Previews Begin October 12 for World Premiere of Kate Tarker's Montag at Soho Rep | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Previews Begin October 12 for World Premiere of Kate Tarker's Montag at Soho Rep

Nadine Malouf and Ariana Venturi star as Novella and Faith, two women "practicing unusual combat drills" in the comedy thriller.

Nadine Malouf and Ariana Venturi

Montag by Kate Tarker (THUNDERBODIES) begins previews for its world premiere run Off-Broadway October 12. Presented by Soho Rep, the play will run through November 13 with an October 23 opening night. 

The comedic thriller stars Ariana Venturi (The Minutes) as Faith, Nadine Malouf (The Vagrant Trilogy) as Novella, Dane Suarez (Pagliacci) as Greg, and Jacob Orr (EVIL) as David/Death. Faith and Novella, an American expat and a Turkish immigrant, live in a German town near an American military base. The best friends practice unusual combat skills while hiding out in Novella's basement apartment, "armed with wine, potato chips, and the very best speakers they can afford" in the play about female friendship and contemporary geopolitics.

Dustin Wills (Wolf Play) directs the production which features original opera music by Daniel Schlosberg (Only An Octave Apart). Rounding out the creative team are set designer Lisa Laratta, Tony-winning costume designer Montana Levi Blanco, lighting designer Masha Tsimring, sound designer Sinan Refik Zafar, props designer Patricia Marjorie, fight director Hannah Roccisano, and production stage manager Kasson Marroquin.

“I wanted to write about a transformative bond between two women who are funny, contradictory, vibrant, and uncompromising—and facing down a moment of absolute crisis in their lives," said Tarker in an earlier statement. "They are under-resourced, under-slept, and—based on limited intel—quite possibly under siege, but they radically commit to meeting and defending their needs."

Wills added, “In Kate’s writing, there’s not a hair out of place; every detail is rigorously considered. Yet somehow there's still so much room—and an invitation—to venture deep into the wild unknown.”

Commissioned by Soho Rep with support from James Gleick and Cynthia Crossen, the work was written with Soho Rep's intimate performance space in mind. 

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