The Brick Theater, Inc. presents No Second Acts: A Collection of Short American Lives
Appearing as part of DEMOCRACY
Featuring new short plays by
Gyda Arber, James Comtois, Jeff Lewonczyk, Justin Maxwell, August Schulenberg, Trav S.D., Crystal Skillman, Alexis Sottile, Stephanie Swirsky and Art Wallace
June 1-3, 2012
F. Scott Fitzgerald said that “There are no second acts in American lives,” and The Brick sets out to prove him right with this collection of one-act plays by several of our playwright cronies. Taking on themes of U.S. history, politics and culture, these little nuggets of Americana take full advantage of our constitutional right to free speech in their wild, varied and often uncouth takes on our national experience.
Whether it’s a historical pageant of women’s suffrage, a wild look at an Internet-obsessed future led by President Cat, a mixed-up mashup of the Lincoln and Kennedy administrations or a poignant reunion of former lovers while standing in line at the polls, these plays present 10 unique and indelible visions of America’s past, present and future by 10 of The Brick’s playwrights. Performances are divided into two bills of five plays each.
Written by: Gyda Arber, James Comtois, Jeff Lewonczyk, Justin Maxwell, August Schulenberg, Trav S.D., Crystal Skillman, Alexis Sottile, Stephanie Swirsky and Art Wallace
Directed by: Pete Boisvert, Hope Cartelli, Heather Cohn, Michael Criscuolo and Morgan Zipf-Meister
Bill A Performances (Lewonczyk, Maxwell, Schulenberg, Skillman, Swirsky):
Fri 6/1 @ 7pm, Sat 6/2 @ 9pm, Sun 6/3 @ 3pm
Bill B Performances (Arber, Comtois, S.D., Sottile, Wallace):
Fri 6/1 @ 9pm, Sat 6/2 @ 7pm, Sun 6/3 @ 5pm
All tickets: $15
Only at The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
All tickets available at www.bricktheater.com or by calling Theatermania (212-352-3101)
Winner of The New York Innovative Theatre Awards’ 2009 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award.
The Brick is located at 575 Metropolitan Avenue (between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on the L & G subway lines (L: Lorimer stop; G: Metropolitan stop). For more detailed directions & further information, visit http://www.bricktheater.com. The Brick and its non-profit company, The Brick Theater, Inc. were founded in September of 2002 by Robert Honeywell and Michael Gardner. Formerly an auto-body shop, a storage space and a yoga center, this brick- walled garage was completely refurbished into a state-of-the-art theater complex, with a large sprung floor and professional lighting and sound package.
Winner of THE 2009 CAFFE CINO FELLOWSHIP AWARD, The Brick is Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s destination for cutting-edge theatrical experience. Home to the critically acclaimed premieres of Bouffon Glass Menajoree (NY IT Award Winner—Outstanding Play), Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (NY IT Award Winner—Outstanding Play), Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury (NY IT Award Nominee—Outstanding Performance Art Production), Greed: A Musical Love $tory (NY IT Award Nominee—Outstanding Musical), Red Cloud Rising, Theatre of the Arcade and Suspicious Package (NY IT Award Nominee—Outstanding Play), The Brick has hosted some of downtown theater’s most innovative artists, including Annie Baker, Young Jean Lee, The Debate Society, Banana Bag & Bodice, Thomas Bradshaw, and Jollyship the Whiz-Bang’s Nick Jones. The Brick has also hosted The Iranian Theater Festival, The Comic Book Theater Festival, Fight Fest, Game Play: A Celebration of Video Game Theater, five years of the international NY Clown Theatre Festival, Gemini CollisionWorks’ August repertory festival (The Collisionworks), The Too Soon Festival, The Antidepressant Festival, You’re Welcome, Adventure Quest, The Nosemaker’s Apprentice, The Protestants, The Granduncle Quadrilogy, Lord Oxford Presents the Second American Revolution, Live!, Third Lows’ 2-year Penny Dreadful serial, Richard Foreman’s Harry in Love, The Film Festival: A Theater Festival, Babylon Babylon, Notes from Underground, Bitch Macbeth, A Thought about Raya, World Gone Wrong, The Pretentious Festival (including Every Play Ever Written and Macbeth without Words), Strom Thurmond Is Not a Racist/Cleansed, The Death of Griffin Hunter, Untitled Theater Co. #61’s Havel Festival, Sexadelic Cemetery, The Kung Fu Importance of Being Earnest, The $ellout Festival, Adventures of Caveman Robot, The Baby Jesus One-Act Jubilee, Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, The Moral Values Festival, World Gone Wrong, Tupperware Orgy, Bizarre Science Fantasy, Who Is Wilford Brimley? The Musical, Jenna is nuts, Habitat, In a Strange Room (based on William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying), Assurbanipal Babilla’s Assyrian Monkey Fantasy and Stanislaw Witkiewicz’s The Pragmatists.
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