Brian Munn, Jamey Hood Are Video Game Addicts in World Premiere of Rated M for Mature, Aug. 22-26 at FringeNYC

By Michael Gioia
August 22, 2012

The world premiere of Rated M for Mature, directed by Wicked assistant director Paul Dobie, begins Aug. 22 at the Cherry Lane Theatre as part of the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC).

Inspired by real events, the dark comedy, written by Greg Ayers, delves into bullying, gaming addiction and parenting. Performances continue through Aug. 26.

The cast features Jamey Hood (The Shaggs at Playwrights Horizons/NYTW), Brian Munn (Wicked), Ben Hollandsworth (The Mint's A Little Journey), Nick Vennekotter and Patrick Harman.

Here's how the new work is billed: "Rated M for Mature centers on Eric, a lonely and troubled teen bullied to the breaking point. Eric finds his refuge in an online fantasy game through which he exacts vengeance for the wrongs done to him in the real world. Through his style of gaming justice, he amasses a small following. But when his computer is taken away he is thrust back into the brutality of high school without a way to cope. How far will Eric go to get his computer back?"

Rated M for Mature is produced by Ryan Duncan (Shrek, Altar Boyz).

Performances are Aug. 22 at 4:30 PM, Aug. 23 at 7 PM, Aug. 24 at 6:45 PM, Aug. 25 at noon and Aug. 26 at 1 PM.

The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street. For more information and tickets, call (866) 468-7619 or visit or