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Original Dallas play — cast and all — headed for New York premiere

Original Dallas play — cast and all — headed for New York premiere

Jude Segrest and Jessica Cavanagh in Self Injurious Behavior
Jude Segrest and Jessica Cavanagh in Self Injurious Behavior at Theatre Three. Photo by Jordan Fraker
Jessica Cavanagh
Playwright and star Jessica Cavanagh Photo by Jordan Fraker
Jennifer Kuenzer, Jessica Cavanagh, and Danielle Pickard in Self Injurious Behavior
Jennifer Kuenzer, Jessica Cavanagh, and Danielle Pickard in Self Injurious Behavior at Theatre Three. Photo by Jordan Fraker
Jude Segrest and Jessica Cavanagh in Self Injurious Behavior
Jessica Cavanagh
Jennifer Kuenzer, Jessica Cavanagh, and Danielle Pickard in Self Injurious Behavior

After an acclaimed workshop run at Theatre Three last May and June, the play Self Injurious Behavior will debut — original Dallas cast and creative team intact — in New York this spring.

Playwright and star Jessica Cavanagh, director Marianne Galloway, and Bren Rapp serve as the producers, along with associate producer and former Dallas resident Montgomery Sutton (who's now based in New York) and his production company Salt Pillar Productions.

The show will run at Urban Stages, 259 W. 30th St., from April 21-May 5, 2019. April also happens to be Autism Awareness Month.

Self Injurious Behavior is based loosely on Cavanagh's own story of loss, love, and survival. When her severely autistic, 11-year-old son Benjamin becomes a danger to himself, his divorced mother, Summer, makes the excruciating decision to admit him to a home for special-needs kids. Seeking comfort, she visits her sisters in Portland and they desperately and hilariously attempt to distract her with a weekend of escapism at the local renaissance faire.

Starring as Summer, Cavanagh is joined by Madison Calhoun, Ian Ferguson, Desiree Fultz, Jennifer Kuenzer, Danielle Pickard, and pre-teen actor Jude Segrest.

The original Dallas production and design team, including set designer Jeffrey Schmidt (artistic director of Theatre Three), will be involved in transitioning the show from its local workshop phase to its New York showcase.

Rapp previously brought another well-received original Dallas work to New York, Jeff Swearingen's Stiff, in early 2018. She is currently co-producing an Off Broadway show called I'm Not a Comedian ... I'm Lenny Bruce alongside its writer and star, award winning stage/TV/film actor Ronnie Marmo and directed by Tony winner Joe Mantegna.