It's December 2008, and an American woman flees to London despite the pleas of her daughter and ex-husband. Unable to forgive her country for a grave offense, she seeks refuge in the city of her youth. As America broadcasts news of financial crisis and political change, a fractured family roams the London streets trying to understand what sparked a fatal decision in SLEEPING ROUGH, to begin off-Broadway April 11, 2013. Check out photos of the cast at their first day of rehearsal below!
The cast will feature Lucille Lortel Award nominee Kellie Overbey ("The Coast of Utopia," "Twentieth Century," "The Savannah Disputation," "Rapture, Blister, Burn"), Quentin Mare ("The Philanthropist," "Rock 'n' Roll," "Happy Now?," "Burn This") and Renata Friedman ("The K of D," "A Doctor in Spite of Himself").
Design team for SLEEPING ROUGH is Kris Stone (set design), Kaye Voyce (costume design), Brian Tovar (lighting design), and Jill BC Du Boff (sound design).
Kara Manning's plays include SLEEPING ROUGH, MIND THE GAP, KILLING SWANS, PROPOSED CLOSURE (TOTALSHAMBLES) and AFTERDARK. Her plays have been performed or developed via The Royal Court Theatre, Out of Joint, Hampstead Theatre, the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Manhattan Theater Club, Atlantic Theater, Playwrights Horizons, MCC Theater, Page 73 Productions, Women's Project, NYTW, High Tide Festival Productions and others. SLEEPING ROUGH was also developed at Theatreworks Silicon Valley as part of its 2012 New Works Festival. Kara is the 2007 recipient of the Princess Grace Award in playwriting. She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and recipient of a 2010-2011 Princess Grace Special Projects grant and a 2011 EST/Sloan Foundation commission. She is a member of MCC Theater's Playwrights Coalition and an alumnus of the Royal Court's International Residency and Women's Project Playwrights Lab. Kara has written for Rolling Stone, MTV News and NPR. She presently works for WFUV/The Alternate Side and is the literary manager of the Irish Repertory Theatre. Graduate of Columbia University's M.F.A. program in playwriting.
Sam Buntrock (Director) was nominated for an Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk Award for his direction of the revival of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Other select credits include: the world premiere of ARE YOU THERE, MCPHEE? by John Guare and TAKE FLIGHT (McCarter), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Two River), A MAZE (New York Stage & Film), CRADLE AND ALL (MTC), CRADLE TO RAVE (UK National Tour), GOD COLLAR (Edinburgh, UK National Tour, and West End), the first London revival of ASSASSINS (New End), GET A LIFE, and HELP YOURSELF (both Edinburgh and UK tour). Sam trained at Bristol University and as Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse.
PAGE 73 Productions - under the leadership of Executive Directors Liz Jones and Asher Richelli and Associate Director Michael Walkup - develops and produces the work of early-career playwrights who have yet to have their work professionally produced in New York. Page 73 produces at least one New York or world premiere by an early-career playwright each year that represents that playwright's first professional production in New York. In addition to its annual productions, the company also hosts production-oriented development opportunities that help usher the works of early-career playwrights from first draft to final script. Programs include the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, a year-long program supporting one playwright's creative and career development; "Page 2", an extensive developmental workshop; "Interstate 73", an annual writers group for 8 early-career playwrights; and a weeklong summer residency on the Yale University campus for 4 early-career writers.
Page 73 produced the world premieres of ELLIOT, A SOLDIER'S FUGUE by Quiara Alegría Hudes, directed by Davis McCallum (2007 Pulitzer finalist and prequel to Quiara's 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning play WATER BY THE SPOONFUL), SIXTY MILES TO SILVER LAKE by Dan LeFranc directed by Anne Kauffman and co-produced with Soho Rep (2010 New York Times Playwriting Award); CREATURE by Heidi Schreck, directed by Leigh Silverman and co-produced with New Georges; JACK'S PRECIOUS MOMENT by Samuel D. Hunterdirected by Kip Fagan and EDGEWISE by Eliza Clark directed by Trip Cullman and co-produced with The Play Company, as well as the New York premieres of 1001 by Jason Grote, directed by Ethan McSweeney(Time Out New York - Top 10) and LIDLESS by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, directed by Tea Alagic. The company received from the League of Professional Theatre Women their 2008 Lucille Lortel Award for "innovative and creative work dedicated to the emerging dramatist".
Photo Credit: Dale Heller, Heller Highwater LLC.
Sam Buntrock, Renata Friedman, Kara Manning, Kellie Overbey and Quentin Mare
Kellie Overbey, Quentin Mare, Renata Friedman, Kara Manning and Michael Walkup (Page 73 Associate Director)
Sam Buntrock and Kara Manning
Kellie Overbey, Quentin Mare and Renata Friedman