It’s no New York secret that Broadway is the place for theater. And, hey, don’t get us wrong, we love a big-production show in Times Square — we were in physical pain from laughing so hard after seeing Book of Mormon, and the high notes Elphaba hits in Wicked gave us cold chills. But, some of the best theater takes place off-Broadway (or, make that two "offs").
The creative team behind The Moth, a not-for-profit dedicated to the art of storytelling, has announced they will be presenting the world premiere of Helen & Edgar this fall. The show tells the story of actor-slash-poet-slash-playwright-slash-Renaissance man Edgar Oliver’s childhood in Savannah, Georgia with his sister, Helen, and their mentally ill mother.
The stage production is an expanded version of a story Oliver has been sharing with The Moth since 1998, and is the first full-length show from two of the creative forces behind the company — George Dawes Green, founder of The Moth, and Catherine Burns, its artistic director. It’s not the expensive, elaborate extravaganza people so often think of when they hear “Broadway,” rather, it uses long-form storytelling to create a heartbreaking and captivating two-hour experience about childhood and family.
Mark your calendars now — for just $25, you can see the show from October 9 to 27 at Theater 80 in the East Village. No, it’s not Broadway, but it’s an equally engaging (and way more unique) night at the theater.
Photo: Courtesy Helen & Edgar