World Premiere of THE PORTRAIT to Run 1/15-26 at Theatre 54

World Premiere of THE PORTRAIT to Run 1/15-26 at Theatre 54

ACTORS AND DIRECTORS LIVING IN BROOKLYN (AdLib), in association with THE SIMON STUDIO, is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Sarah Levine Simon's THE PORTRAIT, directed by Roger Hendricks Simon (NY Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, London's Royal Court Theatre). THE PORTRAIT, which was first written and produced as a radio play for National Public Radio, will play a limited engagement at Theatre 54 (Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Fl.). Performances begin Wednesday, January 15 and continue through Sunday, January 26. Opening Night is Thursday, January 16 (8 p.m.). Tickets are $18 and are available at

Sarah Levine Simon's THE PORTRAIT is a new comedy of manners-a highfaluting madcap caper, satirizing the war between the haves and the have-nots!

Marty Finklestein, a struggling theater director, has been bequeathed THE PORTRAIT of his 18th Century Jewish ancestor. Over pate and crepes, at a dinner hosted by his wealthy cousin Toddy Renard, antics by the French maid Honore, high notes from Marty's singer wife Alissa, and pretentions about their early American Jewish roots, a wager is made as to who will buy THE PORTRAIT.

The production stars Rutanya Alda (Film: The Deer Hunter) as Honore, Jessica Eleanor Grant (As The World Turns) as Alissa, James Leaf (Catastrophe, Young Mechanics Ensemble) as Marty, Caitlin O'Heaney (Bdwy: A Matter of Gravity) as Helen, Roger Hendricks Simon (Film: Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps) as Henry, June Stein (Film: Romance & Cigarettes) as Agnes and James Williams (OBR: Brothers Karamazov Part I) as Toddy.

The production features scenic design by David Bragin and Josie Williams, costume design by Josie Williams, and lighting design by Emma Schimminger. Regina Novicky is the stage manager.

THE PORTRAIT plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, January 26:
Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $18 and are now available online at or by calling 212-868-4444. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater ½ hour prior to performance.

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