Blue Surge

When and Where

Blue Surge runs January 21 through February 7 (Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat at 8PM; Sat at 2PM; Sun at 3PM, except Sun Feb 7 at 2PM) at The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street, New York, NY.

Join Extant Arts as they open their 2010 season with the romantic tragedy Blue Surge by the acclaimed contemporary playwright, Rebecca Gilman. Blue Surge confronts the American taboo of class through the experiences of a a small-town cop who struggles to "save" a young hooker.

Extant Arts is excited to work with director and documentarian Kat Vecchio on Blue Surge. "Kat brings a keen and sensitive eye to Gilman's richly-drawn characters," says Artistic Director Greg Taubman. "She has real knack for finding the vibrancy and subtle drama of unexpected moments." Vecchio has worked at Nerve Ensemble for Phenomenon, New York Musical Theater Festival, and the Public's Summer Play Festival. She has recently directed for The Looking Glass Theatre's Writer / Director Forum and The Theatre Rats Annual Chester Horn Short Play Festival where audiences voted her Best Director.

"Blue Surge touches on something both universal and at the same time quintessentially American," says Vecchio, an Oklahoma native. "It explores how people react to the opportunities (or lack thereof) that are presented to them and how money (or the fear of having none) drives their decisions. We're told to believe that there are two Americas, but Gilman's heartbreaking portrayal of the challenges faced by folks in small-town Wisconsin is a powerful statement the 'lives of quiet desperation' lived by many Americans, both in the heartland and on the coasts."

Cast and Crew

Written by Rebecca Gilman

Directed by Kat Vecchio

Stage Manager: Gina Costagliola
Costume Designer: Nina Lourie
Lighting Designer: Brian Tovar
Set Designer: Meagan Miller-McKeever
Fight Director: Joe Mihalchick
Press Representative: Lanie Zipoy

Featuring Pete Caslavka, Lauren Nordvig, Justin Gallo, Bridget Durkin and Louise Flory.