The Briefest Year

By Claude Solnik, Elizabeth Ruf and Karl Bateman
Directed by Elizabeth Ruf
May 16 – May 19
MAY 16 - MAY 19; THU, FRI, SAT at 8 PM, SUN at 3 PM

Executive Director, Crystal Field


The Briefest Year

written by Claude Solnik, Elizabeth Ruf and Karl Bateman

May 16, 17, 18, 19, 2024
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM

Limited engagement. One week only!

Tickets: $18 General, $15 Students and Seniors
Run Time: 1 hour 30 minutes, No intermission

155 First Avenue (between 9th and 10th Street)
New York, NY 10003

It’s the day before New Year’s Eve when two people meet at a concert in this new play by Theater for the New City resident playwright Claude Solnik, Elizabeth Ruf, and Karl Bateman also  directed by Elizabeth Ruf. A drummer and a fan, Charley and Bridget, get to know each other during and after a show at a Lower Manhattan venue, realizing that if they stay together a little more than a day, they will have been together a year. They decide to see if they can have the longest date—and the briefest year. When Bridget encourages Charley to try to make peace with his estranged wife, Miko, in order to reconnect with his daughter, it’s not clear whether that will lay the groundwork for the future or plunge him back into past problems. With wry humor the experienced cast of “The Briefest Year” tell a moving and realistic story about three people, two cultures, and one life-changing night.

Cain Duminski
Kishiko Hasegawa
Lola Lukas
Elizabeth Ruf*

Directed by Elizabeth Ruf
Stage Manager Lola Lukas
Lights Marsh Shugart
Live Soundscape by Karl Bateman

*appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

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As of September 26th, 2022, we are no longer requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for our audience upon entry.
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