• Suffolk Premiere Moves to New York

9/19/2008

Robert Brustein’s The English Channel will have its New York premiere this September at the Abingdon Theatre Company. The play which was also a finalist for the American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg Award, was first performed at the C. Walsh Theatre in partnership with the Vineyard Playhouse last fall. The Suffolk production featured several Suffolk faculty including director Wesley Savick set designer Richard Chambers and costume designer Seth Bodie and Suffolk alum Alex Pollock.

The play explores Shakespeare’s relationship with playwright Christopher Marlowe, his patron The Earl of Southampton and the Dark Lady of his sonnets in the period leading up to Marlowe’s death.

The Off-Broadway production features Sean Dugan as Christopher Marlowe, who originated the role in Boston. Brustein, a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University, founded the Yale Repertory Theatre and the American Repertory Theatre, and has several volumes of dramatic criticism. His full-length plays include Demons; Nobody Dies on Friday; The Face Lift; Spring Forward, Fall Back; and The English Channel

The play is currently in previews and officially opens September 21, 2008. For more information, please visit the Abingdon Theatre Company.

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