Michael Puzzo's Spirits of Exit Eleven at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd Street, NYC) opened on Thursday, January 17th at 8PM. Presented by Justin Reinsilber and directed by Frank Licato, the world premiere of this new American play is directed by Frank Licato. The production runs through February 2nd. Below, BroadwayWorld has photos from the show's Opening Night Party on January 17!
Spirits of Exit Eleven tells the darkly comic tale of a ragtag crew of outcasts struggling to keep their dignity and their livelihood afloat at a rundown New Jersey Strip club/pizza parlor on Halloween.
The cast introduces newcomer Nicole Balsam and includes Michael Carlsen (The Wood, Rattlestick; "30 Rock;" "Pan Am;" Wreck it Ralph), Shane Patrick Kearns ("Law & Order SVU"), Stephen Payne (The Empty Ocean, Stella Adler, Sailor's Song by John Patrick Shanley, The Public Theater), and Deborah Rayne ("A Gifted Man," "All My Children"). Scenic design is by David Meyer, with lighting design by Adam Greene, costume design by Alexis Forte, sound design by Donald Stark, choreography by Marlo Hunter, and fight choreography by David Anzuelo.
A member of LAByrinth Theater Company since 2000, producer Justin Reinsilber produced TENN99, a three day non-stop reading and celebration of Tennessee Williams' work at LAByrinth Theater Co. He has also produced original works by John Patrick Shanley, including Where's My Money and Winter Party, and he was executive producer of Sopohmore. As an actor, he played one of the leads in Ira Sachs' Keep The Lights On (Sundance and winner of a TEDDY at the Berlin film festival), as well as Off-Broadway and several film and television credits. He wrote fucking love (winner, best solo show at the HBO comedy festival in Aspen), his first feature will be shot in spring, 2013.
The playing schedule for Spirits of Exit Eleven is as follows: Wednesday - Saturday at 8PM. For tickets and more information, visit www.spiritsofexiteleven.com.
Photo Credit: Nicholas Shanley (unless otherwise noted)
Playwright Michael Puzzo and award-winning actor David Zayas (known for Dexter and Oz). Photo by David Zayas, Jr.
Producer Justin Reinsilber and playwright Michael Puzzo
The cast of Spirits of Exit Eleven (from left to right) Stephen Payne, Deborah Rayne, Michael Carlsen and Nicole Balsam
Actresses Deborah Rayne (left) and Nicole Balsam (right) with their Spirits of Exit Eleven producer Justin Reinsilber (center)
Director Frank Licato (left), playwright Michael Puzzo (center) and producer Justin Reinsilber (right)