By Sharr White
Directed by SuzAnne Barabas
At New Jersey Repertory Company
Performances Begin October 11, Opening October 13, 2012
East Coast Premiere of a dark comedy about love and loss
LONG BRANCH – The New Jersey Repertory Company is proud to present the East Coast Premiere of Annapurna by Sharr White, directed by SuzAnne Barabas. Annapurna will begin preview performances on Thursday, October 11, 2012 and will celebrate its opening night on Saturday, October 13 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), running through Sunday, November 18. Tickets are $40 ($35 during previews and $60 on opening night – with reception) and can be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or by visiting www.njrep.org.
After twenty years apart, Emma tracks Ulysses to a trailer-park in the middle of nowhere and finds her ex-husband out of friends, out of luck, and just about to ride off into the sunset. What unfolds during the course of the play is a visceral and profound meditation on love and loss.
The talented cast of Annapurna includes Peter Galman (Broadway: 40 Carats, Television: “Law & Order”, “As the World Turns”, “Another World") as Ulysses, an expert at gleeful, devil-may-care self denial and a dedicated (and now ex) drinker who in a past life was a Western cowboy-poet and professor of English; and Gina Bonati (Theater: Macbeth, Hedda Gabler, Uncle Vanya) as Emma, his ex-wife, a protective New Englander whose single moment of weakness was falling in love with Ulysses.
The production design team includes Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia E. Doherty (Costume Design), David Cruse (Technical Director) and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).
Written by Sharr White; Directed by SuzAnne Barabas
New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ)
Previews: October 11 – October 13 , 2012
Preview week schedule: Thurs at 2pm & 8PM, Fri at 8pm, Sat at 3PM
Opening with Reception: Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 8PM
Regular Performance Schedule through November 18:
Thursday – Friday 8PM; Saturday 3PM & 8PM, Sunday at 2PM
Tickets are $40 ($35 during previews, $60 opening night with reception)
Discounts are available to seniors (65+), students (full-time 13-25) and groups of 10+.
Tickets are available at www.njrep.org or by calling 732-229-3166
Discounts and coupons not valid on Saturday nights
For more information about New Jersey Repertory Company please visit www.njrep.org
To arrange interviews or press tickets please contact 732-229-
Sharr White (Playwright)
Sharr White’s plays have been developed or produced at theatres across the country and Europe, including Manhattan Theatre Club, MCC Theatre, Magic Theatre, South Coast Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre, Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab and more. His play, The Other Place, received its world premiere Off-Broadway with MCC Theatre at the Lucille Lortel, featuring Laurie Metcalf and had its European premiere at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, where it is currently running in rep.
The Other Place is a recipient of the 2010 Playwrights First Award; the 2011 Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation’s Theatre Visions Fund Award; and was an Outer Critics Circle Award nominee for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play. The Other Place will receive its Broadway premiere with Manhattan Theatre Club in December 2012 starring Laurie Metcalf.
His play, Sunlight, was commissioned by South Coast Rep and subsequently received a National New Play Network rolling world premiere, featuring productions at Marin Theatre, Seattle’s ArtsWest, Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, and New Jersey Rep.
Annapurna, was commissioned by South Coast Rep, appeared at SCR's 2011 Pacific Playwrights Festival, and premiered at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco in 2011. White has also been honored with a Dr. Henry and Lillian Nesburn Award as part of the Julie Harris Award in Playwriting (The Escape Velocity of Savages), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (Six Years), and the 2009 Skye Cooper New American Play Prize (Sunlight).
NJ Rep (Producer)
New Jersey Rep has been producing new works for fifteen seasons and many of the plays introduced by the theater to the public are subsequently produced by other theaters throughout the U.S. For its contributions to the American stage, New Jersey Rep has just been awarded, along with nine other theaters, the 2012 National Theatre Company Grant by the American Theatre Wing, creators of the annual Tony awards. Annapurna marks its eighty-fifth production. Support for New Jersey Rep is provided in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the Stone Foundation of New Jersey, and the American Theatre Wing.