|Our Greatest Year
| Open: 10/11/12 Close: 10/11/12
Former Clevelander, Robert Attenweiler (the playwright), has long joked to former Clevelander, Scott Henkle (the comic writer and illustrator), that 2007, at least for Cleveland sports fans, might go down as “our greatest year” – as each of our beloved sports teams (The Cavaliers, Indians and Browns) was “this close” to winning it all for Cleveland, the longest-suffering of fans … but still managed to end each season in embarrassing, disgraceful fashion.
Originally staged as part of The Comic Book Theater Festival at The Brick, OUR GREATEST YEAR is an engaging blend of live stage action and projected motion comics that follows aspiring sports blogger, Harvey Pruit, and his new wife, Elton, as they return to Cleveland, OH to care for his ailing father, watch another tortured year of Cleveland sports and learn about loss, losing and the myths we create to make sense of both.
Just in time to kick-off Comic-Con weekend and fresh off a Midwest Tour, Our Greatest Year will run for ONE NIGHT ONLY, Thursday 10/11 – 8pm – at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th St. – between 2nd Ave and the Bowery – no wheelchair access). Tickets ($20) may be purchased online at www.ourgreatestyear.com. Our Greatest Year is directed by Anna Brenner and features Rebecca Benhayon and Eric Slater.
The New York Times says Our Greatest Year is a “tender and knowing inquiry into just why sports fans are so messed up, takes it’s time listening to what its characters say (or don’t say) and why. As such, it is an oasis of psychological complexityamong the bells and whistles… Anna Brenner’s empathic direction brings this unflagging pessimist [Harvey] and his mystified wife to vivid life.” Nytheatre.com says “[Rebecca Benhayon and Eric Slater] both give nuanced, deeply felt performances and … the play is filled with Attenweiler’s signature poetic language, which does for Ohioans what Tennessee Williams’s plays did for Southerners…” “[Henkle’s art] has a dry, self-deprecating wit reminiscent of American Splendor…” (The Mary Sue)
About the Company: Disgraced Productions
Disgraced Productions (www.disgracedproductions.com) was founded in 2005 by Robert Attenweiler with the intent to work with other emerging and established artists to make ambitious, high quality, independent theater.