Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 5:30pm
The Drama Book Shop is pleased to welcome playwright David Caudle (The Sunken Living Room) for a reading and signing of his new plays, Visiting Hours and Downward Facing Debbie. The Thursday, June 22nd, 5:30pm event is free and open to the public.
Playwright David Caudle s best known for his award-winning coming-of-age play, The Sunken Living Room, set in his hometown of Miami, 1978. He is an alumnus of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, where he developed several plays, including Likeness, Leg Man, South Beach Rapture, Damsel and The Common Swallow. He is currently developing 'K,' the story of Kay Swift, Broadway's first woman composer of a hit show (Fine and Dandy,) and her complicated relationships with husband/lyricist Paul James and with colleague/lover, George Gershwin. The show features Swift/James songs from the 1930 Broadway hit, including standards "Fine and Dandy" and "Can't We Be Friends."
Visiting Hours, premiered at Rising Shiners in New Orleans, followed by New Theatre in Miami. In Caudle's play, the setting is Miami, Florida and the time is now. When their troubled adult son is arrested for an assault, a lesbian couple's long term relationship must survive a battle between hope and the truth. Selections from the play will be directed by Tony Torn, with Valeri Mudek, Kim Sykes, Kaili Vernoff and others.
Downward Facing Debbie, which premiered at the Planet Connections Festivity in NYC, introduces audiences to Debbie. Ditched at the altar, disoriented she dives headlong into yoga to deal with her damage. Luck guides her to an exclusive class at a tony Hamptons studio led by two gorgeous, wise, powerful women. After healing physically and emotionally beyond her dreams, Debbie spots cracks in the studio's stunning facade of unity. Selections from the play will be directed by Andrew Block, with Karen Stanion and others.
The Drama Book Shop, a 2011 Tony Award Honoree for Excellence in Theatre, is located at 250 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Events are free and open to the public. To learn more, or place an order, visit www.dramabookshop.com.
PRAISE FOR VISITING HOURS...
"a slow-burning, perceptive chamber drama about sacrifice and betrayal, honesty and self-delusion... In Caudle's worldview, self-interest trumps everything else, a conclusion that other playwrights, like Neil LaBute, have reached with caustic cynicism or world-weary hopelessness. But Caudle seems to be an inherent optimist, looking for even the slightest glimmer of hope or modicum of change in this tragic study of human foibles." - John Thomason, Miami New Times
'Resonant.' 'A study in hard-wired familial dysfunction.' - Christine Dolen, Miami Herald
PRAISE FOR DOWNWARD FACING DEBBIE...
"The writing is sharp and often very funny. I predict a long and healthy life for Downward Facing Debbie--the combination of yoga and wise humane comedy should serve to make this a play that lots and lots of companies all over the world will want to do." - Martin Denton, nytheaternow.com
DOWNWARD FACING DEBBIE
by David Caudle
Steele Spring Stage Rights, 2017.