By Richard Greenberg
clockwise: Gil Bernardy,
Chad Borden, Laura Wernette,
Darin Anthony, Stacey Silverman,
overseen by Sandra Kinder
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Cast (in order of appearance)
Understudies: For Stephen-Clayton
Whitfield; for Drew-Chris Thomas; for Ellen-Melissa Detwiler; for Peter-Greg
Foran; for May-Kathryn Kates.
All players are members of
one or more performing unions within the 4As, Associated Actors Artistes
Act I: A restaurant,
uptown New York City.
Act II: Stephen's
beach house on the island
Eastern Standard is
Second Stage Production, produced
on the set originally designed for Dandelion
Wine, running concurrently. The set was designed by John Patrick.
Original lighting was designed by D. Silvio Volonte.
was a critical and popular comedic success at New York’s famed Manhattan
Theatre Club. This celebrated play went on to become a Broadway hit as
well. Hailed as a uniquely perceptive and devastatingly witty
play for our times, it traces
the experiences of a group of young, rich and somewhat jaded New York "Yuppies"
as they move from disenchantment to hopeful anticipation of what modern
life has to offer. Eastern Standard is directed by John
Ross Clark and produced by Chad
Borden and Amy Morrell.
The play takes place in 1990
in the bustling metropolis of New York City. In a trendy Manhattan restaurant,
Stephen (Darin Anthony),
a very successful architect, is having lunch with his best friend, Drew
(Chad Borden), a rising avant-garde
artist. At an adjacent table sits the unrequited object of Stephen’s affection,
Phoebe (Kelly Coleman), who is herself a shrewd and successful stock broker.
As they watch Phoebe, her television executive brother Peter (Gil
Bernardy) joins her, bringing with him some disturbing news. After
several raucous episodes involving a schizophrenic bag lady (played by
Kinder) and a long-suffering actress/waitress (portrayed by Stacey
Silverman), the four characters meet and strike up an unlikely
friendship. A month later, all six assemble at Stephen’s beach house, determined
to get away from the craziness of the city and make some sense out of their
relationships and careers. Inevitably, this leads to a series of very funny
yet compelling incidents in which various relationships, non-relationships,
mistaken motives, and often shaky alliances are cleverly set forth and
"For anyone who has been
waiting for a play that tells what it is like to be more or less middle-class,
more or less young and more or less well-intentioned in a frightening city
at this moment in this time zone, "Eastern Standard" at long last
"With a truly original voice,
a deft hand with character and a gift for juxtaposing unexpected elements
with amusing and dramatically purposeful results, Greenberg’s "Eastern
Standard" is a romantic comedy for our times."
"...it speaks to us eloquently,
and with humor, about today."
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