The Killing of a Chinese Bookie - March 9, 2019

  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

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  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
    Written by John Cassavetes
    Original Stage Adaptation by Torn Space Theater
    Directed by Dan Shanahan
    Ticket Prices: $30 General / $20 Student
    Early Bird Offer: all tickets $20 each until 11.59pm ET 1/31.

    ‘Bookie’ takes place in the gritty city underbelly where gambling and a burlesque club occupy the mind and time of leading character Cosmo Vittelli. He owns the burlesque club and harbors a gambling addiction that threatens to overtake his freedom, his livelihood, and his life. When he finds himself over $100,000 in the hole, the mobster casino management offers him a way to relieve his debts in the form of a nearly impossible murder of a rival gangster. In the hands of the mob, what starts as an offer quickly becomes compulsory, and Cosmo must navigate the criminal world while maintaining the chummy disposition of a host of a house of pleasure.

    “When John Cassavetes makes a gangster movie, you can be sure only that it will be like no other. A filmmaker of vaunting, demanding individuality, Cassavetes is like a jazz soloist, an improviser who tears off on wild riffs from a basic, familiar melody.” – TIME on the 1976 movie.

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