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Squeamish  | Open: 10/06/17 Close: 11/11/17
All For One Theater presents SQUEAMISH, the new play starring two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser (Secret Garden, The First Daughter Suite) at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street).  This production, which runs from October 6 through November 11th, is the third psychological horror play from Aaron Mark, following his acclaimed Empanada Loca with Daphne Rubin-Vega and Another Medea with Tom Hewitt. Mr. Mark is also the director. 

SQUEAMISH is the tale of an Upper West Side psychoanalyst, a long-time recovering alcoholic whose bloody quest for personal balance begins when she finds herself in the South Plains of Texas, off her meds, after her nephew's suicide.

Tickets are $52.25 and are available by visiting www.telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

For more information, visit http://www.afo.nyc

A Persistent Memory  | Open: 05/27/16 Close: 06/19/16
David is losing his grip on reality. With every passing moment his most precious memories are slipping away. Haunted by his past, he finds help while investigating a mysterious phenomenon that is overwhelming the world’s elephant population. A poetic and emotionally driven narrative, A Persistent Memory explores the unexpected virtues of grief, the impact of childhood memories, and how sometimes meeting the right people at the right time can change our lives forever.

May 27 through June 19; Opening Night is June 1, 2016

Playing Schedule: Tuesday at 7PM; Wednesday - Saturday at 8PM; Saturday matinee at 2PM; Sunday at 3PM

Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre is located at 410 West 42nd Street

Tickets are $49.50 and can be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com or calling 212-239-6200.

For more information, please visit, APersistentMemory.com

HAPPY 50ISH! THE MUSICAL  | Open: 07/12/15 Close: 08/30/15
HAPPY50ish!, the mid-life crisis musical comedy will have its Off-Broadway premiere beginning Wednesday, July 15 at The Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) on Theatre Row. Created by Lynn Shore, Mark Vogel and David Burnham, and directed and choreographed by Paul Stancato, HAPPY 50ish! opens Sunday, July 26.  Previews run from July 15 through July 25 and the show will play a limited engagement through August 30. Performances are scheduled for Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. with matinees on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $69.50 - $99.50 and are available through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or www.Telecharge.com.

Happy 50ish! is a musical comedy that revolves around Bob’s surprise birthday party.  As he turns the big five-0, he learns to laugh and make fun of all the things that inevitably come with age.  He’s arrived early for his party, his wife is running late, and there’s a backyard full of party guests. While reading his birthday cards aloud, he learns that turning 50 magnifies the unintended and hilarious realities of middle age.

Columbia: The Life And Death Of Rospo D. Oro  | Open: 01/09/14 Close: 01/25/14
PiPE DREAM theatre presents Columbia: the life and death of Rospo D. Oro, a new steampunk fairytale musical for adults with book and music by Collin Simon, lyrics by Liz Muller.

Columbia: the life and death of Rospo D. Oro is a heart-warming, adult fairytale musical following Rospo's wild ride down his self destructive path. In pursuit of faster vehicles in order to chase his destiny and outrun his past, Rospo’s reckless behavior continually affects and forever changes the lives of the colorful characters of The Wild Woods. Join the high-speed journey and enter a complex, magical world - a perilous place filled with addiction, murderers, unseen dangers, and a child god with powers beyond their imaginations. Columbia is inspired by the Kenneth Grahame’s novel “The Wind in the Willows.”

Liz Muller directs a cast of 20 including Alex Parrish, Liz Muller, Adam du Plessis, Amanda Teneriello, Melinda Ehrlich, Megan Rose Margiotti, Kevin Hurley, Laurrice Monnae, Cait Murphy, Michael T. Kopplin, Kim Ceccotti, Jenn Aviles, Jillian Moran, Aileen Lanni, Anthony Massa, and Kelsey Sullivan with others to be announced shortly.


About the Company: PiPE DREAM theatre

PiPE DREAM theatre is dedicated to the creation of meaningful productions that change the way people view theater.

The Preacher And The Shrink  | Open: 11/16/13 Close: 01/04/14
 Under the direction of Steven Yuhasz, THE PREACHER AND THE SHRINK also features Tom Galantich (Mamma Mia!, City of Angels, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Boeing-Boeing), Mat Hostetler(War Horse, “Boardwalk Empire,” “White Collar”), Adria Vitlar (The Columnist, Blood and Gifts),and Nicholas Urda (Love’s Labour’s Lost).

