After several well-received Canadian productions, The New York Musical Theatre Festival will offer Christopher Wilson's LIVING WITH HENRY its US Premiere. Directed by Donna Marie Baratta, Henry will play from tonight July 23-July 29 at the The PTC Performance Space: 555 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at nymf.org or by calling (212) 352-3101.
LIVING WITH HENRY is an official selection of the New York Musical Theatre Festival's 2012 Next Link Project.
Inspired by a true story, Michael is HIV positive, but it's not a death sentence – not anymore. Michael just has to learn to live with it... but that's not as simple as it sounds. A musical drama that explores the fears, complications and realities of coping with a complex, chronic condition that affects every day, every relationship, every breath, Living With Henry is sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking, but always passionate, bold and stunningly honest.
Framing HIV as a chronic illness, this theatrical work poignantly explores present day issues such as stigma, disclosure, interpersonal relationships, medication management and mental health. Most importantly, this engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking musical strives to examine and challenge the misunderstanding currently associated with living with HIV/AIDS.
"When I was first diagnosed with HIV over a decade ago, I was devastated; LIVING WITH HENRY was part of my "therapy" and the first thing I have ever written. I soon came to realize that there are very few, if any, modern theatrical tales of living with HIV. I am so very excited and honored to share HENRY with NY audiences," said HENRY's writer Christopher Wilson.
LIVING WITH HENRY features some of Toronto, Canada's best professional musical theatre talents including: Dora Award winner Ryan Kelly - Michael (The Normal Heart, Mamma Mia); Dale Miller - Henry (Les Miserables, Forever Plaid); Lizzie Kurtz - Jenni (CATS, Forever Swing); John Edwards - Mathew (Rocky Horror, Hairspray); Mary Kelly - Mom (Napolean, Nunsense); and Gavin Hope - Peter (Lion King, RENT). Stage Managed by Alexa Carroll; Assistant Stage Managed by Jessica Parr; with Set, Costume and Lighting Design by Jennifer Goodman (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), General Management by Justin Huebener.
Monday, July 23, 2012 @ 8:00 pm (Opening)
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 9:00 pm
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 9:00 pm
Sunday, July 29, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
The PTC Performance Space is located at 555 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at nymf.org or by calling (212) 352-3101.
Now in its ninth year, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is the largest annual musical theatre event in America and is widely regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF provides a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators to ensure the continued vitality of one of America's greatest art forms. Hailed as the "Sundance of Musical Theatre," NYMF discovers, nurtures, and promotes promising musical theatre artists and producers at all stages of development, and inspires a diverse audience through vibrant, accessible, powerful new work.
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