Hundreds of Sisters and One BIG Brother, originally developed at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute and workshopped at various New York City venues, has returned to New York for a limited engagement at the Harold Clurman Theatre. Previews began Jan. 20 for an official opening Monday Jan. 31 (recently pushed back from a previously-announced Jan. 27. No reason was given for the delay.)
Hundreds, a solo, is based on Deborah Swisher's experiences growing up as a Black, Jewish girl in Berkeley, California, when her mother decided it was time to move into a commune. Once at Synanon, Swisher was often separated from her parents for weeks at a time and instructed to look at all the other children as her brothers and sisters.
Swisher's piece played an extended run at San Francisco's Brava Theatre Center, March-May 1999. New Yorkers had two opportunities to see Sisters last year, when the solo played two engagements at Off off Broadway's HERE space. Previously, the piece was workshopped at NY's Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, A.C.T. In San Francisco, and The HBO Workspace in L.A. The Clurman mounting is produced by Caralyn Fuld, William P. Suter and James Freydberg.
Swisher's numerous television appearances include guest spots on "Seinfeld," "Conan O'Brien," and "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." Swisher has also hosted NBC's "Friday Night," "Short Attention Span Theatre" and VH1's "Rock Candy."
Hundreds of Sisters & One BIG Brother, written and performed by Deborah Swisher and directed by Elyse Singer, plays at the Harold Clurman Theatre, 412 West 42nd Street. For tickets ($25) and information call (212) 279-4200. -- By David Lefkowitz