In THE PREACHER AND THE SHRINK, a spirited young woman makes a sexual accusation which checkmates her father, a respected and popular pastor. They have been estranged for years by a deep grief. Will she follow through? Will he fight back? Even the psychiatrist (Dee Hoty) who tries to help becomes conflicted when middle age romance develops. THE PREACHER AND THE SHRINK unwraps these struggles with startling consequences.

Three-time Tony nominee Dee Hoty has starred in numerous Broadway hits including The Will Rogers Follies, City of Angels, Mamma Mia!, Footloose, and Me and My Girl, and Off-Broadway inPersonals and Vanities. She played Phyllis Rogers Stone in the all-star Paper Mill revival ofFollies, which was preserved on a two-CD set as the only complete recording of the legendary Sondheim score. Her TV credits include “Elementary,” “Smash,” “St. Elsewhere,” and “My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies.”

Scrambled Eggs  | Open: 04/23/13 Close: 05/11/13
 

Scrambled Eggs is a comedy that follows Karen Hoffman, our exuberant heroine, on a hectic yet humorous journey through her life. Along the way we experience her dysfunctional parents, her sexual awakenings, and the rigors of dating, marriage and parenthood.

Starring Amy Van Nostrand (Broadway: Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse (American premiere), Off-Broadway: The God Committee, Dance with Me); with Anne O’Sullivan (Off the King’s Road. TV: “Law & Order” (all three), “Sex and the City”); Jim Frangione (Broadway: The Old Neighborhood, National Tour of Oleanna); Candace Brecker (Kennedy Center’s Movement of the Soul. Film, On the Block. TV: “Law & Order: SVU”); Mary Catherine Wright (Broadway: Tintypes, A History of the American Film, The Front Page, The Man Who Came to Dinner).
 

3 Ghosts  | Open: 12/08/11 Close: 12/23/11
3 Ghosts is an original steampunk musical re-telling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Come with Scrooge on a macabre journey through the expanses of time and experience the Dickens’ holiday classic as if for the first time. 

Lovers  | Open: 07/15/10 Close: 08/01/10
An edgy, sexy contemporary two-person musical scored with an original array of contemporary punk, pop, rock, and infused jazz, LOVERS, explores the darker side of a relationship.

Chip and Jolie thought they found an unlikely love.  In a relationship spanned over 8 years from carefree impulses to increasing uncertainties, their story is set against human rhythms, harmonies and ultimately, the discords of Manhattan dreams versus Brooklyn realities…where dreams go deferred and sacrifices are made...or not...with tragic results.

For more information visit www.loversmusical.com

LOVERS, book, lyrics, and music by newcomer playwright/composer Christopher Massimine.  Direction by Christopher M. Czyz, with Music Direction by Evan Jay Newman and is produced by Massimine/Roytman/Presentations (producers of the West Coast hit, The Most Mediocre Story Never Told!), Ruben Brache (Little Women, Broadway, Shout!, Off Broadway), in Association with Jason Goldstein (Chuckleball, Off Broadway), Matthew Kagen, and The Midtown International Theatre Festival.  Casting by MKA Casting (formerly Barry Moss Casting).

Never Norman Rockwell  | Open: 07/16/10 Close: 07/31/10
 An All-American Bromance!

Dan and Shelly are getting married, and in the morning-after haze of the bachelor party, Dan’s roommate Jack drops a bombshell – he’s gay! Or maybe he’s bi, Jack’s a bit murky on the details, except when he’s not.

Dan wonders what this says about their friendship and why did Jack reveal it now? It turns out Jack's new boyfriend is the Bride-To-Be's brother Mark! There's Red Bull and Apple Jacks, Saturday Golf with the Fathers, and even a pre-nup pregnancy that make this a post-modern, screwball comedy about friends and the family we choose.

