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Untitled Theater Company No. 61 Presents THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF JR BRINKLEY

Untitled Theater Company No. 61 PRESENTS:THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF JR BRINKLEY A WORLD PREMIERE play with COUNTRY MUSIC: the TRUE STORY of a QUACK DOCTOR turned POLITICIAN, who claimed to cure impotence with GOAT TESTICLES.

Part of The New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC A production of The Present Theatre Company Fri Oct 12 at 2:30, Sun Oct 14 at 3:15, Thu Oct 18 at 7:30, Sun Oct 21 at 6:00, Sun Oct 28 at 7:00 Tickets: $22 - For tickets visit www.FringeNYC.org 685 Washington Street

Untitled Theater Company No. 61 is proud to return to the Fringe Festival, in our 25th year of producing independent theater throughout New York. The Resistible Rise of JR Brinkley is a political play in a Brechtian mode, the true story of JR Brinkley, a quack doctor from the 1920's who became rich from his cure for impotence: surgically implanting goat testicles. He then started his own radio station and became a major early advocate for country music, starting the careers of such stars as The Carter Family and Gene Autry. When the newly formed American Medical Association took away his license, he switched gears and went into politics, running a highly successful campaign for governor of Kansas. An examination of American character and one of the first politicians who tried to Make America Great.

The play features early country music classics, with altered lyrics, dating from the time when country was just evolving from hillbilly music. All the performers double as musicians. The play is also lightly interactive, at times inviting the audience into conversation with the performers.

Written and directed by Edward Einhorn, who most recently wrote and directed The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein, made a Critics Pick in The New York Times by their co-chief reviewer, Jesse Green. With vaudeville/cabaret stars Trav SD as Brinkley and Jenny Lee Mitchell as his wife Minnie, as well as Craig Anderson, Melody Berger, and John Blaylock, all in a variety of roles.

Untitled Theater Company No. 61 (UTC61) is a Theater of Ideas: scientific, political, philosophical, and above all theatrical. This is our fourth appearance in the New York International Fringe Festival, including an appearance in the very first festival in 1997. UTC61 has been performing independent theater in New York for 25 years, collaborating with venues such as HERE, The New Ohio, 3LD, La MaMa, The Brick, and other downtown spaces. They have also maintained a durable partnership with the Czech Republic, originally established though their work with former President Vaclav Havel during their 2006 Havel Festival. Recent UTC61 work has been Critic's Picks in The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York. For more information visit www.untitledtheater.com.


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