On Thursday, June 28th, there will be an invitation-only reading of Michael McKeever's new play Stuff featuring Sheldon Best (Freed), Penny Fuller (Dividing the Estate), David Greenspan (A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Patsy) and Stephen Spinella (An Iliad, As You Like It). It will be directed by Shelley Butler.
Winner of the 2011 Carbonell Award for Best New Work, Stuff reexamines the life of the infamous Collyer Brothers, New York City's most infamous hoarders.
Born into a gilded world of opulence and breeding, Homer (David Greenspan) and Langley Collyer (Stephen Spinella) have it all: Great wealth, intelligence and a future bright with the golden glow of the American Dream. What they don't realize is that their coddled world of privilege has left them completely unable to cope with the realities of the Twentieth Century as it evolves around them. And that their four story Harlem
Mansion, stuffed from floor to ceiling with a lifetime of memories and mementos, has become their prison. With great humor, insight and pathos, Stuff charts the fascinatingly twisted decline of two of America's most notorious hermits, from the loss of their beloved mother (Penny Fuller) in 1929 to their own ironic deaths two decades later.
Michael McKeever's other plays include 37 Postcards (Hudson Stage Company), The Garden of Hannah List (Hypothetical Theatre Company) and Charlie Cox Runs with Scissors (Marin County Playhouse, Florida Stage).
Shelley Butler recently directed This Is Fiction (Cherry Lane Theatre), The Borrowers (South Coast Rep) and was Associate Director to David Hyde Pierce on It Shoulda Been You (George Street).