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Michael Laurence Brings His Genre-Busting New Play HAMLET IN BED to Soho Playhouse Starting Jan 16 for Limited Engagement

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New York, NY (12/21/12) – Hamlet In Bed, the edgy and genre-busting new play/event from Michael Laurence, the playwright/performer of the acclaimed Krapp, 39 (2009 Drama Desk nominee), will begin previews at the SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street, NYC) on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.  It will officially open on February 3rd.  Directed by OBIE-winning director Lisa Peterson (An Iliad) and featuring OBIE-winner Lisa Emery (Relatively Speaking, Marvin’s Room, Abigail’s Party, A Kind of Alaska), Hamlet In Bedwill end its limited engagement on March 17, 2013.

In Hamlet In Bed, Michael is an actor and adoptee obsessed with two things - finding his real mother, and playing the famous Gloomy Dane. His twin fixations collide when he tracks down Anna, a reclusive former actress-turned-barfly whom he believes to be his actual birthmother, and lures her into a noirish production of Hamlet playing the role of the queen, his mother. Rehearsals expose the complicated inner lives of each actor and bring them ever closer to the slippery truth of their relationship. 

Hamlet In Bedis a darkly comic and poignant story about mothers and sons, about what it means to live a life in the theatre, both a generation ago and now, and about families- the ones we’re born into, and the ones we find along the way.

Hamlet in Bed’s set will be designed by Rachel Hauck, with projection design by Tal Varden,  lighting design by Matt Frey, sound design by Matt Tierney, costume design by Clint Ramos, and props by Faye Armon.

Hamlet in Bed will play on the SoHo Playhouse Mainstage Tuesdays through Sundays at 8:00pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm, until Sunday, March 17, 2013. The running time is approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available for $49-$79. SoHo Playhouse Season Subscriptions are available for $99 and include 1 ticket to all 3 SoHo Playhouse shows (The Old Man and the Old Moon, Ingenious Nature, and Hamlet in Bed), a $195 value. To purchase tickets, visit: or call (866) 811-4111.


Michael Laurence (Playwright & Performer)is a playwright and actor.

His previous play, Krapp, 39, enjoyed an acclaimed six month run Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse, and was nominated for a 2009 Drama Desk Award before playing the Tristan Bates Theatre in London.

Michael’s recent acting credits include the Broadway revivals of Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio, and Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms, Opus and The Morini Strad (Primary Stages), Horsedreams (Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre), Diary of a Teenage Girl (New Georges/3LD), Two Rooms (Platform Group/Lion Theater), Starbuck in The Rainmaker (Arena Stage), John Proctor in The Crucible (Hartford Stage), Mikey Dillon in Good People (Huntington Theatre), Eric Bogosian’s Humpty Dumpty (McCarter Theatre), Tooth of Crime and Book of Days (Signature Theater, NYC).

TV: Damages, The Good Wife, Person Of Interest, Elementary, Third Watch, Johnny Zero, FX, Ghost Stories.

Film: One For the Money, Man On A Ledge, A Walk In The Park (upcoming), The Operator, Follow Me Outside, Room314, Claire Dolan, Love God, Particles of Truth.

He can currently be seen as series-regular Cutter on Adult Swim’s live-action comedy The Heart She Holler.

He was the co-creator (with playwright-performer Edgar Oliver) of Chop Off Your Ear, and wrote and directed the independent feature film Escape Artists.

Lisa Peterson (Director) co-wrote and directed An Iliad (New York Theatre Workshop/ 2012 OBIE Award.)

Other Off-Broadway:  Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Slavs!, Traps, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, The Waves (New York Theater Workshop); The Square, Tongue of a Bird (The Public Theater); Motherhood Out Loud, Shipwrecked, The Model Apartment (Primary Stages); The Fourth Sister (Vineyard Theatre); Collected Stories (Manhattan Theatre Club); Sueno(MCC Theater).

Recent Regional: An Iliad (Seattle Rep, McCarter, Berkeley Rep); Pullman Porter (Seattle Rep, Arena Stage), Surf Report (La Jolla Playhouse); King Lear, All's Well That Ends Well, The Winter's Tale, Love's Labor's Lost (California Shakespeare Theater); Antony and Cleopatra, Mother Courage (Berkeley Repertory); Palestine, New Mexico; Water & Power; Electricidad; Chavez Ravine (Mark Taper Forum); world premieres and classics at the Guthrie Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Intiman Theatre, Arena Stage, Actors Theater of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Centerstage, Huntington Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre and many more.

Other credits: Mark Taper Forum, resident director, 1995-2005; La Jolla Playhouse, associate director, 1992-1995; member of the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Awards: Two OBIE Awards, Lortel Award, Drama Desk nominations, Joe A. Callaway nomination, DramaLogue Awards, NAACP Image Award, NEA/TCG Directing Fellowship.

Lisa Emery (Performer)is an OBIE Award-winning stage, film, and television actress.

Her Broadway credits include: Relatively Speaking, The Smell of the Kill, The Women, Present Laughter, Jackie, Rumors, and Burn This.

Off-Broadway: A Kind of Alaska & Gabriel (Atlantic Theater Co.), Mouth To Mouth, Abigail's Party, Curtains (ensemble Obie), What The Butler Saw (The New Group), Iron (Obie Award) at MTC, Distracted at Roundabout, Dinner with Friends at Variety Arts, The Monogamist & Marvin's Room at Playwright's Horizons, and Far East at Lincoln Center.

She has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award three times.

Her film credits include A Map of the World, Unfaithful, The Night Listener, Roger Dodger, People I Know, and Margot at the Wedding.

TV: Louie, Fringe, Law & Order: SVU and CI, Third Watch, and Damages.

The newly renovated SoHo Playhouse continues to serve the downtown theater community as an historic 199 seat Off Broadway venue.  The Huron Club situated below the main theatre is an intimate 55 seat cabaret and bar steeped in the history of Old New York.  SoHo Playhouse stands on land that was once Richmond Hill, a colonial mansion that served as headquarters for General George Washington and later home to Aaron Burr.  Purchased from Burr in 1817, the land was then developed into federalist-style row houses by fur magnate John Jacob Astor.  15 Van Dam Street was designated as the Huron Club, a popular meeting house and night club for the Democratic Party.  The main floor was transformed into a theater in the 1920's, and in the 60's operated as the Village South, home to Playwrights Unit Workshop under the direction of Edward Albee.  It was on this stage that Mr. Albee produced many first works of Terrance McNally, John Guare, Lanford Wilson, Sam Shephard, A.R. Gurney, and Leroi Jones.  More recently The Playhouse has been home to Tracy Letts, Charles Busch, Adam Rapp, and many others.

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