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News Pace Production of Giering and Harrington's Crossing Brooklyn to Benefit ASTEP Group Therapy Productions, the Pace University student-run production company, will present a five-performance run of Jenny Giering and Laura Harrington's musical Crossing Brooklyn March 27-29 at Pace University's downtown campus.

The limited run will benefit ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty), which was founded by musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell.

Directed by Pace senior and Group Therapy artistic director Steven McCasland, the cast will feature Pace students Kerrie Bond as Des and Chris Giordano as AJ with Dylan Bustamante, Purvi Parmar, Stephon Pettway, Kelly Reader, Krystina Salcedo, Megan Smith and Benvolio Tomaiuolo.

"Set in New York City in 2002, following the tragedy of September 11, 2001," Crossing Brooklyn, press notes state, "tells the story of Des and AJ, young, idealistic public school teachers bent on changing the world, one kid at a time. Life is full of promise and endless possibility until Des begins to unravel under the weight of her fears, ignited that fateful September day. Splitting apart under the strain, Des and AJ struggle to find their way back to each other."

The limited run will feature new material added since the Transport Group's Off-Broadway production.

The Pace production will also include musical direction by Shannon Agnew and set and costumes conceived by director McCasland. Show times are Friday-Sunday at 8 PM and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.

To reserve tickets, priced $8, e-mail [email protected]. For more information visit


ASTEP uses the arts as a tool to "empower young people with creativity, knowledge, and a strong sense of self-esteem, factors which help them advance their lives and communities."    

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