Jeffrey Sweet's new play, Flyovers, will receive a staged reading at NY's Naked Angels company, on West 43rd Street, Oct. 31, and Nov. 1, 2 and 3.
The show's title, "Flyovers, refers to the disparaging way people who've "made it" and live bi-coastally think of all the folks living in between New York and California. In the play, a fellow who had escaped from his small hometown goes back to his high school reunion and treats his old classmates like flyovers -- but in this dark comedy, they give him his comeuppance.
Playwright Sweet told Playbill On-Line the play was based on a "grisly" true story. "I ran into a friend who'd come back from his high school reunion...and he was all battered and bruised and had this awful story..." Sweet also noted he picked up the word, "flyovers," from dealing with movie and television producers, who regularly say things like, "It'll work in New York and Hollywood, but will it play for the flyovers?"
Jace Alexander directs and stars in the reading, which also features Naked Angel company members Geoffrey Noffts and Jodie Markell. The piece has already had two preliminary readings at Ensemble Studio Theatre.
For tickets ($10) and information on Flyovers, call (212) 397-7841. -- By David Lefkowitz