Friend, author, and playwright Arthur Wooten has a new play hitting the stage in NYC and you won’t want to miss it if you happen to be in the Big Apple on Monday April 27, Sunday May 3, or Saturday, May 9.
Brandon: This is a one-man show, is that correct?
Arthur: Yes. It stars the highly accomplished Luke Doyle and revolves around a man writing letters to his boyfriend Henry, who is regaling the numerous and crazy shenanigans (both sexual and non) the two have gotten into during their relationship.
Brandon: How did you come up with this?
Arthur: In 2008 & 2009 I was the humorist for the London-based Magazine reFRESH. I wrote this as a column. reFRESH readers fell in love it and couldn’t wait for the next installment. Soon I had Brits (both gay and straight) waiting to see what the two would get into next. That column became the jumping off point for the show.
Brandon: That’s a significant shift from paper to the stage.
Arthur: When ASD Media approached me with the concept of adapting my Dear Henry column, I was fascinated by the challenge. With the casting of Luke, this project took on a life of its own. Every rehearsal has felt like a mini-workshop and I hope the play will delight audiences as much as I’ve enjoyed working on it.
Brandon: I’m already enthralled. Tell me a little about what to expect.
Arthur: In the stage production, we, the audience, wait for Henry’s arrival as Clark expounds on the tumultuous roller coaster ride of a relationship they’ve shared. Reminiscing about their adventures together, Clark takes us on a journey from online chat rooms and underground sex parties to all gay cruises and drag queen karaoke. And as challenging as the ride has been, we all know, sometimes breaking up is really hard to do.
Brandon: That sounds like one helluva ride. (See ticket information below.)
About the Author:
Arthur Wooten is the author of the critically acclaimed books Leftovers, Birthday Pie, Dizzy, On Picking Fruit, Fruit Cocktail, Wise Bear William, and Arthur Wooten’s Shorts. As a playwright, his works include Birthday Pie, which was the winner of the Key West Theatre Festival and most recently it launched the new play reading series at the Irvington Town Hall Theater in Irvington, NY. His one-act plays, Lily and The Lunch, have been produced in New York City and most recently in Te Anua, New Zealand. As a director his productions include: The Lunch, Just Say Hello and Smile, Birthday Pie, and Dear Henry.
About the Actor:
Luke Doyle Artist. Educator. New York Theatre: Memory (Spellbound Theatre), Julius Caesar, Hamlet (Shakespeare2Go), Meta: A New Play (Pless Theatre), West Side Story (Skirball Center for the Arts), The History Boys (Snaffle Theatre Center), Beyond Therapy (Triskillian Arts). Film and TV: Most Evil, Scorned (Investigation Discovery), and featured on Sleepy Man Banjo Boys’ Same Same Stars music video. American Theatre Wing’s SpringboardNYC Alum. NYU Graduate.
Dear Henry runs Monday, April 27 at 7pm, Sunday May 3 at 7pm, and Saturday May 9 at 7pm at the Duplex 61 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue. Info & reservations: (212) 255-543. For more info and to purchase advanced tickets online, visit: ASD Media