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ITHACA, NY: This summer, the Kitchen Theatre Company (KTC) will complete its 2005/06 - 15th Anniversary MAIN STAGE Season with a world premiere. From the writing team that brought you the hit Tony & the Soprano comes a romantic new musical. The Angle of the Sun, by Rachel Lampert and Larry Pressgrove, is a sassy, sexy, two-person musical comedy-drama about a woman's journey through a roller coaster of romantic entanglements and love.

KTC newcomer Lindsey Alley (see bio below) plays poet and painter, Jan Frankel. Jan loves to be at one with nature, painting the landscape, and delighting in the changes in light as the sun crosses the sky each day. She intends to capture it all-not only in her art, but also in love and in life. Her relationships cover lots of territory-great, disastrous, sexy, and platonic-but, well, never "just right."

The Angle of the Sun takes us on a journey through three decades in Jan's life. We meet four of her loves, all played by Kitchen Theatre Company Assistant Artistic Director, Jesse Bush (see bio below): There's Andy, her first love, who she meets in her freshman year of college in 1966; Carter, a photographer whose southern drawl and fiery spirit turn her world upside down some years later; Seth, a more conventional partner with whom she banters and spars but never really connects, and then Toby, an old friend from college who drops back into her life years later.

Rachel Lampert along with Associate Norm Johnson direct the play assisted by Chris Clarey. The scenic and lighting design is by Steve TenEyck and Associate Designer Solomon Weisbard. Musical Accompaniment is by Richard Montgomery. Costume design is by Lisa Boquist. Sound design is by Kitchen Theatre Company Resident Sound Designer Tim Reppert of REP Studio.

Combining clever dialogue and lyrics with soaring melodies, The Angle of the Sun inspires us to reminisce about our own past relationships and their affect on our lives. This is a musical for anyone who has ever loved. [Mature themes, recommended for ages 16 and over] Underwritten by Surgical Associates of Ithaca, P.C.

Rachel Lampert (Playwright/Lyricist) has been the Artistic Director of KTC since 1997 where her playwriting credits include: (for the MAIN STAGE) Tony & the Soprano, Precious Nonsense, The Book Club, Waltz, Lampert Variations, Frankenstein, The Trial, (for the FAMILY FARE series) The Odyssey, Winter Tales, I Have a Song to Sing O!, Emmett & Hambone, A December Suite, The Sisters Fitzenstarts, A Christmas Carol, Science Fair, Fools! Schmools!. Her play Bet You Can't Catch It? was commissioned by AIDSWORK of Tompkins County. Her 1997 trip to China to stage West Side Story resulted in The Soup Comes Last, which premiered at KTC then moved Off-Broadway to 59E59 Theaters in 2004.

Larry Pressgrove (Composer) composed music for KTC's world premiere of Tony & the Soprano. He recently completed the musical direction and arrangements for [title of show] Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre. He served for 5 years as conductor of the National Tours for Phantom of the Opera and Les Miz as well as music director for CATS! on Broadway.

Lindsey Alley (Jan Frankel) has been performing in theatre, television and film since the age of six. In 1989, Lindsey was cast as a Mouseketeer in the Disney Channel's All New Mickey Mouse Club. She spent six years and seven seasons on the show and performed alongside Keri Russell, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. Lindsey has performed on stage regionally in productions such as Paper Moon (Addie Pray) at the Coast Playhouse, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Rosemary) at Tulane's Summer Lyric Theatre, Proof (Catherine) at Theatre Winter Haven and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Woman #2) at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. She understudied the role of Older Helen in the Broadway production of Hollywood Arms, written by Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton, directed by Harold Prince and starring Linda Lavin and Michele Pawk. Lindsey has appeared on television in ABC's B.L. Stryker, with Burt Reynolds and Ossie Davis, TNT's Roller Jam and Touchstone's Earnest Saves Christmas. In April 2005, Lindsey was named the University of Missouri's 2005 Thomas Jefferson Distinguished Visiting Guest Lecturer. She was the youngest person ever and only the second woman in the university's history to receive this recognition. For the past five years, Lindsey has been living in New York City. Her critically acclaimed solo play Look Ma, No Ears closed earlier this month in NYC where it played for six weeks.

Jesse Bush (Andy, Carter, Seth, Toby) KTC: performed in Tony & the Soprano (Vinny) and directed The SantaLand Diaries, Two Rooms, And They Lived (Happily) Ever After, The Drawer Boy, The Drunken City, Orphans, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Home Again, Home Again, and his own play This Must Be the Place. He is Assistant Artistic Director and Producer of the KITCHEN SINK series at KTC and graduate of Ithaca College.

Performance Dates:

July 6, 2006, Thursday at 7:30 pm (Preview 1 of 2)
July 7, 2006, Friday at 8:00 pm (Preview 2 of 2)
July 8, 2006, Saturday at 8:00 pm (Press/Opening)

July 12, 2006, Wednesday at 7:30 pm
July 13, 2006, Thursday at 7:30 pm
July 14, 2006, Friday at 8:00 pm
July 15, 2006, Saturday at 8:00 pm
July 16, 2006, Sunday at 4:00 pm (Matinee 1 of 3)

July 19, 2006, Wednesday at 7:30 pm
July 20, 2006, Thursday at 7:30 pm
July 21, 2006, Friday at 8:00 pm
July 22, 2006, Saturday at 8:00 pm
July 23, 2006, Sunday at 4 pm (Matinee 2 of 3)

July 26, 2006, Wednesday at 7:30 pm
July 27, 2006, Thursday at 7:30 pm
July 28, 2006, Friday at 8:00 pm
July 29, 2006, Saturday at 8:00 pm
July 30, 2006, Sunday at 4:00 pm (Matinee 3 of 3)

August 2, 2006, Wednesday at 7:30 pm
August 3, 2006, Thursday at 7:30 pm
August 4, 2006, Friday at 8:00 pm
August 5, 2006, Saturday at 8:00 pm (Closing)


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