World Premiere of Matthew Freeman's WHY WE LEFT BROOKLYN to Play Fourth Street Theater, 8/29-9/21

Theater Accident, in association with Blue Coyote Theater Group, are thrilled to present the world premiere of WHY WE LEFT BROOKLYN, written by Matthew Freeman and directed by Kyle Ancowitz. WHY WE LEFT BROOKLYN begins performances on Thursday, August 29 for a limited engagement through Saturday, September 21. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30 PM, with added performances on Sunday, September 8 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, September 15 at 2 PM. Performances are at the Fourth Street Theater (83 East 4th Street, between Bowery & Second Avenue). Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, call SmartTix on 212-868-4444 or visit For more information, visit

Everything is changing. Jason is finally ready to give up acting - and New York City - for a solid teaching job in Columbus, Ohio. His wife, Michelle, would join him, if not for the budding book deal. On the eve of Jason's departure, their closest friends have gathered among packed boxes and uncertain prospects to mark the occasion with a farewell dinner party. On a blisteringly comic battleground littered with crushed hopes and artisanal flatbreads, ten strivers reckon their successes and wonder how much longer they can hold out.

Playwright Matthew Freeman (When is a Clock, The Most Wonderful Love) and director Kyle Ancowitz re-team for this a darkly comic snapshot of ambitious, aging, evangelically ethical, and heartbroken group who are navigating their own marriages, livelihoods, and sputtering dreams.

WHY WE LEFT BROOKLYN features Rebecca Davis (Mass at The Brick Theater), David DelGrosso (Glee Club, When Is a Clock, The Most Wonderful Love with Blue Coyote), Amanda Jones, Jay Leibowitz (Orson Welle's Moby Dick Rehearsed for The Acting Company), Sarah K. Lippmann (Billboard at 59E59), Susan Louise O'Connor (Blythe Sprit on Broadway), Andrew Schwartz (Classic Stage Company, Aquila Theatre Company), Imran Sheikh (The Sonnet Project), Moira Stone (The Public, The Brick, 3LD), and Matthew Trumbull (The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children, Glee Club, Effie Jean In Tahiti).

The creative team features lighting design by Nicholas Houfek (The Play About My Dad) and costume design by Caroline Berti (Flyovers).

Matthew Freeman's (playwright) plays have been seen on stages throughout New York City, at the Access Theater, The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Fourth Street Theater; HERE Arts Center; The Metropolitan Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Source and at the Incubator Arts Project at St. Mark's Church. His plays include When is a Clock, The Most Wonderful Love, Glee Club, The Great Escape, The Death of King Arthur, The Americans, That Old Soft Shoe, Confess Your Bubble and Brandywine Distillery Fire. He most recently directEd Matthew Trumbull's The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children at the NY International Fringe Festival 2012 and Minnesota Fringe 2013. His work has been published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, the New York Theatre Experience and Playscripts, Inc.

Kyle Ancowitz (Director) is a founding member of Theater Accident and Blue Coyote Theater Group. Directing credits include premieres of Matthew Freeman's The Most Wonderful Love, The Great Escape, An Interview with the Author, What To Do To A Girl, The White Swallow, When Is a Clock, That Old Soft Shoe, The Metaphor, Glee Club, and Confess Your Bubble; Kristen Palmer's Departures and Something Decent, Brilliant Traces; Wanda's Visit; The Author's Voice; Nebraska; Psychopathia Sexualis; Kingfish; Dimly Perceived Threats to the System; A Phone Call From Washington State, Late at Night; and Saturday with Martin. Former directing resident at Playwrights Horizons. Graduate of Dartmouth College.

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