Set in the teachers lounge of an Ohio high school in the late 1980’s, a group of teachers conduct a series of preparatory meetings for a charity television marathon in a comedy by theater ensemble The Mad Ones.
From the producers: It’s 1988 and the planning committee for Garrison High School’s ninth annual Miles For Mary Telethon is fired up and ready to go. Across subcommittee sessions in the Phys Ed teachers’ lounge, The Mad Ones assemble an analog elegy to the camcorder 1980s, Girls Track and Field, and the consecrated American High School.
Founded in 2009, The Mad Ones are a New York City-based company dedicated to creating ensemble-driven theatrical experiences that examine and illuminate American nostalgia. "Miles for Mary" was originally produced at Brooklyn's Bushwick Starr in a critically acclaimed run in 2016.
The Off Broadway production features the complete original cast, which includes The Mad Ones company members Marc Bovino, Joe Curnutte, Michael Dalto, and Stephanie Wright Thompson, as well as Amy Staats and Stacey Yen. Mad Ones member Lila Neugebauer directs.
What's Playwrights Horizons? PH is a long-running Off-Broadway theatre on West 42nd that develops new plays by both veteran scribes and folks just off the radish truck (admittedly, the radish truck might have made a stop at an MFA playwriting program). The shows are produced in the company's state-of-the-art venues on West 42nd Street, with production standards equal to the best of Off-Broadway....generally, nothing too conceptual or provocative, just interesting plays, well rendered. More here.