FROM WHITE PLAINS
Fault Line Theatre brings its hit drama to the Pershing Square Signature Center
After a brief but successful run last June, FLT is remounting Michael Perlman's new play From White Plains from February 9 - March 10 on West 42nd Street. From White Plains received a slew of excellent reviews and was nominated for three Innovative Theatre Awards.
The complete budget for the run at Pershing Square is $100,000. With this campaign we hope to raise $10,000 for marketing.
Tom Ellis, VP of Online Marketing at COGO Labs and a long-time patron of Fault Line Theatre has generously offered to match all donations up to $5,000. Every dollar you contribute brings two to the project, so there's never been a better time to give!
A NOTE FROM TOM
It's been my very good fortune to follow Fault Line Theatre from its earliest days. From Doctor Faustus to Frogs, the company has always turned in productions best described as virtuosic. Look at their subject matter, after all: 16th century melodrama and Greek musical comedy. They have persistently (and I think stubbornly) picked impossible plays that only a dramaturg could love. But they have fired those pieces with incendiary performance and explosive comedy. Who, after all, could forget Nate Dendy's turn as ersatz conjurer in Faustus, calling forth spirits with spoons and an apple? Or Craig Divino's strutting, McJagger-esque Euripedes in Frogs? That this company has kept so many enthralled with such ambitious plays is a testament to the extraordinary talent, and deep respect for the power of comedy of its players.
From White Plains is something new. Instead of reaching back into history, Fault Line now tackles the timeliest of topics: the bullying of gay teens. Perhaps because of their deep experience with classical theater, Fault Line and Mr. Perlman take what could easily be preachy, moralizing or sentimental and instead finds truths as deep as any Euripides contemplated. To me, it's a play about men. About the violence we exhibit on each other, often for lack of a better way to express ourselves. About the love we feel for each other, romantic or not, and how it expresses itself upon us. It will stay with you long after you leave the theater.
It is my great honor to sponsor Fault Line Theatre in this show, because they have turned the adjective that describes them from 'virtuosic' to 'important'. This play is important. See it.
Oh, and if you figure out who the bad guy is, please let me know.
FROM WHITE PLAINS Reviews
“This gripping and full-blooded drama... is so full of insight about prejudice, empathy, and the limits of forgiveness that it ought to be required viewing for anyone touched by, or concerned about, this mournful epidemic. But actually, that's not its greatest achievement. From White Plains also happens to be as skillfully written, performed, and produced a piece of theater as any you're likely to see for a while.
In the end, what makes From White Plains essential viewing is simple: they've taken it seriously. There are no fancy theater tricks here, no ironic distancing, no tidy resolutions to assure us everything will turn out all right. What's left are human souls confronting a human problem, and it is the gift of theater that we get to watch it right in front of us.”
Cory Conley - NYTheatre.com
“The timely piece... raises provocative questions about how one accepts responsibility for past actions, and what it takes to move ahead into a possibly better future.”
“The four-person cast works well as an ensemble, and each brings a distinct, multi-layered characterization to his individual role. Perlman stages the piece with efficiency, and the action is well paced throughout its 90-minute running time.”
Dan Bacalzo - theatermania.com
“... the playwrights’ greatest success was in bringing their stories to a human level by introducing us to characters we get to know and care about. The issues they face matter to us because the characters matter to us.”
From White Plains a production of Fault Line Theatre, addresses the big social issue of bullying, especially of gay youth, by their peers. It raises questions of long-term consequences and culpability, male relationships (gay and straight), and even the power of social media to turn private matters into public ones.”
Prof Miller - BroadwayShowbiz.com