AMERICAN MU$CLE Makes World Premiere at 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 will be directed by David FM Vaughn, who previously directed two of Gordon’s plays.

Hannah is from Park Avenue, Norman is from the Bronx. After he builds a successful business, he needs more, but she wants something else. Norman borrows $350,000 from a loan shark. When he can’t pay it back, the loan shark demands the money from Hannah. Furious and scared, she wants Norman out of her life, but he wants reconciliation. Threatened by gangsters, torn by personal conflicts, they are pushed to their limits.

The cast includes Hadley Boyd (The Cherry Orchard/Strange Sun Theater), Andrei Dolezal (NCIS: Los Angeles/CBS), Michael Ford (Wutang: An American Saga/HULU), Joshua Gutierrez (Miss American Bellyflop/The Chain Theater) , 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 9:00 PM, Wednesday, June 15 at 9:00 PM and Saturday, June 18 at 6:45 PM at Teatro Latea in The Clement, 107 Suffolk Street (VAT Rivington & Delancey), New York, NY 10002. Subway: F/M/J/Z to Delancey Street. Running time: 90 minutes. Tickets are $25. More info at

Fred Gordon (Playwright) was born in the Bronx and is a founding member of the New York Ensemble Studio Theater (EST). His plays have been produced nationally 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; a three-time Edward F. Albee Fellow; graduate of UC Berkeley; and has an MFA in film from Columbia University. Member of The Dramatists Guild and the National New Play Network. Fred Gordon – New Play Exchange

David FM Vaughn (director) is an award-winning actor, director and writer. He previously directed Fred Gordon’s plays A Glass of Blue and I Am the Wolf. Recent directorial credits include Shrek The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Legally Blonde, 42nd Street, Mamma Mia and Aladdin from last year for Lythgoe Family Productions. As an actor, David has been involved with Broadway, off-Broadway, national tours and regional theaters, among others. He’s tap danced with Tommy Tune, girded with Sutton Foster, tormented with Sheena Easton, and shoved to the buffalo with Gregory Hines. David has taught professionally at the Broadway Theater Project (led by Ann Reinking), Broadway Classroom, Camp Broadway and masterclasses at several universities across the country. He is currently working on a new TV series.

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