August 28 to September 13, 2017.
Theater for the New City (Community Space Theater), 155 First Avenue.
Presented by Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Artistic Director) as part of Dream Up Festival 2017.
August 27 at 2:00 PM, August 28 at 9:00 PM, August 29 at 6:30 PM, August 30 at 9:00 PM, August 31 at 6:30 PM, September 2 at 8:00 PM, September 3 at 2:00 PM, September 4 at 6:30 PM, September 13 at 9:00 PM.
Tickets $18. Box Office: (212) 254-1109, www.dreamupfestival.org
Running Time: 90 minutes. Critics are invited to all performances.
It’s the biggest night of the year at The House of Charity soup kitchen. Can the kitchen staff of recovering addicts and alcoholics band together to feed the record crowd and convince wealthy donors that The House truly is fulfilling its mission of love and kindness? In “The House of Charity,” written by Andre F. Degas, we come face-to-face with the reality of addiction and the road back to hope. A group of men — addicts in recovery — under the guidance of an angelic female counselor, band together despite their differences, for one night. Each has been to hell and back, and is now finding strength in their greatest challenge yet — getting sober and coming to respect each other. Jonathan Schwolsky directs this world premiere.
“The House of Charity” by Andre F. Degas is a hyper realistic, racially and sexually charged drama set in a fast-paced working environment, bursting with expressionistic scenic media. The play opens with the residents of the institution bickering, throwing racist and homophobic slurs around and making attempts to undermine each other at every turn. Political strategies play out as some grapple desperately for power, while others just want an hour off so they can see their kids. Issues of responsibility and loyalty arise as a group of men attempt to run a professional kitchen to feed a crowd of hundreds. Will they come together and cast aside their differences for the sake of the less fortunate? The play addresses serious issues about addiction and recovery. It is dedicated to the men and women who are healing their lives with faith, service and love.
The play has been read at The Flea Theater, La MaMa Theater and The Dramatists Guild. The actors are Brendan Ryan, Nixon Cesar, Ivan Goris, Peter Halpin, Andrew Oakes, Patrick Faerber, and Jaleesa Capri. Production design is by Lucas Wilson Spiro.