Great Kills, written in a style reminiscent of such plays as David Mamet's American Buffalo, and Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, is a darkly comic, emotionally gripping tale of a get-rich-quick scheme that goes awry. With the changing landscape of mental health, Meadowbrook, the institution where Mr. G has worked in maintenance for over thirty years, is shutting down. When Mr. G mentions to his son, Tim, who's living home after having lost his position as an adjunct professor of literature, how the institution's furniture -- "the kind of stuff you find in a doctor's office" -- is lying abandoned in a field, he dreams of making a fortune from selling the salvage. To finance the plan, he involves his estranged childhood friend, restaurateur, Robert. Over the course of a drunken evening of scheming, the plan becomes less real, as the men's desperate realities become more apparent, and a devastating family secret is revealed.
Emmy Award winner, Joe Pantoliano, makes his return to theater in Tom Diriwachter's Great Kills. A prolific film and TV actor, he has played many diverse and memorable roles, including Ralph "Ralphie" Cifaretto in The Sopranos, Cypher in The Matrix, Teddy in Memento, and the ruthless pimp Guido in Risky Business. Mr. G, his character in Great Kills, is an aging drunk, seething with his own desperation, who presides over the action in this three hander with a menacing presence, while also providing much of the play's comic relief, and some of its most heartfelt moments.
Robert Homeyer (Tim) has been writing, directing and acting in New York theater for the past six years. As a playwright, Robert has written and directed "Three of a Kind with Two Wild Cards" ("A great cerebral prodding" - TheaterIsEasy), and "Christopher Marlowe's Julius Caesar" ("Great Caesar's Ghost! Marlowe's is magnificent!" - Andrew Martin, nitelifeexchange.com) in which he also performed the roles of Marlowe and Cassius. Robert also co-starred in the FringeNYC shows "The Accidental Hamlet", and The Marx Brothers revival "I'll Say She Is", and TNC regulars probably know Robert best from his annual turn as Bob Cratchit in "A Christmas Carol". Robert also appeared with Peter Welch in Tom Diriwachter's "Age Out" and on the CBS-TV show, "Blue Bloods." Follow Robert at www.bobhomeyer.com.
Tom Diriwachter (playwright) is a veteran of Off-Off Broadway, having produced five full- length, and many one-act plays, over a decade-plus career, working with such theater companies as Theater for the New City, The American Theater of Actors, Horse Trade Theater Group, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, The Riant Theatre, Love Creek Productions, Personal Space Theatrics, Theater Studio, Inc., Penguin Repertory Theater, and West Coast Ensemble, with independently produced shows at KGB's Red Room Theatre, Theatre 22, and the Greenwich Street Theatre, as well as participating in various festivals, including the the Chrysalis Festival, the Strawberry Festival, the Turnip Festival, the Drafts Fest, and the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts (LES), where, for the past five years, he has been a featured playwright. In 2015, his full-length play, "Asterisk," was archived by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, and published by Indie Theater Now, which, additionally, is publishing a collection of his one-act plays. He is an author of non-fiction, publishing regularly on Mr. Beller's Neighborhood. He publishes the theater blog, Tage Door.
Peter Welch (Robert) - Peter is an actor, playwright, filmmaker and award winning fine art photographer. His writing & directorial work has been seen in notable NYC venues such as The Players Theater, Here Arts Center, The Nuyorican Poets Café, La Mama and of course Theater for the New City. His popular short film, The Piles Project, featured downtown luminary Taylor Mead and art-world phenom Mark Kostabi, and screened at TNC as part of the Lower Eastside Festival of the Arts in 2013. His feature film, Three Long Years, was distributed internationally and is now available on ITUNES. Most recently he completed directing the experimental film, Hard Drive, featuring Cesar winning actress Elodie Bouchez, and is producing Hamilton Harris's documentary debut film The Kids, featuring Chloe Sevigny, Jason Lee and Rosario Dawson.
To date, Peter's written two full-length plays that have been produced in New York, Two Alone/Too Together, and Don't Tell Mother, and is working on getting productions for two more: Thelonious and Autumn Stage. Acting credits include The Fugitive Chronicles, for A&E, Gossip Girl, Law & Order, A Bike Ride (Cannes Film Festival), Morgan Spurlock's new show, Everything Must Go, and too many plays and small indie films to mention. His photographic work was recognized by the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 International Photography Awards, as well as the 2006 Palm Springs Photo Festival. He is currently editing two monographs for publication: Absence: American Photographs and Scrap Mental: New York Photographs 2001 - 2011. Clck here for Peter Welch's Photography
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street)
March 26-April 12 2015
Wednesday through Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Pay-What-You-Can At the Door on Wednesdays
Running Time: 85 mins
Theater for the New City