A Man's A Man, Starring Justin Vivian Bond and Featuring New Songs by Duncan Sheik, Opens at CSC Jan. 30

By Carey Purcell
30 Jan 2014

Justin Vivian Bond and Stephen Spinella
Justin Vivian Bond and Stephen Spinella
Photo by Richard Termine

Bertolt Brecht's farce A Man's A Man officially opens Jan. 30 at Classic Stage Company, following preview performances that began Jan. 10.

Directed by Brian Kulick, A Man's A Man stars avant-garde performance artist Justin Vivian Bond (Kiki and Herb Alive On Broadway, Jukebox Jackie: Snatches of Jackie Curtis) as canteen proprietress Leokadia Begbick (a role originated by Brecht's wife Helene Weigel).

The production will continue through Feb. 16.

The production also features Jason Babinsky (The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Ghost) as Polly Baker, Andrew Weems (Born Yesterday, Inherit the Wind) as Jeraiah Jip, Gibson Frazier (Mr. Burns, The Internationalist) as Galy Gay, Martin Moran (The Cradle Will Rock, Three Kinds of Exile) as Uriah Shelley, Steven Skybell (Pal Joey, Wicked) as Jesse Mahoney, Tony winner Stephen Spinella (Angels in America, A View from the Bridge) as Bloody Five, Ching Valdes-Aran (The Wild Party, Macbeth) as Mr. Wang and Allan K. Washington in the Ensemble. 



Here's how the show is described: "In this early knockabout, anti-just-about-everything farce by Brecht, innocent dockworker Galy Gay in British Colonial India is rather unorthodoxly enlisted into Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, where he is 'dismantled like a car' and then reassembled into the ultimate fighting machine."

A Man's A Man boasts a new score and songs by Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring AwakeningThe Caucasian Chalk Circle). The creative team includes scenic design by Paul Steinberg, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Matt Kraus.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or visiting classicstage.org.