ABOUT LOVE, a new play with jazz music inspired by Turgenev, will open off Broadway
Present Culture Project On love, a new play with songs and music. Music and lyrics by a jazz artist Nancy Harrow and screenplay and direction by Will Pomerantz. On love plays a four-week limited engagement, February 25-March 22 at the Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street, NYC) at the Black Box Theater. The official opening is Wednesday March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at SheenCenter.org, by phone at 212-925-2812, or in person at the Sheen Center box office Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and one hour before performances.
On love tells the gripping story of a young man who expects to spend a quiet summer with his parents in the Russian countryside, but soon discovers that these three months will be the most important of his life, as he learns the difference between love and passion, and the fleeting nature of life itself. On love is inspired by Ivan Turgenev’s beautifully crafted short story, “First Love”, originally published in 1860. Turgenev was one of the first modern Russian writers to achieve international fame with his novel, fathers and sonsand his game A month in the countryside.
The cast of On love characteristics Silvia Bond (Things found in the field), Helen Cox (great regret), Dan Domingues (Storm to the public), Jeffrey Kringer (Cruel Intentions: The Musical of the 90snational tour), To M patterson (1984Broadway) and Jeans Tackle (My Witch: The Stories of Margaret Hamilton).
On love presents a scenic design of Brian Statoncostume design by Whitney Locherlight design by Allen Hahnsound design by Connor Brentmusical direction by Micha Josephsmusical arrangements of Alphonse Horne and Owen Broder, and staged by Strange Abigail.
“I was drawn to this material because of Turgenev’s exquisite writing and his truth about the human experience,” says playwright and director Will Pomerantz. “Everyone remembers the first time they fell in love, and the universality of that experience, coupled with Turgenev’s beautiful prose, proved irresistible to me.”
“Turgenev’s story is so human, and each character so true to life, that even though it’s set 150 years ago, it’s completely recognizable in 2020,” said composer Nancy Harrow. “It’s a portrait of human relationships: joy and sadness, humor and humiliation, cruelty and empathy. Turgenev loved his characters.”
LISTING INFORMATION: About Love plays a limited four-week engagement, February 25-March 22 at the Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street, NYC) at the Black Box Theater. The official opening is Wednesday March 4 at 7:30 p.m. About Love plays Tuesday to Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Preview tickets (until March 3) are $25. After opening, all evening performances are between $39 and $59. Peak tickets will be available at the box office one hour prior to any performance for $25.