Joseph Beck's A HOMECOMING to Premiere at FringeNYC, 8/10-23
Alzheimer's casts its long shadow over an already broken family in Joe Beck's poignant drama A Homecoming. Edited by Tom Philbin, directed by TRoy Miller and presented by Adam Weinstock and Creative Concept Productions as part of the 17th Annual New York International Fringe Festival (Fringe NYC), A Homecoming will be performed at The Players Theater, located at 115 MacDougal Street (between W 3rd St. & BleeckerSt. (Fringe Venue #17). The production will run Saturday, August 10 at 4:45pm; Friday, August 16 at 2pm; Tuesday, August 20 at 9pm; Thursday, August 22 at 1pm; and Friday, August 23 at 7pm.
James, a former heavy drinker and a man whom by his own admission, was not a good father to his three children is watching his beloved wife Lee, who is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's, slip further and further away. Desperately fearful of losing the woman he loves more than life itself, he has become prone to lashing out by hurling abuse at Lee & at Jill Callahan, the day nurse to comes to take care of Lee as well as himself, making snide jokes and crude remarks as he is forced to deal with a truth and inevitability he is unwilling to face.
In an attempt bring the family together, Jill suggests a gathering for a final birthday party for Lee, to celebrate her life before the shadow of her condition takes her forever into a world of darkness. But the couple's children, one who has taken up the drink his father put down, and another who is about to lose his wife over the way he treats her, are not ready to forgive past hurts, waiting for the slightest excuse to lash out & destroy the happy illusion James & Jill are trying to create. With more than enough bitterness to go around, bringing everyone together may take a miracle from an unexpected source to remind them why they're all there in the first place.
The cast of A Homecoming features Ron Bopst*, Kevin Gilmartin*, Neal Lerner*, Renee Claire Bergeron*, Jacqueline Sydney* Alicia Fitzgerald, Nicholas Masson* and Nicole Greevy*. The production team includes Amanda Clegg Lyon (Lighting Design), Summer Lee Jack (Costume Design), Jana (AJ) Mattioli (Set and Props), Jim Armstrong (Stage Manager) and Tika Sara Lahne (Intern). A Homecoming is an Equity-Approved Showcase.
Joseph Beck (playwright) Previous plays include Saddam The Musical, Fuel, Thanksgiving, Don't Leave Tracks, Dictators for Hire and Murderous Huntington. For 25 years he's written for national and international consumer magazines and newspapers. He's the author, coauthor, collaborator and ghostwriter of nearly a dozen books, and a member of The Dramatists Guild and The Writers Guild.
Director TRoy Miller's theatrical credits include: Broadway: The Light In The Piazza (assistant to Craig Lucas). Off Broadway: The Bully (45 Bleecker Street - Vital Theatre), Patient HM (Emerging Artists Theatre). Regional: The Tallest Building in the World (Luna Stage). Other NY credits include: The Bad Date Project (Co-Creator/Director Planet Connections Festivity) Horatio, Together This Time (NY Fringe Festival 2008 & 2010), Crash (with Drama Desk Award winner Marylouise Burke) and Bathroom Humor by Craig Lucas (with Tony winner John Benjamin Hickey). Mr. Miller holds a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Trinity Rep in Providence, RI and a Bachelors of Arts from The George Washington University in Cultural Studies. He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) and a company member with Emerging Artists Theatre. For more information go to www.troymiller.org
Adam Weinstock (associate producer) is the president of Creative Concept Productions, a Tony Award-winning investor group, boasting the Broadway shows Deuce, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, which won the Tony for Best Play in 2013, and off-Broadway's NEWSical which has been thrilling audiences for the last 3 years. Dubbed Mr. Entertainment by the NY Times in a featured article in 2002, Mr. Weinstock has produced on both coasts of the USA as well as in London on the West End. He optioned Place Setting, by Jack Canfora, which was read in London's West End by Jon Cryer, and Steven Weber at the Coronet Theater in LA, and produced at New Jersey Repertory. For more information go to www.creativeconceptproductions.com