First presented at the Foundry in 2003, Greenspan's Myopia began previews Jan. 6. Greenspan is also offering weekend performances of Gertrude Stein's lecture on theatre, Plays. The run will continue through Feb. 7 at Atlantic Stage 2.
According to press notes, "The Myopia is a comedy about Barclay, who is secretly writing a play about his father Febus, who is struggling to finish a musical about Warren G. Harding that features Barclay’s grandmother, Yetti, his mother, a Jewish Rapunzel named Koreen, Mrs. Harding, the 16 U.S. Senators in a smoke-filled room and a cameo performance from Carol Channing. Meanwhile, this entire cavalcade is being performed by one character, our Raconteur for the evening, who in turn is performed by Greenspan—who both wrote and performs this play—from a single armchair on a bare stage."
Plays is described as "a hidden gem of theatricality and wit that only Stein could have delivered—until David Greenspan came along. It explores two ideas central to her thinking: the challenge of 'time' and the notion of 'landscape' in plays. One of several lectures Stein given throughout her celebrated 1934 lecture tour across the United States, Plays traces her development as a playwright and makes account of a lifelong investigation into the nature of theater and its audience. There is no more fitting performer to restore this remarkable piece to the public’s imagination than David Greenspan, whose own work is deeply influenced by her artistry."
Greenspan earned Obie Awards for his performances in Some Men; Faust Parts 1 & 2 and The Boys in the Band. He has also appeared in the Broadway revival of The Royal Family, as well as Off-Broadway's The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue, Saved or Destroyed and Lipstick Traces. As a playwright, he has penned Jack; The Home Show Pieces and 2; Samuel II; Etc.; Dead Mother, or Shirley Not All in Vain; She Stoops to Comedy; The Argument; and Old Comedy. He most recently penned the stage musical of Coraline with Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt.
For tickets, phone (866) 811-4111 or visit TheFoundryTheatre. Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street in Manhattan.