Monday, May 21, 2012

A Happy Birthday Opening

This past weekend, New City Stage had the pleasure of celebrating not only its sold-out (!) Opening Night of our world premier production of ASYMMETRIC, but also the double-birthdays of New City Founder and Producing Artistic Director Ginger Dayle, and Co-Artistic Director (and ASYMMETRIC Director) Russ Widdall!

Originally produced as a staged reading at Villanova University months ago, ASYMMETRIC has finally followed the long and winding road to full professional production. Playwright Mac Rogers, having visited rehearsal (see previous post) and submitted rewrites to tone the script without gutting its core, was on hand to enjoy the fruits of his labor, as well as that of Director Russ Widdall and the entire cast, including Kevin Bergen, Ross Beschler, Kim Carson, and Eric Rolland.

The proud parent of a month ago emerged again in Rogers' beaming smile, as compliments from creative team and audience alike poured in. Russ Widdall, who takes the stage himself in the New City remount of SAVAGE/LOVE and TONGUES by Sam Shepard and Joe Chaiken starting next week, was just as pleased with the show's reception. Joining Russ onstage for the Opening Night Curtain Speech, Founder Ginger Dayle reminded the audience of a post-show party and meet-and-greet with the cast and crew.

At around 10:30pm, Ginger surprised Russ with a CIA-themed Opening Night/Birthday Cake.

Not surprisingly, the delicious cake, made by Swiss Haus Bakery on 19th Street, held plenty of secrets, including chocolate shavings around the side, and multi-layered frosting!

Thanks to everyone who came out, and we hope to see you at SAVAGE/LOVE and TONGUES, and into next season!

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