Laura Pedersen's THE BRIGHTNESS OF HEAVEN to Open Off-Broadway this Fall

Laura Pedersen's THE BRIGHTNESS OF HEAVEN to Open Off-Broadway this Fall

VH Theatrical Development Foundation announces the Off-Broadway premiere of THE BRIGHTNESS OF HEAVEN, a new play by acclaimed author Laura Pedersen, directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser. THE BRIGHTNESS OF HEAVEN will be performed Thursday, October 16th through Sunday, December 14th at the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre (38 Commerce Street, Manhattan). The Press Opening is Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 3PM. Tickets are now on sale at

The Kilgannons are as typical an Irish Catholic family one would expect to find in 1974 Buffalo. But the world outside is changing fast, the generation gap is widening, and the future is up for grabs. Will the Lord grant the Kilgannons the serenity to accept the things they cannot change, and the wisdom to know that what needs changing most is sitting right across the dinner table? THE BRIGHTNESS OF HEAVEN is a witty drama about Family, Faith, and the ties that bind -- sometimes too tightly.

Says acclaimed author Laura Pedersen, "The Buffalo, NY, area was 80% Catholic when I was growing up there in the 1970s. It was a hotbed of anti-abortion protests, church basement Bingo and Friday night fish fries. While the church was still reeling from the Second Vatican Council, society was being rocked by the Vietnam War, Watergate, birth control, a recession, an oil crisis, and various progressive movements championing African-Americans, women, Native Americans and the environment. It was a time of religious, political, and cultural upheaval that placed young people in opposition to their elders more than at any other time in recent history. Hair length alone was responsible for thousands of dinner table fights. Almost all the families I knew were struggling to find their way forward and make sense of a way of life that was unraveling before their eyes. It turns out that mood rings, smiley faces, pet rocks and fuzzy dice affect people in all sorts of different ways."

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