Younger’s Nico Tortorella Leads Cast of New Dark Comedy | Playbill

News Younger’s Nico Tortorella Leads Cast of New Dark Comedy The world premiere of Crude will begin performances Off-Broadway this spring.
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Black Lab Theatre has announced that Jordan Jaffe’s Crude, a new dark comedy about “the price you pay for selling your soul in the new millennium,” will play a world premiere engagement at Theater 511 at Ars Nova. Nico Tortorella, from TV Land’s Younger with Sutton Foster, is featured among the cast.

Directed by Kel Haney, previews are scheduled to begin April 26 with a May 4 opening. The production is part of Black Lab's new play development program, The Pipeline, dedicated to presenting new works in both New York and Houston.

The complete cast also features Desmin Borges (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity), Eliza Huberth (A Doll’s House, directed by Sam Gold at Williamstown) and Jose Joaquin Perez (My Mañana Comes at The Playwrights Realm.)

Here’s how production notes bill Jaffe’s work: “When a catastrophic environmental accident threatens to derail Kurtz Petroleum, it's up to documentarian turned big oil public relations guru Jaime Kurtz (Tortorella) with the help of his commercial making bro-buddy Aaron (Borges) and Aaron's drug dealer Manny (Perez) to come up with the perfect pitch to save the company, his relationship with his environmentally conscious wife Brittany (Huberth), and his stolen dog. Packed with drugs, sex, and spin doctoring,”

Crude will feature scenic design by Caite Hevner Kemp (Tail! Spin!), costume design by Sydney Maresca (Hand to God), lighting design by Alex Jainchill and sound design by Elisheba Ittoop.

Tickets for Crude are available by visiting or by calling (866) 811-4111.

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