David Greenspan and Violet's Leigh Silverman Team Up for NYC World Premiere

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The Abron Arts Center will present the world premiere of five-time OBIE recipient David Greenspan's I'm Looking for Twelvetrees, directed by long-time collaborator and Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet, Chinglish.)

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I'm Looking for Twelvetrees is Greenspan's 25th original work, written and performed by him. It also features performances from Brooke Bloom (Somewhat Fun, You Got Older) and Keith Nobbs (HBO's "The Pacific," The Black Donnellys.)

Performances will run March 19-April 4 at the Abron Arts Center.

The play focuses on a young man named Mike who seeks out actress Helen Twelvetrees. Greenspan was inspired to write the play after coming across a photograph of the real-life Twelvetrees, a star of early talkies. He became fascinated by the few known fragments of her tragic life. According to press notes, I’m Looking for Helen Twelvetrees is "an elegy to the artists that history forgets" and "finds beauty in the sadness of lives gradually narrowing towards despair and comfort in the recall of moments of transcendent artistry."

David Greenspan is a playwright and actor who has created and performed in numerous original works (She Stoops to Comedy, Dead Mother). They have been produced by The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons and MCC among others.

Leigh Silverman is an OBIE recipient as well as Tony and Drama Desk nominee who has directed works on and Off-Broadway at theatres that include Roundabout, Second Stage, Signature, MTC and Playwrights Horizons.

Tickets, $35 are now available via abronsartscenter.org or by calling (212) 352 3101. The Abron Arts Center is located at 466 Grand St., New York.

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