The Starship Astrov  | Open: 07/17/10 Close: 07/31/10
Oberon Theatre Ensemble in association with The Midtown International Theatre Festival is pleased to present the World Premiere production of THE STARSHIP ASTROV by Duncan Pflaster, directed by Eric Parness. THE STARSHIP ASTROV will play 5 performances at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row (410 W 42nd St). Performances begin Saturday, July 17th and continue through Saturday, July 31st.

Press are cordially invited to all performances.


Award-winning playwright Duncan Pflaster (Prince Trevor Amongst The Elephants) returns to the Midtown International Theatre Festival with another classic-bender fantasy, a mashup of Chekhovian comedy and science fiction.

The year is 3047. A diplomatic mission brings a professor, his lovely alien wife and his faithful doctor aboard The Starship Astrov, where unspoken love and misunderstandings abound between the ship’s crew and guests. Asking the question, will humanity stay the same, or will the future change us?

Featuring Walter Brandes*, Elizabeth A. Davis*, Philip Emeott, Ariel Estrada*, Jennifer Gawlik*, Rafael Jordan* and Christine Verleny.

Mark Richard Caswell is the costume designer, Isabella F. Byrd is the lighting designer, and Nick Moore is the sound designer. Jenna Lazar is the production stage manager, and Jaime Carrillo is the assistant director.

THE STARSHIP ASTROV plays the following performances through Saturday, July 31st:

Saturday, July 17th at 9:00pm
Tuesday, July 20th at 8:00pm
Friday, July 23rd at 8:00pm
Thursday, July 29th at 7:00pm
Saturday, July 31st at 2:00pm

Tickets are $18.00. Visit www.ticketcentral.com to purchase online, or call 212-279-4200. Tickets are also available at Theatre Row’s box office open from 12pm – 8pm.

For more information visit: www.OberonTheatre.org
For more information about the festival, visit www.MidtownFestival.org
Press photos are available at: http://picasaweb.google.com/kampfirefilms/TheStarshipAstrov#

Running Time: 90 minutes.

*Appearing Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
 


About the Company: Oberon Theatre Ensemble

The Oberon Theatre Ensemble is an active player in New York’s independent theatre community. Each season we combine classic, contemporary, and new works in a format that allows each to highlight and enhance the other. We juxtapose new against old in a single evening or in a repertory schedule, with our ensemble of actors and directors nimbly jumping from one world to another to draw our audiences fully into the experience.

Most Likely To: The Senior Superlative Musical  | Open: 07/18/10 Close: 07/28/10
 

MOST LIKELY TO sets the Glee’s vs. the Goths; the Drama Queens vs. the Jocks, in a Senior Superlative Showdown, presenting the true-to-life musings of high school students labeled "Most likely to …" by classmates!  Published and produced New York playwright, composer and drama mentor Michael Tester, an original co-author of Ken Davenport’s long running Off-Broadway hit, The Awesome 80s Prom, employs a senior superlative ceremony as its unifying arc in showcasing the seriocomic musings of students labeled everything from Most Popular to Class Clown.


About the Company: Broadway Clubhouse

 BroadwayClubhouse.com is a resource site dedicated to fostering the theatrical work of its founder, Michael Tester, and the artistic community at large.

Family Dinner  | Open: 06/17/10 Close: 07/03/10
In the first act of FAMILY DINNER, we meet the Wells family in its suburban Southern California home in 1963, a seemingly typical family that reflects the American values as we understood them at that time: father Howard's business is enjoying unexpected growth, mother Jane remains at home to look out for their three school-age children. The family sits down to dinner together every night, with the cocktails and casseroles that were the order of the day in the early 60's.

Act 2 revisits the Wells family 40 years later (the daughter in the first act is the mother now and the family is located in post 9/11 NYC), and the tradition of conversation and word-play at the family dinner are long-forgotten. In fact, the very idea of a such a dinner is seemingly impossible.

The cast of FAMILY DINNER features Lily Corvo, Rick Desloge, Patrick Riviere, Mary Ellen Ashley, Daniel Pollack, Marshall Pailet, Mary McGloin, Tommy McKieran, Nancy Nagrant and William Broderick.

