After College, Four Roommates Reach for an Uncertain Future in New Comedy Beer for Breakfast

News   After College, Four Roommates Reach for an Uncertain Future in New Comedy Beer for Breakfast Beer for Breakfast, a new comedy about four twentysomething men sharing an apartment after college, will get a private industry reading May 12-13 in Stony Point, NY, prior to a planned Off-Broadway showcase this summer.

Robert Scott Sullivan's play, directed by Jenn Bornstein, will be heard by an invited industry audience at a private home in Stony Point, NY, May 12 at 8 PM and May 13 at 3 PM.

The cast will feature Tom Olori, Ricardo Maldonado, Kenneth Hatlee, Nathan Bock, Justine Campbell-Elliot, Meg Bartholomay and Topher Mikkels.

Beer for Breakfast will then have a four-week showcase at The Producers Club II (616 Ninth Avenue at 43rd Street) June 21-July 23. Talegate Productions, LLC plans to move it to Off-Broadway and has a hope for a TV deal.

The play, author Sullivan told Playbill.com, "is about the absurd lives of men; the male obsession with sex; the quarter century crisis; the general coming to grips with the fact that there is no rhyme or reason to any of it; and the terror of the looming responsibility of being an adult."

The characters are loosely based on real guys Sullivan knew when he attended Boston University. "Though the actual situations have been slightly exaggerated for theatrical purposes," he said, "the characters are all basically throwbacks to my roommates from an on-campus apartment. The three guys with whom I shared the off-campus apartment had such extreme personalities [that] it's a wonder how we survived the living arrangements. It was a total Odd Couple experience but with four people instead of two. I always thought that someday I'd have to write something about this period of my life. Everyday in that apartment was a comedy. …That is how this loopy show was born." Tom Olori is managing director and Jenn Bornstein is artistic director of Talegate Productions.

The design team for New York will be Jess Veres (costume), Bart Schobert (set), Paul Howard (lighting), Elliot Lanes (sound), with original music by Justin Bornstein.

Tickets are available via Smarttix. Visit www.talegateproductions.com.

From Left: Tom Olori, Ricardo Maldonado, Kenneth Hatlee and Mike Moran in <i>Beer for Breakfast</i>.
From Left: Tom Olori, Ricardo Maldonado, Kenneth Hatlee and Mike Moran in Beer for Breakfast. Photo by Carol Rosegg
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