By Sandi Durell
Richard Bean, playwright (One Man, Two Guvnors) wasn’t sure he wanted to actually write this one but, with enough nudging, he came up with a roadmap that is most unique involving snooker . . . the British version of pool and called it ‘The Nap.’
The cast met with press at the New York Athletic Club on August 2, where there’s an entire room devoted to the game filled with many a billiard table where players use a white cue ball to pocket other balls….to be precise 15 red and 6 colored…in a set order. To demonstrate was Ahmed Aly Elsayed, a pro snooker player at the club, and also a member of this comedy-thriller cast.
Meet Alexandra Billings, John Ellison Conlee, Johanna Day, Heather Lind, Max Gordon Moore, Bhavesh Patel, Thomas Jay Ryan and Ben Schnetzer for some additional insight. . . but not too much . . . just enough to whet the appetite!
The Nap, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, is about match fixing, underhanded dealings and even love with many exciting twists and turns as the tournament unfolds live on stage beginning in previews September 5 and opening September 27 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47 Street. NYC.
Photos/Filming/Video Interviews: Sandi Durell