Stefanie Zadravec's play won the 2009 Hayes Award known as the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Play or Musical. It premiered at Theater J in Washington, DC. The new independent production by Working Theater — the New York troupe with the mission to produce plays for and about working people — plays the Clurman Theatre in Theatre Row on West 42nd Street.
Erica Schmidt (The Burnt Part Boys, Humor Abuse) directs a cast that features Edoardo Ballerini, Daniel Sauli, Sue Cremin, Gene Gillette, Beatrice Miller and Marcia Haufrecht.
Honey Brown Eyes looks at two friends, both members of a rock 'n' roll band when they were young, who are on opposite sides of the war in Bosnia — "one a militiaman, the other a Muslim resister," according to Working Theater. "With the lives of loved ones at stake, Honey Brown Eyes — set in two kitchens during the notorious 20th-century conflict in the former Yugoslavia — depicts not only the day-to-day toll war takes on families and communities, but the far-reaching effect of American pop culture on people half a world away."
Zadravec's other plays include Save Me, The Fear Project and 167 Tongues.
The creative team is set designer Laura Jellinek, lighting designer Jeff Croiter, sound designer Bart Fasbender and costume designer Emily Rebholz. The play kicks off the 26th season of the Working Theater, whose producing artistic director is Mark Plesent.
Honey Brown Eyes plays Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, with matinees Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are $25 — in keeping with Working Theater's policy of keeping Off-Broadway admissions more affordable for working-class people and their families.
Reservations can be made by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com.
Working Theater has also scheduled two "pay-what-you-can" matinees at 2 PM on Jan. 15 and 22. Tickets are available day of performance, subject to availability, at the Theatre Row box office, open daily noon to 8 PM at 410 W. 42nd St.