Chattanooga Ben Curtis Is In Play Opening Off-Broadway June 17

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Crusade of Connor Stephens, a new play written and directed by Dewey Moss, will begin an open-ended run at Off-Broadway’s Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theater Center on June 17. Opening night is scheduled for June 26.  Ben Curtis, who was born in Chattanooga, is the lead actor in the play.

Aside from being an actor, Mr. Curtis is well known for being the "Dude, You're Getting A Dell" spokesperson from 2000-2003.

Review for the Crusade of Connor Stephens:
In The Crusade of Connor Stephens, extreme loss shakes a Texas family as it comes to terms with a tragic act of violence. In the midst of widespread media attention, their story becomes an allegory for the national debate over religion, tolerance and the seedlings of hate. With humor and resilience, they will confront the ghosts of the past and discover the brutal universal truths that define the American family in the 21st century. 

The cast of The Crusade of Connor Stephens will feature James Kiberd (All My Children, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Taming of the Shrew), Ben Curtis (Take Me Out, Buried Child), Kathryn Leask (The Exonerated, The Right Kind of People) and Julie Campbell (Beautiful Thing, King Lear). Additional casting will be announced at a later date. 

James Noone (Broadway’s Sunset Boulevard, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Jekyll and Hyde) is the scenic designer. Teresa Snider-Stein (Broadway’s I’m Not Rappaport, Everett Beekin) is the costume designer. Zach Blane (Roundabout’s Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, Suicide Incorporated) is the lighting designer. David Lawson (The York’s You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Urban Stages’ Angry Young Man) is the sound designer.  

The Crusade of Connor Stephens made its world premiere at the 2017 Midtown International Theater Festival to sold out audiences and critical acclaim. It won seven MITF awards, including: Best Overall Production (DMoss Productions), Best Play (Dewey Moss), Best Director (Dewey Moss), Best Actor (James Kiberd), Best Actress (Kathryn Leask), Best Supporting Actor (Ben Curtis), and Best Supporting Actress (Kathleen Huber). It was nominated for 11 total awards, including an additional nomination for Best Supporting Actor (James Padric), Best Lighting Design, and Best Sound Design. 

General management services are provided by Lisa Dozier King. Marketing services are provided by Red Rising Marketing. Public relations services are provided by John Capo Public Relations. Stephanie Klapper Casting is the casting director. 

The Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theater Center is at 210 West 50th St. in New York City.

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