Genre: Comedy
by August Schulenburg, directed by Kelly O'Donnell

"Rue," a whimsical dark comedy, is about the madness of desire and the clarity of love. In the sinful Southern half of the island, we meet Handsome, a poor charismatic bartender; his jilted lover Pip; and the rich and powerful Boss McReis. When McReis hires Handsome as the front-man of his swankiest hotel and bans Pip from following, she goes undercover as a boy to win Handsome back. Then Candace, desperate for a child, arrives at the hotel with her unhappy husband. What follows is a farce of epic proportions, complete with slamming doors, unlikely marriages, and a nearly immaculate conception. Beyond the farcical elements, however,
lurk darker themes of obsession, exploitation and regret. At its heart, "Rue" is about the fragility of beauty, our basic need for human contact and why we should be forgiven for chasing these so compulsively.

About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

Preview:   03/01/06
Open:   03/03/06
Close:   03/19/06

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Sunday at 3pm
Theater:   Theater For The New City
Address:   155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10009
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