THEATRE en BLOC
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT | TWO WEEKS ONLY
FORECLOSURE of the AMERICAN DREAM
In BETHANY, Crystal and Gary live in a nice home in the suburbs. Only it’s not theirs. In fact, they didn’t know each other before they moved in, and the story of how they got there is the beginning of Crystal’s plan to get her life back on track. Between her job at the Saturn dealership, her new house mate’s conspiracy theories, and the motivational speaker who just might buy that sports car, this new dark comedy will take you on the ride of your life, with a woman willing to take on anything and everything... all for someone named Bethany.
Lucille Lortel Nominated: Outstanding Play, Outstanding Lead Actress
Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers
Susan Smith Blackburn Finalist/Runner-up
“…wonderfully provocative” - NY One
"…tough, disturbing, and delightfully unsentimental" - NY Newsday
"…palpitates evenly with a nearly sadistic flow between moments of lightness and darkness" - Washington Square News
"Crystal is a new kind of heroine… [BETHANY] gives you an unsettling feeling that the lead character could be anyone, including you." - NY Amsterdam News
"…hard-boiled and timely" - Time Out NY
by LAURA MARKS
THE ROLLINS STUDIO THEATRE at the LONG CENTER for the PERFORMING ARTS
701 W Riverside Drive | Austin, TX 78704
Laura Marks is a graduate of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace playwriting program and an alumna of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. She's also the recipient of a Lilly Award, a Helen Merrill Award and an award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Other plays include Mine (produced by the Gift Theatre, Chicago) and Gather at the River (workshopped at TheatreWorks, Palo Alto). Her work has been developed at the Public, Juilliard, the Lark, the Black Dahlia, Manhattan Theatre Club, the Royal Exchange Theatre (UK), HighTide Festival Theatre (UK), the Wilma Theater, Steppenwolf, Partial Comfort, Prospect Theater, Naked Angels, Synchronicity, Reverie Productions et al. and she currently holds a commission from South Coast Repertory. She’s a native of Kentucky, now living in New York.
"Laura Marks, has managed to wrench something almost Greek out of yesterday’s headlines and, with a supremely balanced sense of storytelling and an economic gift for language, announces herself here as a real talent to watch."
The New Yorker
"…rare among new American plays in the clear, compassionate attention it pays…Ms. Marks' disturbing, incisive drama suggests that the bruising exigencies of our depressed economy are scraping away at the surface civilities of American life."
Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
CRYSTAL | LARA WRIGHT
GARY | DEREK KOLLURI
CHARLIE | RICK SMITH
SHANNON | MARTINA OHLHAUSER
PATRICIA | JOHANNA WHITMORE
TONI | JEANETTE HILL
DIRECTION | JENNY LAVERY
SCENIC DESIGN | TBA
LIGHT DESIGN | MEGAN REILLY
COSTUME DESIGN | JENNY HANNA-CHAMBERS
SOUND DESIGN | BLAKE ADDYSON
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT | BLAKE ADDYSON
ASSISTANT PRODUCER | TYLER KING
REHEARSAL STAGE MANAGEMENT | SUSIE ODNEAL
MASTER ELECTRICIAN | ZAC CROFFORD
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Austin, TX 78756
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