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John Haggerty, Mariana Cardenas, Kevis Hillocks and More Set for Theatre 167’s Remount of YOU ARE NOW THE OWNER OF THIS SUITCASE, April 9 – May 1

theatre 167John Haggerty (Les Miserables, “Gotham”) Mariana Cardenas, Tori Ernst, Nathaniel Gotbaum, Nic Grelli, Kevis Hillocks, Michael Markham, Pooya Mohseni, Elodie Morss, Mauricio Pita and Derick James Sherrier Jr. are featured in Theatre 167’s Remount of You are Now the Owner of This Suitcase, a play conceived and directed by Ari Laura Kreith, artistic director of Theatre 167.

On May 2, Kreith will receive The 2016 LPTW Lucille Lortel Award for an aspiring female theatre artist with creative promise.

You are Now the Owner of This Suitcase has performances at the West End Theatre in the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew, 263 W. 86th St., 2nd floor in New York, April 9-May 1, 2016. ORDER TICKETS

A young woman arriving in New York from Ecuador accidentally switches suitcases with a mysterious stranger. Her quest to recover this missing suitcase leads her to encounter lovers, dreamers, fighters, a magical cell phone, books that come to life, and the best guitar player in the world.

You are Now the Owner of This Suitcase is written seven authors including Mando Alvarado, Jenny Lyn Bader, Barbara Cassidy, Les Hunter, Joy Tomasko, Gary Winter, and Stefanie Zadravec, who have combined magic realism with urban grit, melding multiple styles into one voice. You are Now the Owner of This Suitcase was inspired by stories gathered on the streets of the world’s most diverse neighborhood.

The creative team includes scenic design by scenic design by Jen Price Fick, lighting design by Jason Fok, costumes by Jessa-Raye Court, sound by Andy Evan Cohen, projections by Arthur Vincie, props by Rachael Bardnell and stage management by Danielle Thomsen. 

You are Now the Owner of This Suitcase will be performed on Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm & 7pm (no performance 4/22).

John Haggerty

John Haggerty

John D. Haggerty has appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables (Toronto and National Tour). In New York, he has worked with B Side Productions, The Directors Company, EST, Mirror Rep, MultiStages, NAAP, NYMF, TACT, Target Margin, Theater Masters and the York. His regional credits includes I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Barnstormers Theatre), the King in The King and I (Forestburgh Playhouse), Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse, Des McAnuff, dir.), Engineer in Miss Saigon (Media Theatre), Our Town (Portland Center Stage), A Man for All Seasons, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (North Carolina Shakespeare Festival), Dr. Parker in Bat Boy (Red House Arts), Fa Zhou/Emperor in Disney’s Mulan (Tuacahn Arts). TV:  Gotham. B.A., Brown.

Best known for creating and producing The Jackson Heights Trilogy, a six hour epic about the Queens, New York neighborhood told in 14 languages, Theatre 167 creates, cultivates and supports new work by artists of wide-ranging backgrounds and beliefs. Experimenting with form and process to create theatrical productions that celebrate a multitude of voices, the company develops and produces works that build bridges between and among the city’s most diverse communities.

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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