Max Brod Productions is presenting the world premiere of the new off-Broadway musical comedy, A Turtle on a Fence Post, set to re-open the newly renamed Theater 555 (555 W. 42nd Street) with performances beginning Tuesday, October 26, 2021.
Inspired by true events, A Turtle on a Fence Post stars Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone, Gettin’ The Band Back Together) as Hank Morris (Prisoner #11RO731*) who is joined by Drama Desk Award nominee David Aron Damane, Erik Gratton, Joanna Glushak, Kate Loprest, Josh Marin, Richard E. Waits, Janet Aldrich, Joel Newsome, and Robbie Serrano.
Garth Kravits is an actor, singer, musician, composer and award winning filmmaker, director and editor. He made his Broadway debut in the Tony award winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone and originated the role of Ritchie in the Broadway show Gettin’ the Band Back Together’. His Off-Broadway credits include Old Jews Telling Jokes, Toxic Audio and Smart Blonde. He has appeared regionally in Gettin’ The Band Back Together, Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play, and It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, (Bucks County Playhouse) Kravits has appeared on TV in “Mr. Robot,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” HBO’s “Divorce,” “30 Rock,” “The Blacklist,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Carrie Diaries,” “Hostages” and in the new TV shows “The Hunters” (Amazon Prime) and “Tommy” (CBS).
Helmed by Tony Award nominee Gabriel Barre (The Wild Party, Amazing Grace) and choreographed by Kenny Ingram (Emojiland), A Turtle on a Fence Post features a book written by Prisoner #11RO731*, with music by Austin Nuckols, and lyrics by Lily Dwoskin.
The creative team for A Turtle on a Fence Post also includes Scenic Design by Drama Desk Award nominee Walt Spangler, Costume & Make-Up Design by Outer Critics Circle Award winner Vanessa Leuck, Lighting Design by Yael Lubetzky, Sound Design by Twi McCallum, Projection Design by Stefania Bulbarella, Hair & Wig Design by Drama Desk Award nominee Bobbie Zlotnik, and Casting by Paul Hardt of Hardt Casting.
It’s one of Bill Clinton’s favorite political expressions: “When you see a turtle on a fence post, you know it didn’t get there by itself. It doesn’t belong there. You wonder who put it there.” And now, you’ll know, it’s not about the turtle!
Inspired by true events, A Turtle on a Fence Post fictionalizes the inside story of a prominent New Yorker thrown into an unknown world by New York’s most powerful man. At heart a vibrant tale of love and friendship, Turtle… uses humor and song to deal with themes of freedom, forgiveness and truth, revealing how meaningful learning can arise in the most unexpected places and from the most surprising sources.
The creative team also includes Music Direction by Aaron Gandy (Romeo & Bernadette), Orchestrations and Arrangements by Steve Orich (Jersey Boys), and Casting by Paul Hardt of Hardt Casting (Once Upon a One More Time). General Management is by Michael Chase Gosselin & Tim Sulka of Visceral Entertainment (Emojiland, Midnight at The Never Get), and Production Management is by Tinc Productions.
Max Brod Productions is named in honor of Max Brod, a Czech born, Jewish Israeli writer, who was Franz Kafka’s best friend and shepherded the publication of Kafka’s The Trial, a novel which details the existential voyage of an innocent man prosecuted and convicted for an unknown crime.
Opening night for A Turtle on a Fence Post is set for Sunday, November 14, and the production will play a limited ten-week engagement through Sunday, January 2, 2022. All attendees will be required to show ID and proof of COVID vaccination.
Theater 555, owned by theatrical producer Eric Krebs was formerly the home of both the Signature and Pearl Theatre Companies and more recently the home of Upright Citizens Brigade. www.Theater555.com
Tickets, starting at $69, can now be purchased by visiting www.TurtleMusical.com, and are priced into three tiers: “Class A Felony” premium seats, “Misdemeanor” seats, and “Plea Bargain” seats.
For more information, and to sign-up for updates, please visit www.TurtleMusical.com
*11RO731 is the prison inmate number of Henry ‘Hank’ Morris.
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 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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young (2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative). She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
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