Penguin Rep Theatre offers Lee Blessing’s “Cobb” June thirty – July 23

Director Joe Brancato reprises his celebrated staging

STONY Point, NY – JUNE eighteen, 2017 – Penguin Rep Theatre, the award-profitable qualified Fairness theatre below the management of founding inventive director Joe Brancato and government director Andrew M. Horn, follows up its sold-out fortieth period-opener, Trayf, with Cobb, a strong  play by Lee Blessing about the famous baseball participant, starting Friday, June thirty.

Cobb explores the complex legacy of the 1st participant inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. “Cobb reveled in being identified as ‘the most hated male in the activity,’” says Brancato who will immediate. “He was a philanthropist and a racist who performed poker with presidents and died a multimillionaire, mainly overlooked.”

Brancato beforehand staged Cobb at Penguin Rep in 1995 and then reprised his celebrated staging for the Melting Pot Theater in New York Town in 2000. Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey moved the production to the Lucille Lortel Theatre, wherever it garnered the Drama Desk for Finest Ensemble in 2001, and then in 2002, with the late Garry Marshall, to Los Angeles.

Range wrote that Brancato’s staging “makes for that rare night at the theater that leaves you wanting far more.”

The constrained engagement of Cobb runs through Sunday, July 23 at Penguin Rep Theatre in historic Stony Point (Rockland County), New York.Official opening is Sunday, July two at two:00 p.m.

Stephen Bradbury, Todd Lawson, Andy Striph, and Damian Thompson are featured in the forged.

The production has scenic layout by Christopher Thompson, costume layout by Christopher Metzger, lighting layout by Christina Watanabe, seem layout by William Neal, with casting by Stephanie Klapper.

Efficiency days and times are: Thursday evenings at 7:thirty p.m., Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m., with matinees on Saturdays at four:00 p.m. and Sundays at two:00 p.m. There is also a distinctive weekday matinee on Friday, June thirty at two:00 p.m.

Penguin’s intimate, 108-seat theatre, which is found at 7 Crickettown Road, is converted from an 1880’s hay barn, and delivers air-conditioning, wheelchair accessible entrance, rest rooms and seating, and a lot of no cost parking.

Tickets to Cobb are priced at $forty four (including facility fee and services charge). There is an early ordering price cut of $35 for tickets procured prior to July two. Bargains are also accessible for groups of 10 or far more and younger men and women (thirty and below).

On Sunday, July two, the audience is invited to be a part of the forged and crew for cake and espresso just after the performance.

On Friday, July 7, there will be a dialogue amongst the actors and audience pursuing the display.

In advance of the four:00 p.m. display on Saturday, July 8, there will be a complimentary tasting.

Penguin’s 2017 period also contains Syncopation, Allan Knee’s intimate comedy established on the decreased East Aspect in 1911 about a 38-calendar year-previous Jewish butcher and a younger Italian garment employee who acquire dance lessons and aspiration of a better lifetime. (August eleven – September 3), and the earth premiere of Frederick Stroppel’s Drop River, a new acquire on Lizzie Borden from the creator of Tiny Earth (October thirteen – November five).

To purchase tickets or for additional details, take a look at Penguin Rep’s web site at or contact 845-786-2873. 


STEPHEN BRADBURY (Mr. Cobb) just returned from performing The Christians at the Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Florida, and expended the tumble in Cleveland with All The Way, the Tony Award-profitable play about Lyndon Johnson. Past calendar year he was Off Broadway in A Course Act, a play about lawyers, and also performed Judge Colin McNamara on Law and Get SVU.

TODD LAWSON (Ty) appeared on Broadway in Summer months and Smoke and Off Broadway in Gravedigger’s Lullaby, Edwin, Abundance, Just one Arm, and Levittown. He has also starred across the nation at such regional theatres as Actors Theatre of Louisville,Merrimack Rep, Baltimore Center Phase, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, and Vermont Phase.

ANDY STRIPH (Peach) was lately seen on stage in Afghanistan Zimbabwe The usa Kuwait (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), The People Singer (Theatre for the New Town), and The Character of Factors (Ensemble Studio Theatre) and on television in Bull (CBS), The Faucet (Usa), Gotham (FOX), The Superior Spouse (CBS), and I Really like You But I Lied (Life span).

DAMIAN THOMPSON (Oscar Charleston) starred Off Broadway in The Anthem, Around the World in 80 Times, Fly, By The Dawn’s Early Light, and Mad Lady of Chaillot, and at such regional theatres as Center Phase, Ford’s Theatre, Northern Phase, Arkansas Rep, and Colorado Shakespeare.

