Eight-episode soap, 'Cedar City,' to bow in N.Y.
Liz Tuccillo has teamed with three other scribe alums of “Sex and the City” for the eight-episode legit soap opera “Cedar City Falls — A Midwest Conflict,” bowing next month at Gotham’s Cell Theater.Tuccillo, also co-author of the book “He’s Just Not That Into You,” has recruited Elisa Zuritsky, Julie Rottenberg and Cindy Chupack to contribute to the comic small-town saga, playing out in eight weekly episodes skedded for two perfs each on Tuesday nights beginning Oct. 6. Peter Frechette, Grant Shaud and Talia Balsam are among the thesps lined up; the cast of more than 20 actors will be directed by John Ruocco. Rotating lineup of narrators is expected to include Jesse L. Martin (set to narrate the first week’s episode), Daphne Rubin-Vega and John Slattery. Proceeds from “Cedar City” will benefit a different charity org each week, including Amnesty Intl., Doctors Without Borders and the Center for Constitutional Rights. Idea for the project originated with Tuccillo, who was inspired by episodic downtown legit offerings she saw in Gotham in the ’90s. Plotline of “Cedar City” kicks off when a mentally unstable man (Shaud) insults a fellow member of the town choir who refuses to forgive him; the petty conflict soon explodes into a townwide war. “Cedar City Falls” will kick off Oct. 6 at the Cell, where the show will play for a few weeks before finishing out its run at Galapagos in Brooklyn.