Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB), the renowned Off-Broadway company known for its productions that integrate able-bodied actors with artists with disabilities, presents MORE OF OUR PARTS – its second annual festival of short plays about disabilities and the people affected by them, featuring world premieres by Neil LaBute, A.R. Gurney, Bekah Brunstetter, Bruce Graham, Samuel D. Hunter, and Jeffrey Sweet – with performances to run tonight, June 21 through July 1 at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street). TBTB artistic director and founder Ike Schambelan, Tony-nominee Pamela Birch, Christopher Burris, TBTB company member Christina Roussos, and Russell Treyz, and direct.
The world-premiere plays, each commissioned by TBTB, include Bekah Brunstetter's AFTER BREAKFAST, MAYBE; Bruce Graham's THE AHHHH FACTOR; A. R. Gurney's THE INTERVIEW; Samuel D. Hunter's GEESE; Neil LaBute's THE WAGER; and Jeffrey Sweet's A LITTLE FAMILY TIME.
The ensemble of MORE OF OUR PARTS includes Melanie Boland, Tiffan Borelli, Donna Bullock, Shannon DeVido, Stephen Drabicki, Joshua Eber, Shawn Elliott, Warren Kelley, Shawn Randall, Jonathan Todd Ross, Nicholas Viselli, and Blair Wing. The production features set design by Bert Scott; costume design by Kristine Koury and dramaturgy by Julius Novick. Brooke Elsinghorst is Production Stage Manager.
ABOUT THE PLAYS:
In Bekah Brunstetter's AFTER BREAKFAST, MAYBE, a young woman plots to take over the world, while her mother serves her blueberry smiley-faced pancakes. Christina Roussos directs.
In Bruce Graham's THE AHHHH FACTOR a producer and writer argue over whether they should shoot a sex scene for a beautiful, deaf movie star. Russell Treyz directs.
In A.R. Gurney's THE INTERVIEW, a young, deaf man has an admissions interview at a prestigious college. Ike Schambelan directs.
Samuel D. Hunter's GEESE looks at a wheelchair-using young woman who wants to save the geese in a city park. Christopher Burris directs.
In Neil LaBute's THE WAGER, on their way home from a club in NYC, a guy and his girlfriend are stopped by a homeless man and a game of chance quickly begins to escalate into something more dangerous. Ike Schambelan directs.
In Jeffrey Sweet's A LITTLE FAMILY TIME a celebrated writer is forced to introduce his fiancée to a corner of his life he has tried to keep hidden. Patricia Birch directs.
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