Due to critical and popular demand, Off-Broadway's eleven-time Obie Award-winning Soho Rep will extend the U.S. premiere of debbie tucker green's BORN BAD by two weeks, now through May 7th, 2011 at Soho Rep (46 Walker Street), it has been announced by Soho Rep Artistic Director Sarah Benson. Leah C. Gardiner directs.
When BORN BAD opened at Soho Rep on April 7th Charles Isherwood of The New York Times said, "Soho Rep regularly outclasses the work done on many of the city's larger stages," and "Acted with fiery feeling by a superb cast... directed with incisive clarity by Leah C. Gardiner... this intense, stylized drama about poisonous family secrets hits you like a triple shot of espresso... excited by the play's formal invention, moved by its coiled emotional power." Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News said, "The work is exhilarating and disturbing all at once...lives up to considerable hype...Tucker Green's brief and pungent 14 scenes come to vivid life in director Leah C. Gardiner's fast-paced and impeccably acted production. Playing a fractured and fractious family, the six ace actors are in perfect harmony." Alexis Soloski of The Village Voice said, "you're unlikely to see anything as emotionally searing onstage this season." Erik Haagensen of Backstage said, "Critics Pick! It's essential and stunning theater. [Born Bad] rings with the clarion force of the trumpet calls that brought down the walls of Jericho." Scott Brown of New York Magazine called BORN BAD "a deeply unsettling, upsettingly funny family portrait, slashed with box cutters and stuck back together with guilt, hurt, and blood...a remarkably smooth 60-minute ride...a tragedy of almost Grecian size." Benjamin Sutton of L Magazine called it "perversely enjoyable [with] a phenomenally stacked cast." And Amy Witting of NYTheatre.com called it "a disturbingly beautiful play...kept me on my toes for its entire jam-packed lyrical sixty minutes."
Just as it has done with theatre artists such as: Jomama Jones, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Dan LaFranc, Young Jean Lee, and Sarah Kane's BLASTED in 2008, Soho Rep presents the US premiere of the acclaimed British play BORN BAD, and gives voice - for the first time in the US to its playwright debbie tucker green.
In debbie tucker green's Olivier Award winning BORN BAD for best newcomer "Dawta says it's the truth, but other family members remember differently." At once epic and domestic, laced with humor and told with inventive form, tucker green's explosive drama follows one family trying to make sense of their past.
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner, the cast of BORN BAD features Crystal A. Dickinson (RUINED, CLYBOURNE PARK), Heather Alicia Simms (GEM OF THE OCEAN, A RAISIN IN THE SUN), LeRoy McClain (CYMBELINE, THE HISTORY BOYS), Obie Award-winner Quincy Tyler Bernstine (RUINED, IN THE NEXT ROOM), Michael Rogers (JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE, BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE), and Elaine R. Graham (Julie Taymor's "Across the Universe," PLAYBOY OF THE WEST INDIES).