Previews of the American premiere began Jan. 25 for the solo work which opened at Off-Broadway's DR2 Theatre Feb. 1 for a limited run originally scheduled through April 3. The work then extended to July 3 following positive critical response.
Thom Pain (based on nothing) is billed as "a wry monologue in which an ordinary man, Thom Pain, muses on childhood, yearning, disappointment and loss, cataloguing the eternal agonies of the human condition as he draws his audience into his last-ditch plea for empathy and enlightenment."
The work debuted in London at the Soho Theatre as a reading, then played with Urbaniak at the Edinburgh Festival, before returning for a limited run at the Soho. Hal Brooks directs the work in the New York run produced Daryl Roth and Bob Boyett.
The sell-out show has also gathering interest from theatres across the country and is planning a national tour for this fall.
Theatre Communications Group announced it will release the published script in April with two of Eno's short monologues for the stage — Lady Grey (in ever lower light) and Mr. Theatre Comes Home Different. Eno recently won Newsday's George Oppenheimer Award as Most Promising Playwright for The Flu Season, which was produced by Rude Mechanicals at the Blue Heron Arts Center last season. Eno is an Albee protégé whose style has often been compared to that of the elder playwright.
Urbaniak — who recently appeared in The Rivals on Broadway — is the actor who has appeared in such edgy downtown shows as [sic] and The Universe, and indy films like "American Splendor" and "Henry Fool." He earned a Best Actor Award at the 2004 Edinburgh International Fringe Festival for his performance in the Eno solo. He is also known in voice as Dr. Venture on Cartoon Network Adult Swim's animated series "The Venture Brothers."
Tickets to Thom Pain (based on nothing) at the DR2 Theatre can be purchased at the box office, 103 East 15th Street, or by calling (212) 239-6200.