Balancin' Productions presents the world premiere of Follow by Crystal Skillman October 19 through November 3, 2012 at Fanfare Theatre (100 East 4th Street, between First and Second Ave.). Daniel Talbott (Eightythree Down, Hard Sparks; The Umbrella Plays, the teacup company/FringeNYC – Overall Excellence Award: Outstanding Play and at The Tank) directs.
Two estranged brothers must say goodbye to the woman they've loved in her dying hour. But with the arrival of her daughter the brothers are forced to face their decades long rift of truth and lies in the intimate Lower East Side apartment - and to let go. Just one of the many, lonely stories for those surviving in a city busting with joy and heartbreak, this unique play offers a window into the Tallen's family story, while glimpsing through the window of several other NYC stories - all staged in the same room.
Skillman (Cut, Birthday) wrote Follow specifically for the intimate Fanfare space and the actors, Addie Johnson (Three Sisters, Rising Phoenix Rep; Late: A Cowboy Song, Clubbed Thumb), Matthew Lewis (Fathers and Sons, Public Theater; Crawl Fade to White, 13P), Jerry Matz (Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Ghetto. Classic Stage Company: The False Servant), Troy Deutsch (Lake Water, IRT Theater), Richard Millen, Gillian Rougier and Sarah Shaefer.
The production team includes costume designer Tristan Raines (Tribes, Barrow Street Theatre), sound designer Janie Bullard (Yosemite, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), and producers Steven Cunningham and Lanie Zipoy.
Follow will have one preview performance, Friday, October 19 at 8:00 pm before opening Saturday, October 20 at 8:00 pm. Performances continue through November 3, Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm with additional performance Saturday, November 3 at 3:00 pm. Performances will be held at Fanfare Theatre (100 East 4th St., between First and Second Ave.; Subway: F to 2nd Ave.). Tickets are $18, and may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or 800.838.3006.
CRYSTAL SKILLMAN (Playwright) is the award winning author of Cut (The Management in Spring 2011; NY Times critic's pick), Vigil or The Guided Cradle (ITG/Brick; 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-Length Script); and Birthday & Nobody (Directed by Daniel Talbott for Rising Phoenix Rep in NYC; U.K Premiere with Kibbo Productions; Chicago at The Side Project). Her play Wild debuted in Chicago at Mary-Arrchie Theatre this June with Kid Brooklyn Productions. Her work was also featured in Chicago this summer in Collaboraction's Sketch- book Theater Festival with a new play commission for The New Colony. In NYC this spring Wild was featured Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel as part of MCC Theater Playwrights' Coalition Playlabs, Another Kind of Love was workshopped at IRT/ Overturn Theatre, and Cut finished a run in Boston at Apollinaire Theatre. Crystal, one of Manhattan's "Best Ofs" for OurTownNY magazine, was recently featured as a writer to watch in the Huffington Post, selected as one of nytheatre.com's fifteen People of the Year for 2011, and was one of six writers chosen for Terra Nova 2011-12 Groundbreakers' Group. She is a member of the MCC Theater Playwrights' Coalition, Amoralists Lab, Rising Phoenix, and a Women's Project Lab as well as Soho Rep Lab alumna. Geek, her upcoming new play for Obie-Award Winning Vampire Cowboys, will premiere in Spring 2013 under the direction of Robert Ross Parker. Her plays are available at Indie Theater Now (including Telling Trilogy directed by Daniel Talbott) and are published by Samuel French (Cut, Birthday and Nobody, also directed by Daniel) as well as Smith and Kraus.