Wednesday, May 27, 2015

cast announcement - ANATOMY OF A HUG - The Bridge Initiative

The Bridge Initiative's inaugural mounting is the world premiere of New York playwright Kat Ramsburg's Anatomy of a Hug.

The cast will feature Allison Sell, Melvina Jones, Toni Jourdan and Phil Weaver-Stoesz.

The production will be directed by Amanda Noel Trombley.

The design team includes Kara Thomson, who will design the set, and costume designer Mallory Maria Prucha.  Media elements are by Daniel Fine. The lighting and sound designers are students Cameron Bennett and Ryan Lee Kirkpatrick.

Anatomy of a Hug explores what happens when a convict (Jourdan) receives Compassionate Release from her prison sentence into her daughter Amelia (Sell)'s care.  A lifetime of living vicariously through her beloved TV characters doesn't prepare Amelia for the actual drama of her mother's return or the advances of a charming co-worker (Weaver-Stoesz).  The ticking clock of her mother's illness means Amelia must decide if her fictional life is safer than the possibility of her own story.

Performances on Friday, June 19th at 7:30PM; Saturday, June 20th at 2:30 & 7:30PM; and Sunday, June 21st at 2:30PM.  Ramsburg is flying in from New York for the premiere and will participate in a talkback after the Saturday evening performance.

Tickets ($15 / $10 for students/seniors; press passes available) can be purchased at mesaencoretheatre.com/shop/anatomy-of-a-hug.

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