Playwright and Academy Award nominee Kenneth Lonergan will participate in post-performance discussions at his acclaimed play, Lobby Hero, Wednesdays in June, at Off-Broadway's John Houseman Theatre.
The new work about morality and honesty and workplace tensions prompted private debate and discussion among theatregoers since it premiered earlier this year at Playwrights Horizons. The commercial run at the Houseman features the same cast, under the direction of Mark Brokaw.
Lonergan will appear after the 8 PM Wednesday evening performances in June (June 6, 13, 20 and 27) with a rotating panel that will include, on different nights, Brokaw and cast members Heather Burns, Tate Donovan, Glenn Fitzgerald and Dion Graham, as well as a different moderator for each Wednesday discussion.
The Houseman is at 450 W. 42nd Street in Manhattan. The Off-Broadway transfer (billed as a limited engagement through July 15) is presented by Jon Steingart, Jenny Wiener and Hal Luftig.
Lonergan is the author of the plays, This Is Our Youth and The Waverly Gallery, as well as the acclaimed independent film, "You Can Count On Me," which he also directed. He was nominated an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the picture. The play tells of a young, directionless lobby guard (Glenn Fitzgerald) facing issues of truth, loyalty, morality and self in a New York apartment building lobby. He spars with his boss (Dion Graham), a cocky veteran cop (Tate Donovan) and his sexy rookie partner (Heather Burns). All four are on edge in the wake of a murder. Issues of justice, honesty and integrity burble throughout the seriocomic play, which Lonergan edited in previews at Playwrights Horizons. It transferred May 8.
The performance schedule for Lobby Hero is 8 PM Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 & 8 PM Saturday and 3 & 7:30 PM Sundays. Tickets are $45-$50, with $20 student tickets available at every performance. For tickets, call Tele-charge at (212) 239-6200.
— By Kenneth Jones