Juan Francisco Villa, Bryan Bosque, Daniel K. Isaac, Philip Dawkins, Keelay Gipson, Cori Thomas and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Inside THE GENTLEMAN CALLER’S Opening Night Party with Daniel K. Isaac and Juan Francisco Villa

Photography, Theater

Last night, Abingdon Theatre Company launched its 25th Anniversary main stage season with the opening night of the New York premiere production of The Gentleman Caller, a new play by Philip Dawkins (Charm, Le Switch, The Homosexuals). Directed by Tony Speciale (Unnatural Acts,The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey), the limited engagement runs through May 26 at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street, NYC) in Greenwich Village. Scroll down for opening night photos at the theater and at the after party at Fifty.

Juan Francisco Villa and Daniel K. Isaac during the opening night curtain call for THE GENTLEMAN CALLER at The Cherry Lane in New York on May 10, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Juan Francisco Villa and Daniel K. Isaac during the opening night curtain call for THE GENTLEMAN CALLER at The Cherry Lane in New York on May 10, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

The Gentleman Caller features Daniel K. Isaac (Showtime’s “Billions”) as William Inge and Juan Francisco Villa (Oedipus El Rey) as Tennessee Williams. Although now regarded as two of history’s finest American playwrights, back in 1944, William Inge and Tennessee Williams hadn’t yet experienced anything close to success. The Gentleman Caller takes us back in time, before the Chicago premiere of The Glass Menagerie. Inge, a dissatisfied newspaper critic, invites Williams to his St. Louis apartment for an interview. This sexy, fraught rendezvous sparks a relationship, which radically alters the course of their lives and the American Theatre.

Juan Francisco Villa and Daniel K. Isaac during the opening night curtain call for THE GENTLEMAN CALLER at The Cherry Lane in New York on May 10, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Juan Francisco Villa and Daniel K. Isaac during the opening night curtain call for THE GENTLEMAN CALLER at The Cherry Lane in New York on May 10, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

The Gentleman Caller features scenic design by Sara C. Walsh (Queen of the Night), costume design by Hunter Kaczorowski (The Dork Knight), lighting design by Zach Blane (Too Much, Too Much, Too Many), and sound design and original music by Christian Frederickson (Antigone, Trojan Women).

Daniel K. Isaac and Juan Francisco Villa. Photo by Lia Chang

Daniel K. Isaac and Juan Francisco Villa. Photo by Lia Chang

Performances are Mondays at 7PM, Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8PM, with matinees Saturday at 3PM.  Tickets are $65 and available at abingdontheatre.org or by calling 212-352-3101. (CALLER25’ for $25 tickets!)

Playwright Philip Dawkins, Daniel K. Isaac, Director Tony Speciale and Juan Francisco Villa. Photo by Lia Chang

Playwright Philip Dawkins, Daniel K. Isaac, Director Tony Speciale and Juan Francisco Villa. Photo by Lia Chang

Keelay Gipson, Philip Dawkins, Daniel K. Isaac and Bryan Bosque. Photo by Lia Chang

Keelay Gipson, Philip Dawkins, Daniel K. Isaac and Bryan Bosque. Photo by Lia Chang

Juan Francisco Villa, Bryan Bosque, Daniel K. Isaac, Philip Dawkins, Keelay Gipson, Cori Thomas and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Juan Francisco Villa, Bryan Bosque, Daniel K. Isaac, Philip Dawkins, Keelay Gipson, Cori Thomas and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Daniel K Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang

Daniel K Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang

Philip Dawkins, Daniel K. Isaac and Juan Francisco Villa. Photo by Lia Chang

Philip Dawkins, Daniel K. Isaac and Juan Francisco Villa. Photo by Lia Chang

Up Close and Personal with Daniel K. Isaac – William Inge in Abingdon Theatre’s Production of THE GENTLEMAN CALLER by Philip Dawkins, May 5 – 26 

Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: THE GENTLEMAN CALLER Celebrates Opening Night

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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