Sub-Basement follows Adrienne, a former poet, now Royal Canadian Mounted Police trainee, on an absurdist-DADA odyssey to find her true purpose amidst the dark corners of New York City, the depths of the Drama Book Shop, and her muddled past. Her voyage is guided by two homeless people, Gustav (a one-time climatologist) and Cleménce (an erstwhile poet), all while being pursued by Simon, a lawyer who she met on the Internet, and who offers her a gateway to a normal life. Are we ever free of the disappointments of the past, and can we escape the expectation of our parents? Join on a voyage deep into the sub-basement of Adriennes psyche and try to discover whats genuinely important in life.
Silver Spring Playwright Tom Block returns to the area from New York with his play Sub-Basement, produced by New Yorks Athena Theatre. Block, who began his playwriting career here five years ago with his productions of White Noise (June 2012, The Fridge, DC) and Butterfly (February 2013, Takoma Park Community Center Theater, MD), has spent the last four years honing his craft in New York at such venues as Urban Stages, Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE Arts Center, Theater for the New City, IRT Theater, Dixon Place, Theater at the 14th Street Y, Kraine Theater, Athena Theatre Company, Emerging Artists Theater, Theater Row, A.R.T.-NY, Players Theatre, Drama League, Dramatists Guild Mary Rodgers Room, Hudson Guild Theater, Secret Theatre and many others.
The show premieres in Washington DC after a full-run at the IRT Theater in Greenwich Village (NY) March-April, 2017.
The piece received strong reviews in New York:
"Sub-Basement is a play that will not only make you think, but gives you something beautiful to see as you do. It is, among many other things, an intriguing step into the surreal." Will Jacobs, Theatre is Easy
Highwood Theater (View)
914 Silver Spring Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
|Minimum Age: 16|
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