LEE BLESSING (Author): A Stroll In The Woods (Broadway and London’s West End), Going to St. Ives (Outer Critic’s Circle Award, Finest Enjoy, Obie for ensemble performance) Thief River (Drama Desk nomination, Finest Enjoy) Cobb (Drama Desk award, ideal ensemble) Chesapeake, Eleemosynary, Down The Road, and The Authentic Lifestyle of Billy the Kid. Other awards: The American Theater Critics Circle Award, the L.A. Drama Critics Award, The Terrific American Enjoy Award, The Humanitas Award, and the George and Elisabeth Marton Award. Nominated for Tony and Olivier awards, as well as for the Pulitzer Prize.

JOE BRANCATO (Artistic Director/Director) was cited by The New York Occasions as “one of America’s most insightful administrators.” His Off Broadway credits incorporate the critically acclaimed, sold-out production of Michael McKeever’s Daniel’s Partner, which transferred from Penguin to Key Levels at the Cherry Lane Theatre Erasmus Fenn’s Drop Useless Excellent at Theatre at St. Clements The Devil’s Audio: The Lifestyle & Blues of Bessie Smith (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Off Bway Alliance & Audelco Award nominee), which he also staged at dozens of theatres across the nation and in Canada Tom Dudzick’s Wonder on South Division Avenue Drop to Earth and Freed (Audelco Award nominee) Tryst (Outer Critics nomination for Finest Enjoy) at the Promenade and at Irish Rep Cobb (Drama Desk winner) created by Kevin Spacey and Melting Pot in NYC and LA From Door To Door at the Westside Theatre Just one Shot, Just one Eliminate at Key Levels Two and a Half Jews My Italy Story Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Issue of Minutes at Naked Angels,  Escape from Happiness (starring Marsha Mason), The Large Swing (starring Madeline Kahn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Marisa Tomei) and Dr. Valentine’s Waltz (starring John Turturro, Laura Linney, Jane Alexander) Maintain the Wedding day, created by Joseph Papp.


Joe Brancato was a higher faculty English and drama instructor in 1977 when he peered into an deserted 1880’s hay barn in Stony Point, New York, and visualized his future: a theatre of his very own.

forty many years afterwards, Penguin Rep – the theatre Brancato started off with Francine Newman-McCarthy and runs with government director Andrew M. Horn — has developed from a summer season theatre to grow to be one of the Hudson Valley’s most influential nonprofit cultural establishments, achieving tens of hundreds of theatergoers each calendar year at its dwelling, in New York Town and outside of – with its work transferring to Off Broadway and to levels across the nation and around the earth.

And this May possibly when the Bronx-born Brancato started his fifth ten years at Penguin, a not-for-gain qualified Fairness theatre, he is amongst the longest-serving founding inventive administrators in the U.S. right now!

Given that its founding in 1977, Penguin has presented far more than a hundred and fifty productions – in excess of 100 directed by Brancato himself — for far more than 400,000 men and women from the decreased Hudson Valley and outside of. And Mr. Brancato has introduced together accomplished qualified actors – David Canary, Michael Cullen, Tim De Kay, Gregg Edelman, Michael Esper, Barbara Feldon, Tovah Feldshuh, Beth Fowler, Deborah Hedwall, Celeste Holm,, Richard Kline, Andrew McCarthy, Lizbeth Mackay, Michele Pawk,and Karen Ziemba, amongst others – to star in new and noteworthy performs by such playwrights as Lee Blessing, Ronald Harwood, Allan Knee, Arthur Laurents, Warren Leight, Jon Marans, William Mastrosimone, Lainie Robertson, James Sherman and Elizabeth Swados.

 As The Journal News wrote in 1982: “Somebody forgot to inform inventive director Joe Brancato that he’s ridiculous to use a little barn plunked down in the Rockland County suburbs to experiment with unusual and demanding plays… I hope everybody retains forgetting to inform him. The region is far more the richer for it.”

“Guided by the skilled hand of Penguin’s inventive director, Joe Brancato, the splendid performers get 1st-level aid, as generally at Penguin, by an outstanding layout team” (The New York Occasions).

“Penguin Rep is a place wherever theatergoers can expertise magic time just after time” (

As it celebrates its fortieth period, Penguin Rep Theatre, dubbed “the gutsiest little theatre” by The New York Occasions, proceeds to existing a cultural expertise that is unique in the region: qualified productions of new performs at cost-effective prices.

Penguin Rep Theatre’s 2017 period is sponsored by Energetic International and Orange and Rockland Utilities. The period is also designed attainable by the New York State Council on the Arts with the aid of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Penguin Rep also gratefully acknowledges the aid of the County of Rockland, the Town of Stony Point, The Shubert Foundation, Cory and Bob Donnalley Charitable Foundation and generous donations from Joseph Grosso, Barry and Helene Lewis, Chase Mishkin and Morton Wolkowitz.

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