The Attic Theater Company Presents THE TUTORS, Opening 5/22


The Attic Theater Company will present a limited run of Erica Lipez's (story editor for Suits on USA) play The Tutors.  The production will be directed by Drama League Directors Project Alumnus Laura Braza, and performances are May 18th-26thh at The Access Theater.   

In light of Facebook's most recent developments, this new play set in 2008 about three roommates who create a site that is competing with Facebook for billions of dollars and millions of online friendships, is more relevant than ever.  When it becomes clear that they are quickly becoming irrelevant in the shadow of Facebook, they are forced to take online and imaginary friendships into the real world. 

Last season, The New York Times praised the Attic's site-specific production of The Argument as having an "adventurous theatrical spirit that yields haunting moments."  The sold-out run of Sam Gooley's new play, This One Time in Last Chance, was hailed by as "a top-notch job on every possible level…well crafted, expertly executed, and completely enjoyable."  

Erica Lipez is a playwright based in New York City.  She attended Harvard University and received her MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU (2009).  Recent New York/Regional stage credits include readings/workshops of her full-length plays, Bottled Up (The Public Theatre, Kennedy Center, Furious Theatre Company/Naked Angels), The Tutors (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Theater Row), and Fingers (Babel Theatre Project).  Productions include Recess (Yale Summer Cabaret), Aquifer (Theater Masters at Rattlestick), Bully To You (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Art.Party.Theatre.Company, INTAR), and a musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol (Foothills Theatre). She is a recipient of a 2009/2010 Dramatist Guild Fellowship, a 2009 Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights' Workshop, and is a member of the 2009 Theater Masters National MFA Playwrights' Festival. Erica recently served as a staff writer on the Fox series Lone Star and is currently a story editor on the hit USA show Suits.

Laura Braza (Artistic Director, Attic Theater Co.) is a Drama League Directors Project Alumnus, and spent the past summer at the Hangar Theatre.  Previous directing credits include work at NYU with Stella Adler's Company and Atlantic Theater Company's Stage II with ATC students.  Laura is also a member of the Literary Staff at the Hangar Theater.  She has assistant-directed several critically acclaimed productions, including Love Child and a one-night revival of The Good Thief with Carl Forsman, as well as The Temperamentals and The Dining Room with Jonathan Silverstein.  

The set will be designed by Julia Noulin-Merat, the Attic's resident scenic designer, whose work has been seen at The Flea (These Seven Sicknesses), Opera Boston, Commonwealth Opera, Hangar Theater, Gerald Lynch Theater – Lincoln Center, the Drama League, as well as "Guiding Light" (CBS), and "Inside The Actors Studio: Jim Carrey" (Bravo).   

Featuring Michael Schantz* (NYU MFA Graduate), Dana Berger, Ted Caine, Tommy Heleringer and Ruy Iskandar* (NYU MFA Graduate).  

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