Casa Valentina Stars Reed Birney and Nick Westrate Reunite for New Play Reading Aug. 27
20 Aug 2014
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Tony nominee Reed Birney and Drama Desk Winner Nick Westrate will lead a stage veteran cast in a reading of Matthew-Lee Erlbah's new play, A Neighbor in the Area, directed by Wes Grantom Aug. 27 at the Judson Loft (55 Washington Square South) at 8:30 PM.
Here's how the new work is billed, "Taking place in 1966 suburban Westchester, A Neighbor in the Area centers on an isolated Quebecois woman on the verge of an existential crisis whose bizarre and taboo affair suddenly spins out of control. The dark comedy explores the tensions of the unsaid, the alienation of modern society and our escapist relationship with technology."
Erlbach is an actor and writer whose most recent writing credits include Eager to Lose, a Burlesque Farce in Rhyming Verse at Ars Nova (Off-Bway Alliance Nomination) and Grantom is a co-founder of Slant Theatre Project, which since 2004, has produced more than twetnty projects, including new work by Theresa Rebeck, Adam Rapp, Lisa Kron, Michele Lowe, Marcus Gardley and Bekah Brunstetter.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.