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
directed by Tyler Mercer

Produced by Live Source Theatre Group

SUDDENLY was commissioned and developed by Live Source Theatre Group, and made possible 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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