"Apple" by Vern Thiessen, A Haunting Tale of Sex, Secrets and Second Chances

Apr 17, 2013 to Apr 28, 2013

Location 236 West 78th Street
New York City, NY
Cost $18-15
Details April 17 to 28, 2013, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
The Drilling Company Theatre

From April 17 to 28, The Drilling Company will present the New York premiere of "Apple" by Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen, a haunting tale of sex, secrets and second chances. The intense, soul-satisfying drama will be directed for the first time by its author.

"Apple" is a complex, turgid and powerful story that goes from reality-based drama to moving magical realism. Andy, a middle-aged government employee, is in trouble. He has been downsized from his job and his childless, loveless marriage to Lyn, an attractive, hard-driving real estate agent, is in crisis. He is spotted in a park and seduced by a vibrant, mysterious young woman named Samantha for (initially) anonymous sex. Andy, starved for emotional renewal, looks to her for salvation. But when his wife is diagnosed with a terminal illness, Andy must make a choice: to care for an estranged wife or run away with a woman he knows little about. As the play develops, the characters are matched up by surprising and uncomfortable coincidences: Lyn is Samantha's real estate broker and, later, Samantha is revealed to be an oncology resident on Lyn's medical team. The journey of Lyn's illness brings her to an unexpected and cleansing reconciliation with Andy. The play is written in conscience-exposing staccato dialogues that squeeze the audience carefully through a process of surprising discoveries. It is couched with the notion that bombshells of fate fall upon your life like apples: sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet.

$18 general admission, $15 seniors & students; TDF accepted
Box office: Smarttix, (212) 868-4444, www.smarttix.com

The Drilling Company Theatre,
236 West 78th Street, 3rd Fl.
Venue Drilling Company Theatre
Website drillingcompany.org
RSVP Smarttix: www.smarttix.com or 212-868-4444

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