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121 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014
Ended 4 Mar 2017 after 51 days
"Much of the advance buzz around this MCC production... has been generated by the participation of the 20-year-old Mr. Hedges, who is making his theater debut. Mr. Hedges, you'll be happy to hear, is just as comfortable being uncomfortable onstage as he is onscreen. In the role of Hench, at 16 the older of the brothers, he delivers an expert anatomy of an adolescent on the edge of explosion."
Ben Brantley, The New York Times
British playwright Anna Jordan brings her 2013 Bruntwood Prize-winning play to the MCC Theater, exploring the themes of lost childhood and the affect it has on adulthood. Premiering in Manchester UK to rave reviews for 'beautiful empathy, and a humanity which stood out to all the judges' as described by the award judges, it has also been shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. This new production marks its USA premiere, and includes Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) amongst its cast.
The story centers around a pair of wayward and apathetic teenage brothers aged 16 and 13 respectively (played by Hedges and Justice Smith), and their faithful dog, Taliban. With an alcoholic mother out of the picture apart from when she visits completely intoxicated, the two brothers are fending for themselves, spending their days watching online porn and playing endless rounds of Call of Duty. Nothing else is worth living for.
Enter Jenny, a new young Welsh neighbor who takes a shine to their dog; at first the boys are suspicious and worried that her arrival will shatter their comfortable ennui. But as they get to know her, Jenny opens up a world full of possibility for the pair, something that was so lacking in their early lives, but not without tragic consequences for all involved. A poignant and damning indictment on the state of welfare kids in modern-day Britain, this play ultimately provides hope for even the most disenchanted.
Opening night: 12 January 2017
Closing night: 4 March 2017
Suitable for ages 16+ due to mature themes and strong language
Approximately one hour and 45 minutes without intermission
Please note that the image used is taken from Manchester's Royal Exchange production in 2015
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