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Roust Theatre Company presents Off-Broadway world premiere of Dan McCormick’s HOMELESS AND HOW WE GOT THAT WAY starring Richarda Abrams and Brian Hickey, Oct. 22 – Nov. 14

Richarda AbramsRoust Theatre Company is presenting the Off-Broadway world premiere of HOMELESS AND HOW WE GOT THAT WAY, a new play by Dan McCormick starring Richarda Abrams and Brian Hickey, at the Access Theatre (380 Broadway, one block below Canal St.), with previews starting October 22 prior to a press opening October 25.  James Phillip Gates directs.

The author of the award-winning play THE MORONS at the 1st Irish Play Festival, Mr. McCormick takes on one of the most enduring social taboos with HOMELESS AND HOW WE GOT THAT WAY, a full-length, two-character one-act play about what happens when two veterans of homelessness – Eloise and Sidney – have their fragile world rocked by a vicious murder in their community. This launches them on a journey to seek safe haven in each other, not only from the ravages of street life, but to reveal the dark truth about how they came to be where they are, and the freedom those revelations ultimately provide.

Richarda Abrams (Eloise) has appeared in Suzan Lori-Parks IN THE BLOOD at The Public Theatre along with ASCENSION at the NY Fringe Festival and the solo play HARRIET’S RETURN about Harriet Tubman for The Acting Company.  Brian Hickey (Sidney) has performed most frequently in Chicago – receiving Joseph Jefferson Award nominations – in leading productions of CANDIDE, WHO KILLED SANTA CLAUS and the title role in THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.

Dan McCormick’s play THE MORONS received the Best Production award in the First Irish Play Festival. He has had staged readings of his plays at New Jersey Rep, The Middletown Arts Center and The Actor’s Chapel in NYC. His play ON THE DAY AND THE DAYS THAT FOLLOWED about 9/11 has been accepted into the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s Artists Registry and has been performed at Universities and High Schools around the country.  He is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights collective.

Director James Philip Gates is Artistic Director of Roust Theatre Company, having previously founded the London-based award-winning company DRAMARAMA.  He directed Roust’s productions of Brecht’s THE PRIVATE LIFE OF THE MASTER RACE, Jose Rivera’s CLOUD TECTONICS, Lee Blessing’s TWO ROOMS and MACBETH. He is a member of The Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.

Roust Theatre Company is dedicated to radical and epoch-making theatre, aiming to challenge and inspire the audience, and producing theatre that can and does make a difference in the world.  Roust believes it is the duty of theatre “to break the grip of mass media, which dilutes the community consciousness.”  Past productions include Brecht’s THE PRIVATE LIFE OF THE MASTER RACE, CLOUD TECTONICS, TWO ROOMS, MACBETH and THE ELEPHANT IN MY CLOSET.  Last spring, Roust presented the Off-Broadway premiere of JANKA, Oscar Speace’s powerful, moving real-life account of his mother’s remarkable survival following incarceration during the Holocaust.  Tracy Hostmyer is Roust’s Producing/Executive Director.

Scenic design for HOMELESS is by Kevin Kedroe, recent art director on the student Academy Award finalist short ‘Samaria’; lighting design is by Travis Sawyer – NYU Tisch School’s architectural light designer; Bill Gilinsky is Production Stage Manager.

HOMELESS AND HOW I GOT THAT WAY will perform Thursday October 22 – Sunday October 25, Thursday October 29 – Sunday November 1, Thursday November 5 – Sunday November 8, Wednesday November 11 – Saturday November 14

TIME: All shows 8pm, except Sundays at 3pm

VENUE: Access Theater, 380 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10013 (TriBeCa).

TICKETS: All tickets $18

Advance ticket purchase via Brown Paper Tickets

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in Blog, Jade Magazine and

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