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March 5th and 6th @ 8 pm

HILARIOUS. SURPRISING. DISTURBINGLY TIMELY. 

Join us for special staged reading performances of THE TRIAL - part of "Politics of the Absurd", a new series featuring classic absurdist comedies that reflect on the absurdity and peril of our current political environment.

On the morning of his 30th birthday, Josef K. is unexpectedly arrested by two unidentified strangers from an unidentified agency for an unspecified crime. Although K. maintains that he is innocent, he soon learns that acquittal is impossible. What happens to a once respectable man when he is suddenly prosecuted for apparently no reason at all?

Featuring Krysta Rodriguez (What We’re Up Against, “Trial & Error”, Spring Awakening), Mamoudou Athie (“The Get Down”, Patti Cake$), Brian Wiles (“Public Morals”, “Turn”), Brian D. Coats (Jitney, “Boardwalk Empire”), John Rothman (Ghostbusters, “One Mississippi”) Sam Breslin Wright (“Madame Secretary”, The Beaver), and Tony nominee Kristine Neilson (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, You Can’t Take it With You). Casting subject to change.   

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Baruch Performing Arts Center

55 Lexington Avenue (enter on 25th Street between 3rd & Lexington Aves)


STEVEN BERKOFF (playwright) was born in Stepney, London. After studying drama and mime in London and Paris, he entered a series of repertory companies and in 1968 formed the London Theatre Group. His plays and adaptations have been performed in many countries and in many languages. Among the many adaptations Berkoff has created for the stage, directed and toured, are Kafka's Metamorphosis and The Trial, Agamemnon, and Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher. He has directed and toured productions of Shakespeare's Coriolanus also playing the title role, Richard II, Hamlet and Macbeth, as well as Oscar Wilde's Salome. Berkoff's original stage plays include East, West,The Messiah: Scenes from a Crucifixion, The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, Decadence, Harry's Christmas, Massage, and Acapulco

FRANZ KAFKA (novelist) was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. He was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia (presently the Czech Republic), Austria–Hungary. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature. His best known work includes the short stories The Metamorphosis (1912) and In the Penal Colony (1914) and his novels The Trial (1925), The Castle (1926) and Amerika (1927).

ADRIENNE CAMPBELL-HOLT (director) is the Founding Artistic Director of Colt Coeur, a Brooklyn-based theatre company. Most recent: What We’re Up Against by Theresa Rebeck (WP Theater). Upcoming: The Big and the Small by Amelia Roper (Colt Coeur/NTYW Next Door) and Afterwords, a new musical by Zoe Sarnak and Emily Kaczmarek (Seattle). Recent world premieres: Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck starring Tyne Daly and Tim Daly (Dorset Theater Festival), Empathitrax by Ana Nogueira (Colt Coeur), Cal in Camo by William Francis Hoffman (co-pro Rattlestick & Colt Coeur), a workshop production of Kings by Sarah Burgess starring Larry Pine and Quincy Tyler Bernstine (WP Theater, NYC), One Child Born (Oberon at American Repertory Theater), How to Live on Earth by MJ Kaufman (Colt Coeur), Chiara Atik’s 52nd to Bowery (EST), Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel (Colt Coeur), Greg Moss’ REUNION (South Coast Rep), Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith (Colt Coeur), Recall by Eliza Clark (Colt Coeur), Fish Eye (Colt Coeur), Seven Minutes in Heaven by Steven Levenson (Colt Coeur). Adrienne is a New Georges Affiliated Artist and an alum of the Time Warner/Women’s Project Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a Foeller Fellow (Williamstown). She has developed work with New York Theatre Workshop, La Jolla Playhouse, Roundabout Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights’ Center and EST. She is the Associate Director on the Broadway production of Dear Evan Hansen and also the director of #makeitfair. BA Barnard College, Columbia University.

KGM THEATRICALDANIEL KUNEY (General Manager) Credits include: Puffs (Off-Broadway), Rock of Ages (Broadway), Fela! (Broadway, Tours), Reasons to Be Pretty (Broadway), The 39 Steps (Broadway), The Homecoming (Broadway), Talk Radio (Broadway), Heathers (Off-Broadway), Altar Boyz (Off-Broadway), Dog Sees God (Off-Broadway), My Name is Rachel Corrie (Off-Broadway), In Masks Outrageous and Austere (Off-Broadway). www.kgmtheatrical.com

Company Manager: MANDY TATE 

Marketing: ABM AGENCY 

Press: VIVACITY MEDIA GROUP 212-812-1483 / info@vivacityny.com 

Poster Design: ANDY OMEL