by Thomas Bradshaw,
directed by Ethan McSweeny
September 11-October 19, 2015. Opens September 21, 2015
The "Bradshaw caution": "Please note: This production includes flashing lights, violence, nudity and sexual situations. Lucky you."
Michael has a new girlfriend and has just bought the apartment of his dreams. It seems that his life should be perfect. Little does he know that his hell is just beginning. In Fulfillment Bradshaw tackles the question: what makes us happy?
“Bradshaw has proved in play after play that he has a confident vision of the theater that is his own. The politically incorrect plots jump merrily from one outrage to another, never pausing to explain motivation or linger on subtext… No playwright applies as ruthlessly Hitchcock’s definition of drama as ‘life with the boring parts taken out.’” – The New York Times
FULFILLMENT will be directed by Ethan McSweeny and features Otoja Abit, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Jeff Biehl, Christian Conn, Denny Dillon, Susannah Flood, and Peter McCabe. FULFILLMENT is a co-world premiere with American Theater Company in Chicago, where it opens under McSweeny’s direction in November.
Gbenga Akinnagbe and Susannah Flood in "Fulfillment." Brian Harkin for The New York Times
"Being a shock artist like Thomas Bradshaw carries its own exacting burden. The knowing theatergoer attends this prolific playwright’s work in a state of anxious anticipation, fearing and hoping to be rattled by some fresh violation of the traditionally taboo...."
Susannah Flood and Gbenga Akinnagbe star in Thomas Bradshaw's Fulfillment, directed by Ethan McSweeny, at the Flea Theater. (© Hunter Canning)
"To call playwright Thomas Bradshaw a "provocateur" is to make a serious understatement. His last show in New York, Intimacy (2014 with the New Group), soaked the front rows of the audience in simulated bodily fluids. While his latest, Fulfillment (now making its New York debut at the Flea Theater), isn't as viscerally revolting, Bradshaw's mélange of race, power, and ambition will leave more than a few audience members feeling queasy...."
FULFILLMENT by Thomas Bradshaw is not yet published.
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