Penny Penniworth: A Story of Great Good Fortune
"[The cast} embody, oh, about a zillion characters, and their comic timing is superb. The play [is] fun for audiences and actors alike, it deserves to become a staple."
-- New York Times
"The comedic result is priceless. Four actors of astonishing versatility create multiple cross-dressing characters in Chris Weikel's knowing and laugh-out-loud play, directed briskly (the only way to do it) by Mark Finley." -- Backstage
EMERGING ARTISTS THEATRE returns to Off-Broadway with last year's hit PENNY PENNIWORTH: A Story of Great Good Fortune by Chris Weikel. This spoof of Dickens, directed by Mark Finley, returns after a successful limited run in the fall of 2009.
PENNY PENNIWORTH is Charles Dickens' "lost" epic as mounted by a short-staffed theatre troupe with Royal Shakespeare Company aspirations. Set in Victorian England, it tells the story of young Penny Penniworth whose childhood love is driven out of town after nearly killing a wealthy businessman. Soon, Penny finds herself penniless, left alone to make her way through a convoluted maze of strange relationships, anonymous benefactors and ultimate justice.
PENNY PENNIWORTH features a cast of four playing a cavalcade of comic characters: Christopher Borg, Jamie Heinlein, Jason O'Connell, and Ellen Reilly. The production features costumes by Goody, lighting by Jennifer Granrud, set by Tim McMath, music by Peter Saxe and sound by Aaron Blank.
PENNY PENNIWORTH was first presented by Emerging Artists Theatre Company in 2002 as part of their Spring EATFest. It was subsequently produced by TOSOS II in the 2003 New York International Fringe Festival. The current production was reworked and expanded for its off-Broadway debut last fall, at which time the playwright, director and producer agreed to set the production - Penny had arrived.
Founded in 1993, the mission of EMERGING ARTISTS THEATRE is to provide a dynamic home for emerging writers and artists, to develop their work from an idea to a fully realized production. In the past 16 years, EAT has premiered over 275 new works, garnered a Drama Desk Award nomination for Capathia Jenkins in (Mis)Understanding Mammy: The Hattie McDaniel Story, received the American Theatre Wing Award for Consistent Excellence in Theatre, and was named Best Off Off Broadway Theater Company in NYC for Actors to Work With by Back Stage. During its 2009-2010 season, under the Artistic Direction of Paul Adams, EAT will showcase over two dozen new works. For more information visit www.emergingartiststheatre.org.
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