NEW YORK, NY - New York University’s Program in Educational Theatre will stage “5xWilder: Plays from The Seven Deadly Sins Cycle” between November 7 and November 16. Thornton Wilder, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Our Town,” was commissioned to write the cycle of plays in 1956, but was unable to complete the cycle before his 1975 death. The “deadly vices” took shape in the form of seven short plays, two of which were left unfinished until the recent research and editing of F.J. O’Neil.

The one-acts to be performed include: “The Drunken Sisters” (Gluttony), “Cement Hands” (Avarice), “A Ringing of Doorbells” (Envy), and “The Wreck on the Five-Twenty-Five” (Sloth), along with the New York City premiere of “In Shakespeare and the Bible” (Wrath). With subject matter ranging from a battle of wits between Apollo and the Three Fates to a tale involving a mother-daughter con artist duo, these plays portray a haunting connection between moral dilemmas and everyday life. The production is directed by Joseph Salvatore, a faculty member in the Educational Theatre Program in NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education.

“5xWilder: Plays from the Seven Deadly Sins Cycle” runs November 7 - 8 and 13 - 15 at 8:00 PM and November 9 and 16 at 3:00 PM at New York University’s Provincetown Playhouse, 133 MacDougal Street. Tickets are $10, $5 with valid NYU identification. For reservations, call (212) 998-5281. Reporters interested in attending “5xWilder” should contact Branden Huldeen, Assistant Director of Production, at (212) 998-5069 or

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