"Monk" star Tony Shalhoub and his wife actress Brooke Adams made a special trip into New York to catch a preview of NAACP Image Award winner Kenyetta Lethridge's social drama "Innocent Flesh" at the Off-Broadway Actors Temple Theater. The piece focuses on teen sex slave trafficking as told through the eyes of four young girls.
Check out photos of Shalhoub and his wife at the theatre below!
Monk last seen on Broadway in the Tony Award winning revival of Lend Me a Tenor was recently tapped for a starring role in Transformers' director Michael Bay's "Pain and Gain" with Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry and Israeli super model Bar Paly. Based on a true story, Shalhoub plays the target of a kidnapping plot. Following the performance, Shalhoub and Adams dropped by backstage to congratulate Lethridge, producers Michael Mann, Diana Zollicoffer and the cast.
Innocent Flesh is loosely based on the real stories of four young girls and the hardships they face as underage prostitutes in America. Written in a multi-layered style that uses poetry, dance, and a modern take on the classic Greek Chorus, the play unveils the secrets of how girls from all walks of life can find themselves on the streets, selling their bodies to men. Innocent Flesh is performed by a cast of four female actors, whose characters end up in "the life." Their stories deal with love, abandonment, rape, abortion, and molestation. Throughout the play, each character's poignant cry for self-worth seems to fill a bottomless void with love. One by one, their hardened façades melt to reveal soft and vulnerable spirits. Daphne Gabriel, Clara Gabrielle, Jameelah Nuriddin and Angelina Prendergast re-create their critically acclaimed roles in the original Los Angeles production. Written & directed by 2011 NAACP Award winner Kenyetta Lethridge. Producers: MZL LLC: Diana C. Zollicoffer, Michael Mann and Kenyetta Lethridge
Opening Night is March 15 @ 8pm. Actors Temple Theater, 339 West 47th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) After Party to follow. For more information visit: www.Innocentfleshtheplay.com