Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Play's The Thing

I rarely use this forum to promote my non-Baseball life, but for those of you who might know me outside of Metsdom, I ply my trade in the Theater business.

I've been known to direct plays here and there and generally I don't like to draw great amounts of attention to myself, but sometimes you fall into a particular situation where it's necessary to do so.

The play, GREAT KILLS, which is written by Tom Diriwachter and directed by me, opens tonight at Theater for the New City in the East Village, Manhattan. It's a bit of a dark comedy with a bit of an "American Buffalo" feel to it, involving three down-on-their-luck men that hatch a get rich quick scheme and what occurs from there. It's a smart, quick-moving 90-minutes of Theater.

I'm fortunate enough to be directing this play with a trio of fine actors, among them the great Emmy Award-winner Joe Pantoliano, whom many of you may know from "The Sopranos" to "The Goonies" to "Memento" and countless movies and plays in between. Joining Joe are Robert Homeyer and Peter Welch, two New York actors of their own renown. Together, we have put together a play that everyone ought to come see and enjoy, whether you're a Mets fan or a Theater fan or both, and with tickets a mere $20, this is Theater that's affordable for everyone.

Though this is mostly off-topic, the play does hold some connection to the Mets. The play makes multiple references to a Mets game being on TV during the course of the play, and there is a surprise cameo from my voice, doing my best bad Gary Cohen impersonation, calling the play-by-play from a fictional Mets/Reds game with Jacob deGrom on the mound. The author, Mr. Diriwachter, is also a Mets fan of long standing, as is Mr. Homeyer, who has been known to sojourn to Citi Field with me on occasion. So maybe this isn't quite as off-topic as it appears.

I'd be remiss after pimping out this show so much if I didn't tell you where, when and how to see it. The play is at Theater for the New City, at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets in Manhattan. The show runs Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm through April 12th. Tickets are available on (click the link) or by calling SmartTix at 212-868-4444, or the Theater's box office at 212-254-1109. Don't miss out; if I'm pimping out my show like this, it's probably worth seeing.

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