the cell presents Off-Broadway premiere of a new American drama by Nancy Manocherian.
May 29 - June 21 at Urban Stages

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"The ultimate family drama… (a) thought-provoking and powerful play." -- StageBuddy

"The cast as a whole does solid work in telling this sad tale… surprisingly strong." -- Talkin' Broadway

"Phenomenal… I would encourage you to see this show. This is the type of play that comes out and becomes immensely popular in black box and theater schools across America before someone does a glamorized revival." -- BroadwaySpotted

"Playwright Nancy Manocherian explores how this family struggles with loss, identity and being incomplete with the past… Recommended." -- OffOffOnline

"Excellent" -- Theater Pizzazz

"Fine and concise direction by Kira Simring... Manocherian has written an interesting work that cannot be easily categorized as 'another dysfunctional family drama.' It is so much more than that." - BlogCritics


the cell  presents the World Premiere of HEY JUDE by Nancy Manocherian, directed by Kira Simring with an original score by Michael Dellaira.  Previews begin May 29 with opening slated for Thursday, June 4 at Urban Stages. PLEASE NOTE: this limited engagement is being presented on an Off-Broadway contract.

In HEY JUDE, Anna's losing it, her husband Henry's already lost it and her son Jude is just plain lost. Identity is a slippery slope in this family drama, when a matter of life and death unhinges its members and challenges their basic beliefs.

HEY JUDE stars Deborah Offner, (Act One and Hair on Broadway) and Larry Cahn (The Graduate, Guys & Dolls, Epic Proportions, Anything Goes and The Music Man, all on Broadway), featuring Adam Weppler and Catherine Dupont. The production team includes Gertjan Houben (lighting), Peiyi Wong (sets), Rebecca Freund (costumes), M. Florian Staab (sound design), Michael Dellaira (composer), Brian Reager  (assistant director), Mackenzie Meeks (production manager), Sulei Ly (general manager), Adrian Pena (stage manager), and Sarah Ford (assistant stage manager).

Nancy Manocherian is a lyricist, playwright and producer.  Writing credits include: Sin!; Rio, a Brazilian musical novella (Theatre for the New City); and Dinner and Delusion, an opera co-written with composer Michael Sahl (The Center for Contemporary Opera/New York City Opera’s VOX Festival).  

Kira Simring is the Artistic Director of the cell.  A professional director for over 15 years, Kira has worked closely with writers to develop and realize their work.  She has directed productions of new plays and music theatre throughout New York City and across the country.  For the past two consecutive years, Kira has been granted The Best Director Award by New York City’s 1st Irish Theatre Festival.

HEY JUDE runs May 29 - June 21 on the following schedule: Tues. & Wed. at 7:30, Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 2pm. Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues -- accessible from the A/C/E trains at 34th Street or the 1/2 at 28th Street. Tickets are  $35 for previews and $45 for regular performances. They can be purchased at www.thecelltheatre.org or call Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006.