The new play about a reunion of college friends plays Theatre 5 on West 43rd Street. The series of world premieres by emerging playwrights includes the play with music (mis)Understanding Mammy and the play Elephant Girls (both starting Feb. 7 at Theatre 5). The works will be seen in rep to March 4 (Real Danger closes March 3).
Paul Adams, artistic director of EAT, directs Real Danger, which begins "with a surprise reunion between two friends nine years after graduation from college," according to production notes. "Edward, who is en route from New York to Canada for a back-country excursion in a canoe, initiates the reunion with his friend and soccer teammate Ferdy, who is living with Vickie in Cleveland, Ohio. Edward has made contact because he needs to apologize to Ferdy for an old wrong. For Edward, the reunion moves quickly away from his original purpose and becomes a series of shocking surprises that he could not have envisioned when he made the decision to seek out his old friend."
The production features Eric Chase as Ferdy, Ryan Duncan (Altar Boyz) as Edward and Carol Monda as Vicki.
The creative team includes scenic designer Robert Monaco, costume designer Amy Elizabeth Bravo, lighting designer Jenny Granrud, sound designer Ned Thorne and composer Louis Fujinami Conti. Jen Russo is the stage manager.
Playwright Jeff Hollman began writing seriously following his retirement from education after a 35-year career. Since 2004, the year of his retirement from education, he has been a writer of short stories and plays. Real Danger is his second play. Real Danger plays Mondays at 7 PM, Tuesdays at 7 PM, Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 8 PM.
Tickets are $40. Theatre 5 is located in Manhattan at 311 West 43rd St., 5th Floor, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.
For reservations call (212) 247-2429 or visit www.eatheatre.org.