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Ethel Sings by Joan Beber to play Theatre Row's Beckett

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Undercover Productions LLC will produce the Off-Broadway Premiere of Ethel Sings, written by Joan Beber and directed by Will Pomerantz, beginning performances at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre on 31 May 2014, with an official opening set for 06 Jun 2014 and continuing its limited engagement through 13 Jul 2014.

Synopsis: 'Ethel Sings: The Unsung Song of Ethel Rosenberg looks at the determined mother, singer, writer, and actress swept up in the fatal Red Scare hysteria of the 1950s. Her husband Julius' need to 'save the world' will be his undoing. Ethel's love for him will be hers.'

The cast of Ethel Sings will feature Tracy Michailidis (Ethel), Ari Butler (Julius), Kevin Isola (Roy Cohn), Adrienne Moore (Loraine), along with David Fierro, Tanesha Gary, Sheria Irving, Kenneth Lee, Joel Leffert, and Serge Thony.

The creative team behind Ethel Sings features scenic design by John McDermott, lighting design by Joyce Liao, and costume design by Whitney Locher.

Bios:

Tracy Michailidis (Ethel) is perhaps best known for her performances in Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast', both on Broadway and on National Tour.

Ari Butler (Julius) has appeared Off-Broadway in 'Fugue' at Cherry Lane Theatre. Other theatre credits include 'Old Jews Telling Jokes'.

Kevin Isola (Roy Cohn) made his Broadway debut in 2005 playing the role of Tyler Shaw in 'Brooklyn Boy'. He has several Off-Broadway credits including 'By the Way, Meet Vera Stark' (Second Stage Theatre), 'Twelfth Night' (Delacorte Theater), 'Everett Beekin' (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater), and 'The New Bozena' (Cherry Lane Theatre).

Adrienne Moore (Loraine) has appeared Off-Broadway in 'Milk Like Sugar' (Playwrights Horizons) in 2011.

Joan Beber's (Playwright) plays 'We All Fall Down' and 'Ethel Sings' were developed at the University of Southern California Center for Dramatic Arts. Her short play, 'Fitting Pictures', was produced at the Actors Alliance Festival in San Diego and at San Diego Black Box Theatre. She is a life member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. 'Hunger - In Bed With Roy Cohn' was her first full-length play produced. It had its world premiere at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles in 2012.

Will Pomerantz (Director) has directed and developed new plays, music theatre and opera with such theatres as Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theatre, Hartford Stage, New York Theater Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theater, Soho Rep, Culture Project, The Signature Theatre, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Studio Theatre, Bard Summerscape, and The Guthrie. He has directed world premieres by John Guare, David Auburn, Neil LaBute, Craig Lucas, Kia Corthron, David Lindsay-Abaire, Stephen Belber, Noah Haidle, and Linda Cho. His production of 'The Blue Flower' was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. His production 'Dai' won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Performance.

- by Tom Millward

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