Matthew Martin & Tim Realbuto Team on First Non-Musical THE WEAK ONES

Matthew Martin & Tim Realbuto Team on First Non-Musical THE WEAK ONES

Matthew Martin and Tim Realbuto, the writing team behind the Broadway-aimed GHOSTLIGHT, have teamed up again to write their first non-musical, THE WEAK ONES.

Set to premiere on March 18th as part of the Emerging Artists New Work Series, the production will be helmed by Martin, with Realbuto heading the cast as a lawyer who must defend a woman society has deemed a sociopath.

He will be joined onstage by Abigail Ludrof, Cathy Salvodon, Rob Ventre, Paul Thomas Ryan, Kyle Doherty and newcomer Drew Powell as Realbuto's young son.

According to press notes, the plot is as follows: "On the brink of a highly publicized case George Taylor, a single father struggling to balance work and family after an unspeakable tragedy, must defend self-confessed murderer Samantha Barrish, a woman society has deemed a monster. But might there be two sides to every story? Inspired by true events, THE WEAK ONES examines the balance struck when two seemingly different people are both out of options."

In order to sufficiently research the play, Martin and Realbuto have interviewed many female prisoners across the country and even traveled to meet a few in person. "It was very important, even though the play is mainly fictitious, that we get certain aspects right. And we felt the way to do that was to go directly to the source. We spoke to such brave and open women who were so generous with their insights and so forthcoming with their stories. There is so much more we can learn by simply facilitating a conversation than by making a judgment based on what we assume to be true. At a time when our country's social climate is restless and on the brink of real and necessary change, these are the moments when art is the most vital. This process has shown us in a real but visceral way that, yes, terrible people exist, but sometimes those we are quickest to condemn might surprise us."

The one-night-only event will be presented as a full workshop production at the TADA! Theatre in NYC on Friday, March 18th at 9:00 PM. Tickets, priced at $10, are currently available by visiting www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2503464. Industry folk looking to attend the production can contact TheWeakOnesPlay@gmail.com for comp tickets. TADA! is located at 15 West 28th Street between Broadway and 5th Avenue.

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