The Tectonic Theater Project and Madison Wells Live production of Seven Deadly Sins, the sexy and adventurous outdoor theatrical experience, coming to New York City’s Meatpacking District is now in previews ahead of a Tuesday, June 29 official opening night.
The cast features a diverse troupe of leading New York theater actors and exciting new comers including Tricia Alexandro (Perp at the Barrow Group), Shuga Cain (S11 of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race”), Shavanna Calder (HBO’s “Los Espookys”), nationally ranked pole dancer and movement artist Donna Carnow, Shamika Cotton (HBO’s “The Wire”), Brandon J. Ellis (Bandstand), Brad Fleischer (LCT’s Golden Boy), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Kahyun Kim (STARZ’s “American Gods”), Morgan McGhee (Ain’t Too Proud), Bianca Norwood (New York stage debut), Caitlin O’Connell (The Crucible), Cody Sloan (Off-Broadway debut), and Eric Ulloa (On Your Feet).
This brand-new production, under the direction of Moisés Kaufman, features a titillating collection of keenly observed works from the country’s most provocative playwrights. These writers have each selected one of the Deadly Sins as the inspiration for their short play: Ngozi Anyanwu (Gluttony), Thomas Bradshaw (Sloth), MJ Kaufman (Pride), Moisés Kaufman (Greed), Jeffrey LaHoste (Envy), Ming Peiffer (Wrath), and Bess Wohl (Lust).
Tell Me Everything You Know (inspired by Gluttony) by Ngozi Anyanwu
Two women in a garden (Shavanna Calder and Morgan McGhee). One knows everything, the other hungry to know anything. Tell Me Everything You Know is a lesson in curiosity, information overload, and generally just minding your own damn business.
Hard (inspired by Sloth) by Thomas Bradshaw
Viagra is just about the only thing Jeff (Brandon J. Ellis) isn’t consuming these days. His and his wife’s (Shamika Cotton) sex life is going through a dry spell thanks to Jeff’s commitment to video games and not much else, but tonight she won’t take no for an answer.
Wild Pride (inspired by Pride) by MJ Kaufman
Not all advice is good advice… Wild Pride follows a trans YouTube influencer’s (Cody Sloan) quest to give his followers (Bianca Norwood) the confidence he thinks they need…no matter the cost.
Watch (inspired by Greed) by Moisés Kaufman
Two siblings (Tricia Alexandro, Eric Ulloa), one inheritance. Things get dirty even when they’re not the ones digging the grave six feet under.
Naples (inspired by Envy) by Jeffrey LaHoste
In the Palace of Versailles, Princess Charlotte (Caitlin O’Connell) discovers a secret that might bring ruin to her husband’s young lover, Philippe (Andrew Keenan-Bolger). Will she protect him or throw him to the lions? A love triangle with only two sides can be very unstable. But who will prevail when their envy gets the best of them?
Longhorn (inspired by Wrath) by Ming Peiffer
What sins will you confess when pushed to the limit? A professional dominatrix (Kahyun Kim) whips her newest client (Brad Fleischer) into shape (literally and figuratively) as she discovers his questionable beliefs.
Lust by Bess Wohl
An exotic dancer (Donna Carnow) takes to the pole, business as usual, but when her worst nightmare walks in, it’s not just her clothes that get stripped away.
Seven Deadly Sins takes audiences on a tantalizing tour of their inner demons. No subject is taboo as audiences rotate through seven uniquely designed storefronts, exploring the depths of desire, jealousy, rage, and more in a thrilling evening that merges live theater with performance art, dazzling design, and CDC-mandated regulations. Helmed by Moisés Kaufman and Tony Award? winning scenic designer David Rockwell, Seven Deadly Sins is a carnival for the senses, welcoming New Yorkers back to live entertainment.
In a format that was conceived by Michel Hausmann and originally produced by Miami New Drama, audiences will gather and be welcomed with a brief performance at their first stop of the evening, Purgatory. They will then depart on their journey as they divide into small, socially distanced pods, safely exploring the perils and pleasures of each sin’s storefront window, listening through headphones while wearing masks. Sanitized headphones will be provided, or audience members can bring their own standard jack, hardwired headphones if preferred.
The design team is led by David Rockwell (scenic and environmental design), Dede Ayite (costume design), Yuki Link (lighting design), Tyler Kieffer (sound design), X Casting / Victor Vazquez CSA (casting director), and Amy Marie Seidel (dramaturg). Additional set design for Greed by Christopher & Justin Swader.
Seven Deadly Sins is produced by Tectonic Theater Project and Madison Wells Live, in association with Miami New Drama. The production is presented in partnership with the Meatpacking Business Improvement District and made possible by the support of real estate partners Aurora Capital and William Gottlieb Real Estate.
Tickets are available via www.sevendeadlysinsnyc.com or via TodayTix at www.todaytix.com or through the iOS and Android app.
Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
Caitlin OaConnell and Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Tricia Alexandro and Eric Ulloa
Morgan McGhee and Shavanna Calder
Brad Fleischer and Kahyun Kim
Cody Sloan and Bianca Norwood
Shamika Cotton and Brandon J. Ellis