EVANSTON: A Rare Comedy by Michael Yates Crowley

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Theatre in the Loft

Midtown Direct Rep: THEATRE IN THE LOFT is a series of staged readings of plays and musicals showcasing bold new works in an intimate setting in the beautiful Loft theatre space at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, NJ. The reading series focuses on scripts that reflect the complexities of a uniquely diverse community, as well as writers or subjects with a local connection. Audience members are invited to stay after the performance for a discussion with the creative team.


SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2016 AT 7PM
EVANSTON: A RARE COMEDY
by Michael Yates Crowley
Directed by Michael Rau

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Midtown Direct Rep continues the 2015-16 season at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) with Theater in the Loft, a series of staged readings of new plays and musicals. Evanston: A Rare Comedy, written by Michael Yates Crowley and directed by Michael Rau will be performed for one night only on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 7pm at SOPAC (One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079). Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased at www.sopacnow.org or by calling 973-313-ARTS (2787). For direct link to purchase tickets, please CLICK HERE.

Evanston: A Rare Comedy begins with the disappearance of a teenage girl in deepest suburbia and ends when a meeting of the local Women’s Book Club goes horribly awry. In between, a housewife dreams of Mexico, an economics professor has an affair with a check-out clerk at Whole Foods, and the financial crisis rages on. Inspired by the words of Psalm 137 and the best-seller “Eat, Pray, Love,” Evanston: A Rare Comedy takes a look at Middle America and asks: how can we sing a song of joy in this strange land? Cast information is to be announced.

Michael Yates Crowley (Photo by Ilya Nikhamid)

Michael Yates Crowley (Photo by Ilya Nikhamid)

Michael Yates Crowley is a Brooklyn-based playwright and performer whose work has been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, Edinburgh, and elsewhere. His plays include Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (premiering at A.R.T. in Oct. 2015); temping (53rd New York Film Festival/Convergence); Evanston: A Rare Comedy (2013 O’Neill NPC selection, 2015 Alliance/Kendeda Finalist); The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias (UMASS New Play Lab 2015); and The Ted Haggard Monologues (published by S. Fischer Verlag; filmed by HBO). In New York, his work has been seen at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub/The Public Theater, Signature Theatre, Rattlestick, 59E59 Theaters, PS 122, the Bushwick Starr, and Ars Nova. He is a Writing Fellow at The Playwrights Realm, a NYFA Playwriting fellow, a past member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Program at Juilliard. Together with the director Michael Rau, he founded the theater company Wolf 359.

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2015-2016 Season
Theatre in the Loft


October 18, 2015 at 7pm
The Impossibility of Now
by Y York


November 15, 2015 at 7pm
What God Hath Wrought! ~
A Transatlantic Farce

by John Walch,
with songs by Rachel Peters


January 10, 2016 at 7pm
Evanston: A Rare Comedy
by Michael Yates Crowley


March 20, 2016 at 7pm
Title to be announced

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