Above is the promotional poster for "Death and McCootie," an original play written by St. Francis Borgia Regional High School graduates Clayton Smith and Percy Rodriguez. It will be staged for the first time this August at the the New York International Fringe Festival. Follow the play on Facebook for updates on dates, times and the venue.

An original play written by and produced by two St. Francis Borgia Regional High School alumni, Clayton Smith and Percy Rodriguez, Class of 2001, will open next month in New York City as part of the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival.

The play, “Death and McCootie,” will debut and run at Venue No. 6, the Connelly Theatre, 220 E. 4th St., Aug. 9, 11, 16, 21 and 24.

The Missourian ran a feature story on Smith, Rodriguez and the play back in May. You can read it here.

“Death” is a film-noir style farce that recounts Death’s frenzied attempt to collect the soul of Edgar P. McCootie, a hapless private investigator in 1940s Chicago. Chaos ensues when McCootie hits on Death’s weakness for a long-shot gamble and switches places with the Grim Reaper in a bet to save his soul.

The show was written by Smith with Rodriguez. It is produced by P.I. Theatrical and directed by Michelle Bossy, associate artistic director at Primary Stages.

The play will star Johnny Pruitt as McCootie and Rodriguez as Death. They will be joined by Hollis Scarborough, Kathy Searle, Heather Corrigan, Jose Joaquin Perez and Matt Timme.

Other members of the creative team include scenic designer Jeff Guebert, lighting designer Joe Chapman, costume designer Jennifer Fisher, sound designer Dave Rife and composer Aaron DiPiazza.

Smith is the son of Randall and Denise Smith, Villa Ridge, and Rodriguez is the son of Reymundo and Pamela Rodriguez, Dutzow.

For information on tickets, people can visit www.deathandmccootie.com.