THE ADVENTURES OF BOY AND GIRL Plays FringeNYC thru 8/25
While completing high school together at Hunter in Manhattan, friends Alec Grossman and Rachel Kaly set out to write a play. Today, they have grown into college students, and their play, the aptly-named The Adventures of Boy and Girl, has grown along with them: it is entering its second production at the New York Fringe Festival following a performance in 2011 at the Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood.
The play tells the story of a recently broken-up twenty-something couple, Trish and Rick. Told through a series of interrupted monologues, the two characters recount their relationship's pitfalls and try to determine the root cause of its dissipation.
Grossman and Kaly drafted the play through Facebook chat, the social media network's instant-messaging mechanism. The influence of this groundbreaking, industrious, and truly Millennial means of writing is evident in the plot's structure and means of character development.
The show's publicity has also focused on social media. The production boasts a lively Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a Tumblr, the tongue-in-cheek ImGladUrMyEx, which provides the internet community a platform for anonymously and sarcastically voicing reasons to be glad that exes are exes. Examples include ""I'm glad ur my ex because u were my ex once before. And once before that. U have been my ex almost more times than all the other exes I have. I'm so glad. So, so, so glad" and "I'm glad you're my ex because you wore cargo shorts with sandals and black socks."
The show's fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.com exceeded its initial $2000 target by 200%, due in large part to the buzz generated on its social media channels.
The cast is comprised of Margy Love (Trish) and Matthew Goodrich (Rick). Love, a Williams College graduate, is the veteran of New York theatre companies and training programs such as Tugboat Collective, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and Stella Adler. Goodrich recently understudied several roles on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company's Picnic and in Lincoln Center Theatre's The Nance starring Nathan Lane. In a production directed by Patrick Vassel, both actors make their New York Fringe Festival debut in The Adventures of Boy and Girl.
The new production will show from August 9th to 25th for a five-show run at the Kraine Theater at 85 E. 4th Street in Manhattan. Continuing: Thursday, August 22nd at 3:30 pm; and Saturday, August 24th at 12:00 noon.
Details and times have been announced on the show's website, www.boyandgirlfringe.com. More information can be found on the show's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boyandgirlfringe.