have you seen steve steven?

13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.), the OBIE Award-winning theater company comprised of 13 playwrights, will present the world premiere of Ann Marie Healy’s (P#6) “HAVE YOU SEEN STEVE STEVEN?” to be directed by 2007 OBIE Award-winning director Anne Kauffman. “HAVE YOU SEEN STEVE STEVEN” will be performed at The East 14th Street Theater, 344 East 14th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), with performances running from September 15 through October 6.

Lost in a labyrinth of Midwestern McMansions, teenager Kathleen Clarkson senses that something is very wrong with her world but nothing prepares her for the arrival of Hank Mountain. This friendly neighbor and his elusive partner-in-crime, Vera, stop over to bring brownie bars and chat about the property taxes. What her parents don’t realize is that they’ve also come as harbingers of annihilation. When an all-knowing exchange student pops in from afar to join these two neighbors from “just down the way,” a fairy tale of make-believe dissolves into a nightmare — both hilarious and terrifying — that reveals the instability at the core of everything Kathleen knows. “HAVE YOU SEEN STEVE STEVEN?” is a disconcerting comic drama that teases our sense of reality and safety and questions the places that we call home.

Ann Marie Healy’s play The Night That Roger Went to Visit the Parents of His Old High School Girlfriend premiered in the 2006 E.S.T. Marathon of One-Act Plays directed by Andrew McCarthy, and her Now That’s What I Call a Storm was produced by the Edge Theater Company, directed by Carolyn Cantor, and featured Marylouise Burke. Healy’s writing is published through Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, Playscripts and in The Kenyon Review. In addition to being a member of 13P she is also an affiliated artist with the OBIE Award-winning theater company Clubbed Thumb; a member of MCC’s Playwrights Coalition; a former member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and a writing fellow at New River Dramatists.

Anne Kauffman received a 2007 OBIE Award for her direction of Adam Bock’s The Thugs at Soho Rep, which Time Out NY and the New York Sun both named as one of the top ten productions of 2006. She followed this production in New York with her direction of Jenny Schwartz’s critical and audience hit God’s Ear presented by New Georges this past spring at the East 13th Street Theater. Her other recent directing credits include Stunning by David Adjmi with Wooly Mammoth Theater; Expecting Isabel by Lisa Loomer at Asolo Repertory Theater; Act A Lady by Jordan Harrison at the Humana Festival of New Plays; Typographer’s Dream by Adam Bock at San Francisco’s Encore Theater; and The Ladies by Anne Washburn with the Civilians at Dixon Place and Cherry Lane Theater. She is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Drama League, a founding member of The Civilians and a member of New Georges’ Kitchen Cabinet.

The nine-member cast for “HAVE YOU SEEN STEVE STEVEN?” will be: Brandon Bales (Thomas), Frank Deal (Bill), Tom Riis Farrell (Frank), Alissa Ford (Mary), Kate Hampton (Jane), Jocelyn Kuritsky (Anlor), Matthew Maher (Hank Mountain), Carol Rosenfeld (Vera), and Stephanie Wright Thompson (Kathleen). Brandon Bales appeared in the world premiere production of Terrence McNally’s Some Men at Philadelphia Theatre Company; Frank Deal has appeared Off-Broadway in Paul Rudnick’s The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and at the Atlantic in One Neck; Tom Riis Farrell was most recently seen on Broadway in Coram Boy. Other Broadway credits include: Dirty Blonde and 1776. Alissa Ford appeared in 13P’s last NY production Kate E. Ryan’s Mark Smith and the adaptation of George Saunder’s story Pastoralia at P.S. 122; Kate Hampton was last seen on Broadway in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man and the Roundabout production of The Deep Blue Sea; Jocelyn Kuritsky’s recent NY credits include: Smoke and Mirrors at The Flea and Ophelia 3 at HERE; and Matthew Maher won an OBIE Award for Performance for The Race of the Ark Tattoo and was Dwayne in the HBO series John from Cincinnati. The PSM will be Megan Schwarz.

The set design will be by Sue Rees; the lighting design by Garin Marschall; the costume design by Emily Rebholz; and the sound design by Jeremy Lee. Producers for P#6 are Maria Goyanes and Sandra Garner. Karina Mangu-Ward is 13P’s General Manager. “HAVE YOU SEEN STEVE STEVEN?” was developed with the generous support of the Sundance Institute Theater Lab this summer and The Cape Cod Theater Project last year. The members of 13P (www.13P.org) are: Sheila Callaghan, Erin Courtney, Madeleine George, Rob Handel, Ann Marie Healy, Julia Jarcho, Young Jean Lee, Winter Miller, Sarah Ruhl, Kate E. Ryan, Lucy Thurber, Anne Washburn, and Gary Winter.

The complete performance schedule (September 15 through October 6) will be: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.  There will be three additional performances on Sunday, September 16 at 8:00 pm, the Opening Night performance on Monday, September 17 at 8:00 p.m; and a special benefit performance on Monday, September 24 at 8:00 p.m. All tickets will be $18.00 (except for the benefit on September 24 which is a higher priced ticket). The box office number for tickets is 212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com.

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