Mike Albo's THE JUNKET and Dan Hoyle's THE REAL AMERICANS Begins Previews at Lynn Redgrave Theater this Week
Culture Project (Allan Buchman, Artistic Director) will examine contemporary American mores with two journalistic theater pieces in rep. The Junket, a new, hilariously scandalous solo show based on scandalous actual events, written and performed by Mike Albo, coming to Culture Project from an extended run at Dixon Place. The second piece that Culture Project is presenting in conjunction with The Junket is Dan Hoyle's The Real Americans. Previews begin March 14th and the show will run from March 16th until April 22nd at the Lynn Redgrave Theater (45 Bleecker Street, NYC).
"Mike Albo and Dan Hoyle are expert dramatists with compelling and uniquely American stories to tell," Mr. Buchman said in a statement. "These two works -- based on the author/performers' personal experiences -- give us rare insight into 'the state of the union' from two wildly different points of view."
What's it like to be a scapegoat? Writer/performer/comedian Mike Albo presents his newest solo show The Junket, about what happens when your freelance job turns out to be your worst enemy. In this hilarious, harrowing, thinly-veiled tale, a struggling writer (named, um, Mike Albo) gets a freelance gig to pen a column for the country's most influential newspaper. It's a dream come true, and after years of low pay, Albo thinks he may finally be able to afford NYC's new luxury loft lifestyle (he even gets a new stylish boyfriend). But after he goes on an over-the-top, ill-fated press junket, he becomes a gossip item on the city's snarkiest, meanest blog, and is thrown into an acrimonious war between old and new media. The Junket is a much needed investigation into the compromised state of modern journalism, provoking questions about how we get our news and who gives it to us.
Helmed by acclaimed theater director David Schweizer, with video effects by Larry Shea, The Junket is a wildly funny but emotionally painful account of New York's backbiting media scene, the inner workings of the fashion industry, and what it takes to survive as a writer in our chattering, challenging, increasingly unaffordable culture.