I interrupt your regularly scheduled esoterica to bring you news of my glorious husband Matthew Freeman's new play, "Why We Left Brooklyn." It will be up at Manhattan's 4th Street Theater this August and September, and seriously, folks, you're not going to want to miss it. The play is brilliant and funny and moving and wry, and the cast is a veritable dream team of NYC actors. Here's a synopsis:
WHY WE LEFT BROOKLYN!
The Theater Accident is back with WHY WE LEFT BROOKLYN (or The Dinner Party Play) by Matthew Freeman. After our popular productions of two solo performances (Confess Your Bubble and The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children); we're thrilled to bring this full length dramatic comedy to the New York stage.
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 that's always been her dream. On the eve of 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.
WHY WE LEFT BROOKLYN is a darkly comic snapshot of the recession-era bourgeoisie: ambitious, aging, evangelically ethical, and heartbroken. These are the children of the divorce explosion and the Reagan revolution, now navigating their own marriages, livelihoods, and sputtering dreams.