LAST WEEK TO CATCH 5 OFF BROADWAY PLAYS
Off Broadway's When We Go Upon The Sea, Freed, Ideal, Modotti and Family Dinner all to close July 3.
When We Go Upon The Sea: Set in a posh hotel room at The Hague, When We Go Upon The Sea imagines former President George W. Bush on the eve of his trial for international war crimes. Lee Blessing’s new play follows the former President embarking on a long night of drinking, joking and ruminating, taking the audience through a deep exploration of how we regard our leaders – loving them, fearing them and unintentionally deifying them. Playing at 59E59 Theaters. Closes 7/3.
Freed:Set in 1824 in the fledgling Ohio University, Freed is the fascinating triangular story of John Newton Templeton, ex-slave and first African-American to attend a Midwest college; the Reverend Robert Wilson, college president, grooming Templeton to be leader of Liberia; and Wilson’s wife, Jane. Freed addresses what it means to be free from three startlingly different points of view. Playing at 59E59 Theaters. Closes 7/3.
Ideal: The world's most famous actress is accused of murder. Six devoted fans are challenged to stand by their idol in her time of greatest need. How much will they sacrifice to protect the ideal they profess to love? This is the New York Premiere of Ayn Rand's Ideal. Jenny Beth Snyder directs. Playing at 59E59 Theaters. Closes 7/3.
Modotti: the story of photographer, silent film actress and ultimately activist and communist subversive, Tina Modotti. Sleek and sensuous, yet as dangerous as a tiger, she tore through the male dominated political forums almost as fast as she tore through her lovers. Modotti fled to Mexico lured by the revolution and artistic excitement. Accompanied by her lover, American photographer, Edward Weston, she took on the challenge of a culture undergoing rapid change. Relishing in her new found freedom, her contemporaries were muralist, Diego Rivera, and Cuban revolutionary, Julio Mella. Taking on controversial issues is a young person's adventure, one that is bound to have dire consequences. Playing at Acorn Theater. Closes 7/3.
Family Dinner: 1963: Maggie Wells' family sits down together for dinner every night. 2002: Maggie Wells Barton's family never sits down together. Times change, but can we? A searing new play by Michele Willens about one family, several generations, modes of communications, and the repercussions of finally telling the truth. Playing at the Beckett Theatre. Closes 7/3.