NEW YORK OFF BROADWAY
Zelda at the Oasis
Zelda at the Oasis, a new play by P. H. Lin, directed by Andy Sandberg (The Last Smoker in America), will celebrate its New York Premiere on Friday, November 16th when it begins previews at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, in the heart of Times Square. The official opening is Tuesday, December 4th at 7 PM. Zelda at the Oasis, which features Edwin Cahill and Gardner Reed, is an open-ended engagement.
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of legendary American novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald, wants nothing more than to be recognized as an artist in her own right. Two things stand in her way: a growing mental instability and the overbearing shadow of her husband.
On this magical night in the 1930’s, Zelda discovers The Club Oasis, a New York City bar where she has escaped to drink alone…until a unique and unexpected friendship is forged with an aspiring musician who plays piano and tends bar at the Oasis.
Vivid and haunting memories are triggered as Zelda transforms the Bar Man into those from her past who have shaped her own self-image. Through this after-hours encounter, they share their dreams, missteps, and insights with one another, hoping to unlock the courage to move forward with their lives.
Edwin Cahill, who plays the Bar Man, appeared on Broadway in LoveMusik and in the national tour of Sweeney Todd (John Doyle prod.). His Off-Broadway credits include Beowolf, A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Irish Rep), Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Asylum, I and Albert, and Darling of the Day (Time Magazine Award).
Gardner Reed is making her New York stage debut as Zelda Fitzgerald in Zelda at the Oasis. Her previous credits include Mona in Find and Sign (Pioneer Theater Company), Inga Arvad in Inga Binga (Charleston Stage), The Women in 39 Steps (Portland Stage Company), Abigail in The Crucible (Actors Theatre of Louisville), and Jackie-O in The House of Yes (Red Envelope Productions).
Andy Sandberg (Director) recently directed the New York premiere of The Last Smoker in America, a new musical by Tony nominee Bill Russell and Drama Desk nominee Peter Melnick. He previously directed the world premiere at CATCO in Columbus, Ohio. He has been represented on Broadway and London’s West End as a producer of the Tony Award winning revival of HAIR and the recent Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (2012 Tony and Drama Desk nominations). Other New York directing credits include R.R.R.E.D. and Bernice Bobs Her Mullet (NYMF), Into the Woods and A Funny Thing…Forum (Blue Hill Troupe) and various benefits for BC/EFA and Sing for Hope. Upcoming directing projects: Beyond the Music (also librettist), a new musical co-written with composers Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz; Operation Epsilon, a new play by Alan Brody (workshop at Asolo Theater, 2011; World Premiere in 2012 in Cambridge, MA); Shida, a new musical by Jeannette Bayardelle (Project Residency at Ars Nova, 2011); and Straight, a new play by Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola. In 2007, Sandberg worked with Hal Prince on the Broadway production of LoveMusik. Sandberg is a graduate of Yale University.
P. H. Lin (Playwright) has written fifteen plays which have been produced in theaters or festivals around the United States, including Running Wild, One of the Few, Miss Matty and the Maja, Sweet Ginger: Hot and Blue, and The Zen of Yo. A portion of Zelda at the Oasis was presented at the Women International Playwrights Conference in Greece. Pat has won the Dayton Playhouse’s National Playwriting Competition (Ohio) and the George Mason University Mary Roberts Rinehart Award (Virginia). Zelda at the Oasis began life as a commission from The F. Scott Fitzgerald Centennial Committee of Rockville, MD to be part of their F. Scott Fitzgerald 100th Birthday Celebration. The play was originally produced by Venus Theatre Company in Laurel, MD.
The set designer for the New York Premiere is Colin McGurk (Rio, Seth Rudetsky’s Disaster!), with costume design by Dustin Cross (Cougar:The Musical, The Other Josh Cohen), lighting by Grant Yeager (Now.Here.This., The Last Smoker in America), and sound design by Daniel Melnick (The Claque, EST). The General Manager is Jessimeg Productions and the Production Stage Manager is Shelby Taylor Love. Casting is by Michael Cassara, CSA.
The play runs approximately 90 minutes without intermission.
OFF-BROADWAY THEATRE LISTINGS INFORMATION
ZELDA AT THE OASIS, a new play by P. H. Lin, explores an after-hours encounter between Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of legendary novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, and an aspiring musician tending bar at The Club Oasis, as they forge a unique and unexpected friendship. Directed by Andy Sandberg with Edwin Cahill & Gardner Reed. Previews begin November 16 at 5 PM with the opening Dec 4 at 7 PM. Performances: Fridays @ 5 and Tuesdays @ 7 (additional perfs Nov 18, 25, Dec 2, 9 @ 7 PM; no perf on Dec. 7) Tickets at $59.50 and $37.50 available through TeleCharge.com or (212) 239-6200. $20 Student Rush and $30-under-30 tix also available at BO. At St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, west of 8th Avenue, NYC.