The Voice of a New Generation Echoes in NYC Premiere of Really Really

By Harry Haun
22 Jan 2013

Matt Lauria
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The panic over leaving college was one of the forces that formed Really Really in the first place. John Patrick Shanley's play Doubt and Jean Twenge's book "Generation Me" were also put into Colaizzo's creative blender, and out came the play.

Cromer and Colaizzo crossed paths about this time, both being Upper West Siders. "We didn't meet under professional circumstance," the director recalls. "He'd seen Our Town, and we talked about it one day. Then we kept running into each other and became friends. I didn't know he was an actor. I didn't know he was a writer.

"Then, Really Really got done and was very successful. It was neat — me not being aware of him and then having all this really exciting stuff happen to him. Everybody was going after the play, and he said, 'Well, I want you to do it.' That was really nice."

More than nice, it was smart. "I've seen David's New York work and never not felt something," admits Colaizzo. "I have visceral reactions. He strips all safeties away so the play is fully exposed. It makes me make sure every word is the word I want.

"I wrote this play when I was in a very rebellious place, and I wanted to make a piece of theatre for my generation. What I learned — especially since the Signature run — is that it speaks to other generations as well. I didn't imagine that it would."

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Lauren Culpepper, Evan Jonigkeit, Aleque Reid, Matt Lauria, Kobi Libii, Zosia Mamet and David Hull
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