This year, during the 16th Annual New York International Fringe Festival, a new adaptation of the British play ‘Honest’ aims to "reignite the fire that was set off by the 99%, and remind us that there is still a long way until we reach true social justice."
Starting August 15th, New York audiences will be treated to a no holds barred, social commentary roller-coaster ride with the premiere of the one man show ‘Honest’; a riveting, interactive performance, featuring award winning, Israeli actor Lavi Zytner. Zytner portrays the character of Dave, a brutally honest young civil servant who seemingly ventures into his neighborhood bar to have a drink but eventually ends the night in a drunken odyssey across the city; a journey that he hopes may lead him to redemption and finally free him of the corporate shackles he is bound by. The audience is invited to sit at the actual, fully functional bar at the Huron Club at The Soho playhouse, have a drink and take in the performance as if they were at their own neighborhood bar. “We wanted to bring a real piece of theatre into an interactive setting in order to engage the audience on a deeper level”, says co-director Premshay Hermon. “In a ‘take no prisoners’ metropolis like New York City, our goal is for ‘Honest’ to serve, not only as new and thought provoking work but to validate and authenticate the voice of our entire generation”. "Honest" was written by the English playwright DC Moore, an Olivier Nominee Currently working with the National Theater of Great Britain. It was first produced at the Royal and Derngate and at Edinburgh Fringe festival, and received critical acclaim. The show is directed by Shlomo Plessner and Premshay Hermon.
About the actor: Lavi Zytner is a highly acclaimed Israeli actor. Zytner has been acting in television shows and on stage since the age of 11. He graduated from The Yoram Leowenstein's SELA performing arts studio in Tel-Aviv in 2004 where he was awarded the prestigious America-Israel Cultural Foundation Actors Scholarship three years in a row. Zytner's most prominent roles in the theatre were in productions of "Richard the third", "Lost in Yonkers" and "Romeo & Juliet", during which he was awarded the Best Actor Award in 2008.
TheaterCan is an Israeli dynamic troupe of acclaimed artists founded by Artistic Director Shlomo Plessner and Playwright Ido Bornstein, creators of 'Sunrise', ‘Lice’ and ‘Hunger’ (Best Fringe Play award, 2004, presented at the FIND Festival for International New Drama at the Berlin Schaubühne Theater). Many TheaterCan plays are written following workshops with the actors. TheaterCan strives to merge the documentary and the poetic and bring a fresh, funny and compassionate voice from Israel.
‘Honest’ will premiere on Thursday, August 16th and runs through August 26th at The Huron Club located at 15 Vandam Street New York, N.Y. Tickets are $18 online at: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=ema1B6http://www.fringenyc.org/basic_page.php?ltr=H#Honest For more information about the NY Fringe Festival visit: http://www.fringenyc.org/index.php