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.
Those verses reached the stage in the form of Ache, a one-person play by Nelson, produced by the Bat Theatre Company. The production, which began at the Flea Theatre space in Tribeca, May 11, will conclude on June 10.
Actor Kelly Cole will play the suffering party and recite all 139 odes to rage, agony and heartbreak.
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