On Set With Theda Bara, Starring Obie Winner David Greenspan, Extends Off-Broadway | Playbill

Off-Broadway News On Set With Theda Bara, Starring Obie Winner David Greenspan, Extends Off-Broadway

The one-person show explores identity and the struggle to know oneself.

David Greenspan in Theda Bara Emilio Madrid

Joey Merlo’s On Set with Theda Bara has extended its Off-Broadway run at the 50-seat theatre The Brick in Williamsburg, Brooklyn through March 16. Opening night for the Transport Group and Lucille Lortel Theatre co-production was February 14.

Six-time Obie winner David Greenspan (Some Men, The Boys in the Band) plays all four characters in Theda Bara, which premiered in February at The Exponential Festival. Jack Serio (Uncle Vanya, This Beautiful Future) directs the production, which is set around a 32-foot-long table.

In the solo show, a genderqueer teen goes missing and their gay detective father comes face-to-face with the supernatural and consciousness-devouring Theda Bara, the real-life vamp and silent film star of the 1910s.

The original creative team for On Set with Theda Bara returned for the upcoming production, including scenic designer Frank J. Oliva, costume designer Avery Reed, lighting designer Stacey Derosier, and sound designer Brandon Bulls. Derosier and Oliva received 2023 Henry Hewes Design Award nominations for their work on the production.

Tickets are on sale at TransportGroup.org and Lortel.org.

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