No one ever said love was easy. Novelist Blake Nelson found that out in 1995, when, three weeks after breaking off a relationship, he was still in abject pain. To relieve his hurt, he began feverishly writing a collection of 139 poems detailing his experiences.
Now those verses are reaching the stage in the form of Ache, a one person play by Nelson, produced by the Bat Theatre Company. The production will run at the Flea Theatre in Tribeca, May 11-June 10.
Actor Kelly Cole will play the suffering party and recite all 139 odes to rage, agony and heartbreak. Simon Hammerstein, a director-in-residence at the Flea, will pilot the work.
Nelson's work includes the novels "Girl" and "Exile." His latest, "User," will be published this year.
Tickets are $12. The Flea Theatre is located at 41 White Street in Manhattan. For more information, call (212) 226-0051. --By Robert Simonson