Production marks the 50th anniversary of playwright’s death

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble announces that Joe Orton’s dark comedy Entertaining Mr. Sloane will begin performances May 4th and will run for 13 performances only through May 14 at The Wild Project  in NYC.   

Craig Smith directs a new staging of Joe Orton’s dark comedy, Entertaining Mr. Sloane with Phoenix Theatre Ensemble resident actors: Elise Stone, Antonio Edwards Suarez, and John Lenartz; and introduces newcomer Matt Baguth (pictured), as Sloane.

In Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Orton’s controversial comedy concerns a landlady (Stone) who invites the titular “attractive, mischievous and dangerous” man (Baguth) back to her house where she and her brother (Suarez) “compete for his favors.” The stranger’s past, however, threatens to catch up with him as the siblings’ elderly father (Lenartz) recalls when they last met. The breakthrough comedy for young Orton premiered in England in 1964.  Orton was brutally murdered three years later by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell–2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of Orton’s death.   

Set and Lights are being designed by Tony Mulanix, costumes by Debbi Hobson, original music and sound design by Ellen Mandel, assistant director is Karen Case Cook, stage manager is Oscar  Klausner, and vocal coach is Josh Moser.  Performances are at The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street, in NY’s East Village.

What:   Entertaining  Mr. Sloane by Joe Orton

When:   May 4–14; performances Tues-Sat @8:00 PM;  Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:00 pm; Sunday matinee at 3:00 pm.

Full Schedule: Thurs 5/4 @ 8pm; Fri 5/5 @ 8pm; Sat 5/6 @ 2pm & 8pm; Sun 5/7 @ 3pm; Tues 5/9 @ 8pm; Wed 5/10 @2pm; 8pm; Thurs 5/11 @ 8pm; Fri 5/12 @ 8pm; Sat 5//13 @ 2pm & 8pm; Sun 5/14 @  3pm.

Information: http://www.phoenixtheatreensemble.org/;  212-465-3446

Tickets:   Tickets are $30 each; Call 212-352-3101 or visit www.PhoenixTheatreEnsemble.org.

Where: The Wild Project @ 195 East 3rd Street (Avenue A and Avenue B)

Transportation: By Subway: F Train to 2nd Avenue; by Bus A14 to 4th Street and Ave A; 8th Street Crosstown.

Press: Craig Smith

Photo Caption:  Matt Baguth as Sloane in Entertaining Mr. Sloane at Phoenix Theatre Ensemble 

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