Dan McCormick, Richarda Abrams, André De Shields, Lia Chang and Bryan Hickey.

André De Shields, Richarda Abrams, Bryan Hickey, Dan McCormick and More Celebrate Roust Theatre’s HOMELESS AND HOW WE GOT THAT WAY Opening

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Dan McCormick, Richarda Abrams, André De Shields and Bryan Hickey. Photo by Lia Chang

Dan McCormick, Richarda Abrams, André De Shields and Bryan Hickey. Photo by Lia Chang

Gotta Dance star André De Shields celebrated the opening night performance of Roust Theatre Company’s world premiere of Dan McCormick’s HOMELESS AND HOW WE GOT THAT WAY, starring Richarda Abrams and Bryan Hickey, at Access Theater in Tribeca last night.

André De Shields, with the company of Homeless and We Got That Way, actor Bryan Hickey, playwright Dan McCormick, actress Richarda Abrams, assistant set builder Tochi Shilow, set designer Kevin Kedroe, Roust Theatre Company producing director Tracy Hostmyer, set builder Malcolm Andre Davis II, director/ Roust Theatre Company artistic director James Phillip Gates and stage manager Bill Gilinsky at Access Theater in New York on October 24, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields, with the company of Homeless and We Got That Way, actor Bryan Hickey, playwright Dan McCormick, actress Richarda Abrams, assistant set builder Tochi Shilow, set designer Kevin Kedroe, Roust Theatre Company producing director Tracy Hostmyer, set builder Malcolm Andre Davis II, director/ Roust Theatre Company artistic director James Phillip Gates and stage manager Bill Gilinsky at Access Theater in New York on October 24, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

James Philip Gates, Artistic Director of Roust Theatre Company, directs HOMELESS AND HOW WE GOT THAT WAY, McCormick’s full-length two-hander about what happens when two veterans of homelessness – Eloise (Richarda Abrams) and Sidney (Bryan Hickey) – have their fragile world rocked by a vicious murder in their community. This launches them on a journey to seek safe haven in each other, not only from the ravages of street life, but to reveal the dark truth about how they came to be where they are, and the freedom those revelations ultimately provide.

Bryan Hickey and Richarda Abrams. Photo by Lia Chang

Bryan Hickey and Richarda Abrams. Photo by Lia Chang

Dan McCormick’s play THE MORONS received the Best Production award in the First Irish Play Festival. He has had staged readings of his plays at New Jersey Rep, The Middletown Arts Center and The Actor’s Chapel in NYC. His play ON THE DAY AND THE DAYS THAT FOLLOWED about 9/11 has been accepted into the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s Artists Registry and has been performed at Universities and High Schools around the country.  He is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights collective.

Playwright Dan McCormick on the set of his new play, HOMELESS AND HOW WE GOT THAT WAY at Access Theater in New York on October 24, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Playwright Dan McCormick on the set of his new play, HOMELESS AND HOW WE GOT THAT WAY at Access Theater in New York on October 24, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Roust Theatre Company is dedicated to radical and epoch-making theatre, aiming to challenge and inspire the audience, and producing theatre that can and does make a difference in the world.  Roust believes it is the duty of theatre “to break the grip of mass media, which dilutes the community consciousness.”  Past productions include Brecht’s THE PRIVATE LIFE OF THE MASTER RACE, CLOUD TECTONICS, TWO ROOMS, MACBETH and THE ELEPHANT IN MY CLOSET.  Last spring, Roust presented the Off-Broadway premiere of JANKA, Oscar Speace’s powerful, moving real-life account of his mother’s remarkable survival following incarceration during the Holocaust.  Tracy Hostmyer is Roust’s Producing/Executive Director.

Dan McCormick and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Dan McCormick and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Scenic design for HOMELESS is by Kevin Kedroe, recent art director on the student Academy Award finalist short ‘Samaria’; lighting design is by Travis Sawyer – NYU Tisch School’s architectural light designer; Bill Gilinsky is Production Stage Manager.

Remaining performances for HOMELESS AND HOW I GOT THAT WAY

Thursday, October 29th @8pm
Friday, October 30th @8pm
Saturday, October 31st @8pm
Sunday, November 1st @8pm
Thursday, November 5th @8pm
Friday, November 6th @8pm
Saturday, November 7th @ 8pm
Sunday, November 8th @ 3pm
Wednesday, November 11th @8pm
Thursday, November 12th @8pm
Friday, November 13th @8pm
Saturday, November 14th @8pm

VENUE: Access Theater, 380 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10013 (TriBeCa).

TICKETS: All tickets $18

Advance ticket purchase via Brown Paper Tickets

Dan McCormick, Richarda Abrams, André De Shields, Lia Chang and Bryan Hickey.

Dan McCormick, Richarda Abrams, André De Shields, Lia Chang and Bryan Hickey.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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