Gorilla Productions is proud to present the World Premiere of William Bennett's acerbic new comedy, Corporate Rock, that rails against pop music culture. Directed by Timothy Haskell, ("a pop culture recycling genius" - Time Out NY), the play opens at the Blue Heron Arts Center (123 East 24th Street) on Thursday, July 8th; press performances beginning Saturday, July 9th at 8 PM, Opening Monday, July 12th at 7 PM and closing Sunday, August 1st at 3 PM. Performances run Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling Smarttix at 212.868.4444 or by going to www.smarttix.com.
At Rolling Stone Magazine 30-year-old copyeditor Dylan can't get any of his own esoteric pieces on worthy, but obscure, alternative rock bands published by the magazine's brass. When pretty boy Nathaniel, the hottest scribe at the 'zine (who prefers Britney Spears to real music), gets abducted by the French mafia for gambling debts, Dylan spots an opportunity to change the face of the modern music industry - or at least the direction of the magazine he once worshipped. After concocting an elaborate ruse to implant his own stories into Nathaniel's columns, Dylan soon finds him self in dire straits as the minions of the corporate overworld, and criminal underworld close in around him.
"This play has a rebellious rock attitude about art consumerism that really appeals to me," says director Timothy Haskell. "I want emphasize that in the staging. I plan on evoking the spirit of seeing a rock concert with the lights, costumes and tons of loud rock music. Plays aren't done like this!" Timothy Haskell recently created and directed the very popular "fightsical" Road House that transferred from Off-Off-Broadway to Off-Broadway earlier this year. He will be going back to his "action-play" formula with an original action play starring martial artists 14-years old and younger opening next summer.
Corporate Rock stars Travis York, Dorian Missick (starring opposite Denzel Washington and Jeffrey Wright in this summer's remake of The Manchurian Candidate, stars in the upcoming 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, and played Hugh Grant's best friend in Two Weeks Notice), Natalia Hernandez, Charles Jang, Gerry Diamond and Road House alums Jamie Benge, Aaron Haskell, Kellie Arens and Nick Arens.