en route to the hospital, in an historic site in the Guadalupe Mountains of Texas, Jennifer escapes her guardians and meets a mixed-blood Apache archaeologist. The mystical combination of Apache healing rituals and history embroil the characters in a battle between science and spriritual belief.

Playwright Mark R. Giesser has also penned the plays The Night They Burned Washington, Pleadge of Allegiance and Code of the West.

The cast includes Heather Randall, last seen on Broadway in Inherit the Wind, Melissa Hart, who received a Tony nomination for Georgy, Michael Pemberton, most recently seen in Stephen Sondheim's Saturday Night, and Avrom Berel, who appeared in Off-Broadway's The Night They Burned Washington.

Hansen's Cab will feature set designs by Obie Winner, John C. Scheffler, costume designs by Melanie Ann Schmidt, lighting by Aaron Meadow, and choreography sequences by Sharon Halley.

Performances will be Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8 PM, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 3 PM, and Sundays April 30th and May 7th at 7:30 PM and Sundays May 14th, 21st & 28th at 3 PM. Through May 28th, all tickets are $40.00. For information and tickets call (212) 244-7529.


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