I am so thrilled that the perpetually brilliant Matthew Freeman has a new play opening TONIGHT. "Why We Left Brooklyn" starts its three nights of previews, and tickets for those are only $12 (as opposed to the standard $25). I got the chance to get a sneak peek at dress rehearsal, and I was totally blown away by the actors, the set, and of course the way the sharp, bittersweet lines sounded being spoken out loud. I can't wait to see the whole show, and I hope between tonight and September 21st, you'll do the same. Time Out New York selected it for its "Good Odds" column in their theatre section, and there's a great interview with Matt and his director, Kyle Ancowitz, already up on The Mantle. Buzz is building, and it feels exciting. Get your tickets now.
New York, New York — Theater Accident, in association with Blue Coyote Theater Group, are thrilled to present the world premiere of WHY WE LEFT BROOKLYN, written by Matthew Freeman and directed by Kyle Ancowitz. WHY WE LEFT BROOKLYN begins performances on Thursday, August 29 for a limited engagement through Saturday, September 21. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30 PM, with added performances on Sunday, September 8 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, September 15 at 2 PM. Performances are at the Fourth Street Theater (83 East 4th Street, between Bowery & Second Avenue). Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, call SmartTix on 212-868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com. For more information, visit www.theateraccident.com.
Everything is changing. Jason is finally ready to give up acting - and New York City - for a solid teaching job in Columbus, Ohio. His wife, Michelle, would join him, if not for the budding book deal. On the eve of Jason's departure, their closest friends have gathered among packed boxes and uncertain prospects to mark the occasion with a farewell dinner party. On a blisteringly comic battleground littered with crushed hopes and artisanal flatbreads, ten strivers reckon their successes and wonder how much longer they can hold out.
Playwright Matthew Freeman (When is a Clock, The Most Wonderful Love) and director Kyle Ancowitz re-team for this a darkly comic snapshot of ambitious, aging, evangelically ethical, and heartbroken group who are navigating their own marriages, livelihoods, and sputtering dreams.
WHY WE LEFT BROOKLYN features Rebecca Gray Davis (Mass at The Brick Theater), David DelGrosso (Glee Club, When Is a Clock, The Most Wonderful Love with Blue Coyote), Jay Leibowitz (Orson Welle's Moby Dick Rehearsed for The Acting Company), Sarah K. Lippmann (Billboard at 59E59), Susan Louise O'Connor (Blythe Spirit on Broadway), Andrew Schwartz (Classic Stage Company, Aquila Theatre Company), Imran Sheikh (The Sonnet Project), Marguerite Stimpson (Butley on Broadway, Williamstown Theater Festival), Moira Stone (The Public, The Brick, 3LD), and Matthew Trumbull (The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children, Glee Club, Effie Jean In Tahiti).
The creative team features lighting design by Nicholas Houfek (The Play About My Dad) and costume design by Caroline Berti (Flyovers).
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