Fall's Must See Plays | Helen Shaw
"For perfect period-specific melancholy, there has been no better company than the Mad Ones, the superb Off-Off-Broadway troupe that devised The Essential Straight & Narrow (heartbreak at a Seventies highway motel) and The Tremendous Tremendous (heartbreak at the 1939 World's Fair). Now the team, which includes exquisite performers like Joe Curnutte, Marc Bovino, and Stephanie Wright Thompson, brings the tragicomic Miles for Mary to the Bushwick Starr, diving into the 'camcorder' Eighties with all the deliciously terrible hair and jeans choices that implies. My hopes are as high as my newly sprayed bangs."
The Bushwick Starr Presents Miles for Mary | Created by The Mad Ones in Collaboration with Amy Staats and Stacey Yen, Directed by Lila Neugebauer | October 2-29, 2016
It’s 1988, and the planning committee for Garrison High School’s ninth annual Miles For Mary Telethon is fired up and ready to go. Across subcommittee sessions in the Phys Ed teachers' lounge, Drama Desk-nominated The Mad Ones assemble an analog elegy to the camcorder 1980s, Girls Track and Field, and the consecrated American High School.
The Bushwick Starr theater: 207 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY [between Irving and Wyckoff]
Set Design by Amy Rubin, Costume Design by Asta Hostetter, Lighting Design by Mike Inwood, Sound Design by Stowe Nelson, and Dramaturgy by Sarah Lunnie.
Featuring Marc Bovino, Joe Curnutte, Michael Dalto, Amy Staats, Stephanie Wright Thompson and Stacey Yen.
Line Producer Ann Marie Dorr, Stage Manager Ilana Khanin, Technical Director Jen Medina-Gray, Assistant Director Margaret Hee, Assistant Stage Manager Audrey Rosenblith, Lighting Associate Drew Florida, Assistant Costume Designer Nell Simon, Interns: Bartley Booz, Sarah Doody, Helen Handleman, and Tessa Jane Lee
Miles for Mary was commissioned and developed through the support of The Bushwick Starr with additional developmental support from Ars Nova. Miles for Mary is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support provided by the Studio42 Legacy Grant.
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"HEARTY PARTY A chicken, a mermaid, a sad clown and a Navajo chief crowd a motel room in New Mexico, boozing and dancing and bobbing for apples. Riotous and melancholy, this Halloween bacchanal at the close of the Mad Ones’ The Essential Straight & Narrow lets the good times roll and then, as evening collapses into morning, the bad ones, too."-ALEXIS SOLOSKI
Photo Top: The Essential Straight & Narrow/ Fitz Patton/Chance Magazine, Photo Bottom: The Mad Ones / Self Portrait