From a media release:
LCT3 presents the world premiere of an LCT3 commission, WHEN I COME TO DIE, a new play by Nathan Louis Jackson, directed by Thomas Kail.
When I Come to Die
AT The Duke On 42nd STREET
A NEW 42ND STREET® project
PREVIEWS BEGIN MONDAY, JANUARY 31
OPENING NIGHT IS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10
All seats only $20 - see details below!
WHEN I COME TO DIE tells the story of Damon Robinson, a death-row inmate played by Chris Chalk (Fences), who struggles to find faith and hope and understand why his life has been spared after he survives a lethal injection.
This new play re-unites author Nathan Louis Jackson and director Thomas Kail, who brought Broke-ology to LCT in Fall 2009. Nathan Louis Jackson is a two-time Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award winner. His television writing credits include "Shameless", "Southland" and "Lights Out". Thomas Kail received a Tony nomination for directing In The Heights and most recently, directed the current Broadway production of Lombardi, a new play by Eric Simonson.
LCT3, Lincoln Center Theater’s programming initiative devoted to producing the work of new artists and developing new audiences, has announced that Michael Balderrama, Chris Chalk, Neal Huff, David Patrick Kelly and Amanda Mason Warren will be featured in its world premiere production of WHEN I COME TO DIE, a new play by Nathan Louis Jackson, directed by Thomas Kail, the second of of LCT3’s three productions during the 2010-2011 season. WHEN I COME TO DIE will begin previews Monday, January 31, open Thursday, February 10 and run through Saturday, February 26 at The Duke on 42nd Street, a NEW 42ND STREET® project, (229 W. 42 Street).
WHEN I COME TO DIE will have sets by Robin Vest, costumes by Emily Rebholz, lighting by Betsy Adams and sound by Jill BC DuBoff. Nathan Louis Jackson returns to LCT where he made his New York playwriting debut this past fall with his play Broke-ology, also directed by Thomas Kail. A writer for the television series Southland and the upcoming Shameless, he has participated in The Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive, William Inge 24 Hour Play Festival and Ebony Theater’s “The Word” (monthly poetry slam). In addition to the LCT production of Broke-ology, Thomas Kail directed the play’s world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Citing the need to develop strong relationships with new artists and to build new audiences, Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) created LCT3 to offer these artists fully staged productions. LCT is currently building a new theater, rehearsal space and office complex on the roof of the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The 131-seat theater, to be named the Claire Tow Theater, is scheduled to open in early 2012 and will be the home of LCT3. Paige Evans is Artistic Director/LCT3.
About the Cast:
MICHAEL BALDARRAMA Broadway: In The Heights, Hot Feet, Movin’ Out, Saturday Night Fever, Ubran Cowboy. Regional: West Side Story, The King and I, Ballet Hispanico. Film/TV: Across The Universe, All My Children
CHRIS CHALK Broadway: Fences. Off-Broadway: Ruined, Unconditional, The Overwhelming, Defiance. Film and TV: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, Rescue Me, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead. Member: LAByrinth Theater Company.
NEAL HUFF Broadway: Take Me Out, The Lion in Winter, The Tempest. Off-Broadway: The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida (Public), Occupant, Rude Entertainment, Blue Window. Film: Hollywood Ending, The Shallow End, The Wedding Banquet.
DAVID PATRICK KELLY LCT: The Glorious Ones, Twelfth Night, The Orphan of Chao. Broadway: Festen, Uncle Vanya The Government Inspector, Working. Off-Broadway: Ghosts, Pearls for Pigs, Anadarko, Film Is Evil/Radio Is Good. Film: Flags of Our Fathers, The Longest Yard, TV: Twin Peaks.
AMANDA MASON WARREN Regional theatre includes The Golden Age (Kennedy Center), Alls Well That Ends Well (Yale Repertory Theatre), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Nina in The Seagull. TV: Gossip Girl, Rubicon, Law & Order, The Good Wife, The Office, Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Photos by Erin Baiano
• Michael Balderrama & Chris Chalk
• Chris Chalk
About the organization: The New 42nd Street
Founded in 1990, The New 42nd Street is an independent, nonprofit organization charged with long-term responsibility for seven historic theaters on 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. In addition to running The New Victory Theater, The New 42nd Street built and operates the NEW 42ND STREET® Studios a ten-story building of rehearsal studios, offices and a 200-seat theater named The Duke on 42nd Street for national and international performing arts companies.
About the theater: The Duke on 42nd Street
The Duke on 42nd Street is an intimate 200-seat black box theater built and operated by The New 42nd Street. Since opening in 2000, the theater has been available on a rental basis to international and domestic nonprofit organizations to present their work. Companies that have presented at The Duke on 42nd Street theater include: Theatre for a New Audience; Playwrights Horizons; Lincoln Center Great Performers; The NYC Tap Festival; and 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Project. In October 2008, Lincoln Center Theater launched “LCT3” at The Duke on 42nd Street.
WHEN I COME TO DIE
a new play by NATHAN LOUIS JACKSON
directed by THOMAS KAIL
Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes (no intermission)
3 WAYS TO GET YOUR $20 TICKETS:
• ONLINE: Visit Dukeon42.org
• BY PHONE: call 646.223.3010
• IN PERSON: at The Duke Box Office 229 W 42nd St.
• Box Office Hours: Tues-Fri 4pm-7pm, Sat 12pm-6pm
• Box Office Hours on Show Days: M, Tu, Th, F 4-8pm; W, Sa 12-8