BEYOND RECOGNITION
                          Abingdon Theatre Company
                Jan Buttram & Pamela Paul, Artistic Directors
                   Samuel J. Bellinger, Managing Director
                       present the world premiere of

                           BEYOND RECOGNITION
                      A New Play By JOHN PETRICK

                                 with
CHRISTOPHER BURNS * MICHAEL GODUTI * DAVID VALCIN * GRANT JAMES VARJAS
                 Voice of the Newscaster donated by 
             anchorwoman KIM CARRIGAN, WBZ-TV CBS/Boston

Directed by KATE BUSHMANN
Set Design: MICHAEL SCHWELKARDT
Lighting Design: DAVID CASTANEDA
Costume Design: INGRID MAUER
Sound Design & Original Music: SCOTT O'BRIEN
Production Stage Manager: OLIVIA TSANG
Press Representative: SHIRLEY HERZ ASSOC.

                      Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex
             312 West 36th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
               (212) 868-2055 or SmartTix at (212) 868-4444
                           www.smarttix.com
                     October 17 - November 23, 2003


In John Petrick's new play, BEYOND RECOGNITION, Kevin
(Grant James Varjas) has just returned from the nether land of a six-
month coma. After a tragic accident in New York City, he is staying
with his ex-lover Andrew (Christopher Burns) in Seattle. Kevin is
struggling with memory loss, lack of motor skill coordination, and the
question of when he will be able to return to his career as a counselor
for troubled youth. Andrew is struggling with how and when (and
perhaps even if) to tell Kevin what really happened to him. A visit
from an old friend and newspaper reporter (David Valcin) puts the
ugly truth on the table and forces all three men to examine the lives
and beliefs they thought they had.

BEYOND RECOGNITION is a tense and taut mystery, made more
so by the on-target direction of Kate Bushmann and compelling
performances by a cast that tackles complex characters. Michael
Goduti is superb as the loveable, yet potentially psychopathic Josh.

Petrick has not only created a chronicle that makes you rush back
from intermission; he delves into the delusions that we create in order
to get us through life. Loneliness and despair blur the lines we draw
for ourselves, and it's easy to cross over. When we find ourselves
standing on the wrong side of the line, what's the next step? 
BEYOND RECOGNITION boldly addresses this issue and keeps
you on the edge of your seat while doing it. Definitely worth
viewing.

                       - Laurie Lawson -

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