DISSONANCE, written by BBC writer Damian Lanigan, opened with a bang in its New York Premiere on the Bay Street stage on Saturday, June 5th. This multi-layered and engrossing play featuring a gorgeous, young rock star that ruffles the feathers of an already conflicted string quartet is Bay Street's first Main Stage production of the 2010 Summer Season and runs through June 27th. DISSONANCE, "Lanigan's intelligent, music-lovers drama deserves a shot at a longer New York/London run," says Steve Parks of Newsday who gives the performance 4 stars.
DISSONANCE centers around a professional string quartet in the midst of rehearsing for a once-in-a-lifetime performance at Carnegie Hall. As the quartet fights over the music, it is evident that this tension reflects their entangled relationships as well. The conflict only worsens as the only woman in the group is hired to give music lessons to a hot, young rockstar. "Director Lonny Price keeps the alternate bickering and wooing on a smart pace," says Newsday. Price, whose Broadway credits include A Class Act and 110 In The Shade, "has us sympathizing with each musician in each dissonant clash."
Mr. Price is leading a talented line-up of actors, including Rosie Benton as Beth, the only female in the group (Broadway's Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Accent On Youth, Saturn Returns), Daniel Gerroll as James, who as leader of the group worries about how and if his quartet can remain together (TV's "The Starter Wife", "Ugly Betty" and "Cashmere Mafia"), Morgan Spector as Hal, a former student of James and love interest of Beth (HBO's "How To Make It In America", Broadway's A View From The Bridge and The Lion King), Robert Stanton as Paul, James quiet but supportive brother (Broadway's Coast Of Utopia and Mary Stuart, film's "Confessions of a Shopaholic"), and Gregory Wooddell as Jonny, the rock-star interloper (Cymbeline, Some Men, and TV's "30 Rock").
DISSONANCE is running now through June 27th. The shows run Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, and Sundays at 7pm, with matinees on Wednesdays at 2pm and Saturdays at 4pm.
Tickets are $55 and $65. Tickets can be purchased at www.baystreet.org or by calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500, or in person at the Box Office on the Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, open daily from 11am to 6pm.
Photo credit: Gary Mamay
Daniel Gerroll, Morgan Spector, Robert Stanton and Rosie Benton
Rosie Benton and Gregory Wooddell
Daniel Gerroll and Robert Stanton