Following a sold-out run at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe, Lightweight will make its Off-Broadway premiere at SoHo Playhouse this summer. Playing July 23-August 26, Lightweight was written by and stars Amie Enriquez under the direction of Abbott Elementary's Lauren Weedman.
The personal solo play goes inside Enriquez's year-long stay in a 28-day addiction treatment center as she tried to recover from anorexia. Enriquez plays herself, as well as family members, fellow patients, the ghost of a music icon, and a flirty cupcake puppet.
“Lightweight was born from a deep desire to share my unique journey by using humor,” said Enriquez in a statement. “I’m truly one of the lucky ones and it has been so gratifying to have audiences respond to this Fleabag meets Girl Interrupted play with huge laughs, hugs, and tears.”
Weedman added, “By telling her story with humor, heart, and honesty, Amie gives audiences permission to laugh at the difficult, the uncomfortable, and the unknown, and to believe that happy endings can actually exist.” She continued, ”This remarkable play sheds a light and lifts the stigma on this common, yet greatly misunderstood, disease. There has never been a better time to be inspired to have conversations about this topic. Lightweight is a safe space to laugh, cry, and hope.”
Lightweight played at Edinburgh Fringe's the Underbelly, the same venue where both Fleabag and SIX began.
Tickets available via [email protected].