A fascinating, uplifting and sometimes irreverent story of a war-torn family struggling to migrate, escape and survive”
Douglas Denoff & Beth Goldsmith, and 59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, General Manager) present the Directors Companythe production of The lucky star by Karen Hartmanpart of the inauguration VOLT-Festival at 59E59. Directed by Noah Himmelstein (Rooted). The lucky star started previews on April 26, 2022in Room A and opened May 5 for a run through June 12, 2022.
The cast of The lucky star understand Skye Alissa Friedman (Kimberly Akimbo) like Genka, Danny Gavigan (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) like Joseph, Nina Hellman (Bigger Clement) as mania, Eva Kaminsky (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) like Klara/Felicia, Alexa Shae Niziak (Matilda) like Luisa, Alexandra Silver (Indecent) like Dola/Vita, Steven Skybel (Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish) like Richard, sky smith (“The Blacklist”) as Craig, Dale Soules (“Orange is the New Black”) as Berta/Arnold and Mike Shapiro like Salo/Blaustein. The stunt doubles are Eliza Foss, Rachel Alana Handler and Noah Zachary.
The lucky star had two critically acclaimed sold-out series under the title The Book of Joseph at the Everyman Theater in Baltimore and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, which first commissioned the play.
Like so many great mysteries, it all started in an attic with an old dusty 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 compelling true story of resilience and determination, a war-torn family struggling to migrate, escape and survive. With scenes alternating between past and present, this riveting, uplifting, and at times irreverent drama brings Richard Hollander’s book, Every day lasts a year: correspondence from a Jewish family in Poland on stage, restoring the unexplored legacy of a family.
VOLT is an unprecedented festival of three New York premieres by an underrepresented writer. In its inaugural year, 59E59 Theaters selected a local playwright Karen Hartman at the center of the festival and has invited three different non-profit theater companies to produce his 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 presents a scenic design of Daniel Ettinger (The importance of being serious), costume design by David burdick (fly 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), creation of wigs and hair by Tommy Kurzman (Macbeth, Mrs Doubtfire) and projection design by Catie Hevner (In transit). The cast is by Stephanie KlapperCasting.
The performance schedule for 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 to theluckystarplay.com. Discounts for groups of 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 witness to the world, which was his second production as a 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 game, dyke/one life, latin story for morons, fiddler on the roof, song of the torch, pretty woman, nice job if you can get it, chinese doll and The 39 steps. Upcoming productions as lead producer on Broadway for 2022-23 are It’s Broadway, the moves, the music, the magicand the hilarious star-studded revival of The Penzance Pirates, and the Broadway revival of 39 steps. Off Broadway comes an immersive new production from La Lulu plays by Frank Wedekind (spring awakening) and a new cover of Tennessee Williams Glass factory.