Addiction to Take Center Stage in MORE at Secret Theatre's UNFringed Festival
A grounded, witty psychodrama about addiction, More, will have its world premiere at The Secret Theatre's UNFringed Festival beginning August 13th.
The play revolves around Laura Wells (Sarah Elizabeth Grace), an actress and recovering alcoholic, who has been living responsibly with her stable college sweetheart Gabe (Heinley Gaspard). Doubting her worth and craving excitement, she embarks on an affair with her free-thinking co-star, Myles (William Phelps). The story explores how addictions manifest themselves outside of drugs and alcohol, but it is not a morality play.
Director Lacy Reily believes that More is "extremely accessible to a modern audience, showing the different kinds of relationships that emerge today, as well as never shying away from the darker sides of love. This show explores the true, unfiltered, version of attraction. More asks the question: is love itself is just another form of addiction?"
"In most stories like these, the protagonist is a man," the playwright Sarah Elizabeth Grace explains. "I wanted to showcase a woman's experience with addiction and gender-flip the anti-hero narrative." Using clever language and frank depictions of sexuality, More is a funny and heart-wrenching play.
More is directed by Lacy Reily, written by Sarah Elizabeth Grace, and stars Heinley Gaspard, Sarah Elizabeth Grace, and William Phelps. It runs 85 minutes with no intermission at The Secret Theatre (44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY) as part of the UNFringed Festival. Performances are August 13 (3:00 pm), August 18 (7:30 pm), August 23 (7:30 pm), August 27 (8:00 pm) and September 2 (7:30 pm). Tickets are sold at www.unfringed2017.bpt.me.