How much misery does it take to be happy?
Written/Performed by James Braly ("Life In A Marital Institution")
Directed by Seth Barrish ("Sleepwalk With Me," "The Tricky Part")
Saturday, February 28th, 8:00 p.m. James Braly - whose critically-acclaimed off-Broadway hit, Life In A Marital Institution ran for 14 weeks last season – turns his wit and insight to a new comic monologue, “The Monthly Nut.” A timely autobiographical story about the lengths to which a man will go to be a provider, including working at a job he hates, to pay for a lifestyle he can't afford, to live a life that makes him miserable, so that the family can be happy….
Time Out New York called Braly “A comic raconteur who can hold a room captive” and the London Times and New York Post compared him to Spalding Gray. The New York Times just says he’s “Never less than excellent!”
For a video clip of James Braly's "Life In A Marital Institution," click here.
A discussion and reception with James Braly follows the performance.
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By phone at (212) 868-4444.
JAMES BRALY (Writer/Performer) premiered Life In A Marital Institution at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, before transferring to a sold-out run at 59E59 Theaters, and again transferring Off-Broadway to SoHo Playhouse for a 10-week, critically-acclaimed engagement. The film rights for Life has since been optioned by a studio, and a book is in the works. Braly has performed autobiographical stories on NPR and at The Whitney Museum, Long Wharf Theatre, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, KGB, LIAR, Speakeasy, Beyond Words, and The Moth, where he was featured on the TNT National Story Tour and is the only two-time winner of their GrandSlam storytelling competition. His essays have appeared in New York Press, and his commentaries have been broadcast nationally on Marketplace. The Monthly Nut is his second full-length monologue. The original story from which the monologue was inspired will be included in an upcoming anthology for Mr. Beller's Neighborhood.
SETH BARRISH (Director) Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Barrow Group, a non-profit theatre company in New York City. Mr. Barrish has worked as an actor, director, composer, and musical director internationally, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and in regional theatres for over 30 years. Directing Credits include: “Sleepwalk With Me” (currently running at the Bleecker Street Theatres), Stephen King’s “Misery,” David Edgar’s “Pentecost” (Drama Desk Nomination for Best Play), Martin Moran’s “The Tricky Part” (Obie Award, Drama Desk Nominations for Best Play and Best Solo Show), “Nicolette & Aucasin,” “Old Wicked Songs” (L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award & Garland Award for Best Direction), “Thy Kingdom’s Coming,” “Lonely Planet,” “Good” (Straw Hat Award for Best Direction),” “Ghost In The Machine,” “Tales From Hollywood,” “Greetings,” “Beau Jest,” “Three Sisters,” and “When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder?” Theatres: The Signature Theater, Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, The Promenade, The McCarter, Long Wharf, Sundance Theatre Lab, The Geffen Playhouse, Playhouse 91, La MaMa E.T.C., The Perry Street Theatre, Provincetown Rep, Capital Rep, Miniature Theatre of Chester, and The Barrow Group. Mr. Barrish has made numerous film and television appearances and is a professional acting and directing teacher at The Barrow Group School in New York City. He recently served as a Master Teacher at the International Director’s Symposium in Spoleto, Italy. He is the author of the book An Actors Companion – 99 Bits of Craft.
photo credit: Lynda Shenkman-Curtis