By Richard Bruce
Directed by Stephan Morrow
March 13 – March 27
Mar 13 - 27; Thu, Fri, Sat @ 8 PM, Sun @ 3 PM



March 13-27, 2022
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street)
Presented by Theater for the New City
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM.
Tickets $18 gen adm., $12 seniors and students
Box office (212) 254-1109,
Runs 1:50 plus intermission
Show’s website:
Critics are invited on or after March 13 (opening date).

A successful lawyer is mugged by two young, troubled but gifted “at risk” youths. Thus, the play, written by Richard Bruce, begins. The lawyer wakes up in the hospital where one of his assailants works as a janitor on the night shift. The lawyer and the janitor share the long, quiet nights that make up the hours of a night shift in an Intensive Care Unit in a large urban hospital. What follows is a mentor/student tale of an unlikely friendship between two individuals at the extreme opposite ends of the wealth spectrum in our country. A relationship develops that breaks down socio-economic and racial divides.

The mugging took place in a dark alley.  The lawyer was struck from behind. The audience is left to look for clues as to whether the lawyer recognizes the janitor as one of his assailants. At the same time, we see the other assailant deride the transition that his former companion is undergoing and twice takes steps that could ruin his life. We observe as the lawyer’s assailants interact with each other and witness as the push and pull between them fill the gaps in their lives. The audience is left to guess who will be the winner – the lawyer, his assailants or society.

Playwright Richard Bruce grew up in Syracuse, NY. He worked his way through college spending one summer driving a mail truck at night, one summer on a construction crew and two summers in a factory assembling television sets. With financial help from his wife, Janet, he attended the Wharton Business School from which he graduated with an MBA with honors. Mr. Bruce retired from Merrill Lynch in 2004 after 38 years helping corporations to raise funds through offerings of their common stock. Consequently, Mr. Bruce joined the Board of Cohen & Steers, an Investment Management Firm; and at the same time, he became a Trustee of the Southampton Hospital, now a part of the Stony Brook Hospital system. Mr. Bruce spent 12 years as a Trustee of the Hospital where he served on 5 of their committees.

The theme of his play is that no child gets to choose his or her parents. Many children are born into dangerous neighborhoods, rife with crime, drugs, gangs, negative peer pressure, high levels of incarceration and under-performing schools. In 1999 and 2000 Mr. Bruce sponsored two students as part of the Student Sponsors Partners Program (, a nonprofit founded in 1986, that gives at-risk students the opportunity to receive a quality private high school education and the guidance of a mentor. From that experience, Mr. Bruce became convinced that many children born into challenging environments can, with the help of mentors from a whole range of professions, be shown a path to a successful and enriching life. “All children have dreams regardless of the circumstances they are born into, and they carry the hope that someday, sometime their dreams will come true. My play is about two of these children.”

Director Stephan Morrow‘s TNC credits include plays by Mario Fratti and John Steppling.  He is also an active member of The Playwright Directing Unit of the Actors Studio and founding Artistic Director of The Great American Play Series. He is a prolific actor in theater and film and a director of indie films.  He was scheduled to perform the role of the lawyer John Stanley and has been asked to take the reins of direction in this delayed production.

Stephan Morrow – John Stanley
Walker Clermont – Clarence Wilson
Julie Spina – Maggie Andrews
Liam Kyle McGowan – Bobby Carroll
Irma Cadiz – Nurse & Judge (Sheila Brown)
Ciara Allen – Teen Chorus
Chris Paul Morales – Teen Chorus
Aidan Peluso – Teen Chorus
Joshua T. Crockett – Teen Chorus

Stephan Morrow – Director
Richard Bruce – Playwright & Producer
Sarah Duffy – Assistant to Producer & Director
Jonathan Slaff – Press Representative
Mike Durgavich – Stage Manager
Rob Hunkele – Floor Manager
Mark Marcante – Set Designer
Lytza R. Colón – Set Dresser & Props
Margaret Peebles – Lighting Designer
Vittoria Orlando – Lighting Assistant/Programmer
Desiree Conston – Costumes

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