Producer Douglas Denoff and 59E59 Theaters have announced the full cast and creative team for The Directors Company’s production of The Lucky Star by Karen Hartman, as part of the inaugural VOLT Festival at 59E59. Directed by Noah Himmelstein (Rooted), The Lucky Star begins previews April 26, 2022 in Theater A and opens May 5 for broadcast until June 12, 2022.
The cast of The Lucky Star will include Skye Alissa Friedman (Kimberly Akimbo) as Genka, Danny Gavigan (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) as Joseph, Nina Hellman (Greater Clements) as Mania, Eva Kaminsky (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ) as Klara/Felicia, Alexa Shae Niziak (Matilda) as Luisa, Alexandra Silber (Indecent) as Dola/Vita, Steven Skybell (Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish) as Richard, Sky Smith (“The Blacklist”) as Craig, Dale Soules (“Orange is the New Black”) as Berta/Arnold and Stuart Zagnit (Caroline, Or Change) as Salo/Blaustein.
The Lucky Star had two critically acclaimed sold-out performances as The Book of Joseph at the Everyman Theater in Baltimore and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, which commissioned the play first.
Like so many great mysteries, it all started in an attic with a dusty old suitcase… The discovery of a hiding place of more than two hundred letters in three languages opens clues to an untold story in The Lucky Star – a true story captivating with resilience and determination, a family torn apart by war, struggling to immigrate, flee and survive. With scenes alternating between past and present, this riveting, uplifting, and at times irreverent drama features Richard Hollander’s book, Every Day Lasts a Year: The Correspondence of a Jewish Family in Poland, restoring the unexplored legacy of ‘a family.
VOLT is an unprecedented festival of three New York premieres by an underrepresented writer. In its first year, 59E59 Theaters chose local playwright Karen Hartman as its festival focus and invited three different non-profit theater companies to produce her plays The Lucky Star (April 26-June 12); New Golden Age (April 28-June 9), presented by Primary Stages; and Goldie, Max and Milk (May 1-June 4), presented by Mary J. Davis and MBL Productions. The three productions will be presented simultaneously in the three spaces of the 59E59 Theaters from April 26 to June 12, 2022.
The Lucky Star will feature set design by Daniel Ettinger (The Importance of Being Earnest), costume design by David Burdick (Flyin’ West), lighting design by Cory Pattak (Little Shop of Horrors), sound design by Elisheba Ittoop (The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe) and projection design by Catie Hevner (In Transit). Casting is handled by Stephanie Klapper Casting.
The schedule for performances of The Lucky Star is as follows: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:00 p.m., Saturday to Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for The Lucky Star start at $25 and are on sale now at 59e59.org/shows/show-detail/the-lucky-star. Discounts for groups larger than 10 are available at theatre4groups.com or by calling 212-265-8500.
Douglas Denoff is a 7-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway producer and is proud to return to 59E59 – the 2013 home of Witnessed by the World, which was his second production as lead producer. His other off-Broadway productions include Handle With Care with Carol Lawrence, Clever Little Lies with Marlo Thomas and the 2015 revival of The 39 Steps.
On Broadway, he was co-producer of Slave Play, Sea Wall/A Life, Latin History for Morons, Fiddler On The Roof, Torch Song, Pretty Woman, Nice Work If You Can Get It, China Doll and The 39 Steps. Upcoming productions as lead producer on Broadway for 2022-23 are That’s Broadway, The Moves, The Music, The Magic and the hilarious star-studded revival of The Pirates of Penzance. Off Broadway comes an immersive new production from Lulu, Earth Spirit by Frank Wedekind.