SUDDENLY is a new play adapted by from the forgotten 1954 Frank Sinatra film of the same name, about a botched presidential assassination in California. Disguised as a special agent of the FBI, John Baron enters the home of the unsuspecting Bensons with a plan to shoot the president stopping off on the 5pm train below. Tensions run high in this face-paced, noir script as Pop Benson, his widowed daughter-in-law Ellen, and her son Pidge ban together with Sheriff Tod Shaw to foil Baron’s plan.


June 4, 2015: Early research as part of the Screening Series
July 18, 2016: Work-in-progress showing at Pearl Studios, NYC


adapted by Gianfranco Settecasi
after the screenplay by Richard Sale

Director: Tyler Mercer
Lights: Marika Kent
Video: Mark Costello

Produced by Live Source Theatre Group

SUDDENLY is made possible through the New Work Development Fund, with support from The Jerome Robbins Foundation, and the A.R.T./New York Theatre Leadership Program, supported by The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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