Play Company to Premiere Andy Bragen's THIS IS MY OFFICE, 11/5-12/8
The Play Company (PlayCo) will launch their season of new theater with the world premiere of American writer Andy Bragen's This Is My Office, November 5-December 8. Directed by Davis McCallum (Water by the Spoonful, The Whale), this site-specific, solo performance by David Barlow (The Film Society, The Castle, and, with PlayCo in 2003, Smashing) unravels a guided tour through an empty office that becomes the unexpected portal to a forgotten New York, and a father's legacy.
Performances of This Is My Office will take place at chashama (210 E 43rd Street) November 5-December 8. Tickets are, $30-40, can be purchased at www.playco.org or 866.811.4111. Critics are welcome as of Saturday evening, November 9 for an official opening on Monday, November 11.
This Is My Office is a ghost story for the theater, set in a disused office that becomes a character unto itself. One night, hunkered down in the office provided to him by an arts grant, eating his way through a box of donuts and battling intense writer's block, protagonist Andy Bragen discovers an old photograph that spurs a revelation: the very office he currently inhabits was once that of his father. As Andy delves deeper and deeper into his complicated and conflicted relationship with his recently deceased father, strange things begin to happen to him in the space as family and writing take on a symbiotic relationship. The office bridges the two Bragens' lives, and ultimately becomes an epic symbol of redemption, faith and love.
The not-for-profit chashama nurtures artists by transforming unused property into 'space to create'. Davis McCallum's production uses the empty storefront space on East 43rd Street to create a unique and unexpected world for the play. David Barlow performs the role of Bragen. The design team includes Andrew Boyce (set), Kaye Voyce (costumes), Tyler Micoleau (lighting), and Peter John Still (sound).
This Is My Office received workshop productions at Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep in July 2010, and at Studio Roanoke in April 2011.