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"Plenty of Raunch, but Just Enough Heart" "Delicious deadpan comedy" "Blazing!", "Raucous!"  -The New York Times

CastDIGIPoster resizeFair Trade Productions, in association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater present New Country An unfiltered Comedy by Mark Roberts Directed by David Harwell Playing at Cherry Lane Theatre, Studio (38 Commerce St) May 16th - June 20th   or call OvationTix at 866.811.4111  

"The entire cast delivers committed performances that make the show pop." "...hilarious, poignant, and at times heart-wrenching comedic drama." -Stage and Cinema

  Featuring Jared Culverhouse, Sarah Lemp, David Lind, Malcolm Madera, Stephen Sheffer and Mark Roberts
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From the unruly mind of Mark Roberts, creator of Mike & Molly, Executive Producer of Two and a Half Men, comes NEW COUNTRY, an uncensored Off-Broadway comedy. Handsome, charismatic, Country music star Justin Spears is rich, famous, cavalier, with an ego at the top of the charts. It’s Justin’s bachelor party on the eve of his wedding day, and his ruthless managers, Paul and Chuck, try in vain to keep an unruly entourage under control.  Enter Ollie, the star-struck hotel bellboy with a cock-eyed view of fame, Sharon, Justin’s vigilante, scorned ex-girlfriend, and dirty old pig farming Uncle Jim who arrives with inflatable lady, Wanda June Whitmore. So how does this raucous, rodeo go so wrong…so fast? Booze, bong hits, blackmail and a blast. Welcome to the NEW COUNTRY, where the hits just keep on comin’.  With all of this heat on him, will Justin rise to the top or will his career go pop?  
Creative Team: Written by Mark Roberts Directed by David Harwell Scenic and Lighting Design David Harwell Costume Design Johnna Doty Stage Manager Jaimie Van Dyke Producer Kelcie Beene Production Management Anchor Watch, LLC   About the Playwright In his first life as a comedian, Mark Roberts (playwright, actor) appeared several times on The Tonight Show, as well as comedy specials on Fox, HBO, and Showtime. He also performed at the comedy festivals in Montreal, Toronto and Aspen. In his second life as an actor, Mark was seen on such shows as Seinfeld, Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Larry Sanders Show, The Practice, and was a series regular on The Naked Truth starring Téa Leoni. He’s also in the movies Bulletproof, Next of Kin, and Meet the Applegates. In Roberts’s third life, as a writer, he has penned the stage plays Welcome to Tolono, Enter at Forrest Lawn,Whitey, Couples Counseling Killed Katie, Rantoul and Die, Paradise Drag, and Where the Great Ones Run. The latter three are published by Dramatists Play Service and performed around the country and as far away as Stockholm, Sweden. He also spent seven years as head writer and executive producer on Two and a Half Men, three seasons as an executive consultant on The Big Bang Theory and three seasons as creator-show runner and occasional director on Mike and Molly. In his next life he hopes to learn to cook, play the guitar and die a good death. After which he’ll spend eternity hanging out with Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and his Grandpa Joe, trying like hell to make them laugh. Performance Schedule: May 16th at 3pm and 7pm, May 17th at 3pm and May 19th at 7pm May 20th - June 20th Tuesday–Saturday, 7pm Saturday Sunday 3pm Ticket are $35 Run Time: 75 mins with no intermission For more information on the play, please go to  www.newcountrytheplay.com