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

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22 Jan 2013

Paul Downs Colaizzo
Paul Downs Colaizzo
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Twentysomething playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo makes his Off-Broadway writing debut with a play about a campus controversy. Acclaimed director David Cromer (Our Town, Tribes) steers the drama for MCC Theater.


Hazily comes the dawn — as well as the truth — in Really Really, Paul Downs Colaizzo's first play, which begins previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre Jan. 31, a year to the day that it world-premiered to critical bravos at Arlington's Signature Theatre.

The author, all of 27, takes this coincidence as a good omen. Stars are starting to align, and the forecast is that lightning will strike twice — especially with director David Cromer at the controls, steering the play in for a smooth New York landing.

Cromer and Colaizzo both shy away from plot specifics. "I don't like talking about that because there's a huge plot revelation in the piece," says the latter. "I'm horrible at synopsizing anyway, which is why I was glad MCC did it themselves this time. I had to do it for Signature, and it took me five hours to come up with one sentence."

Suffice it to say, it focuses on the morning-after fallout of a campus kegger — how it impacts on the futures of a rugby team and a girl of a less-privileged background.

MCC Theater never said, "Gimme a young Neil LaBute," but they may have found just that in Colaizzo.

"It's really about Generation Me, the post-abortion generation — people post-1972," points out Colaizzo, who qualifies as a spokesman for that particular faction.

"We're the most wanted generation that there has ever been simply because our parents had the choice to have us or not. Anyone born post-1972 is being called Generation Me because we focus on ourselves. That, mixed with Mister Rogers' teaching 'you're special just for being you,' led to people who are narcissistic. We're the most entitled, yet the most miserable, generation in American history."


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