THE BENCH Extends for Twelve Weeks at East Village Playhouse

THE BENCH Extends for Twelve Weeks at East Village Playhouse

The Off-Broadway hit The Bench starring Robert Galinsky, directed by Jay O. Sanders, will extend its sold out run at The East Village Playhouse (340 East 6th Street). It will start back up after the holidays beginning January 26 and will run an additional 12 weeks through April 13, 2018, playing Fridayevening at 9pm. Tickets are $29 - $39 and can be purchased by visiting or by calling866-811-4111. This production is being presented by Golden Globe Nominated Chris Noth, Drama Desk, Obie, Olivier Award winner Barry Shabaka Henley and produced by Tony Award winning producerTerry Schnuck.

Based on true stories, The Bench, set in urban decay and rubble, explores the emotional heartbreak of five homeless characters and the catastrophic hysteria surrounding AIDs in the 1980's. The sparse set is accented with hand-drawn imagery, from Daphne Arthur's graphic novel adaptation of the play, and audio design is by world re-known composer and multi-instrumentalist Deep Singh. It's a unique and fresh solo theatre piece wherein one actor plays five characters, written in dialogue form, not traditional 'monologue black out, monologue black out' traditional solo theatre form.

"After seeing this show, I can never look at another homeless person again and not think of what their story is. The Bench should tour and be shown in universities and colleges." Presenter Chris Noth

"It is all there. Sadness, confusion, joy, rage. Galinsky steps into the characters and you feel the bizarre levels underneath. Galinsky does it. He embraces it. He accomplishes it." Director Jay O. Sanders.

The Bench

Written and performed by Robert Galinsky, directed by Jay O. Sanders

Original Graphic Images by Daphne Arthur; Audio Design by Deep Singh

January 26 - April 13, 2018

Playing Fridays at 9pm

The show runs 65 minutes, no intermission.

The East Village Playhouse is located at 340 East 6th Street

Tickets are $29 - $39 and can be purchased by visiting or calling Ovation Tix/ 866-811-4111

For more info on The Bench and Robert Galinsky visit

Photo by Aidan Grant

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