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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: May 17th-May 23rd

May 18, 2010 - by CG News Desk

Dusk Rings a Bell - Molly and Ray unexpectedly meet 25 years after a one-afternoon adolescent fling. She has a successful media career; he owns a small landscaping business. Both begin to romanticize their chance reunion, but a renewed connection is disrupted when Ray reveals the sordid details of a crime that left him incarcerated for ten years. Their encounter reveals two vastly different paths taken and two lonely souls attempting to reclaim a moment of possibility, when they were young and perhaps at their very best.

Jack's Precious Moment - In Samuel D. Hunter's play, Bib (American Pie's Eddie Kaye Thomas), a young man coming to terms with his faith and his family, sets out on a trip to the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, MO.

The Kanin Festival - An all-star cast of New York actors perform -- accompanied by a live jazz ensemble -- this world premiere of the audio theater adaptation of Garson Kanin's classic Broadway play, The Rat Race. The Yorinks Theater Group has taken this timeless New York City landscape and adapted it into a work not only for radio, but for a live audience in our multi-platform venue in the heart of Manhattan.

Paternity - Mentored by Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss), Winter Miller’s chaotically funny play is about a woman who wants to have a baby and be a single mother, andtheman who happens to love her madly and challenges her decision.

Rigoletto - Guisepe Verde’s classic comes to Off-Broadway.

A Terrible Beauty - A live performance inspired by the award-winning novel The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens, with music by Grammy Award-winning composer Paul Sullivan, and directed by Anders Cato. Behrens narrates this story of a young man's Homeric passage from innocence to experience during the Irish Famine of 1847 is a unique fusion of literature, music, storytelling, theater and imagery.

Year Zero - In this moving comedic drama about a young generation paving a new future by remembering its past., Vuthy Vichea is a 16-year-old Cambodian American who wears thick glasses, loves hip hop, and plays Dungeons and Dragons. After his mother's death, Vuthy and his sister Ra struggle to reinvent themselves in Long Beach, California where being different can be deadly.

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