Creative License Theater Collective is excited to present the regional premiere of Michael Perlman’s contemporary character drama From White Plains at the Albany Barn, November 9-10 and 14-17. All performances begin at 7:30pm and all seats are only $15.
When Dennis Sullivan (Nick Bosanko, The Picture of Dorian Gray) wins the academy award for his screenplay, ‘White Plains’, based on his experiences growing up in the long island suburb and the suicide of his best friend, he calls out the name of his high school tormentor, Ethan Rice (Ian LaChance, Lonely I’m Not, Row After Row). As a stunned Ethan watches, a social media firestorm erupts and both men’s lives begin to unravel. From White Plains deftly explores the lasting effects of trauma, the harshness of the social media landscape and the evasiveness of forgiveness. Isaac Newberry (Mine) and Steve Maggio (Pool-No Water) also star.
“It’s very exciting for us to find a new play that touches on current issues like the lasting effects of bullying and the weaponization of social media,” says director and Creative License co-founder Aaron Holbritter. “That it deals with these issues through the lens of characters who seem very real and of our time is what makes it a perfect show for Creative License.”
The fallout from Dennis’s speech has a ripple effect through both men’s lives. Ethan’s friends begin to turn their back on him at a time when he is struggling to make sense of the person he is vs. the person he was, while Dennis’s own boyfriend begins to question the virtue of social media justice. “These kinds of stories are happening all the time these days,” Holbritter continues. “How responsible are we for the things we may have done as kids? How do we define justice? When do we forgive? I was struck by the balanced way the play handles the topic by creating four well-intentioned, but flawed human beings.”
Creative License was formed in 2014 by Holbritter and co-producer Casey Polomaine to bring a boutique style theater company producing genre-based works to the Capital Region. The collective makes their home at the Albany Barn, but have also presented shows in a number of unique locations. Previous shows include a contemporary adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, the romantic-comedy Lonely I’m Not, and the thriller Mine.
Tickets will go on sale Friday, October 19 and will be available on the company website. For more information on From White Plains, visit our website at www.creativelicenseonline.com.