Family ties ignite in Repulsing the Monkey,
a new, heartfelt comedy by Michael Eichler
about siblings who struggle to honor their parents' legacy as the specter of gentrification looms. With the sudden inheritance of their parent’s bar, Janey (Kim Katzberg)
and Danny (Sergey Nagorny)
are besieged by prospective owners from the coasts who seek to purchase Jablonski’s and make it their own. Emily Elizabeth Bennett, Kaila Wooten, Samuel Barnes Jaffe,
and Asha Devi
hilariously capture the would-be gentrifiers, who think little of erasing the bar’s character and discarding its history. As they compete over their vision for the space, Danny and Janey struggle to make a decision that will change their lives and the spirit of their hometown forever, while confronting their past and facing their future. Should they keep the unprofitable bar and honor their folks, or sell to developers from the coasts for a hefty profit?
Staged at The White Horse Tavern (25 Bridge Street, NYC) for 15 performances from September 15-26, 2021, Repulsing the Monkey sees the 1641 historic tavern, located between the skyscrapers of NYC’s Financial District, become Jablonski’s, a shot and beer tavern set in a rapidly gentrifying Pittsburgh. Daniel Leeman Smith directs.
COVID-19 Vaccine Statement: Audience will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the show. “Fully vaccinated” means the performance date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Masks will also be required for audiences inside the theatre, except while eating or drinking.