Four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon, and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting comedy.
Pulitzer Prize Finalist Theresa Rebeck is a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. New York productions of her work include Dead Accounts, Seminar, Mauritius, The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann, Spike Heels, Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection, Our House, The Understudy, and View of the Dome. Ms. Rebeck has published two novels; Three Girls and Their Brother, and Twelve Rooms With A View. In television, she has written for Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A. Law, American Dreamer, Maximum Bob, First Wave, and Third Watch. She was the creator of the NBC drama Smash. She has been a writer/producer for Canterbury’s Law, Smith, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue. Her produced feature films include Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker, an adaptation of her play The Scene. Awards include the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award, the Writers Guild of America award for Episodic Drama, the Hispanic Images Imagen Award, and the Peabody, and the National Theatre Conference Award.
Director Mel Tuck's Notes
This is a play about writers and their beleaguered quest to achieve their creative vision. Striving to be an Artist is a dream battered by a capitalistic sensibility and a constant belittling of the spiritual realities of art. We are witness to four young writers, their desperation and their passions. We see an angry and brilliant older writer searching for a truly worthy acolyte he can mentor. He is justifiably bitter and brutal to the point of savagery. He is also supportive as he tries to assist these young people in their quest. Teaching through harshness or through love is an ongoing argument. There are positives in both cases. This play is a very funny and insightful examination of these polarities. The truth is a paradox and artists are required to understand and embrace this dualistic principle.
"[...] Leonard is clearly describing his own rise and fall, and Cummins rose to the
occasion with this speech and we saw Leonard’s bluster combined with personal
pain and disappointments. A good moment for Cummins. [...] This final dialogue,
between Leonard and Martin, allowed both actors to shine. Germant provided a
layered version of Martin. He shifted from an angry victim who demands his money
back to an artist in search of a mentor."
– Michael Groberman, the Jewish Independent
Co-produced by Michael Germant, Lori Watt (Frolicking Divas), Style Dayne (Bar S Entertainment)
Stage Manager Shay Cameron
Showtimes / Tickets
Wed, April 16 2014, 8:00 pm
Thu, April 17 2014, 8:00 pm
Fri, April 18 2014, 8:00 pm
Sat, April 19 2014, 8:00 pm
Sun, April 20 2014, 8:00 pm