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AMERICAN MU$CLE world premiere at the New York Theater Festival

Award-winning playwright Fred Gordon’s new play, AMERICAN MU$CLE, will have its world premiere at the New York Theater Festival in June. Opening night is scheduled for Monday, June 13 at 9 p.m. at Teatro Latea on the Lower East Side. The production is directed by David FM Vaughn who has already directed two plays by Gordon.

Hannah is from Park Avenue, Norman from the Bronx. After building a successful business, he needs more but she wants more. Norman borrows $350,000 from a loan shark. When he cannot pay it back, the loan shark asks Hannah for the money. Furious and scared, she wants Norman out of her life, but he wants reconciliation. Threatened by gangsters, torn apart by personal conflicts, they are pushed to the limit.

The cast includes Hadley Boyd (The Cherry Orchard/Strange Sun Theatre), Andrei Dolezal (NCIS: Los Angeles/CBS), Michael Ford (Wutang: An American Saga/HULU), Joshua Gutierrez (Miss American Bellyflop/The Chain Theatre), and John Palacio (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time/ARC Stages).

AMERICAN MU$CLE will have three performances on Monday, June 13 at 9 p.m., Wednesday, June 15 at 9 p.m., and Saturday, June 18 at 6:45 p.m. at Teatro Latea at The Clement, 107 Suffolk Street (btw Rivington & Delancey), New York, NY 10002. Tube: F/M/J/Z to Delancey Street. Duration: 90 minutes. Tickets are $25. More info on

Fred Gordon (Playwright) was born in the Bronx and is a founding member of New York’s Ensemble Studio Theater (EST). His plays have been produced nationwide with notable performances in New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Syracuse. Published novels include: Benjamin Grabbed His Glicken and Ran and Blood Never Dries. His one-act play, Balance of Payments, won Best Play and was produced at the Warner International Play Festival in Connecticut. I Am the Wolf, a full-length play, was produced as a staged reading at EST Memberfest in 2019. Gordon is a recipient of a PEN Grant Award; three-time Edward F. Albee Scholar; graduate of UC Berkeley; and holds a master’s degree in film from Columbia University. Member of The Dramatists Guild and the National New Play Network. Fred Gordon – New Game Swap

David FM Vaughn (director) is an award-winning actor, director and writer. He previously directed the plays A Glass of Blue and I Am the Wolf by Fred Gordon. Recent directing credits include Shrek The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Legally Blonde, 42nd Street, Mamma Mia and last year’s Aladdin for Lythgoe Family Productions. As an actor, David’s credits include Broadway, off-Broadway, national tours and regional theaters. He tap danced with Tommy Tune, belted with Sutton Foster, chirped with Sheena Easton and soared for the buff with Gregory Hines. David has taught professionally at the Broadway Theater Project (directed by Ann Reinking), Broadway Classroom, Camp Broadway, and masterclasses at various universities across the country. He is currently developing a new television series.