– The Public Theater to stage “Dance Lessons”

Hannah Herschkowitz, left, as Senga and Jed Peterson as Ever in “Dancing Lessons.” Photo submitted

The Public Theater kicks off the second half of its season with “Dancing Lessons,” a delightfully unpredictable romantic comedy that will play live March 11-20 at the theater, 31 Maple St. in Lewiston, or via video-on-demand March 15-20. March 20. The curtain will be up at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19.
A mix of comedy and drama, the play tells the story of a science teacher and a professional dancer who live alone two stories apart in an apartment building in New York City. Senga, locked in her apartment with a serious leg injury that threatens her career and identity, her socially awkward geoscientist neighbor Ever knocks unexpectedly on her door in desperate need of a dance lesson. Offering him an absurd amount of money to teach him a few moves so he can avoid embarrassment at an awards dinner, these two mismatched souls engage in a series of funny dance lessons. and poignant ones that quickly take them both out of their comfort zones. .
“‘Dancing Lessons’ is the perfect play for this moment,” says director Janet Mitchko, according to a press release from the theater, “and a delicious antidote to the sense of isolation so many people have felt during COVID. It’s about about two people who have lived very isolated lives who learn to connect in ways that are both delightful and unpredictable. Charming, touching, funny and lively, you’ll find yourself laughing and moving, often at the same time in this tender, sweet comedy.
Suzannah Herschkowitz plays injured dancer Senga. A graduate of the drama program at Julliard, her recent credits include Coriolanus at the Public Theater in New York and Detroit ’67 at Virginia Stage Company as well as the series “The Blacklist” and “The Last OG”.
Playing his scientist neighbor Ever is Jed Peterson. Peterson played Russian dancer great Rudolf Nureyev in the world premiere of “Nureyev’s Eyes” and originated the role of Harry “the Hat” in the nationwide tour of “Cheers: Live On Stage.” He graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School (First American Ensemble), Princeton University, LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and the School of American Ballet.
Dancing Lessons set is designed by Amber Callahan, lights by Heather Crocker, costumes by Anne Collins, sound by John Morrison and choreography by Adam P. Blais.
New this season, The Public Theater will offer a video-on-demand option of “Dancing Lessons” which will be recorded in front of a live audience for you to watch from your home starting March 15.

Dancing Lessons is sponsored by Androscoggin Bank, Lee Auto Malls, Butler Bros. and Patrons Oxford Insurance.

Tickets are $25 for adults, with group rates available. Tickets as well as video-on-demand tickets can be purchased online at thepublictheatre.org or by calling 207-782-3200.

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