Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Paradise Park
by 2007-2008 Playwright-in-Residence Charles Mee. Directed by Daniel Fish
and with choreography by Peter Pucci,
began performances on Tuesday, February 14 at Signature Theatre Company's
Peter Norton Space, located at 555
West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th
Avenues). Opening Night is Sunday, March 2.
"Welcome to Paradise Park,
an amusement park that opens up into all of America and beyond. Meet
inhabitants of this bizarre carnival of life, including a
dummy, and a teenage girl on the run. From Futureworld to Londonland,
the Grand Canyon to Fred's Polynesian Dive Shop, step right
up to this wild ride of fruit cake tosses, underwater ballets, square
and star gazing, too. The third and final play of the Charles Mee
Series, Paradise Park
is a collage-like journey through all of America," explain press notes.
Paradise Park marks Signature's third
production with Mee this season. Iphegnia
2.0 had its New York
premiere in the fall and most recently, Signature presented the world premiere
of Mee's Queens Boulevard (the musical).
The cast of Paradise Park includes Vanessa
Aspillaga (Anna in the Tropics),
Satya Bhabha (Queens Boulevard),
(Caroline, or Change; The Dinner Party), Gian-Murray Gianino
Jackson Harper (Queens Boulevard),
Christopher McCann (True Love),
Paul Mullins (The Torch-Bearers),
Alan Semok (The Brothers Karamazov)
Williams (True Love).
Paradise Park features music direction and
arrangements by Bill Schimmel, scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by
Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Mark Barton, sound design by Elizabeth Rhodes
and video design by Joshua Thorson.
Through The Signature
Ticket Initiative, which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest
possible audience, all regularly-priced single tickets ($65) are available for
$20 during the regular runs of each production for the entire 2007-2008 season
through Signature's 20th Anniversary Season (2010-2011). The Signature
Ticket Initiative is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner
Inc. Generous support for The Signature Ticket Initiative is provided by
Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams.
The performance schedule for Paradise Park is Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday through
Saturday at 8PM, Saturday and Sunday at 2PM. Please note that there is no
performance on Sunday, February 24. Tickets are available online at www.signaturetheatre.org and by phone (212)
244-PLAY (7529) and in person at the Box Office (555 West 42nd Street)
Photos by Carol Rosegg