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Wineville Chicken Coop Murders Are Subject of Play by Topher Cusumano Premiering in Left Out Festival at Stage Left Studio April 24 & 25, 2013


Cusumano explores this “love that dare not speak its name” in a two-man play that focuses as much on humanity as it does on evil. It’s a hair-raising story, set in a grotesque landscape of ritual, sexual violence, and survivor’s guilt.

New York, NY, April 07, 2013 --(PR.com)-- No one ever taught Abercorn the word “kidnapped.” No one ever taught him anything, in fact. Living in submission for years with his captor, a man named Bull, Abercorn is forced to confront the truth about his relationship with the only person he’s ever known.

The Left Out Festival will premiere Topher Cusumano’s play “You’re a Good Boy, Abercorn” on April 24 and 25, 2013 in NYC.

The play is based on Wineville Chicken Coop Murders in which a man named Gordon Northcott kidnapped and murdered a series of little boys in the 1920’s. Due to the quick wits and perseverance of one of the kidnapped boys, Northcott was captured, and tried, in 1929. It was a spectacle that captured the attention of the public for months. Northcott fired several defense attorneys and proceeded to defend himself. He admitted to abusing young boys because “he loved them.”

Cusumano explores this “love that dare not speak its name” in a two-man play that focuses as much on humanity as it does on evil. It’s a hair-raising story, set in a grotesque landscape of ritual, sexual violence, and survivor’s guilt.

Cusumano’s work has been featured in the Left Out Festival twice before – the solo show Roughhouse in 2009, and another 2-hander, Shame, Simon, Shame, in 2010. He’s a New York native, currently living in Savannah, GA and working on his master’s in dramatic writing at SCAD.

Cusumano stars in this production, along with Broadway’s Josh Lamon (Elf, IntoThe Woods, Hair). http://broadwayworld.com/people/Josh-Lamon/
Performances are at 7:30 pm on April 24 (paired with Ean Kessler's Brotherly Love) and April 25 (paired with Margaret Morrison's The Loves of Miss Jimmie LeRoy)

The Sixth Annual Left Out Festival – a celebration of LGBT theatre – will run April 20-30 at Stage Left Studio. This annual festival is a benefit for Bailey House (www.baileyhouse.org) which provides housing and support for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Stage Left Studio is located at 214 W 30th Street, 6th floor, NYC (Between 7th & 8th Aves) www.stageleftstudio.net

For info, contact Cheryl King at cking3@gmail.com
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