ALBANY: Acting Class with Patrick White is very excited to present the Capital Region premiere of Lucas Hnath’s “Death Tax.” The play will be performed for a socially distanced and strictly limited audience of 30 people a night from June 7-16 at Albany Barn, 56 2nd Street in Arbor Hill. All current CDC guidelines will be followed, masks are required. The play will run Monday thru Wednesday nights with a curtain time of 7pm. Tickets are $15. and are available at or on Eventbrite.

“Death Tax” is a dark comedy about who gets to live the longest in America. Wealthy matron Maxine will do anything to stay alive…especially after she becomes convinced her daughter is conspiring to have her dead by year’s end. If her mother is not dead by the time the calendar changes, the new estate tax would rob the daughter of a fortune. The cost of healthcare, the disease of loneliness, income inequality and what makes life worth living meet at the endgame of America’s two inevitables. Surprising, treacherously suspenseful, and provocatively hilarious. “‘Death Tax’ confirms Hnath’s shrewd intelligence, his flair for modern theatrical game-playing, his dark sense of humor and his whip-smart sense of character. You really can’t ask for anything more.”-Chicago Sun Times

“This is a great play to get us back into the theaters.” enthuses director and acting teacher Patrick White. “A contemporary comedy about healthcare and our interdependence on each other as seen through the eyes of a Haitian immigrant who is used as a pawn in this darkly twisted caper by one of the most brilliant playwrights working in American theater today.” The production is cast with members of Mr. White’s Sunday morning acting class which has been meeting at Albany Barn since November. The cast includes Monet Thompson as Nurse Tina, Debby Bercier as Maxine and making their Capital Region theater debuts; Lisa Bryk as The Daughter and Dmitriy Kogan as Todd. Lighting and set design by Nicolas Nealon, sound design by Chad Reid, prop design by Laura Darling, technical assistance by Brian Starnes, stage management by Erin Bramer and assistant direction by Dennis Skiba.

What: “Death Tax” by Lucas Hnath

When: 6/7-6/16, Mon thru Wed at 7pm

Where: Albany Barn, 56 2nd St, Albany 12210

Tickets: $15 at Eventbrite or www.actingclasswithpatrickwhite.

Lucas Hnath‘s plays include “Dana H” (Vineyard Theatre), “The Thin Place” (Playwrights Horizons), Doll’s House Part 2(South Coast Repertory Theatre, John Golden Theatre), “Hillary and Clinton” (Victory Gardens, John Golden Theatre), “Red Speedo” (New York Theatre Workshop), “The Christians” (Playwrights Horizons, 2014 Humana Festival), “A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney” (Soho Rep), “nightnight” (2013 Humana Festival), “Isaac’s Eye” (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Death Tax (2012 Humana Festival, Royal Court Theatre). He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011, and is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. He has received the 2015 Obie Award, Kesselring Prize, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2015 Whiting Award, and two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations. He received The Tony nomination for Best Play in 2017 for “Doll’s House Part 2.”

Acting Class with Patrick White is a weekly acting class taught by one of the Capital Region’s busiest theater makers. ACwPW have previously produced the Capital Region premiere of “Men On Boats” by Jaclyn Backhaus which was nominated for a 2018 Berkshire Theatre Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble. “In a show about discovering what isn’t known, the company under the superb direction of Patrick White, opens our minds in many, many ways. There is no way I would undertake this voyage with any other company of men other than the ones onstage in Sand Lake, New York.”-Berkshire Bright FocusACwPW’s production mission is to produce Capital Region premieres and create opportunities for actors of all levels to contribute and grow Capital Region theater.
In the Cast: Debby Bercier has appeared in his productions of “The Foreigner” at HMT and “Men on Boats” at SLCA. She has also appeared in ConfettiFests, “Babylon Line” at SCP and “The Crucible” at SLCA. Lisa Bryk has worked as a stage manager on “The Crucible,” “Church & State” and “Men on Boats” at SLCA. This is her Capital Region debut onstage. Dmitriy Kogan hails from Brooklyn and has studied at The Acting Studio, This is also his Capital Region debut. Monet Thompson is an actress and singer who has appeared in local commercials, films and plays including “The Niceties” at Siena College presented by Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY Inc. directed by Jean-Remy Monnay.

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