Theater Breaking Through Barriers Opens MORE OF OUR PARTS: Second Annual Festival of Short Plays
Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB), the renowned Off-Broadwaycompany known for its productions that integrate able-bodied actors with artists with disabilities, invites you and a guest to MORE OF OUR PARTS – its second annual festival of short plays – featuring world premieres by Neil LaBute (FAT PIG), A.R.Gurney (LOVE LETTERS), Bekah Brunstetter (A GOOD LITTLE WIDOW), Bruce Graham (ANY GIVEN MONDAY), Samuel D. Hunter (A BRIGHT NEW BOISE), and Jeffrey Sweet (THE ACTION AGAINST SOL SCHUMANN) at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street).
Commissioned by TBTB, the world-premiere plays about disabilities and the people affected by them, include Bekah Brunstetter's AFTER BREAKFAST, MAYBE; Bruce Graham's THE AHHHH FACTOR; A. R. Gurney's THE INTERVIEW; Samuel D. Hunter's GEESE; Neil LaBute's THE WAGER; and Jeffrey Sweet's A LITTLE FAMILY TIME.
The ensemble of MORE OF OUR PARTS includes Melanie Boland, Tiffan Borelli, Donna Bullock (TOP GIRLS), Shannon DeVido, Stephen Drabicki, Joshua Eber, Shawn Elliott (EINSTEIN'S GIFT), Warren Kelley (ENGAGING SHAW), Shawn Randall, Jonathan Todd Ross, Nicholas Viselli, and Blair
Last year's first-ever TBTB short-play festival, SOME OF OUR PARTS, included 7 plays by what the New York Times called "an intriguing group of established and emerging playwrights": Bekah Brunstetter, Samuel D. Hunter, Neil LaBute, Kate Moira Ryan, Diana Son, Jeff Tabnick, and Emily Chadick Weiss. In its review, The Times also referred to the work as "Spunky. The acting is fine throughout. Very affecting." Back Stage made it a Critic's Pick. Theatremania.com called the program "Well-acted. Provocative and moving." NYTheatre.com wrote: "Some really excellent plays. The acting is flawless. This fascinating commentary on the state of disability in America proves exactly why Theater Breaking Through Barriers is as vital as it is."