America's First Play at Historical Fraunces Tavern

Peculiar Works Project presents the premiere of Androboros: Villain of the State, America's first published play written in 1714 by Robert Hunter. The work, adapted by S.M. Dale, will be performed inside the colonial-era Fraunces Tavern Museum, to the end of October.

In 1710, as the new Governor, Hunter was thwarted by a hostile assembly. In revenge, he wrote Androboros, a satire to strike back at his enemies. Based on a true story of intrigue and crime (The Vestment Scandal of 1714), the 75-minute play is full of slapstick, scatological humor, with a mix of Elizabethan comedy and Italian Commedia dell'arte. Peculiar Works has added original songs and dances.

The director is Ralph Lewis (co-producer of their 2007 Obie Award winning production Off Stage), adapter S.M. Dale, composer Spencer Katzman (The Lady Grey film score). The cast is Matt Roper in the title role, Kendra Augustin, Oliver Burns, Oscar Castillo, Bianca Illich, Roy Koshy, Caiti Lattimer, Hank Lin, Ben Strate and Trav. S.D. 

Where: Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St., corner of Broad Street

When: Friday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 29 with performances on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays. All shows begin at 7 p.m. $20, $15, seniors, students, Early bird tickets for preview performances $10. For a complete schedule and tickets click here.

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