Musical comedy A New Brain plays at the Black Box Theatre

SWS Report | December, 2016 | Arts, Community Calendar


The cast of A New Brain at the Black Box Theatre. Courtesy photo by Peter Herman.

The cast of A New Brain at the Black Box Theatre. Courtesy photo by Peter Herman.

Nora Q. Thomas directs William Finn and James Lapine’s musical A New Brain running through December 11. The performances will be at the Black Box Theatre located at 430 N. Main Street.

A New Brain, inspired by William Finn’s personal experiences, is a medical drama seen through the iris of a Looney Tunes short. After struggling composer Gordon Michael Schwinn (David Marias) collapses face-first into his lunch, he is diagnosed with a brain tumor and is forced to come to terms with his creative ambitions and the lovable screw-ups in his life: an overbearing mother (Jacqueline Butler), a ruthless kiddie-show host (David Reyes), and a boyfriend
who’d “rather be sailing” (JoshTaulbe). Rafael Medina, Xoe Choate, Carol Ayon, Joseluis Solorzano, Antonia Ringo and Vanessa Dabovich round out the cast accompanied by musicians Tommy Medina and Naomi Rupp. The musical originally opened at Lincoln Center Theater on June 18, 1998, winning the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday, December 11, at 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, December 8, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 523-1223



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