Brits Off Broadway Fest Begins March 27 With David Harrower's Good With People
By Kenneth Jones
March 27, 2013
The Brits Off Broadway festival, offering eclectic works from the U.K., returns March 27-June 30 for its ninth season. Good With People, David Harrower's new play, launches the season at 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan.
The schedule includes Cornelius, billed as a 75-year-old "forgotten masterpiece" play by J.B. Priestley, who is best known for An Inspector Calls and Dangerous Corner.
Here's the 2013 Brits Off Broadway lineup at a glance:
March 27-April 21
Good With People
By David Harrower
Directed by George Perrin
With Blythe Duff and Andrew Scott-Ramsay
Produced by the Traverse Theatre Company and Datum Point in association with Paines Plough
"This haunting two-hander from one of Scotland's greatest writers, starring Blythe Duff (Beautiful Burnout) and Andrew Scott-Ramsay (Yellow Moon at Brits 2008), traces the path of personal and political destruction in Helensburgh, Scotland. Evan returns to Helensburgh, home to Britain's nuclear defense program and once a thriving holiday resort. And place he's been trying to avoid. Haunted by his past and afraid of his future, he finds Helen working at the Seaview Hotel. Linked by a single event from their past, will their meeting trigger an explosion?"
Written and performed by Rob Drummond
Directed by David Overend
Produced by The Arches
"The sold out, smash hit of the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe celebrates Scotland Week with its U.S. premiere at Brits Off Broadway. The high risk Bullet Catch has claimed many lives since its conception in 1613. Performer (and magician) Rob Drummond plays modern-day marvel William Wonder in this gripping, edge-of-your-seat theatre featuring magic, mind reading, levitation and the most notorious finale in show business."
April 30-May 19
The Girl I Left Behind Me
Written by Neil Bartlett and Jessica Walker
Directed by Neil Bartlett
With Jessica Walker and Joe Atkins on piano
Produced by Jess Walker Music Theatre
"This tribute to the artistry and glamour of the often-outrageous cross-dressing women of the British music hall and American variety stages, taking a provocatively contemporary look at what it means when a woman wears the trousers on stage."
May 21-June 9
Written and directed by Eddie Elks
With Danny Frost and Rhys King
Produced by Third Man Theatre
"A black comedy based on the life and death of the artist Roger Hilton CBE, a pioneer of abstract art in post-war Britain. This funny but startling portrait was called 'the best kind of buried treasure' in Time Out London's five-star review when it premiered at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe."
By J.B. Priestley
Directed by Sam Yates
With Emily Barber, Alex Bartram, Robin Browne, Pandora Colin, Alan Cox, David Ellis, Andrew Fallaize, Col Farrell, Beverley Klein, Jamie Newall, Xanthe Patterson, and Simon Rhodes
Produced by Jagged Fence, Handsome Dog and 31 Productions
"As bankruptcy looms, the ever-optimistic Jim Cornelius, partner at import firm Briggs and Murrison, is fighting to keep his creditors happy and his spirits up. Tensions rise with the arrival of Judy, the beautiful, young typist who shows Cornelius the life he could have led. A forgotten masterpiece by one of Britain's greatest dramatists."
The Boat Factory
By Dan Gordon
Directed by Philip Crawford
With Dan Gordon and Michael Condron
Produced by Happenstance Theatre Company
"A host of colorful characters from the glory days of Belfast's shipbuilding era construct a poignant, funny, and moving picture of boat-building, male friendship, hardship, humor and heroism."
Dirty Great Love Story
Written and rhymed by Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna
Directed by Pia Furtado
With Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna
Produced by Polly Ingham Productions and Tim Johanson Productions in association with the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
"An achingly funny story of two hopeful, hapless romantics who get drunk, get it on, and then get the hell away from each other. In her eyes, he's a mistake. A mistake who keeps turning up at parties. In his eyes, she's perfect. He's short-sighted. But can they make a one night stand last a lifetime? This hilarious and charming mash up of theatre and spoken word was called 'bliss' by The Independent when it premiered at the Pleasance Theatre at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe."
The single ticket prices range from $25-$70 ($17.50-$49 for 59E59 Members). Tickets to Brits Off Broadway are available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or online at 59e59.org.
For more information on Brits Off Broadway, visit britsoffbroadway.com.
59E59 Theaters, a collection of intimate spaces on East 59th Street near Madison Avenue, is run by artistic director Elysabeth Kleinhans and executive producer Peter Tear.