TRYING At The Bushwick Star To Feature Christopherson, Hip-Flores, and Helan 4/15-17

TRYING, a new play by Erin Browne directed by Lou Moreno will feature Jody Christopherson, Rachael Hip-Flores, and Maria Helan* at the Bushwick Starr. It is located at 207 Starr Street Brooklyn, NY 11237 on April 15. 16, 17th at 8pm and April 17, 18th at 2pm.

Tickets $15

Or call 917-975-4864

A girl-girl first love story set in a small California resort town. Lena and Chels are two sisters just trying to make ends meet at minimum wage jobs, and with Chels pregnant and her boyfriend in jail -
they really need each other. Along comes Belle Walker, a bookstore clerk that asks Lena on a date
that threatens to change the routine of her life. Lena has to make a decision, stay at home and support her sister Chels or follow Belle to a life full of new excitement. From the charm of first love to the harsh realities or growing up with no options, three young ladies navigate their way together through some of the toughest questions and most pivotal topics of our time.

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Winner of the BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition. Judges describe the play as "exquisite", "human" and "spare".

August Schulenburg, Artistic Director of Flux Theater Ensemble calls the play "beautiful and sad" and "straightforward and simple"

Erin interviewed by playwright Adam Szymkowitz

Rachael interviewed on AfterEllen with a Trying mention "Trying is a beautiful girl-girl love story by Erin Browne."

Written by Erin Browne "Trying" was recently nominated for the Richard Imison Award and is
the winner of the BBC World Service International Radio Play Award. It will be published in this year's New York Theater Review. Her "A Meth Play" won the International Student Playscript Award at the National Student Drama Festival. Her plays have been read by Flux Theater Ensemble, Hip Obscurity, Mad Shag, Saltbox Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, The Flea Theatre, America-in-Play, and Columbia University. Her short plays have been produced by Slant Theater Project, Poliglot Theater, Spork Fest, Sticky, Brooklyn Playwrights' Collective, Adelphi University, Gone in 60secs, and others. This will be Erin's first full-length play production.

Directed by Lou Moreno
Co-Artistic Director Twilight Theatre Company was the recipient of the 2005 Princess Grace fellowship for Directing in Theater, while serving as the Associate Artistic Director of INTAR. In the fall of 2006, he joined Obie Award-winning Rattlestick Playwrights Theater as the Associate Artistic Director. Recent New York directing credits include: Minotaur, a Romance by David Anzuelo (LAByrinth Theatre Company at the Public Theater); 7th Inning Stretch (Mile Square
Theatre); Fresh Play Festival (Manhattan Class Company); Kingdom (NYMF); End of the Line (MCC Youth Company); Rock/Paper/Scissors by Ben Snyder (New York Hip-Hop Theater Festival at the Public Theater); The Bigger Man by Sam Marks (Partial Comfort Productions); and Blues
for a Gray Sun by Nilaja Sun (INTAR). Lou is currently in development on Rikers Hot, a Princess Grace Foundation Special Project Grant. As an Associate Producer with The 24-Hour Company he has produced numerous shows in NYC as well as Montreal. For the past ten years he
has taught playwriting for Manhattan Theatre Club at the RNDC Youth Facility on Rikers Island.

Featuring: Rachael Hip-Flores as Lena, Jody Christopherson as Belle Walker And Maria Helan as Chels

Designed by:
Arnulfo Maldonado, set designer
Derek Wright, lighting designer
Antonia Ford-Roberts, costume designer
Colin Whitely, sound designer

Associate Producers: Robyn Pottorff and Ana Valle

Stage Manager: Estie Sarvasy

Produced by Trying Productions:
Jody Christopherson and Erin Browne
Trying Productions is sponsored by Fractured Atlas


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