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Lahaska resident’s new play to make Off-Broadway debut


Bucks County playwright Peter Fenton will make his Off-Broadway debut with the world premiere of his dramedy play, “Abandon All Hope,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10.

The play will be staged one night only as part of the fifth annual Rogue Theater Festival, which will be held at Theatre Row on 42nd Street. Tickets sold through Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y., are $35 before fees.

“Abandon All Hope” takes inspiration from “The Good Place,” “Knives Out,” and Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit,” as it explores ethics, organized Christianity, and identity with clever wit and a streak of dark comedy.

When three college freshmen (a scrappy activist, a naïve evangelical and a cocky analyst) meet in Hell, which appears as a dorm room, a fun-loving demon challenges them to a game with astronomical stakes, which draws out each one’s fatal flaws in their confrontations with each other and themselves. The winner will go to Heaven at the cost of the others’ eternal torture.

The play is directed by actor and New York City theater veteran Gorman Ruggiero (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Calf Rope”) and produced by Peter Fenton and Avery Kellington with special thanks to Suzanne Fisher.

Fenton currently teaches theater classes through Bucks County Playhouse. An emerging screenwriter and film producer, he has won awards for writing “Filling In” (2017) and both producing and writing “Night Voices” (2023) through Dadley Productions.

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