A LITTLE POTATO AND HARD TO PEEL

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Solo Performance
Written and performed by David Harell, Directed by Jayd McCarty

In "A LITTLE POTATO AND HARD TO PEEL," actor/writer David Harrell explores what it’s like to grow up with only one hand. Using baseball, Shakespeare, and even some spiritual guidance from Mr. T., Harrell takes his audience on a quest to answer the question of whether a person is more than just the sum of their parts, and traces his own somewhat bumpy journey to acceptance. Starting from birth (when Harrell's father deals with the news of his son’s disability by insisting that he can still play baseball) to adolescence (and some hilariously disastrous experimentation with prosthetic hands) to adulthood (where various acting teachers keep insisting that he perform pieces from "Richard III"), Harrell’s lifetime quest to feel "normal" will appeal to anyone who's ever felt like they were missing a piece of themselves.

Harrell stated that the original concept for "A Little Potato and Hard To Peel" came from Phoenix Theatre Circle’s Artistic Director Steven Anderson. "I would tell these stories about me growing up and playing sports or trying to get a girlfriend. Steven would tell me that I should put these anecdotes together into a performance piece. His words inspired me to write 'The Quest,' an earlier version of the show. I’m excited to remount this work for New York audiences. I think they’ll find that the stories transcend someone just talking about their disability. This show is universal." said Harrell.

DAVID HARRELL is originally from Georgia and has worked as an actor throughout the Southeast for the last decade. He worked as an intern with The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA and as a company member with The Phoenix Theatre Circle in Columbus, OH. He then spent four years in Atlanta, GA working with theatres such as The New American Shakespeare Company, Push Push Theatre, The Jewish Theatre of the South, The Aurora Theatre, Theatre Gael and The Georgia Shakespeare Festival. In 2002, David moved to Raleigh, NC to serve as the Accessibility and Outreach Director for the Raleigh Ensemble Players Theatre Company. David recently earned his MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Preview:   09/17/09
Open:   09/24/09
Close:   10/11/09

Schedule:
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 PM
Theater:   Jewel Box Theater
Address:   312 W. 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
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Cost:$10 for performances prior to 9/24, $15 thereafter
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