A Red Orchid Theatre is thrilled to kick off A RED ORCHID NYC with our Jeff Award-winning production of 


By Brett Neveu

at 59E59 Theaters / July 31-September 7, 2014


This power packed production of THE OPPONENT is a true Ensemble showcase, featuring the work of playwright Brett Neveu, director Karen Kessler, and actors Guy Van Swearingen & Kamal Angelo Bolden - all Ensemble Members of A Red Orchid Theatre.

The Opponent takes a look at the hard scrabble world of boxing from the perspective of a small time gym owner and a young up-and-comer. They come from different worlds, but in the ring anything is possible. Questions of loyalty and dreams are put to the test in this explosive NY premiere.


A great new play that dances, parries and, most important, lands some killer punches. –Chicago Tribune

A thrillingly visceral world premiere...punched out to perfection by actors Kamal Angelo Bolden and Guy Van Swearingen... a superb blend of physical and psychological warfare.  –Chicago SunTimes

An unapologetically aggressive world premiere... booming and immediately relatable. –New City Stage

With A RED ORCHID NYC we look forward to establishing a national presence, raising our profile through new media outlets, and broadening our artistic network as well as our base of contributed support among new and existing friends on the East Coast.  We have partnered with New York-based Bisno Productions (producers of last year’s Broadway hit GRACE, starring A Red Orchid Ensemble member Michael Shannon) and we envision this journey from Chicago to be the first of many.

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