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Natural Affection


Directed by Jenn Thompson

A lost treasure from an American icon, in celebration of his centennial.
Previews September 17 to 25, 2013
Opens September 26
Performances through October 26
410 West 42nd Street NYC


Tuesday - Thursday @ 7:30pm
Friday & Saturday @ 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday @ 2:00pm
Special Wednesday Matinee on October 23rd at 2:00pm

A startling love triangle, that tests the ties that bind. A troubled young man who, abandoned early in life by his single mother, returns from reform school to find her now living with a lover. As the tension between them mounts, their fight for forgiveness and connection gives way to desperation, setting this insecure family on a collision course of reckless, heartbreaking, and almost inevitable violence.

"Who knew that William Inge, the writer best known for chronicling sexual repression in dusty prairie towns ("Picnic", "Bus Stop") had the kind of dark and bizarre sensibility that we most commonly associate with David Lynch?” - Chicago Tribune

Tobi Aremu, Alec Beard, Chris Bert, Eve Bianco,
 Kathryn Erbe, Victoria Mack & John Pankow

Set design by John McDermott
Lighting design by Mary Louise Geiger
Costume design by David Toser
Sound design by  Toby Algya
Props by Lauren Madden
Fight Director David Anzuelo
Production Stage Manager Jack Gianino
Assistant Stage Manager Kelly Burns
Press Richard Hillman PR
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A century after his birth in Independence, Kansas, the works of William Inge, the "Playwright of the Midwest," have been enjoyed by millions of theater- and moviegoers and will continue to be celebrated through the William Inge Centennial in 2013. He is perhaps most renowned for his four successful Broadway plays, Come Back, Little Sheba (1950), Picnic (1953), Bus Stop (1955), The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1957), and the Hollywood films based upon them. Many of his dramas, set in the American heartland of his native Kansas, portray the repressed sexuality, domestic tensions and conservative societal norms that Inge associated with life in small Midwestern towns. He is the winner of both a Pulitzer-Prize and an Academy Award.


Alec BeardALEC BEARD: TACT: Company Member since 2011/12, Semi Monde, Roly, Poly, Lost in Yonkers. Off-Broadway: A Feminine Ending (Playwrights' Horizons); Sand (Women's Project); As You Like It (The Public/NYSF). Regional: Yale Repertory; Williamstown Theatre Festival. Boeing, Boeing. Television: How to Make it in America; Medium. Training: Yale School of Drama.

Debut. Chris is happy to be on stage again, and is honored his professional New York debut is with the immense talent found onstage around him at TACT. Chris can be seen in the independent films The Green, The Fat Boy Chronicles, and Boy Wonder which are all located on Netflix for you to view. Thank you Geoff, BRS, Joan, Devon, John, Dad, and Mom for the unwavering support. Follow on twitter @chrisbertah.

Eve BiancoEVE BIANCO: TACT: Company Member since 1998/99. Numerous productions with the company, most recently Bedroom Farce (Susannah). . New York Theatre: EST Youngbloods “Asking for Trouble.” An Artist's Life And Other Cautionary Tales (Dir Will Pomerantz); A Dybbuk by Tony Kushner (Public , NY premiere, dir. Brian Kulick); The Adventures of Herculina (dir. Christopher Durang). Regional: The Importance of Being Earnest (Cleveland Playhouse); All in the Timing (Long Wharf ); One in Every Marriage (Phoenix ); The Immigrant (Fulton Opera House); Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Theatre, D.C., dir. Daniel Fish); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Syracuse Stage); The Taming of the Shrew. Film: Jesus Factor; Deadline; Sylvia & Tammy; as well as work with Gregory Hines and Spike Lee. Television: One Life to Live and numerous voice-overs, including over 50 books with Audible.com.

John PankowJOHN PANKOW: TACT: Debut. Broadway credits include The Iceman Cometh (Robards/Quintero), Twelve Angry Men, Amadeus, Cymbeline, and Serious Money. Off-Broadway, Mr. Pankow has appeared in plays at Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, The Signature Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, The Atlantic Theater, The Lucile Lortel, The New Group, Perry Street, The Production Company, and the WPA. Mr. Pankow has appeared in numerous films, most recently Morning Glory and Putzel. For television, Mr. Pankow can currently be seen as Merc Lapidus in Showtime's critically acclaimed series Episodes.

KATHRYN ERBEKATHRYN ERBE: TACT: Debut. Broadway: The Grapes of Wrath, The Speed of Darkness (Tony nom.), A Month in the Country. Off-Broadway: Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center Theater), The My House Play (WPA), Down the Shore (Atlantic; Ensemble Member), Yosemite (Rattlestick), Checkers (Vineyard). Steppenwolf (Ensemble Member): Curse of the Starving Class, My Thing of Love, A Streetcar Named Desire. Film: Runaway Dreams, What About Bob?, Rich in Love, "Breathing Lessons," The Addiction, Kiss of Death, Dream With the Fishes, Love From Ground Zero, Entropy, Stir of Echoes, 3 Backyards, Mother's House, The Love Guide, Untitled Noah Baumbach. Television: Homicide: Life on the Street, Oz, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU.

TOBI AREMUTOBI AREMU: TACT: Debut. Tobi Aremu (Gil) is thrilled to make his Off-Broadway theater debut in Natural Affection. An Atlanta, Georgia native, Aremu studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as well as The Atlantic Theater Conservatory. A high school basketball player, Aremu’s interest turned to acting, writing and directing. His first short film Pass the Salt was accepted to the Atlanta International Film Festival. Other NYC theater credits include: Giant Killer Slugs-Pipeline Theater, 48NYC.2 Theater Festival. Aremu is currently in post production on the comedy James Johnson Gets Dumped, a film he wrote, directed and stars in. He thanks his family for their continued support and love every step of the way.

Victoria MackVICTORIA MACK: TACT: Company Member since 2011/12 Happy Birthday, Hayfever,You Can't Take It With You, The Triangle Factory Fire Project, I Am a Camera. Broadway: Venus In Fur (Vanda u/s). Off-Broadway: The Silver Cord, A Little Journey (Drama Desk nomination, Best Revival), The Truth About Blayds, Mr. Pim Passes By, and Far and Wide (Mint Theater); Flight (Lucille Lortel). Other NY Theatre: Jester’s Dead and Dear Penthouse (Studio Tisch). Regional: Sense and Sensibility(Milwaukee Rep); Private Lives (Amanda - Pittsburgh Public); Dead Accounts (by Theresa Rebeck, world premiere - Cincinnati Playhouse); 39 Steps (Denver Center); The Turn of the Screw (Fulton Theater); and at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ: Othello (Desdemona), Taming of the Shrew (Kate), Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennet), As You Like It (Rosalind), Pygmalion (Eliza Doolittle), and many others. Film: The Stare (with Wynona Ryder and James Franco), Atlantis, A Song in the Shell. TV: The Good Wife (recurring), Law & Order: Criminal Intent and MTV. MFA: NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.