The critically acclaimed Brits Off Broadway festival, host to the UK's most innovative and provocative theater in New York City, returns for its ninth season of New York premieres of new British theater. Presented by 59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer), Brits Off Broadway launches on Wednesday, March 27 and runs through Sunday, June 30. 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 www.59e59.org. For more information on Brits Off Broadway, visit www.59E59.org or www.britsoffbroadway.com.
Now in its 9th smash season, 2013 Brits Off Broadway features a spectacular line-up of New York premieres coming direct from the UK (including a forgotten J.B. Priestley play).
Brits Off Broadway begins by kicking off the Scotland Week celebrations with the NY premieres of two critically acclaimed plays from two of Scotland's most prestigious theaters. David Harrower (last season's critically acclaimed A Slow Air) returns to 59E59 Theaters with his haunting play GOOD WITH PEOPLE. George Perrin, who had a major success at 59E59 with Edmund White's Terre Haute, directs. The two-hander stars AnDrew Scott-Ramsay (from David Greig's 2008 Brits Off Broadway hit Yellow Moon) and Blythe Duff (last seen in New York in Beautiful Burnout at St. Ann's Warehouse). This US premiere comes to NY from Scotland's celebrated Traverse Theatre as part of their 50th anniversary celebration.
Also celebrating Scotland Week at 59E59 Theaters is performer and magician Rob Drummond, who makes his US premiere with the heart-stopping BULLET CATCH, from The Arches in Glasgow.
After 75 years, a forgotten J.B. Priestley play arrives in NY with the critically acclaimed Finborough Theatre production of CORNELIUS. Directed by Sam Yates and starring Alan Cox as the titular character, CORNELIUS was called "Piercingly relevant, compassionate and delivered, like Cornelius's bons mots, with great style" by the Times.
The seductive, flame-haired mezzo Jessica Walker brings her provocative celebration of the great cross-dressing women of British theater in THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND ME. The renowned abstract artist Roger Hilton's life is examined in BOTALLACK O'CLOCK. The birthplace of the Titanic holds just as much drama as the notorious boat itself in THE BOAT FACTORY. Finally, Brits Off Broadway wraps up with a hilarious ode to romance with DIRTY GREAT LOVE STORY. The 2013 Brits Off Broadway line up is the one of the best British Invasions ever!
The full 2013 Brits Off Broadway lineup:
Wednesday, March 27 - Sunday, April 21
GOOD WITH PEOPLE, written 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?