Brits Off-Broadway Storms 59E59 Theaters April 23

News   Brits Off-Broadway Storms 59E59 Theaters April 23 The fifth annual festival of new dramatic imports from the U.K. – Brits Off-Broadway – begins performances April 23 at 59E59 Theaters.

A selection of plays from England, Scotland and Wales — as well as the festival's first musical offering — are on the bill for the festival that runs through June 29. Brits Off-Broadway is presented by 59E59 Theaters' Elysabeth Kleinhans and Peter Tear.

The 2008 line-up includes:

  • Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee by David Greig.
    Guy Hollands directs the import from Glasgow's TAG Citizens Theatre, described as "a fast-paced modern Bonnie and Clyde tale of two teenagers on the run in the Highlands of Scotland." April 23-May 18.
  • The Unconquered by Torben Betts.
    Directed by Muriel Romanes, from Edinburgh's Stellar Quines Theatre Company, the drama centers on "a fiercely intelligent young girl and her relentless refusal of the establishment. When a people's revolution breaks out and a mercenary soldier intrudes the family home, the conflict between the regime and the unconquered girl is revealed." May 1-18.

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  • Damascus by David Greig.
    Philip Howard stages the work from Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre. Damascus stars Ewen Bremner "as an English language textbook salesman on assignment to the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth." May 7-June 1.
  • Artefacts by Mike Bartlett.
    James Grieve directs the production from London's nabokov and the Bush Theatre about "16-year-old Kelly [who] is having a normal Saturday when her unknown father, who is Iraqi, turns up out of the blue. He's smuggled a priceless antique from the Baghdad Museum and wants Kelly to look after it." May 20-June 8.
  • Blink by Ian Rowlands.
    From the F.A.B. Theatre in Cardiff, Steve Fisher directs the drama inspired by a real-life report about the systematic abuse of children at a Welsh language school. May 21-June 8.
  • The Hired Man, with music and lyrics by Howard Goodall, book by Melvyn Bragg.
    The festival's first-ever musical production. Daniel Buckroyd directs the work from Nottingham's New Perspectives Theatre Company, which "tells the timeless, moving story of a young married couple and their struggle to carve a living from the land, just as the rhythms of English country life are being interrupted by the gathering storm of war in Europe." June 5-29.
  • Vincent River by Philip Ridley.
    From TFP in association with London's Old Vic New Voices comes this new work "about a woman visited by a teenager who has some connection with the death of her son." Steve Marmion directs. June 10-29.
  • Some Kind of Bliss by Samuel Adamson.
    Toby Frow stages the comedy from London's Trafalgar Studios —starring Lucy Briers — that concerns "Rachel, a small-time hack and seeker of minor adventure, [who] sets off down the Thames Path to Greenwich to interview British pop legend Lulu for her tabloid's glossy supplement. But between London Bridge and Lulu's mirrored hallway lies a series of unpredicted and comic events." June 10-29. Single tickets for Brits Off-Broadway range $27.50-$50. Four-show passes are also available for $125. For tickets and further information phone (212) 279-4200 or visit www.britsoffbroadway.com.