Genre: Drama, Lesbian+Gay
Written by J.Stephen Brantley, Directed by David Drake

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with Hard Sparks will present the World Premiere of J.Stephen Brantley’s THE JAMB, directed by David Drake, September 1-17 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7pm. Tickets ($25) may be purchased in advance at The cast will feature J.Stephen Brantley (R & J & Z at The New Ohio; Murder in the First at 59E59), Todd Flaherty (Sleep No More with Punchdrunk; Pirira with Theatre 167), Nico Grelli (Animals Commit Suicide with terraNOVA Collective; The Foreplay Play with CapsLock Theater), and Carole Monferdini (Obie Award for The Club at Circle in the Square; Charles Busch’s Vampire Lesbians of Sodom) with Lighting Designer Jonathan Cottle, Set Designer Andrew Diaz, Sound Designer Mark Van Hare, Costume Designer Audrey Nauman, and Stage Manager Leah Montesinos.

The Jamb is a queer coming-of-middle-age story set in 2008. Directed by Obie-winner David Drake, J.Stephen Brantley’s punk rock rom-com on crystal meth examines how addiction, politics and pop culture have impacted the lives of gay American men who grew up post-Stonewall, pre-Will & Grace. Mature audiences only.

It’s 2008 and gay punks Tuffer and Roderick are turning forty. Neither wants to face it. While Tuffer continues to smoke, snort, and screw his way through Manhattan’s collegiate male population, Roderick’s gone straightedge, embracing activism and martial arts. With the arrival of Tuffer’s latest boy toy, Roderick can take no more. After a disastrous quasi-intervention, Tuffer agrees to a sobering-up at Roderick’s folk-singing mother’s house in rural New Mexico. Both will hit bottom on the high desert, on the edge, in the jamb.

Frequent collaborators J.Stephen Brantley (Pirira, Chicken-Fried Ciccone) and David Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, The Lily’s Revenge) stage-dive into the love lives of gay American men who grew up outlaws, now teetering on the edge of equality. Their previous piece together, Chicken-Fried Ciccone: A Twangy True Tale Of Transformation, presented by the FRIGID Festival, was nominated for two New York Innovative Theatre awards. Brantley and Drake, themselves both in recovery, present a close-up view of sex, drugs, and rock and roll through a decidedly queer lens.




About the Company: FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.

Open:   09/01/16
Close:   09/17/16

Thursday through Saturday at 7pm:
Theater:   The Kraine Theater
Address:   85 E. 4th Street
New York, nb p;NY 
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