MultiStages 2017 New Works Contest Winner
World Premiere Production October 19, 2019 – November 3, 2019
a co-presentation with the Theater at the 14th Street Y
344 East 14th Street, NYC
“Ominous Men” is an award-winning gothic horror tale about race, poverty, drugs, misogyny AND violence in America. It was the wrong night and the wrong place for these OMINOUS MEN to be playing “Bones” when the 1977 NYC Blackout hits the Bronx! Three men are confronted by their ferocious pasts in the derelict Bronx Concourse Plaza Hotel basement on July 13, 1977: Butch, the Nuyorican caretaker who’s been digging a pit looking for buried treasure, his nervous cousin Goyo, and Butch’s drug sponsor and ex-Black Panther Yancy. This night of drinking, camaraderie and dominoes turns violent when the Blackout hits, a stranger climbs out of the pit, and the ghost of a Holocaust survivor and murdered woman appear.
Written by Desi Moreno-Penson
Directed by Lorca Peress, MultiStages Artistic Director
Russell Jordan* Gabrielle Lee* Howard Pinhasik* Renoly Santiago* Johnny Rivera* Gus Scharr*
Fernando Betancourt, Understudy
Jessica V. Urtecho, AEA Production Stage Manager
Kia Rogers, Lighting Design; Lisa Renee Jordan, Costume Design; Jennifer Varbalow, Scenic Design; Jan Hartley, Projection Design; Sun Hee Kil, Sound Design; Jennifer Chin, Choreographer; Carlotta Summers, Fight Director; Antonio Minino, Assistant Director
Press Representative: Dan DeMello / DDPR
Marketing Producer Assistant: Katharine Nedder
“Ominous Men” is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.
This production is the recipient of an Indie Theater Fund Artist Grant, an N.W. Dible Foundation grant for literary arts, and qualifies as a Parity Production. Special thank you to LMCC’s Materials for the Arts for donations toward our design, and MultiStages corporate and private supporters.