Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Announcement - The Boy in the Basement (FringeNYC & Basement Boy Productions)


Basement Boy Productions is proud to present THE BOY IN THE BASEMENT as part of the 12th annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC. The Boy In The Basement is written by Katharine Heller and directed by Nell Balaban (Assistant Director of Golda’s Balcony and The Foreigner on Broadway). Performances will run from August 9th to 23rd, 2008, at the SoHo Playhouse (Venue #7), located at 15 Vandam Street between 6th Avenue & Varick in NYC. The show features original music on piano performed live by Jon Quinn.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at http://www.fringenyc.org/ or by calling 1-866-468-7619. Running time is 75 minutes.

For more information on the show visit http://www.theboyinthebasement.com/.

THE BOY IN THE BASEMENT is a live action romance novel about four co-eds who find a striking stranger trying to rob their house. His punishment? One weekend in the basement - as their sex slave. But see what happens when Lance Speedworth breaks into their home . . . and steals their hearts. Sexy, funny and touching, THE BOY IN THE BASEMENT is a story about friendships with modern commentary on the contemporary romance novel.

Director Nell Balaban has served as associate director to Scott Schwartz on many plays and musicals including The Foreigner (starring Matthew Broderick) and Golda’s Balcony (starring Tovah Feldshuh). She’s worked at venues including The Roundabout, Papermill Playhouse, The Alley Theatre (Houston), Goodspeed Opera House and The Alliance Theatre (Atlanta). As a Broadway actress she appeared in the original Broadway cast of Jane Eyre.

The cast includes Lynne Rosenberg and Katharine Heller (both honored with a 2007 Fringe Festival Award for Outstanding Ensemble for Naked in a Fishbowl), Nick Fondulis (NBC pilot Kings), Michael Solis (Cubicle Improv), Tom Macy, Meghan Powe and Anna Stumpf.

Author Katharine Heller is a New York native who has appeared in numerous improv and theater shows including Chick Flicks, Ka-Baam! and Forbidden Fruit. She recently starred in the short film, The Thorny Rose, for Cherry Films, a new company headed by Ethan Coen’s wife, Tricia Cooke. Written originally as a book six years ago as a gift to her three college housemates (on whom the story is loosely based), Katharine then self published The Boy in the Basement as a novel.

The design/production team consists of Kathryn Moise (Producer), Sean Tribble (Set Design), Grant Yeager (Lighting Design) and Terra Vetter (Stage Manager).