Animated Theaterworks, Inc. has announced it will premiere the comedy Brotherly Loves, written by the real-life couple Kyaw Tha Hla and Jeff Clinkenbeard. Brotherly Loves comes to the Sargent Theatre Sept. 14 and runs through Oct. 2.
The production launches the inaugural season of Animated Theaterworks’ new Interactive Play Development Program. A new company, Animated Theatreworks was founded with the aim of directly involving the theatre going public with the evolution and development of new plays. Through the program, the company will seek to develop pieces in a series of "audience driven readings and rehearsals, with the aim of mounting them as part of their main stage season."
Brotherly Loves is a domestic comedy about the family strife that comes to a head when two brothers, one gay and one straight, jockey for position in the hearts of their parents and grandparents while struggling to maintain their respective relationships.
Brotherly writers Kyaw Tha Hla and Jeff Clinkenbeard recently collaborated on a short film, "Ripple," which was screened at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. They also collaborated on A Baptist Boy Trapped in a Jewish Boy’s Body, which earned them a Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabarets (MAC) Award. A member of Chicago City Limits, the New York comedy review, Clinkenbeard is a stand-up comedian who has performed in Los Angeles and San Francisco was well, where he opened for Rita Rudner and Sinbad. His work has been featured in shows such as "Cheers," "House of Buggin’" (John Leguizamo’s sketch comedy show for FOX) and "Frasier."
Brotherly Loves features cast members Jeanne L. Austin, Nick Bosco, Jeff Clinkenbeard, Dave Dwyer, Jezabel Montero, Tom Morrissey, Patricia Naggiar and Duncan M. Rogers. Animated Theaterworks president Elysabeth Kleinhans directs. Tickets for Brotherly Love run $12 and may be purchased by calling (212) 757-5085. Performances take place Sept. 14- Oct. 2. There is a Sunday performance scheduled for Sept. 26 at 3 PM. The Sargent Theatre is located at 314 West 54 Street.
-- By Murdoch McBride