DECEIT is a new American play by Richard Ploetz, being produced by Crystal Field, Theater for the New City, in the East Village in New York City in January 2013.
DECEIT evolved over the last two years as a collaboration between Ploetz and director Andreas Robertz. The piece’s development through staged readings has seen it grow from a one act farce to a full length dark and fiercely provocative comedy.
THE PLAY opens with Frank leading a simple life with the wife and son whom he adores. It quickly becomes apparent that he is juggling this life with his family with the two other lives that he is leading. His second life is a series of illicit internet affairs; the third, his examined life, is with his confessor, an investigative reporter.
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Get to know THE DEDICATED GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS who have worked together to bring this play to fruition:
Playwright: Richard Ploetz has had plays produced in New York City at the WPA Theater, Playwrights Horizons, LaMaMa ETC, Ensemble Studio Theater, and Emerging Artists Theater in NYC and in California at the South Coast Repertory Theater. Richard attended the Yale Drama School and received an MFA in Fiction
from Columbia. He is a voice over actor who also writes, directs, acts and produces the TV comedy AMERICA: UNTOLD STORIES. Richard is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Emerging Artists Theatre.
Director: Andreas Robertz is an established German theater director with 15 years of experience. Currently Andreas serves as Artistic Director for OneHeart Productions and is a freelance director and producer working in both Germany and New York City. Andreas has received numerous regional and national awards and nominations in Germany for his outstanding work as a director.
Frank: Steven Hauck Broadway: Irena’s Vow. Off-Broadway: One Arm (Moises Kaufman/New Group), The Screwtape Letters (Westside Theater), and The Young Playwrights Festival at the Cherry Lane. International: Phantom in Berlin, Vienna and Paris. Regional: Art and Twelve Angry Men (Geva), Cyrano (Milwaukee Rep). Film and TV: Spike Lee's upcoming Oldboy, Confessions of a Shopaholic, What Happens Next (opposite Wendie Maleck) “Boardwalk Empire”, “Gossip Girl”, “30 Rock."
Helen: Glory Gallo. Off-Broadway: Claymont, Guilty, Elephant Girls, and the self written/performed one woman show "Why I Hate Angelina Jolie". Television: ABC Primetime's "What Would You Do?", One Life To Live, Guiding Light, Film: Calling It Quits, Bobby Dogs. A longtime member of EAT, Glory is honored to be a part of this great cast and play. Love to MJAMMNA. *AEA
Tommy: Ethan Haberfield made his Broadway debut as Michael
Banks in Mary Poppins in 2010. He appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird as Dill at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ and won the NJ Tony for Best Featured Actor In A Play. Scrooge(National Tour); Don Giovanni (NYC Opera). Film: Sinister; Dovid Meyer. TV: Sesame Street; 30 Rock. Proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Ken: Joshua Zirger is thrilled to be a part of Richard Ploetz's new play, Deceit. Originally from Ohio, Joshua is a 2009 graduate of the William Esper Studio, where he studied under Terry Knickerbocker. He'd like to thank all his Thursday night classmates for constantly fueling his passion.
Jeffrey: Mario Golden is a NY actor, playwright, teacher, and director. He received excellent reviews for his plays “The Boxer’s Son”, “The Love of Brothers” and one-man show “Confessions of a Sex Addict.” Seen recently in the play “Angel of the Poor” and the feature film “‘Cause I’m More Beautiful.” Mario trained with Actors Studio members Rob Reece and the late Alba Oms. Mario holds degrees in Psychology and Education from Stanford University and is Founding Co-director of OneHeart Productions.
The playwright and director discussing Deceit.
Risks and challenges
As Deceit is now fully cast and well into rehearsal, the final challenge is raising funds for the costumes and set for the play. We are working diligently to ensure that the level of funding needed will be reached so as to ensure that the mood of the play is reflected in the design and execution of the set and costumes. We appreciate your support in helping us achieve the unity of tone in the atmospherics for this darkly comedic play.
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