UNDER THE INFLUENCE: TWO PLAYS - THE MAD BROOKLYNITE AND SUNLIGHT IN A CAFETERIA

Genre: Drama
©Alfred Steiner
Anna Ziegler, Ben Bowman, Dina Leytes, Jonathan Lethem

THE MAD BROOKLYNITE, based on short stories by novelist Jonathan Lethem, poses the question, what happens when you ask directions of a stranger on a Brooklyn subway platform? SUNLIGHT IN A CAFETERIA imagines the two subjects of an Edward Hopper painting come to life, fully aware that they are in a work of art.

Followed by a conversation about art and appropriation.  

The Mad Brooklynite 
by Ben Bowman 
based upon the short stories “The Mad Brooklynite” and “Breakfast at Brelreck’s” 
by Jonathan Lethem 
directed by Ben Bowman 
with Ato Essandoh, Clare Barron and Almeria Campbell

Sunlight in a Cafeteria
by Anna Ziegler 
directed by Dina Leytes
with Jessica Dickey and Andrew Garman



Produced by Dina Leytes and Gbenga Akinnagbe



About the Plays:

 The Mad Brooklynite is a dramatic re-working of two short stories by Brooklyn writer Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn, 1999 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner; Fortress of Solitude, 2003 NY Times Best Seller) by filmmaker Ben Bowman, staging his first play. Set in a Brooklyn subway station, a young traveler seeks directions from an eccentric borough denizen.



Sunlight in a Cafeteria is a beautiful and haunting recasting of an Edward Hopper painting. It depicts the two lone figures of the painting as having come to life. The author of Sunlight in a Cafeteria is Anna Ziegler, a Brooklyn playwright. Anna recently won the Third Annual STAGE Competition for her play Photograph 51, which was judged by David Auburn, John Guare, David Lindsay-Abaire and two Nobel Laureates.

 Two one-act plays, each adapted from other works, one literary the other visual.

Open:   05/13/10
Close:   05/15/10

Schedule:
May 13, 14, 15, 2010 - 9:30pm nightly
Theater:   The Tank
Address:   354 West 45th street
New York, NY 10036
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The Tank is located at 354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). To get to The Tank by subway: Take the A,C,E to 42nd Street/Time Square. Walk West.

Cost:$15
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