Songs For A New World  | Open: 08/20/09 Close: 08/22/09
Spotlight On Festivals (Frank Calo, Executive Producer) presents Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World, to benefit the Patrick Michael McMurphy Foundation (PM3 Foundation), which supports the arts through scholarships and grants. Songs for a New World, which debuted Off-Broadway in 1995, underscores the moments that determine whether someone is up for life’s challenges- those instances that define a person indefinitely. Songs for a New World is often presented as a song cycle; this production, however, will highlight the Grecian tradition of storytelling that underscores the overarching themes of the piece.

All net proceeds from the production will benefit The Patrick Michael McMurphy Memorial Foundation (The PM3 Foundation), which was established shortly after the tragic death of 23-year-old actor Patrick Michael McMurphy on August 30, 2008. The PM3 Foundation provides scholarships and grants to support the arts, specifically theater, film, and music. First seeded with Patrick’s life savings, the foundation has grown through the contributions of family, friends, and others whose lives he touched. The foundation currently funds a scholarship to the Stella Adler Conservatory, from which Patrick graduated only a couple of weeks before his untimely death.



 

Sophistry  | Open: 04/22/09 Close: 05/29/09
The subjective nature of truth within sexual relationships is the theme of Sophistry, a play about college life in modern-day America. The self-absorbed lives of a group of students at a small New England college are disrupted when they are suddenly forced to deal with a crisis: Philosophy professor Whitey McCoy is accused of seducing a male student, Jack Kahn. Both Whitey and Jack tell the story, each from their conflicting memories, leaving everybody in doubt as to what is true. This alleged sexual harassment story is mixed with slices of student life as everybody gossips, take sides, and eventually forget all about Whitey and Jack. The students are too busy drinking, smoking pot, and trying to sort out their romantic longings and sexual obsessions as they try to come-of-age within the intimate hotbed setting of a contemporary college campus, with all of its confused trials, anxious tribulations, pressures, compromises, and politically incorrect dangers.

Incident At Vichy  | Open: 03/08/09 Close: 04/11/09
A detention room in France during the German occupation is the setting for America’s preeminent playwright to explore the themes of guilt and complicity with the forces of authority. In Incident at Vichy, ten men have been picked up for ‘questioning.’ As the men grapple with the fears, uncertainty and self-denial about the unspeakable fate that awaits them, Miller uniquely examines an historical period whose consequences continue to reverberate today

American Rapture  | Open: 02/14/09 Close: 03/01/09
OBERON THEATRE ENSEMBLE is pleased to announce their series AMERICAN RAPTURE, which includes Hello Out There by William Saroyan and world premiere plays by Alex Dinelaris (nominated Lucile Lortel/Drama Desks). The series will be presented in conjunction with William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, as part of Oberon’s Winter Rep 09. AMERICAN RAPTURE plays a three-week limited engagement at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row (410 W 42nd St). Performances begin Saturday, February 14th and continue through Sunday, March, 1st.

An evening of short plays, some humorous, some tragic, explore the unique mixture of loneliness and hope, which make up the American Experience. Playwright/director Alex Dinelaris, who was nominated for a Lucille Lortel (Best Musical) and two Drama Desk Awards (Book & Lyrics) for his work on the off-Broadway hit, ZANNA DON’T!, weaves his way through modern relationships, religious hypocrisy, love, loss and the endless cycle of violence that threatens to swallow our society whole. The evening culminates with William Saroyan’s Hello Out There, the powerful tale of two outcasts who find love at the most unlikely of times, in the most unlikely of places.

Much Ado About Nothing  | Open: 02/12/09 Close: 02/28/09
OBERON THEATRE ENSEMBLE is pleased to announce their production of William Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Mark Karafin. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING plays a three-week limited engagement at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row (410 W 42nd St). Performances begin Thursday, February 12th and continue through Saturday, February, 28th. 

Press are invited Thursday, February 12th at 8 pm & Friday, February 13th at 8 pm.

Benedick and Beatrice have vowed to remain single and appear to enjoy their battle of wits too much to ever call a truce.  Young lovers Hero and Claudio conspire to change their minds.   A romantic comedy about winning the one you didn’t know you wanted most.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING will be presented in conjunction with American Rapture, a series that includes Hello Out There by William Saroyan & World Premiere plays by Alex Dinelaris (nominated Lucile Lortel/Drama Desks) as part of Oberon Theatre Ensemble’s Winter Rep 09.

