Until Death Do Us Part
Finalist- Venus Adonis NYC Theater Festival
Until Death Do Us Part debuted on February 22 at the Hudson Guild Theater as part of the Venus Adonis NYC Theater Festival. This dark comedy/drama was written by Catherine Hurd, and was directed by Valeria Cossu.
Until Death Do Us Part tells the story of Jean Williamson (Kathleen Alicia Kelly), whose husband, George (Richard Porter), suffers from dementia. As George's antics lead from crisis to crisis, Jean’s daughters, Angela (Sarah Sirota) and Flo (Lauren Kennedy), encourage Jean to put George in a home, where he can be better cared for. But Jean insists on staying with George "until death do us part." To further complicate matters, an old flame, Harry Holmes (Robert Hickey), former detective, and now successful crime novelist, comes to town for a book tour and tries to rekindle his romance with Jean. Things get complicated when ex con, Earl (Michael Wikes), whom Harry put away twenty-seven years ago, is released from prison. Earl stalks Harry, and becomes convinced that Harry and Jean are trying to murder George.
Playwright Catherine Hurd graduated from UCLA with a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting, and from Florida Atlantic University with a BFA in Theater. Catherine has won several screenwriting awards, and is the bookwriter/lyricist for the award winning musical play, Zuccotti Park, which debuted in the 2015 Venus Adonis Theater Festival. Zuccotti Park is now slated to open in Raleigh, NC in 2017.
Director, Valeria Cossu worked as part of Salgado Productions with Director/ Choreographer Luis Salgado as Assistant Director/Associate Choreographer on CANDELA Fueraz y Pasion (Perú); DC-7 The Roberto Clemente Story (Off-Broadway), Zapata the Musical (NYMF), Amigo Duende a New Musical (Museo del Barrio); Song of Solomon; and Zuccotti Park. Valeria directed both Carolina Chickpea and Under Your Skin for The Chelsea Repertory. At the Thespis Theater Festival 2015 she directed the musical Discovering Magenta, for which she won BEST DIRECTOR.
Rehearsal Photos - Until Death Do Us Part
Playwright and Director
Cossu was joined by creative team featuring Alex Tenenbaum (Production Stage Manager), Yaya Zeevi (Projection Scenic Design), Patrick Bakalli (Lighting Design), and Taylor Garcia (Production Assistant).
Greg Brostrom* (Dr. Bob/Maitre’d/Dr. Bennett)
Jessica Cherniak (Jessica),
Hilma Falkowski (Muriel)
Robert Hickey (Harry Homes)
Anne Huffines (Lindsay)
Wayne Joseph (Ensemble)
Kathleen Alicia Kelly* (Jean Williamson)
Lauren A. Kennedy (Felicia/Flo)
Richard James Porter* (George Williamson)
Johary Ramos* (Detective Salgado)
Sarah Sirota* (Angela)
Michael Wikes* (Earl Watson)
*These actors appeared courtesy of Actors Equity Association
Actors Equity Showcase