Malinda Sorci Directs THE AWESOME DANCE


Rachel Cornish and Julie Cavaliere in The Awesome Dance.

THE AWESOME DANCE at The Cherry Pit in September 2010

Dileep Rao (Inception, Avatar, Drag Me To Hell and numerous LA theater productions) will make his New York theater debut in the World Premiere of Nick Starr’s THE AWESOME DANCE. Produced by Speranza Theatre Company and directed by Malinda Sorci, previews begin September 2 at The Cherry Pit. Opening night is set for Wednesday, September 8.

In addition to Rao, THE AWESOME DANCE also stars Julie Cavaliere, Rachel Cornish. and Caitlin Talbot. The production features costumes by Jessa-Raye Court, lighting by Al Roundtree, set by Sylviane Jacobsen, sound by Matthew Sherwin and production stage management by Julie Watson.

THE AWESOME DANCE was written under the advisorship of Christopher Shinn at The New School for Drama where it received its initial workshop production. The play also received readings at The Blank Theatre in Los Angeles (Artistic Dir. Noah Wyle), and at The Barrow Street Theatre as part of the 2009 Fortnight Festival.

Dileep Rao can currently be see in Christopher Nolan’s Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio, James Cameron’s Avatar as Dr. Max Patel opposite Sigourney Weaver and in Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell. His theater credits include Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink (American Premiere, American Conservatory Theater), Making it (World Premiere, South Coast Repertory Theater), Charles Mee’s A Perfect Wedding (World Premiere, Kirk Douglas Theater) and Fetes de la Nuit (World Premiere, Berkeley Repertory Theatre), and the national tour of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. A native of Los Angeles, Rao is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and holds an MFA from A.C.T.

Nick Starr’s play The Songs of Forgettance won a 2004 LA Weekly Award.. He received his MFA in playwriting from the New School for Drama and teaches screenwriting at SUNY New Paltz. He was an artist in residence at The Center Theatre Group. His play 1000 Blinks A Minute will also be produced by theNest in New York City this Fall.


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