Five plays by Steven Carl McCasland will be presented in repertory during a month-long celebration of the young playwright; WHAT WAS LOST; LITTLE WARS; NEAT & TIDY; 28 MARCHANT AVENUE; DER KANARIENVOGEL (THE CANARY)

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Five plays by Steven Carl McCasland will be presented in repertory during a month-long celebration of the young playwright. Each play focuses on a different character from history, with a cast of 25 portraying such historical figures as Laurette Taylor, Rose Kennedy, Tennessee Williams, Agatha Christie, Joseph Goebbels, Gertrude Stein, Lillian Hellman and John F. Kennedy. Performances begin May 7, 2015.

In WHAT WAS LOST, Laurette Taylor returns to the stage after a six-year hiatus. For the first time in over a decade, she is sober. Chronicling Taylor’s process from the first rehearsal through her legendary first performance as Amanda Wingfield in The Glass MenagerieWhat Was Lost is a piercing look at the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive.

It’s France, 1939. Tensions are high. The booze is flowing. War is coming. Inspired by one of the literary world’s most famous scandals, LITTLE WARS features Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, Gertrude Stein, Agatha Christie, Alice B. Toklas and Muriel Gardiner having the best what-if dinner party imaginable. Together they’ll drink, scoff and face their demons. Everyone has a confession. Someone has a secret.

When a child is brutally murdered, the seismic aftershocks ripple throughout a small town. At its center, a marriage cripples. Inspired by the 1994 Susan Smith case, NEAT & TIDY takes a new look at desperation.

McCasland draws back the curtain on the Kennedy Family’s Hyannisport compound in 28 MARCHANT AVENUE. Examining five summers in the family’s life, the play focuses on the lobotomy of Rose Marie Kennedy.

Soprano Anna Kirkland stars as soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in DER KANARIENVOGEL (THE CANARY). Long believed to have been a Nazi sympathizer, this play with music explores her connections to the inner sanctums of The Third Reich. Featuring arias by Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Strauss and more, the play takes an inside look at one of Nazi Germany’s untold stories.

Performances will be held at The Clarion Theatre, located at 309 East 26th Street in New York City. A complete press release is attached.

Performance Schedule:

LITTLE WARS

Thursday, May 7 at 7pm (OPENING NIGHT)

Saturday, May 9 at 5pm

Wednesday, May 13 at 2pm

Sunday, May 17 at 1pm

Friday, May 22 at 8pm

Saturday, May 23 at 8pm

Sunday, May 24 at 2pm

Wednesday, May 27 at 7pm

Saturday, May 30 at 8pm

WHAT WAS LOST

Friday, May 8 at 8pm

Sunday, May 10 at 2pm

Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm

Thursday, May 14 at 7pm

Wednesday, May 20 at 2pm

Saturday, May 23 at 5pm

Thursday, May 28 at 7pm

Saturday, May 30 at 5pm

Sunday, May 31 at 7pm

NEAT & TIDY

Saturday, May 9 at 8pm

Tuesday, May 12 at 7pm

Saturday, May 16 at 2pm

Thursday, May 21 at 7pm

Tuesday, May 26 at 7pm

Friday, May 29 at 8pm

28 MARCHANT AVENUE

Sunday, May 10 at 7pm

Friday, May 15 at 8pm

Sunday, May 17 at 4pm

Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm

Saturday, May 23 at 1pm

Wednesday, May 27 at 2pm

Sunday, May 31 at 2pm

DER KANARIENVOGEL (THE CANARY)

Saturday, May 9 at 1pm

Saturday, May 16 at 8pm

Sunday, May 17 at 8pm

Tuesday, May 19 at 7pm

Sunday, May 24 at 7pm

Saturday, May 30 at 1pm

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