Jay O. Sanders makes his New York directorial debut with The Bench at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
Jay O. Sanders makes his New York directorial debut with The Bench at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
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The Bench, written and performed by Robert Galinsky and directed by Jay O. Sanders, begins its limited run at the Cherry Lane Theatre on October 15 in advance of its official October 29 opening. Performances will run through December 17. The production is presented by Golden Globe nominee Chris Noth (Sex and the City), Drama Desk, Obie, and Olivier Award winner Barry Shabaka Henley, and Cherry Lane Theatre. Terry Schnuck produces.

Based on true stories, The Bench, set in urban decay and rubble, explores the emotional heartbreak of five homeless characters and the catastrophic hysteria surrounding AIDS in the 1980s. The piece features hand-drawn imagery from Daphne Arthur's graphic novel adaptation of the play, and audio design by composer Deep Singh.

Galinsky is a contributing writer to The Fresh Toast, is Head Speaker Coach for TEDxTeen, TEDxFultonStreet, and teaches writing and performance at Rikers Island Jail, through the nonprofit Literacy for Incarcerated Teens and GalinskyCoaching.com.

Sanders most recently appeared at the Public Theater in a trilogy of new plays written and directed by Richard Nelson called The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family, with a company including his wife, Maryann Plunkett.

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