THE LISTENERS Comes to the Brick, 2/4-14

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When two drifters arrive at Sistine's door, she offers them mismatched coffee cups and something called breakfast. Outside the dogs are barking. Probably dogs. The drifters are now lodgers. They meet the family. There's a house and people live in it. Vegetables in the garden. Board games. History. Stories. Rituals. Songs. Do we sing songs? We've lived this way for centuries. Or decades. Anyway, a long time. We know how to survive.

Nothing is coming to get us. Nothing makes a sound. Because if there were a sound, we would have heard it.

On the mysterious set of The Listeners, audiences spy into peepholes, crevices and 2-way mirrors into a fully enclosed room. Sometimes we listen to them. Sometimes they listen to us.

Are we the threat? Are they?

The Listeners is a unique theatrical experience has limited seating and a language all its own and features Robert Honeywell, Sarah K. Lippmann*, Jay Leibowitz* & Moira Stone* and Stephanie Willing. (*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association)

The Listeners plays at The Brick (579 Metropolitan Ave at Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) February 4 - 14, 2015 at 8pm. Tickets ($18) may be purchased online at www.bricktheater.com or by calling 866-811-4111. Performances are February 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14 at 8pm; February 8 @ 2pm.

Matthew Freeman's work has been called "as savage as any slasher film" by the New York Times. His work has been produced by Blue Coyote Theater Group at the Access Theater; seen at many of The Brick Theater's summer theater festivals; presented as a part of the Incubator Arts Project at St. Mark's Church; and popped up at various and sundry venues and public parks throughout NYC since 2001. Outside of New York, his work has been heard at the HearNow Festival in Kansas City and Atlanta Fringe Radio. Plays include: Why We Left Brooklyn, Bluebeard, That Which Isn't, When is a Clock, The Most Wonderful Love, Glee Club, The Great Escape, The Death of King Arthur, An Interview with the Author, The Americans, That Old Soft Shoe, Confess Your Bubble, and Brandywine Distillery Fire. His plays and monologues have been published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, the New York Theater Experience/IndieTheaterNow, and Playscripts, Inc. Freeman is a graduate of Emerson College, where he studied with Kristin Linklater and playwright David Valdes-Greenwood. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Pam Grossman. Along with director Kyle Ancowitz, Freeman is a part of Theater Accident. He is a proud resident playwright at New Dramatists.

Michael Gardner is the Artistic Director of The Brick and its co-Founder. Recent directorial works include Brandywine Distillery Fire (written by Matthew Freeman), Notes from Underground, the English Language premiere of Vaclav Havel's Mountain Hotel, Mike Daisey's In Prague and Jason Craig's The Baby Jesus Conversation. He is adapter and director of The Ninja Cherry Orchard, The Kung Fu Importance of Being Earnest, Memoirs of My Nervous Illness and In a Strange Room (Top Ten Plays, 2004 - Time Out NY).

The Brick is located at 579 Metropolitan Avenue (between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on the L & G subway lines (L: Lorimer stop; G: Metropolitan stop). For more detailed directions & further information, visit www.bricktheater.com. The Brick and its non-profit company, The Brick Theater, Inc. were founded in September of 2002 by Robert Honeywell and Michael Gardner. Formerly an auto-body shop, a storage space and a yoga center, this brick- walled garage was completely refurbished into a state-of-the-art theater complex, with a large sprung floor and professional lighting and sound package.

Winner of THE 2009 CAFFE CINO FELLOWSHIP AWARD, The Brick is Williamsburg, Brooklyn's destination for subversive theatrical experiences. Home to the critically acclaimed premieres of Bouffon Glass Menajoree (NY IT Award Winner -- Outstanding Play), Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (NY IT Award Winner-- Outstanding Play), Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury (NY IT Award Nominee -- Outstanding Performance Art Production), Greed: A Musical Love $tory (NY IT Award Nominee -- Outstanding Musical), Red Cloud Rising, Theatre of the Arcade and Suspicious Package (NY IT Award Nominee -- Outstanding Play), The Brick has hosted some of downtown theater's most innovative artists, including Jason Grote, Annie Baker, Young Jean Lee, The Debate Society, Banana Bag & Bodice and Thomas Bradshaw.

Pictured: Sarah K. Lippmann, Moira Stone and Stephanie Willing. Photo by Michael Gardner.



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