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Aurin Squire's DON'T SMOKE IN BED to Premiere at Finborough Theatre

"You know I saw an article in Time Magazine a few years ago that stated 'Asian Men are In,' and it had a picture of a white woman riding the back of an Asian man. No Kidding. Like he was some kind of human rickshaw. Maybe you should take a picture of Sheryl riding me with a blunt in her mouth an' a dreadlock wig."

Following the success of last year's production of Obama-ology, multi-award-winning African-American playwright Aurin Squire returns to the Finborough Theatre with another world premiere - DON'T SMOKE IN BED, running at the Finborough Theatre, playing Sunday and Monday evening and Tuesday matinee performances from Sunday, 6 March 2016 (Press Night: Monday, 7 March 2016 at 7.30pm).

Jamaican-American Richard and White-American Sheryl are starting a family together. When they agree to a series of 'bedroom interviews', they believe that their interracial relationship is the focus of the article. As both play up to what they believe are the expectations of the interviewer, they embark on a journey that challenges their relationship to the core as the barriers between psychological and social, sexual and political, public and private, melt and dissolve...

DON'T SMOKE IN BED is a stunning exploration of social and racial perception in contemporary America.

Playwright Aurin Squire returns to Finborough Theatre where his play Obama-ology received its world premiere at the 2014, and was subsequently produced at RADA. Aurin is a New York journalist and playwright who graduated from The Juilliard School's Liia Acheson Wallace American Playwriting Program in May 2015. In 2015-2016, he has playwriting fellowships at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange for his choreopoem The Gospel According to F#ggots and at the National Black Theatre for his post-apocalyptic satire Zoohouse. His plays include A Family Manual for Kwanzaa (The Kennedy Center MFA Workshop) The Great Black Sambo Machine (Lincoln Centre Lab and Ars Nova), Defacing Michael Jackson (Nuyorican Poets Café workshop and winner of Lincoln Center's Act One Prize), To Whom It May Concern (Abingdon Theatre and ArcLight Theatre productions) and African Americana (Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Theatre 503). He was in the Royal Court Theatre's US Writer Programme in 2015 and the Dramatists Guild Fellowship. Currently, he is a television staff writer for the new political satire Brain Dead that will premiere on CBS in 2015. He writes and produces multimedia and web video including the installation art film Dreams of Freedom, which won three national prizes and is in the permanent exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History. He also works as a freelance reporter for Talking Points Memo, Fusion, Take Part and The New Republic. Aurin lives in Brooklyn.

Director Andrew Twyman is currently the Artistic Director at Plane Paper Theatre Company. Directing includes Te Karakia as part of Vibrant 2015 - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights (Finborough Theatre), Odd Shaped Balls (Edinburgh Festival and Space UK), Reason and Force (King's Head Theatre) and Fair Exchange (Tabard Theatre). Assistant Direction includes Forget Me Not (The Bush Theatre), A Further Education (Hampstead Theatre) and Berenice (The Space). Associate Direction includes King Of The Fuckin' Castle (VAULT Festival). Andrew was also a member of the writing programme at theLive Theatre, Newcastle.

The cast is:

Clare Latham
Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Blue Surge.
Trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (New York Tisch School of the Arts) and Drama Centre.
Theatre includes Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Southwark Playhouse), Green Eyes - The Hotel Plays (Defibrillator Theatre at The Grange Hotel), Romeo and Juliet, The Talented Mr Ripley, Joan of Arc, Mordor, Stringberg's Apartment (The Faction at the New Diorama Theatre), The Ones (Arts Theatre), The Story Project - Intelligence (Arcola Theatre), Bradley/Chelsea/Nameless (Theatre503), Crave, A Doll's House Revisited and At The Broken Places (Savio(u)r Theatre Company at Camden People's Theatre, Etcetera Theatre and Cock Tavern), The Skin of Our Teeth and The Typists (LOST Theatre), and Richard III (Orb Theatre, New York City).
Television includes Suspicion.

Greg Lockett
Trained at LAMDA.
Theatre includes African Americana (Theatre503), The Merchant of Venice (Polish National Opera), Romeo and Juliet (Vault Festival), Secret Cinema presents Back to the Future, Secret Cinema 21: Miller's Crossing (Secret Cinema), Zorro A New Musical (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta), Macbeth, Metamorphosis: Myths and Legends (Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Atlanta).
Film includes Cinderella and Florence Foster Jenkins.
Radio includes Babycakes.

IF YOU GO:

DON'T SMOKE IN BED

PRESS NIGHT: MONDAY, 7 MARCH 2016 AT 7.30PM
PHOTOCALL: MONDAY, 7 MARCH 2016 AT 5.00PM-5.30PM

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Box Office 0844 847 1652 Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 March 2016
Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.
Tickets £18, £16 concessions.
Performance length: Approximately 90 minutes with no interval.


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