The production features scenic design by Kathryn Veillette and lighting design by Jessica Hinkle. Dee Dee Katchen is the stage manager.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING plays the following schedule through Saturday, February 28th:

Thursday, Feb 12 at 8pm
Friday Feb 13 at 8pm
Monday, Feb 16 at 7pm
Tuesday, Feb 17 at 8pm
Wednesday, Feb 18 at 2pm
Saturday, Feb 21 at 8pm
Sunday, Feb 22 at 3pm
Wednesday, Feb 25 at 8pm
Thursday, Feb 26 at 8pm
Friday, Feb 27 at 8pm
Saturday, Feb 28 at 2pm

Press are invited Thursday, February 12th at 8 pm & Friday, February 13th at 8 pm.

Tickets are $20.00 and $13.75 students/seniors. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.TicketCentral.com, or by calling 212-279-4200. Tickets may also be purchased in person at Theater Row’s box office, open daily from 12pm-8pm.

For more information about Much Ado About Nothing and Oberon Theatre Ensemble’s Winter Rep 09, visit www.OberonTheatre.org.

 

Emilie's Voltaire  | Open: 01/15/09 Close: 02/07/09
Set during the French Enlightenment, the play chronicles the volcanic, law-breaking, sexually-driven, intellectually-fuelled, sixteen-year love affair between Francois-Marie Arouet (VOLTAIRE) and Gabrielle Emilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise du Chatelet (EMILIE).

Apartment 3A  | Open: 01/26/08 Close: 02/16/08
The Director of Fundraising at the local PBS station is left reeling from the loss of what she thought was the love of her life. After moving into a shabby, but conveniently vacant apartment, she searches for a reason to hope again when she meets a next-door neighbor who teaches her what it truly means to be in love forever, and how to have faith in what is to come. Daniels cleverly weaves his unique style of humor into this captivating, charming play.
The Runner Stumbles  | Open: 10/28/07 Close: 11/24/07
Could the anguish he suffers over his illicit passion for Sister Rita, a young nun, have caused Father Rivard to commit the ultimate sin of murder? The truth, when revealed, is nowhere near as simple. Based on a true story. This powerful and compelling play, set in rural Michigan at the turn of the last century, was originally seen on Broadway in 1976 in a production directed by Austin Pendleton. "...an absolutely fascinating play...one of the best first plays I have seen in a long time. It got to me, and I cried." —NY Times. "...his story of repressed passions flames up with scorching intensity." —Cue Magazine. "...a new, serious, well-made, and continuously interesting American play..." —The New Yorker. The cast includes: Jamie Bennett, Cynthia Darlow, Christopher Halladay, Chris Hietikko, Julie Jesneck, Christina Bennett Lind, Mark Montgomery, James Murtaugh and Ashley West, with company designers: Mary Louise Geiger (lighting), David Toser (costumes), and Daryl Bornstein (sound), Dana Moran Williams (sets), David Toser (costumes) and Joseph Trapanese (music).
The Mail Order Bride & The Imaginary Invalid  | Open: 10/27/06 Close: 11/19/06
the world-premiere of Charles L. Mee's new comedy
THE MAIL ORDER BRIDE, Directed by Eric Parness

in repertory with a play that inspired it,

Molière's final satire
THE IMAGINARY INVALID
Directed by Rebecca Patterson

THE MAIL ORDER BRIDE is Charles L. Mee's tribute to the writings of Molière. Inspired by THE IMAGINARY INVALID (as well as other plays by Molière, Wycherley, and Aristophanes) the new comedy set in modern-day Brooklyn revolves around Argan, an older hypochondriac who orders up a young Asian bride much to the outrage of his family and friends. But when a handsome young caterer arrives on the scene, the bride must choose between loyalty and love, and Argan is forced to learn the difference between growing old and growing up.

THE IMAGINARY INVALID is Molière's satirical look at the medical profession. As Argan (the "invalid")'s financial circumstances collapse under the weight of excessive medical bills, made by his own fears and by the unscrupulous behavior of his two physicians, he decides to marry his daughter off to one of his doctors in return for a lifetime of free medical treatments. The idea meets opposition, though, when it becomes clear that the young lady's affections lie elsewhere. Soon the entire household is involved in an elaborate, uproarious plot to save true love.

