by Jeremy Handelman, directed by Linda Burson

Off The Leash Productions presents "The Bronx Balmers," an emotional and compelling new drama by Bronx native Jeremy Handelman, at The Turtle's Shell Theater starting November 2. One long-time director calls Handelman "...a new playwright of great force and promise".

Set in the Bronx during the tumultuous ‘60s, "The Bronx Balmers" explores what happens to the institutions of community and family when unstoppable outside forces impose radical change. The play offers an unvarnished examination of the subtle but complicated role that racism, sex, infidelity, generational conflict and the limits of friendship play in the lives of everyday people who are forced to confront these issues for the first time.

The literal and emotional center of "The Bronx Balmers" is Rose Balmer, whose comfortable Jewish neighborhood is being turned upside-down by the profound social change of the times. In addition to coping with her beloved Yankees being eclipsed by the Mets, Rose must now confront a much bigger crisis: her rebellious teenage daughter is returning from New Mexico with a big surprise, and Rose's family is coming apart at the seams. How far will this strong-willed and caring matriarch go to hold her rapidly changing world -- and family -- together? "The Bronx Balmers" answers those questions with passion, honesty and considerable humor.

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Open:   11/02/06
Close:   11/19/06

8PM: Thu, Fri, Sat
2PM: Sat, Sun
Theater:   Turtle Shell Theater
Address:   300 W. 43rd St.
New York, NY 10036
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Michael De Nola Irv Minkoff
One of these days, Michael De Nola will perform using his native California accent. After moving to NYC over 10 years ago to play the saxophone, he fell into acting and still can't get up. He has been an Albanian drug lord on Law and Order, an Israeli jeweler on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, a Serbian professor in the soon-to-be-released feature film Pussyfoot, an Arabic doctor in the well-received Fringe festival play Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, an Iranian physicist, a thug, a drunk...The one thing he will probably never play is an Italian Jew from San Francisco.
Larry Greenbush Harry Balmer
Larry's favorite theatrical roles include Torvald in A Dolls House, Shelley Levine in Glengarry Glen Ross, Tommy in The Mayor Who Would Be Sondheim, Polonius in Hamlet, Joe in The Shadow Box, Walter Gold in The Twilight Of The Golds, Senator Hughes in An American Dreamer, Chubukov in Chekhov's The Sneeze, and Captain Shotover in Heartbreak House. His film credits include Seymour in Deliveryance, Tim in A Fatal Dose Of Natural Selection, Norman in The Seder and Bob Goldfine in Shoots * Ladders. Larry has studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and once again, in spite of Pietro's admonitions, would like to thank his friends and family for their love and support.
Amanda Nichols Debra Balmer
Amanda Nichols is a native New Yorker. She Attended New York City's High School of Music, Art, & Performing Arts as a Drama Major. She then spent two years at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, and graduated in May of 2006. She is thrilled to be apart of The Bronx Blamers!
After a busy career as a stuntman in classic films and TV series such as The Godfather I and II, The Valachi Papers, Kojak, St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Shaft, Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon, George decided it was time to stop taking his lumps and start acting on stage. His theater work includes A View From The Bridge, A Raisin In The Sun and Over The Wall. George is very happy to be a member of the Balmer household.
Dorcey Winant Rose Balmer
Since moving to New Jersey, Dorcey has performed in theaters throughout the NY-NJ area. She holds a B.A. in theater and communications and has acted, directed and produced for theater, television, and film around the country, including as Director and Co-Founder of Summerthing Theater. She recently played the part of Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap and last performed for Linda, her illustrious director, in That Is The Question. Favorite roles among Dorcey's more than 100 productions include Eleanor in Lion In Winter, Amanda in Glass Menagerie, Kate in Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Sarah in The Sisters Rosensweig. Dorcey's wide range of voices and accents also has been heard in radio shows such as The Thin Man, Strangers On A Train, The Shadow, and The 39 Steps.
Goldie Zwiebel Sylvia Minkoff
Goldie Zwiebel studied at the Michael Howard Studio and is currently studying with Jen Krater and Brad Calcaterra at the Sally Jonhson Studio. She studied and performed improv at Chicago City Limits and the People's Improv Theater in New York, is a Voice Over artist, a writer and a character and dramatic actor who has played a wide variety of roles in film and on stage. Goldie originated the role of Sadie Cohen in The Lower East Side Project (George Street Playhouse) and is developing a one woman performance piece. She is a member of the Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus of New York. Goldie thanks her kids, her parents, her friends, her teachers, Jeremy the writer, Linda the director - and the cast of this play for the opportunity to be doing what she loves.