For a complete listing of specific show times, go to: www.ResonanceEnsemble.org

Anais Nin: One of Her Lives  | Open: 08/03/06 Close: 08/26/06
This August witness the extraordinary stylings of Anais Nin's writing on the New York stage, performed by some of the finest award-winning actors in the city. Anais Nin was a poetic writer, a daring writer. Her innovative, evocative style encapsulated both feminism and the feminine. She came to be something of a cult figure and distinguished herself in literary circles. She wrote of female sexuality explicitly in her diaries and then published them. She was known for saying; "You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too" (AN).

Anaïs Nin: One of Her Lives follows Nin, a writer who, in the end, must choose her own path if she is to succeed in her literary ambition. Biographically, the play traces the complicated love triangle between Anais Nin, author, Henry Miller and his wife June. A literary ménage a trois is born that is like no other.

Haymarket  | Open: 12/08/05 Close: 12/23/05
On the evening of May 4, 1886, anarchist-socialist organizers called a meeting in the Haymarket Square in Chicago to demand an eight-hour day for the city's workers. When police attempted to disperse the meeting, somebody in the crowd hurled an iron sphere filled with dynamite into the ranks of officers. The bomb exploded, the police opened fire into the crowd, and in the ensuing riot, seven policemen and several workers were killed. At the time, it was one of the most deadly acts of terrorism that had ever taken place on American soil. While the bomb-thrower was never caught, seven anarchist leaders were arrested and convicted of conspiracy. Five of them were hanged.

Haymarket focuses on one of those leaders, Albert Parsons, and his wife Lucy Parsons, a bi-racial ex-slave. Using newspapers, trial transcripts, and original scenes, the play shows the aftershocks from the May 4 explosion that rocked the city of Chicago in the summer of 1886.

The play begins moments after the bomb is thrown, and follows the lives of anarchists, policemen, elected officials, and ordinary citizens in the aftermath of tragedy and through the first "red scare" in American history.

India Awaiting  | Open: 10/15/05 Close: 11/06/05
India Awaiting is a modern, cross-cultural love story between a young Indian man, Nikhil, and a Spanish-American woman, Janet, who face the challenges of assimilation, cultural differences and the traditions of their families.
Yank!  | Open: 09/14/05 Close: 09/21/05
Doug Kreeger (who made a splash last spring playing a child-murderer in the York Theatre's Leopold & Loeb musical Thrill Me ) has just signed on to play Stu, a war photographer for Yank magazine – yes, it was a real WWII-era publication, written by army servicemen themselves and distributed among the troops – and the central character of the musical YANK! (the character is in every scene and never leaves the stage!) The show takes the form of a memory play, as an elderly Stu in a nursing home remembers his experiences during the WW2 in the Pacific, most especially his romance with fellow soldier Mitch.

YANK! takes a look at the often overlooked gay men who fought and loved in the ranks during WWII. The show pays loving homage to both Hollywood's "it takes one of every kind to make a platoon" war flicks as well as the 1940's Broadway lyricism of Rodgers and Hammerstein (the show even features a Dream Ballet). In addition to being suffused with songs (swing, big band, boogie-woogie) YANK! explores what stories get told in wartime, what gets remembered, and how WWII became the great catalyst in bringing gay men and women together.

Musical Director: Rob Berman
Choreographer Chase Brock
LEARNing Curve  | Open: 02/10/05 Close: 02/27/05
Set amidst the true events of the armed takeover of a building by African American students at a leading northeastern University in 1968, Learning Curve chronicles the complex relationships that are forged between students at an Ivy League university, and the heavy responsibilities placed on them to effect change. The play focuses on a young African American in his turbulent first year in college falling in love with a white student who is also the daughter of an important professor. When his girlfriend takes some controversial photos of him and exhibits them anonymously, he becomes the target of his fellow African Americans who berate him for letting a white woman tell his "story". It is difficult for him not to get caught up in the maelstrom as the play rushes towards its climactic conclusion.